Below is a listing of Southern California and San Diego fishing guides and fishing charter services that will provide you with the best possible experience on the water. There are a lot of choices when selecting a fishing guide, and we have singled out the very best for you.
Captain James Nelson
Captain James Nelson has been fishing the bays and lakes of Southern California for more than 30 years. He is one of the most diverse guides in the area, providing rewarding guide trips on both San Diego and Mission Bay, inshore saltwater trips, as well as trips to the local lakes, including Diamond Valley.
Nelson is one of the regions few full-time fishing guides, so he is on the water more than anyone. That experience makes him one of the premier San Diego Bay guides, which is arguably the best and most underrated fishery in Southern California. If there is one place to fish in San Diego, it’s the big bay with its diverse list of fish species including halibut, bass, and bonefish. James has the bay dialed in like no other guide.
Nelson is an experienced bass tournament angler as well, having fished in both FLW and WON pro events. So if a trip to the lakes is what you’re after, James is the guy as well. All trips are personalized to fit the specific goals YOU have for YOUR fishing trip. He offers reasonable group rates, military discounts, and kids fish free! All tackle, bait, snacks and soft drinks are provided. His trips are run aboard a fully equipped 22' Skeeter ZX2000 powered by a reliable 250 HP Yamaha Four Stroke Outboard.
Art Hill is one of the top guides in all of Southern California, consistently helping his angling clients catch the biggest bass of their lifetime.
Whether your goal is to catch more bass than you ever have in a day, set a new "personal best", or to become a better bass angler by learning new techniques, Art Hill is qualified and dedicated to help you achieve those goals.
Art is a local expert on both Vail and Diamond Valley lakes, arguably the two best bass lakes in Southern California, both of which are located approximately an hour from downtown San Diego.
Tom Lowery has over 20 years fishing experience on Southern California Lakes. He is based in beautiful San Diego California. Tom has many tournament wins and over a dozen BIG BASS of the tournament awards fishing Southern California Lakes. A day on the water with Tom may reward you with catching the bass of a lifetime.
Tom’s unique service offers Guide Trips and/or Private Fishing Lessons. He customizes how you want to spend your time. Whether you want a fun relaxing day catching bass, learn structure fishing, do some “how to” stuff, or fish for that BIG bass of a lifetime, Tom will provide you with a great experience and you will learn a ton about fishing.
Tom is an expert on his local San Diego Lakes; El Capitan, Otay, Hodges, and Murray. He also fishes Perris, Diamond Valley and other Southern California Lakes. Most of these lakes are within 1 hour of downtown San Diego.
Captain Alan Clowers
Captain Alan Clowers has over 25 years of fishing experience on Southern California lakes, bays, and oceans. He offers guided fishing trips, private fishing lessons, and San Diego Bay tours.
Clowers is no stranger to putting fish in the boat, and his skills have been tournament proven with 10 team tournament wins, 8 big bass awards and dozens of top 5 finishes. Unlike many other guides, Clowers is experienced with live bait as well, and for those interested, can guide you to big bass using crawdads. He has caught hundreds of bass over 5 pounds on our local reservoirs using crawdads.
Each trip is catered to your needs, whether it be to learn specific techniques or just have a good time catching fish.
Captain Clowers operates his bay and saltwater trips out of a fully loaded 25 foot Chris-Craft cuddy cabin, ensuring a safe and comfortable trip offshore. His freshwater trips are done aboard a tournament loaded 20 foot Ranger bass boat.
San Diego Fishing Adventures with Captain Peter Hamann
If saltwater fishing is what you want to do, then look no further than San Diego Fishing Adventures! Owner and operator Captain Peter Hamann specializes specifically in San Diego's saltwater fisheries, from the beautiful offshore waters to the prolific bays and inshore kelp beds.
With over 20 years of experience and numerous tournament wins from bay bass to rock cod fishing, Captain Peter Hamann will be sure to put you on the best bite possible.
Peter grew up fishing San Diego Bay and knows all of the best and most productive spots to target anything from Spotted Bay Bass, to Corvina, and drag screaming Bonefish!
Whether your an experienced angler or a first-timer with kids, every trip is catered to your skill, needs and wants to help create the best possible fishing experience available!
