Below is a list of the best San Diego bay fishing guides offering trips on San Diego Bay and Mission Bay. 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.
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.
Because his business operates with more than one boat, and not a crossover boat, his saltwater vessel can handle more anglers than many other guides, making a perfect option for families of up to 6 to have an affordable day on the bay as a group. His 25 foot cuddy cabin is even equipped with a private porta-potti for the female anglers.
Each trip is catered to your needs, whether it be to learn specific techniques or just have a good time catching fish. From bonefish in the back bay to halibut and bass, Clowers has it adequately covered!
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.
Risen Tide Sportfishing
Captain Eric Risen brings over 20 years of local fishing experience to the table in offering both inshore and bay trips in San Diego aboard his beautiful 24’ center console Skeeter SX240 Bay Boat.
Risen grew up in these waters, cutting his teeth on San Diego Bay before proving his skills in local saltwater tournaments before eventually starting his own charter business.
He’s also worked as a professional mate aboard the 106’ yacht ‘Venture Mode’ and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree, making him a very well rounded and experienced angler and Captain.
Eric prides himself on being knowledgable, social, enthusiastic and eager to provide you and your party a great fishing experience!
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