Northern California Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Northern California Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Northern California

Northern California: 19 fishing charters available

Here We Go Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Emeryville
trips from $775

Fish On Charters – Bay Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(83 reviews)
Bodega Bay
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $120

Crescent City Fishing Charters

Crescent City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $175

SF Boat Support

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(37 reviews)
San Francisco
trips from $1,600

Deep Sea Fishing in Northern California

With a coastline of 3,427 miles, it’s no surprise that the “Golden State” is a hotspot for offshore anglers. While SoCal is revered all over the world, deep sea fishing in Northern California can be just as good. From San Jose to the Oregon border, there’s plenty on offer to get you flexing your muscles and filling a charter boat with some delicious fish. 

What fish can I catch?

If you’re looking to land something delicious to take back to shore, then Northern California deep sea fishing has just what you want. California's Pacific Ocean is home to some of the world's most coveted seafood.
 
Hit up the nearshore and offshore grounds and bottom fish for tasty Lingcod and Halibut, while the open seas are prime to get you trolling for Bluefin and Albacore Tuna. These tough-fighting creatures combine sportfishing and hunting to give you the all-round fishing experience.

What to Expect

To get to the canyons and continental shelf where the big fish live, you’ll need at least a full day on board. Thankfully, most trips take place aboard professional fishing boats, such as commercial vessels, pilothouses, or cuddy cabins. These comfortable boats feature covered seated areas for you to relax, as well as toilets for your convenience. 
 
With this in mind, beginners are welcome on a Northern California deep sea fishing charter to test the waters. Bottom fishing can be plenty of fun, while the big game fishing offshore is often best left to the pros. Get in touch with your charter captain and let them know your ability level and they’ll tailor a trip for you.
 
If you’re looking to save some money, there’s also the option of hopping aboard a shared charter. Individuals and small groups are, therefore, able to indulge in the wealth of deep sea fishing without having to break the bank!

Where and When to Go

If you’re based in San Francisco or San Jose, the Bay Area is your best bet for a deep sea fishing charter. Head up the coast to  Bodega Bay, one of the Golden State’s most coveted fishing marinas, which offers plenty in the way of charters. However, your best bet for a short run at the deep seas comes further north. Hop aboard a charter in Eureka or Trinidad and you can hit the ridges and canyons within just 10 miles.
 
While fishing is exceptional year-round along the Golden State’s coast, the deep sea fishing season can be a bit temperamental. Come in summer or fall and explore the open oceans, as you go after the catch of a lifetime. 

How to Prepare

Before you embark on your Northern California deep sea fishing adventure, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got everything you need. Grab a California fishing license to start with, and check with your captain if there’s anything else you need. Some charters offer drinks and snacks, but most will encourage you to bring your own, so make sure to stock up to make the most of your day out. 
 
Deep sea fishing in Northern California offers you the chance to get your hands on some monstrous, delicious fish. Come aboard and test your skills! 
Northern California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Northern California

If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you've never fished the Delta, this is a great starting point. All services available. June was a bit tough because of the post spawn, but whether or not you catch fish, being on this water is a treat. Beautiful place!
Tom  K.
Tom K. Cayucos, CA
Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give time to get there as there was some construction at Marina that can be confusing.
Itza  S.
Itza S. Castro Valley, California
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.
Syed  M.
Syed M. Palo Alto, CA
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Your arms will get tired reeling in all the fish lol. JK it’s a blast definitely a must do when in Tahoe.
Ben  M.
Ben M. Henderson, NV
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Little chilly, but nice October day in Tahoe. Can't beat the sunrise and mountain views and the clean gorgeous water.
Adrienne  M.
Adrienne M. Brookeville, MD
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your Dramamine and wear layers of clothes because the weather can change from cool to sunny in the same day! Look up Steve Huber for a fun, professional and productive fishing trip!
Jay  S.
Jay S. Shasta Lake, CA
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Boyd  W.
Boyd W. Lincoln, CA
Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket and lunch. If you not sure how your stomach will hold take meds ahead of time.
Salvador  S.
Salvador S. Fair Oaks, California
Book a trip with Steve Huber! He'll take all the guess work out of your trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Steve Huber! He'll take all the guess work out of your trip!
John  O.
John O. Sacramento, CA
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Rooney said that Salmon Fishing is great right now, but I really liked going around the bay hunting halibut. So much action throughout the day!
Ariel  S.
Ariel S. San Pablo, California
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.
Dan  B.
Dan B.
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.
Michael  F.
Michael F. 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.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Maddington, Western Australia
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time! Landed 4 in the boat really early in the morning and had 3-4 other chances that the fish got lucky on.
Joe  S.
Joe S. Foristell, MO
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.
Mathew  K.
Mathew K. 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.
Chase  B.
Chase B. 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!!!
Wallace  C.
Wallace C. Auburn, CA
Book a trip on the Warrior Poet. Capt. Dave King will do his best to assure that you have a good time. He's very knowledgeable and will get you on the fish quickly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip on the Warrior Poet. Capt. Dave King will do his best to assure that you have a good time. He's very knowledgeable and will get you on the fish quickly
Baldwin  L.
Baldwin L. San Francisco, California
Salmon fishing needs a long ride toward the ocean, so not very pleasurable for people susceptible to sea sickness. Prepare well before the trip, probably by limiting your meal before the trip and take some pills to combat the motion sickness. Wear thick clothes as well because it could be quite windy even in a sunny afternoon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Salmon fishing needs a long ride toward the ocean, so not very pleasurable for people susceptible to sea sickness. Prepare well before the trip, probably by limiting your meal before the trip and take some pills to combat the motion sickness. Wear thick clothes as well because it could be quite windy even in a sunny afternoon.
Sheng  G.
Sheng G. Palo Alto, CA
Fish with an experienced captain, like Craig Hanson. He knows the water, knows where the fish are likely to be, and has the correct tackle and bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish with an experienced captain, like Craig Hanson. He knows the water, knows where the fish are likely to be, and has the correct tackle and bait.
Christopher  T.
Christopher T. Sunbury-on-Thames, ENG

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