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.
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.
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Captain Brian Morris has been fishing San Diego for twelve years now. His fishing experience has ventured to many regions around the world including the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Micronesia, Panama, the Azores, Hawaii, Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea. Capt. Brian has learned to adjust to techniques and cultures in many of the locals. He doesn’t limit his abilities to fish just one type of fishery as there are so many different species of fish out there.
San Diego bay fishing reminds Capt. Brian of the fresh water fishery growing up on Coastal North Carolina. It was there that he was exposed to 4,800 square miles of prime bass fishing. He recalls, “You really had to work for it and be willing to travel in your bass boat”. The same techniques are used here in California for bay bass, calico bass, and halibut.
Off shore is where Capt. Brian really shines. His extensive knowledge of pelagic fish behaviors such as wahoo, marlin and tuna is extensive. Dorado are everywhere offshore and probably the easiest fish in the ocean to catch says Capt. Brian. Southern California offshore fishing is one of his favorites! Fishing is what Capt. Brian does for a living so if you’re an adventurous fisherman or a novice, Capt. Brian would love to get you on the water!
Kelvin is a local guide operating La Jolla Fishing, a Professional Fishing Guide Service for ten + years. He has fished San Diego waters for 40 years with the La Jolla kelp beds as his back yard fishery. Nettleton offers personalized service for the experienced angler as well as teaching the novice how to fish San Diego’s inshore waters and bays.
Kelvin has a 2015 Blazer Bay 2170 CC that comfortably fishes up to 3 anglers in the kelp beds or 4 anglers in the bays. His new 2015 Blazer Bay 2170 CC is perfect for fly fishing. Calico bass, bonito, barracuda, white sea bass, and yellowtail are the target species in the kelp beds.
San Diego Bay is the most consistent fishery in San Diego where Nettleton and his clients target sand bass, spotted bay bass, halibut, bonefish, croaker, corvina and other species. San Diego Bay is the perfect place to introduce kids to fishing. With the downtown skyline and naval activity it’s always a fun day on the bay.
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