The Best San Diego Bass Fishing Guides

A list of the best San Diego bass fishing guides covering El Capitan, San Vicente, Lower Otay, Lake Hodges, Diamond Valley and all other lakes around San Diego.

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.

James is a full-time guide, guiding 7 days a week, giving him more on-the-water experience than most other guides. He is 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 also an experienced bass tournament angler, 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.

Contact Captain James Nelson: Send an email | (619) 395-0799 | Visit website

Tom Lowery


Tom Lowery has over 25 years of 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; San Vicente, 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.

Contact Tom Lowery: Send an email | (858) 922-9933 | Visit website

Captain Alan Clowers

alan-clowers-fw-listingCaptain 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.

Contact Captain Alan Clowers: Send an email | (619) 800-3474 | Visit website

Jim Hallauer


Jim Hallauer is an accomplished tournament angler with over 30 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.

Contact Jim Hallauer: Send an email | (619) 857-7173 | Visit website

Todd Kline


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.

Contact Todd Kline: Send an email | (714) 333-8576 | Visit website

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