San Francisco Deep Sea Fishing Charters

San Francisco Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in San Francisco

San Francisco: 19 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(17 reviews)
San Francisco
Trips from US $1,900
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
Richmond
Trips from US $275
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Richmond
Trips from US $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
San Francisco
Trips from US $200
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(68 reviews)
Richmond
Trips from US $200
Just added to our fleet
Richmond
Trips from US $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Emeryville
Trips from US $225
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
Richmond
Trips from US $250

Deep Sea Fishing in San Francisco

The deep sea fishing San Francisco has in store may be the only thing that can convince you to leave this city behind for a few hours. Just outside the Golden Gate Bridge sits one of the most productive fisheries on the west coast, the only place on these shores where you can find Salmon year-round. Here you can also catch more than 14 kinds of Rockfish, Lingcod, Albacore Tuna, and a host of other sought-after species.

Deep sea fishing in the San Francisco Bay Area could take you anywhere from the coastline to the drop off some 30 miles offshore—and then some. Common points of departure include SF city, Emeryville, Richmond, Berkeley, and Sausalito. From there, you might head north to Point Reyes, west to the Farallon Islands, or south to Half Moon Bay. 

What to Catch and When

Most of the fish in and around San Francisco Bay are present throughout the year, but local fishing regulations make deep sea fishing available between April and December. For the widest variety and the biggest fish, plan to set sail sometime in late summer or fall.

While you’re likely to see Chinook (King) Salmon in these waters year round, the season usually doesn’t open until April. At this time, you’ll find Salmon feeding on a variety of baitfish near the Farallon Islands, Pedro Point, the Deep Reef southwest of Half Moon Bay, and the Duxbury Reef off the shore of Marin.

April also marks the beginning of the Rockfish and Lingcod seasons. You’re likely to target these bottomfish near a variety of reefs offshore or along the coast. Fishing for these species picks up momentum in June, as Rockfish start to seek out shallower water. You’ll also spot Salmon moving inshore at this time, following baitfish into San Francisco Bay.

Come fall, you’ll find many Salmon 10 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge, and this is where you can catch some of the largest of the season (25-40 lbs). This time of year also sees the biggest Lingcod of the season near the Farallon Islands.

Albacore Tuna pass through with the blink of an eye between August and October. Starting in November, you may set traps for Dungeness Crab on your way offshore.

You’re also likely to catch Halibut, Striped Bass, and a variety of Sharks at almost any time of year. Sturgeon are yet another common catch in these waters, but this fish is highly regulated and you can’t always keep it, depending on the size and where exactly you catch it.

How to Fish

Early in the season, you can target Salmon offshore by trolling. As they move inshore by early summer, local anglers start mooching instead. This tactic is much like drift fishing, and involves holding the rod in your hands (unlike trolling) while keeping the bait in motion. Salmon take to Shrimp, Squid, Sardines, and other small fish they commonly feed on.

You will catch Rockfish and Lingcod by bottom fishing. Baitcasters are used for live bait (Anchovies, Mackerel) and frozen Squid. If fresh bait is unavailable, you can cast swimbaits with spinning gear. Targeting Rockfish in the deep waters offshore calls for heavy tackle.

SF Deep Sea Fishing Charters

You can find private and open boat deep sea fishing charters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Half day trips (around 5 hours) typically cost $150 per person on an open boat charter and $750-$850 for a private charter.

Full day trips are $1,150-$1,200 for a private charter, or $200-$250 per person on an open boat trip. Full day trips last 8-10 hours and are generally recommended for Salmon and Rockfish excursions that will take you as far as the Farallon Islands (roughly 2 hours away).

