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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. Sturgeon

  2. Sturgeon

    There is a 15.6% catch rate for Sturgeon, based on 22 Sturgeon counted.

    San Francisco Sturgeon Counts Chart
    Sturgeon

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO STURGEON COUNTS CHART


  3. Pacific Herring

  4. Pacific Herring

    There is a 14.18% catch rate for Pacific Herring, based on 20 Pacific Herring counted.

    San Francisco Pacific Herring Counts Chart
    Pacific

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  5. Spiny Dogfish

  6. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 12.06% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 17 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    San Francisco Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO SPINY DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


  7. American Shad

  8. American Shad

    There is a 9.93% catch rate for American Shad, based on 14 American Shad counted.

    San Francisco American Shad Counts Chart
    American

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  9. Cabezon

  10. Cabezon

    There is a 9.93% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 14 Cabezon counted.

    San Francisco Cabezon Counts Chart
    Cabezon

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  11. Rainbow Trout

  12. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 7.8% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 11 Rainbow Trout counted.

    San Francisco Rainbow Trout Counts Chart
    Rainbow

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  13. Striped Bass

  14. Striped Bass

    There is a 7.09% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 10 Striped Bass counted.

    San Francisco Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

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  15. Bocaccio

  16. Bocaccio

    There is a 6.38% catch rate for Bocaccio, based on 9 Bocaccio counted.

    San Francisco Bocaccio Counts Chart
    Bocaccio

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO BOCACCIO COUNTS CHART


  17. Common Carp

  18. Common Carp

    There is a 4.96% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 7 Common Carp counted.

    San Francisco Common Carp Counts Chart
    Common

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO COMMON CARP COUNTS CHART


  19. Chinook Salmon

  20. Chinook Salmon

    There is a 4.26% catch rate for Chinook Salmon, based on 6 Chinook Salmon counted.

    San Francisco Chinook Salmon Counts Chart
    Chinook

    ENLARGE SAN FRANCISCO CHINOOK SALMON COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 14 species of fish and 141 fish counted for February 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: 2/26/2024 4:18:03 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

  • S F Fishing report 12/10/23
    Hey Fishermen Flash 2 had a 1/2 day shark trip today. They had some great action. They landed leopard sharks up to 56 inches!!!! They even landed a bass great fun! Call me if


  • S F Fishing report 12/9/23
    Hey Fishermen Yesterday Flash 2 is still enjoying some great fishing. Striped bass limits again and releasing the smaller keepers. Again on a 1/2 day trip. Give me a call if


  • S F Fishing report 12/7/23
    Hey fisherman Flash 2 is still having great action on bass and sharks. Today they finished a half-day trip with eight limits of bass. They were actually releasing keeper bass


  • S F Fishing report 12/3/23
      Well today Flash 2’s 1/2 day trip landed limits of bass again by 10:30 in the morning. That is four trips in a row with limits whether it be half-day or full day trip. Capt


  • S F Fishing report 12/2/23
    Yesterday Flash 2 had a full day charter with plenty of action. Quite the mixed bag. Good job guys. Flash 2 is on a half-day today. Let’s see what they come up with. Captain


  • S F Fishing report 12/1/23
    Hey fisherman Flash 2 had a half-day trip on 12/1 with plenty of action. There were fish released and this group had never done this before so they wanted to take some home.


  • S F Fishing report 11/30/23
    Hey fisherman Flash 2 had limits of bass by 10:30 am on Thursday then they switched over and caught release leopard sharks. They kept one to try. Fishing is very good right n


  • S F Fishing report 12/25/23
    Hey Fishermen I had the pleasure to run a 1/2 day shark trip on Flash 2. There is still a lot of action on the shark grounds. We had landed 15 to 20 before 10:00 am. We had s


  • S F Fishing report 11/19/23
    Both Flash 1 and Flash 2 were out yesterday. They both did very well getting close to limits of bass and some halibut. Not bad for 1/2 day trips. Flash 1 failed to get me pho


  • S F Fishing report 11/14/ 23
    Hey all like I said in the last report I have been off the grid for a while. While I was gone Flash 1 and Flash 2 have been still landing halibut. The big news is the bass fi


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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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