En La Mosca Adventures
San Diego Bay is a marvelous fishery that En La Mosca Adventures would love to share with you. Owner/operator Bob Day is a Coast Guard-licensed captain, a California Department of Fish and Game-licensed guide and an IGFA Captain/Guide. His specialty is fly fishing and light tackle fishing the bay for spotted bay bass, yellowfin croaker, the elusive Pacific bonefish and many other species. He can even take you to the inshore kelp beds depending on weather and water conditions. Captain Day also specializes in teaching boys and girls how to enjoy San Diego Bay and its fishing fun.
All of the necessary rods and reels, flies, lures and other necessary items are provided, or you can opt to bring your own. Water and soft drinks will also be provided along with some basic snacks. CPR (Catch, Photograph and Release) is preferred with all species, especially Pacific Bonefish.
Let Captain Bob Day fish with, and teach you about San Diego Bay. Contact him at one of the below methods for additional information and scheduling.
Justin Hanold has grown up on the lakes of Southern California, and later traveled the U.S. competing in bass tournaments against some of the best anglers in the world, honing his skills at every stop. As a tournament angler, any time not spent guiding is likely spent on the lake, either competing or practicing for upcoming events. This commitment to tournament fishing keeps Justin on the water more than most guides, and in tune with the lakes and on top of the bite.
Today, Hanold offers guided fishing trips on the best San Diego area lakes, as well as Lake Perris and Diamond Valley. For Justin, it is about making sure his clients have a fun time and a great experience while sharing his expertise.
He runs his trips aboard his 21 foot Triton bass boat, supplemented by top-quality tackle from Shimano, GLoomis and Graphite USA. Discounts for police, fire and active military personnel are offered, as well as weekly specials for the rest of us.
Jim Hallauer is an accomplished tournament angler with over 20 years of experience on these local lakes. His understanding of the lakes is tournament proven to be among the best as a former "Angler of the Year" in San Diego's most competitive team tournament trail, National Bass West as well as U.S. Anglers Choice.
He has also served several years as a fly fishing guide in Alaska, polishing his customer service skills on some of the most challenging waters in the U.S. with a wide variety of clients of all skill levels and expectations. That combination of tournament proven success and his experience guiding clients in extremely challenging settings make him one of San Diego's premier fishing guides.
Hallauer puts only the finest equipment in the hands of his clients, and operates all of his bass trips on his fully loaded Ranger Z520 dual console bass boat powered by a reliable Mercury 250 ProXS.
Seasons Sportfishing has become one of San Diego’s most reputable and top producing 4-pack charter operations. Captain Jamie Thinnes and Captain Duane “Diego” Mellor, both boasting decades of experience in SoCal and Northen Baja operate two beautiful, fully-rigged Parker Pilot House boats (34' and 25').
Seasons Sportfishing specializes in hunting big fish both inshore and offshore, targeting white seabass, yellowtail and halibut in the Spring, offshore pelagic species (tuna, dorado, yellowtail and marlin) in the Summer/Fall and lingcod/rockcod in Mexican waters throughout the Winter.
Seasons Sportfishing offers trip durations from 1/2 day up to 2-day, as well as customizable trips to suit your needs. All trips include bait, top-of-the-line Shimano gear, professionally rigged tackle, ice, Mexican Fishing Permits and fish cleaning services.
So if you're looking to land a fish of a lifetime, in style, with one of the most productive and professional operations in the industry, look no further than Seasons Sportfishing!
Joe Marshall offers guided trips on Southern California's inland waters, specializing on the lakes of San Diego County. He is available 7 days a week, year-round, and offers a guarantee that you'll catch fish, or your money back! He also offers a unique service – providing an edited HD video commemorating your trip!
Marshall has been working in the fishing industry since he was 8 years old, serving as a deckhand on his father's charter boats in Cabo San Lucas. His outgoing personality and enthusiasm for teaching and just fishing in general makes him an excellent choice for anglers of all skill levels, beginners to advanced tournament anglers from out of town. Joe's specialty is fishing plastics and crankbaits, and excels in the deep waters of the San Diego Reservoirs.
His trips are run aboard his tournament-equipped Ranger Cherokee 207 with Lowrance HDS structure scan sonar and MinnKota i-Pilot GPS enabled trolling motor.
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