San Francisco
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,780 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in San Francisco

Fishing in the morning in the bay, you have very calm waters, one of my sons get sick easily and this wasn’t a problem, you have a lot of bottom feeder fish here so you can be successful with weighting and drop to the bottom. No experience needed for casting. Very good sized catch in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in the morning in the bay, you have very calm waters, one of my sons get sick easily and this wasn’t a problem, you have a lot of bottom feeder fish here so you can be successful with weighting and drop to the bottom. No experience needed for casting. Very good sized catch in the area.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Wear layers and boot. Rain or wind breaker. It is cold in the morning and wet.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear layers and boot. Rain or wind breaker. It is cold in the morning and wet.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Awesome place to fish, plenty of action year round. Halibut are especially delicious!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Awesome place to fish, plenty of action year round. Halibut are especially delicious!
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing
Get out there and do it. Some days you catch a ton of fish, some days just a few. But we have always had a great time doing it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out there and do it. Some days you catch a ton of fish, some days just a few. But we have always had a great time doing it.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions
The fish we caught were fillet by the first mate. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish we caught were fillet by the first mate. They were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was perfect for a T shirt and jeans or a lightweight sweater. 10 out 10 would recommend
SF Boat Support
SF Boat Support
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing boat and expert Captain. Arrive to dock at least 30 minutes early for best parking.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All the fish you want to catch are spawning and hitting and being caught at this time of year. Book charters out of san fran in july/august
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing East McKeesport, PA
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, windblazer, snacks, and friends to relax with as you all wait for the bite.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing Cottage Grove, MN
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Actually speak with the captain and make sure you know where you're fishing and what you're fishing for.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing Red Bluff, CA
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's not like fishing for bluegill or other varieties in technique listen to the captain and you will do great!
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing North Las Vegas, Nevada
Halibut! Lots of them. HUGE!!! Leaving from Fisherman's Wharf passing Alcatraz, seeing the sun come up over the east bay ills, watching the yacht regatta, passing all the freighters and cruise ships, going under the bridges, seeing the rising sun reflected off the skyscrapers; it's a gorgeous place to catch BIG fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Halibut! Lots of them. HUGE!!! Leaving from Fisherman's Wharf passing Alcatraz, seeing the sun come up over the east bay ills, watching the yacht regatta, passing all the freighters and cruise ships, going under the bridges, seeing the rising sun reflected off the skyscrapers; it's a gorgeous place to catch BIG fish.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing San Jose, CA
Leave early to account for traffic delays and bring windproof jacket just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Leave early to account for traffic delays and bring windproof jacket just in case.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing Pacific House, CA
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's windy and cold out there in the pacific, so wear good windbreaker and warm clothes.
Argo Sportfishing
Argo Sportfishing Palo Alto, CA
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring layers. California doesn't always mean sunny and warm. But bring sunscreen too.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
The Fall is the summer in San Francisco and the Bay is teeming with fish!!! You can't go wrong.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Fall is the summer in San Francisco and the Bay is teeming with fish!!! You can't go wrong.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions Emeryville, CA
If your unsure of your sea legs, take a motion sickness medication. Be prepared for Karl to take your sight of land. Have your camera ready for some sensational photos. Prepare for weather and a healthy appetite to consume your catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your unsure of your sea legs, take a motion sickness medication. Be prepared for Karl to take your sight of land. Have your camera ready for some sensational photos. Prepare for weather and a healthy appetite to consume your catch.
Nautilus Excursions
Nautilus Excursions Maddington, Western Australia
Be sure to go over parking in advance with your Captain. With all the tourists, it can be difficult to find areas to park without a permit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to go over parking in advance with your Captain. With all the tourists, it can be difficult to find areas to park without a permit.
Reel Time Charters, LLC
Reel Time Charters, LLC Modesto, California
Bring a jacket because it gets pretty windy. Bring some snacks if you plan on doing the full day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket because it gets pretty windy. Bring some snacks if you plan on doing the full day.
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing Fernley, NV
Layer up for the weather. It was chili out on the ocean. There were a couple of extra jackets on the boat (and the captain offered my wife a blanket and pillow when she was falling asleep in the cabin) but it's always nice to have your own stuff. Sunblock!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layer up for the weather. It was chili out on the ocean. There were a couple of extra jackets on the boat (and the captain offered my wife a blanket and pillow when she was falling asleep in the cabin) but it's always nice to have your own stuff. Sunblock!!!
Warrior Poet Sportfishing
Warrior Poet Sportfishing Auburn, CA

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in San Francisco