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San Francisco, CA

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One of America's best cities has some of America's best fishing.

Have you ever thought about what it would be like reel in a gigantic Chinook salmon or sturgeon with the Golden Gate Bridge as the background? We have, and that’s why we’ve listed so many outfitters in the San Francisco area. Fishing is good year round here, and there is a multitude of different species to target. You can go out to sea to chase salmon and sturgeon, or you can stay close to shore and cast to tasty rockfish and lingcod.

Many of San Francisco’s fishing charters are based out of the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf and have been for generations. The Wharf is teeming with reminders of the old San Francisco, but what better way to get in touch with the Jack London days of old than to head out on the water and catch some dinner!

Whether you’re a corporate group, a family, or just looking to get away for day, a fishing trip in the Bay Area might be exactly what you need.

Basic Info
  • 57° 46° Dec-Feb
  • 63° 49° Mar-May
  • 68° 55° Jun-Aug
  • 69° 54° Sep-Nov
Pacific Ocean, Gulf Of Farrallones
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in San Francisco, CA


One of the world's largest flatfish, Halibut have diamond shaped bodies and swim sideways, blending in with the sea floor.


Neither a Ling or a Cod, Lingcod have large heads and mouths and sharp teeth and body narrows towards the tail.

Striped Bass

Stripers are easily identified by dark horizontal stripes across a silvery body. They can grow to more than 48 inches, weigh over 50 pounds and live up to 30 years.

More San Francisco Outfitters

Fishing with Soleman Sportfishing in San Francisco

Soleman Sportfishing

San Francisco, CA

Captain Don Franklin (aka 'Sole-Man') has been fishing for 41 years, and Captain of Sole-Man Sportfishing for the last 14 years. Captain Don Franklin, operates, one of the finest, best equipped Fishing Charter Boat on Fisherman's Wharf, in San Francisco. When fishing with Sole-Man you will be able to experience some of the finest Salmon, Halibut, Rock Fish, Sturgeon, and Shark fishing anywhere! Captain Don has many years of local fishing experience, and knows the Bay and Ocean like the back of his hand. Get ready to catch a trophy fish with Captain Don "The Sole-Man" Franklin. Our Golden Gate caught Salmon, are some of the finest King Salmon anywhere in the world. Our size ratio is FANTASTIC. We get some Hogs out in the Pacific, but also late in the year, we get Big River Run Hogs. Right here in San Francisco Bay! The feed that the Salmon have here around the Golden Gate is some of the richest anywhere. They love to eat Krill, which is very plentiful here, as well as there being plenty of Herring, Anchovies, and Sardines. Simply put, That's why our Salmon are the BEST! We also fish Rockcod (Rockfish) where you can load up on multiple species of Cod, some of the best eating fish there is! Hog Halibut and Big Stripers (Striped Bass) are also caught through the spring, summer, and early autumn. They are a great challenge to catch, and taste great too! Great White Sturgeon are caught in San Francisco Bay year-round as well. These pre-historic fish affectionately known as 'Diamond-Backs' are some of the largest (and rarest) game fish you can catch! Oversize Sturgeon (over 66" in overall length) are routinely caught. Although Captain Don is a master at catching all these fish, he is particularly passionate about Shark fishing. San Francisco Bay has one of the greatest abundances and varieties of Sharks in the world. Leopard Sharks, Soupfin Sharks, Sevengill Sharks, Sixgill Sharks, Blue Sharks, and Smoothhound Sharks are readily caught in San Francisco Bay.

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