Southern California Fly Fishing Charters

Southern California Fly Fishing Charters

Top Southern California Fly Fishing Destinations

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Southern California

Southern California: 18 fishing charters available

Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(178 reviews)
Coronado
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trips from $500

Nemo Charters - Weekend Trips

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(22 reviews)
Long Beach
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AP Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(71 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from $600

Breakwall Fishing – Weekend Trips

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(36 reviews)
Long Beach
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Fly Fishing in Southern California

The fly fishing Southern California has to offer anglers is pretty epic. Whether you’re just learning how to fly fish or have been on the water for years, there’s something for everyone in the “Golden State.” When booking a charter in SoCal, choose you target species first before heading out – this will help you decide where to book a trip and which charter will be best suited for you.

Lakes and Creeks

There may be dozens of rivers and lakes in Northern California, but SoCal has a lot to offer anglers, too. Head toward Deep Creek or Santa Paula Creek for some top fly fishing. Other hotspots include Castaic Lake, which is known for its big bites, especially of Bass. For Trout fishing in Southern California, book a trip to Lake Cuyamaca, Lake Hodges, Lake Arrowhead, or Lake Wohlford to name just a few.

The Bays and Inshore

Beginners will enjoy fishing San Diego Bay and Mission Bay – these bays are protected from the elements and offer calm waters. Inshore waters are home to schools of bait fish that attract larger game, allowing for top fishing without going too far from shore. Top species you can target include Calico Bass, Yellowtail, Mackerel, Barracuda, Bonito, and Sandbass. Mako Sharks are fantastic to fish for, but should be released once you’ve taken a photo to keep the population up.

The piers are also productive to fish. Head to Santa Monica Pier and Crystal Pier for excellent fly fishing for Calico Bass, Mackerel, Surf Perch, and much more.

Offshore

Saltwater fly fishing is best left to the experts – this will test your skills, your sea legs, and your line! A top saltwater fly fishing hotspot is found up to 100 miles from the San Diego shoreline. Book an overnight trip fly fishing for Yellowfin Tuna to get the most out of the long journey out.

How to Prepare

Everyone in your group over 16 will need to have a fishing license with them on board.

An offshore saltwater fly fishing trip that heads into Mexican waters will require everyone on board to have photo ID on them, as well. The captain will let you know if you need a Mexican Tourist Visa.

Do something out of the ordinary with your next vacation and try fly fishing Southern California waters. From rivers and creeks to 100 miles offshore, you’re sure to find the perfect trip for you.

Southern California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Southern California

Check the weather before you go out and pick a time where the water is warmer, this will ensure you catch the types of fish you're looking for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather before you go out and pick a time where the water is warmer, this will ensure you catch the types of fish you're looking for.
Marcelino  H.
Marcelino H. Redondo Beach, CA
Fishing can be hit and miss. Usually good fishing with a good captain, boat and waters. Have enjoyed good fishing for sculpin, red fish, and bass. Great harbor just larger to exit than others.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing can be hit and miss. Usually good fishing with a good captain, boat and waters. Have enjoyed good fishing for sculpin, red fish, and bass. Great harbor just larger to exit than others.
Ryan​  M.
Ryan​ M. Big Pine, CA
I think early morning fishing is the best. I suggest at least half a day. The sea was very calm, hardly any waves and easy to catch the fishes. If you go deeper into the sea, you should be able to catch much larger fishes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think early morning fishing is the best. I suggest at least half a day. The sea was very calm, hardly any waves and easy to catch the fishes. If you go deeper into the sea, you should be able to catch much larger fishes.
Daniel  C.
Daniel C. Singapore
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Grind at finding fish and you will get on fish. Less boats out this time of the year which is awesome!
Jamieson  M.
Jamieson M. United States
Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a bay fishing charter, you catch a lot of fish and multiple different species.
James  P.
James P. Creston, MT
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
San Diego is a very beautiful city to begin with and add fishing the area is breath taking!!! Highly recommend fishing in San Diego area.
Jon  C.
Jon C. Scottsdale, AZ
Chose Capt Shannon. Very knowledgeable and catered to the anglers on the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chose Capt Shannon. Very knowledgeable and catered to the anglers on the boat
Tom  S.
Tom S. CAPE MAY CH, NJ
Nice trip. Boat is geared more toward fishing than comfort. Overall very good experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nice trip. Boat is geared more toward fishing than comfort. Overall very good experience.
Mark  B.
Mark B. San Bernardino, California
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Couldn’t ask for a better 1/2 day excursion. Fish were jumping in the boat
Scott  Y.
Scott Y. Yorba Linda, CA
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Speak with your captain prior to departure. Bring extra food and drinks if desired Make sure to check the weather to prepare properly
Michael  T.
Michael T. Santa Ana, CA
Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your good attitude and a good smile, God will take care of the rest.
Daniel  A.
Daniel A. San Marcos, CA
Book now and stop looking! Yeah his is the trip. Took my two boys on their first trip and we caught 30+ fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book now and stop looking! Yeah his is the trip. Took my two boys on their first trip and we caught 30+ fish!
John  C.
John C. Pasadena, CA
Call Steven at rockin reel if you really want to catch fish. Steven worked hard for us and put us on fish all day. Great guy that knows what he's doing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Steven at rockin reel if you really want to catch fish. Steven worked hard for us and put us on fish all day. Great guy that knows what he's doing.
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. San Clemente, CA
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing boats depart promptly at their scheduled hour. Be EARLY or ON TIME for the trip.
Lance  S.
Lance S. United States
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book with Pelican Sport fishing, you will not regret it. Captain Shaun will make sure you have a great time.
Jayme  D.
Jayme D. Midvale, UT
Make sure to ask your captain what fish to expect or to let them know what fish you would like to Target so you are not disappointed or not expecting something else. We had fun because Capt let us know what was biting and we wanted to just catch fish. It's fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to ask your captain what fish to expect or to let them know what fish you would like to Target so you are not disappointed or not expecting something else. We had fun because Capt let us know what was biting and we wanted to just catch fish. It's fun.
Casey  R.
Casey R. Los Angeles, CA
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tuna fishing down here can always be a hit or miss, avoid those days after a full moon and you should be able to get on them.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Ontario, CA
Weather is amazing and the fishing is great for everyone including children.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is amazing and the fishing is great for everyone including children.
Windy  A.
Windy A. Ontario, CA
Learn the equipment you'll be using before you leave the dock. Don't try and figure out a complicated reel set up without asking questions first.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Learn the equipment you'll be using before you leave the dock. Don't try and figure out a complicated reel set up without asking questions first.
Scott  G.
Scott G. Englewood, CO
Beautiful Water - Rocken Locken Tours is the best. Captain Steve is awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful Water - Rocken Locken Tours is the best. Captain Steve is awesome.
Robert  P.
Robert P. Aliso Viejo, California

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Southern California