San Francisco Bay, Farallon Islands, Offshore
BERKELEY MARINA, CA
CALIFORNIA DAWN SPORTFISHING
WHO WE ARE AND
WHAT WE DO
The California Dawn is a 50-foot fiberglass
sportfishing vessel, running out of Berkeley Marina in Berkeley, CA. She is powered by twin diesel engines, features the latest in marine electronics, scanning sonar, large bait capacity, a heated cabin and a full galley for hot meals prepared by Chef Marc Reis.
The California Dawn is captained by second generation charter operator Captain James Smith. Captain James has been fishing the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985 and is US Coast Guard Certified to 100 Miles. His knowledge of the bay, along with his experienced and friendly crew, will guarantee everyone the ultimate fishing experience.
The California Dawn runs open party full day trips (6am-4pm) nearly year round, but is also available for charter. We have rental rods available and tackle can also be purchased on board. All of these make fishing on the California Dawn easy and enjoyable.
Halibut, Striper Bass, King Salmon, Rockfish, Ling Cod, Sharks and Crab
Fishing in the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding open ocean is the ultimate way to experience the city and its natural splendor. Famous for its many piers, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, the very identity of San Francisco lies in its surrounding waters. You may leave your heart in San Francisco, but at least you’ll leave with a great catch!
Halibut is open year round with the best fishing coming between the spring and fall months. Daily bag & possession limit is 3 fish. Minimum size limit of 22 inches total length.
Striped Bass fishing, like halibut fishing, does not have a date restriction, but will be most abundant from the spring through the fall. Daily bag & possession limit is 2 fish. Minimum size limit of 18 inches total length.
San Francisco Bay is known for exceptional Salmon fishing; ocean Salmon opener will be announced soon. Daily bag & possession limit is 2 fish. Minimum size limit of 20 inches total length.
The season for boaters is open from March 1st – December 31st. Species can only be taken in waters less than 240ft (40 fathoms) deep. Daily bag & possession limit is 10.
The season for boaters is open from March 1st through December 31st. Ling cod can only be kept in waters less than 240ft deep (40 fathoms). Daily bag & possession limit is 1 fish. Minimum size limit of 22 inches total length.
Shark fishing is open fishing and includes several species such as soupfin sharks, sevengill sharks and leopard sharks. All sharks will be open year round with limits between 1-3 per day.
Sturgeon fishing is open year round with the best fishing happening throughout the winter and spring months. Keeper sturgeon must be 40-60 inches in length with daily limits of 1 per angler and yearly limits of 3 per angler.
Crab/Combo trips are offered from the first Saturday in Nov thru Dec 31st. They target many different species of rockfish and ling cod before pulling pots of dungeness crabs. Daily bag & possession limit is 10 rockfish and 10 dungeness crab.