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San Francisco Fishing

San Francisco Fishing

San Francisco is located on the Pacific coast in California, and has a rich and diverse history. Fishing has been a significant part of San Francisco's history since the earliest days. The Ohlone people who lived in the area prior to European arrival relied on fishing as a major source of food. When Spanish colonists arrived in the late 1700s, they established a thriving fishing industry in the Bay Area.

During the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, many immigrants from around the world came to San Francisco, including a large number of fishermen from Portugal and Italy who established the city's fishing industry. The industry boomed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with hundreds of fishing boats working the waters of the Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

However, the industry declined in the mid-20th century due to overfishing and pollution, and many fishing communities in San Francisco struggled to survive. Despite these challenges, fishing remains an important part of the city's history and culture, with a small but dedicated group of fishermen continuing to work the waters off the coast of San Francisco to this day.

The waters surrounding San Francisco offer a diverse array of fish species, both in the Bay and in the Pacific Ocean. Some of the most commonly caught fish in the area include Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Sockeye Salmon in the rivers, bay, and ocean. Striped Bass is a popular target among anglers that are frequently found in the bay and delta. Nearshore and offshore fishing San Francisco can product many different species of Rockfish, including Black Rockfish, Canary Rockfish, and Yellowtail Rockfish. There are also many Bocaccio, Cabezon, Halibut, Lingcod, and White Seabass. Albacore Tuna and Bluefin Tuna are also commonly caught when trolling baits offshore. One of the record fish catches in San Francisco was a 78.2-pound White Seabass in the San Francisco Bay. It came close to breaking the state record of 79 pounds.



San Francisco Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing San Francisco, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Lingcod

  2. Lingcod

    There is a 28.68% catch rate for Lingcod, based on 193 Lingcod counted.

    San Francisco Lingcod Counts Chart
    Lingcod

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO LINGCOD COUNTS CHART


  3. Pacific Herring

  4. Pacific Herring

    There is a 17.98% catch rate for Pacific Herring, based on 121 Pacific Herring counted.

    San Francisco Pacific Herring Counts Chart
    Pacific

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO PACIFIC HERRING COUNTS CHART


  5. Cabezon

  6. Cabezon

    There is a 13.52% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 91 Cabezon counted.

    San Francisco Cabezon Counts Chart
    Cabezon

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  7. Bocaccio

  8. Bocaccio

    There is a 13.08% catch rate for Bocaccio, based on 88 Bocaccio counted.

    San Francisco Bocaccio Counts Chart
    Bocaccio

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  9. Common Carp

  10. Common Carp

    There is a 4.61% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 31 Common Carp counted.

    San Francisco Common Carp Counts Chart
    Common

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO COMMON CARP COUNTS CHART


  11. Halibut

  12. Halibut

    There is a 4.46% catch rate for Halibut, based on 30 Halibut counted.

    San Francisco Halibut Counts Chart
    Halibut

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  13. Striped Bass

  14. Striped Bass

    There is a 4.01% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 27 Striped Bass counted.

    San Francisco Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

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  15. Black Rockfish

  16. Black Rockfish

    There is a 3.27% catch rate for Black Rockfish, based on 22 Black Rockfish counted.

    San Francisco Black Rockfish Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO BLACK ROCKFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. Rainbow Trout

  18. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 2.97% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 20 Rainbow Trout counted.

    San Francisco Rainbow Trout Counts Chart
    Rainbow

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO RAINBOW TROUT COUNTS CHART


  19. Starry Flounder

  20. Starry Flounder

    There is a 2.23% catch rate for Starry Flounder, based on 15 Starry Flounder counted.

    San Francisco Starry Flounder Counts Chart
    Starry

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO STARRY FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 25 species of fish and 673 fish counted for July around San Francisco.

To date, there are 69 species of fish and a total of 16125 fish counted for San Francisco and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 7/1/2024 5:59:04 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for San Francisco are the following:

  1. Deep Reef
    Deep Reef 37.21.30 / 122.37.03


  2. Shipwreck of destroyer USS Thompson (DD-305) in San Francisco Bay

    37.553413000 -122.157656000

  3. Sand Dab Hole
    Sand Dab Hole 37.23.20 / 122.28.45


  4. 27 Fathom Reefs South


  5. Port of Redwood City
    port of redwood city


  6. JAMES ROLF
    Attributes RECRD 50127 VESSLTERMS JAMES ROLF FEATURE_TYPE Not Charted LATDEC 37.474939 LONDEC -122.484422 GP_QUALITY Poor DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE YEARSUNK HISTORY SURVEY REQUIRE


  7. OBSTRUCTION
    Attributes RECRD 52646 VESSLTERMS OBSTRUCTION FEATURE_TYPE Obstruction - Submerged LATDEC 38.028417 LONDEC -122.141361 GP_QUALITY High DEPTH 35 SOUNDING_TYPE Feet and tenths Y


  8. Joeys Spot
    Joeys Spot


  9. OBSTRUCTION
    Attributes RECRD 54137 VESSLTERMS OBSTRUCTION FEATURE_TYPE Obstruction - Submerged LATDEC 37.784722 LONDEC -122.270639 GP_QUALITY High DEPTH 17 SOUNDING_TYPE Feet and tenths Y


  10. wreck-481


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Latest San Francisco Fishing Reports

  • Flash Fishing Report 6/28/24
    Hey Fishermen Flash 2 had a great day with mostly kids on board. It was a shark/live bait combo.They had a blast with a lot of action. They also had a 36in 20+ pound bass!!!


