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 40 years. He is one of the most diverse guides in the area, providing guaranteed catch trips on San Diego Bay, Mission Bay, saltwater, and local lakes.
Nelson is one of the region’s few full-time fishing guides; on the water more than anyone. This experience makes him one of the premier guides in San Diego. If there is one guide to fish with in San Diego, it’s James and his diverse list of fish species including halibut, bass, and bonefish. He holds the IGFA Captain’s Record for Largest Pacific Bonefish caught by one of his clients.
Nelson is an experienced professional bass tournament angler as well. So if a trip to the lakes is what you’re after, James is the guy.
All trips are personalized to fit the specific goals YOU have for YOUR fishing trip. He offers military discounts, and kids fish free! All tackle, bait, snacks and soft drinks are provided aboard a fully equipped 22′ Skeeter ZX2200 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 an expert on all of the San Diego area lakes, with over 30 years of experience bass fishing on them since the early 80s. He is also one of the original and most experienced guides on Diamond Valley Lake, and has been guiding there since the lake first opened.
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.
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 freshwater 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!
Todd Kline grew up fishing in South Florida but has been living in California for the past 25 years. As a bass angler, he has risen to the top on a national level, winning the FLW Rayovac National Championships in 2015 and claiming back to back Angler of the Year in the FLW Western Series in 2013 and 2014. The knowledge that Todd has gained from fishing in FL, competing in tournaments with FLW, and 25 years of experience in California make him one of the most sought after fishing guides in the region. Todd’s goal is not to just put you on fish, but to pass along his knowledge and techniques so that you become a better angler.
Kline offers both 1/2 day (4 hrs) and full day (8 hrs) trips on the best lakes in San Diego, as well as Diamond Valley Lake, Lake Perris, and Lake Skinner.
You will not only fish with a great guide, but you will fish from a tournament rigged Skeeter Bass boat. Water and Gatorade is provided at no additional cost.
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