  • Flash Fishing report 6/26/24
    Hey Fishermen The tides are getting better. Check out today’s 1/2 day trip on Flash 2. It is just going to get very good on the weekend. Call me if you would like to get onto


  • Flash Fishing Report 6/22/24
    Hey Fishermen Flash 1 has 2 half day trips today. They experienced the poor am conditions as I did on Flash 2. Although they had over a fish a rod. I think they will do much


  • Flash Fishing report 6/22/24
    Hey Fishermen Today I ran Flash 2’s 1/2 day am trip. The tides were not good for halibut but we gave it a shot. Then the wind came up. But all in all we had a great time and


  • Flash Fishing Report 6/21/24
    Hey fishermen Flash one had a slow start again today but wow did they end up great. Limits of bass limits of quality halibut. I have two spots that opened up on Sunday if you


  • Flash Fishing Report 6/20/24
    Hey fisherman Flash one had a light charter today with three gentlemen on board. This was a half-day trip and they did very well. They landed some very nice halibut and some


  • Flash Fishing Report 6/19/24
    Here is the final report from 6/19/24. They killed it! Call me if you would like to get into the action. Captain Steve Flash Fishing 510 851-2500 The post Flash Fishing Repor


  • Flash Fishing report 6/18/24
    Hey Fishermen Flash 1 had a slow start today but ended with a bang!!! They did great for a 1/2 day trip. Call me if you would like to get you bang in. Enjoy today’s photo. Ca


  • Flash Fishing Report 6/17/24
    Flash 1 had a 1/2 day trip and limited on both halibut and bass early! Another great day fishing. Call me on the boat phone to get into the action. enjoy today’s photos.Capta


  • Flash Fishing report 6/17/24
    Hey Fishermen Flash 2 had 2 half day trips yesterday. The fishing was great. Check out the photos. Call me on the boat phone to get on a trip.Captain Steve TalmadgeBoat mobil


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Top San Francisco Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Gus' Discount Tackle


  2. Martinez Marina
    Martinez Marina is just north of San Francisco. This Almar Marina is minutes from the historic town of Martinez, along the Carquinez Strait, just west of Interstate 680. Our marina is a perfect location to call your vessel’s new home.

  3. Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle
    Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle, located on the coast about 20 miles south of San Francisco, the only stop you have to make for the fishing adventure of a lifetime! We have the supplies you need for a fantastic day on the water onboard the char

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Top San Francisco Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Flash Sport Fishing
    Captain Steve Talmadge has seriously fished the San Francisco Bay waters since 1970, both commercial and sport fishing. He has a Coast Guard Masters License and is fully insured. He likes to guide small groups; no more than 6 anglers per trip. This a

  2. Riptide Sportfishing
    Offering deep sea fishing and whale watching tours off the San Mateo, San Francisco Bay area coast. Rock Fish (shallow water - light tackle, and deep sea) seasonal, Salmon and tuna (in season)

  3. Blue Runner Sportfishing
    Join us for a day of salmon fishing on the Pacific Coast just beyond the San Francisco Bay.

  4. New Rayann Sportfishing


  5. Salty Lady Sportfishing
    Captain Jared Davis offers a lifetime of fishing experience - and a large, fast, comfortable 56’ boat to fish from. There may be big fish, there may be many fish. You will always be given the best possible chance to catch your next limit whether we

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Top San Francisco Marinas

  1. Safe Harbor Emeryville
    Blending scenic park space and beautiful landscaping with the unmatched boating of San Francisco Bay, Safe Harbor Emeryville is a sailor's paradise. Unrivaled waterfront recreation is within reach whether your cruising under the Golden Gate for a

  2. Martinez Marina
    Martinez Marina is just north of San Francisco. This Almar Marina is minutes from the historic town of Martinez, along the Carquinez Strait, just west of Interstate 680. Our marina is a perfect location to call your vessel’s new home.

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Bouy Conditions

Station 46026 - SAN FRANCISCO - 18NM West of San Francisco, CA
July 15, 2024 4:40 am PDT
Location: 37.754N 122.839W
Significant Wave Height: 3.0 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 8 sec
Average Period: 7.0 sec
Mean Wave Direction: NW (310°)
Water Temperature: 56.7°F (13.7°C)


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