It’s the best time to fish in San Francisco Bay

September is the best month to book a boat for a day of fishing in San Francisco Bay. The temperatures are mild, the winds are lighter and the fish bite. Currently, halibut and striped bass are fished throughout the bay. Some fishermen are catching salmon off Cal City, near Tiburon.

Keith Fraser of the Loch Lomond Bait Shop in San Rafael is the best source for fishing information for the bay, including recommendations for party boat captains and where to fish from shore.

One of his favorites is Captain Trent Slate, owner of Bite Me Charters, who operates out of Loch Lomond Marina in San Rafael, a 45-minute drive from Sonoma.

Trent is an excellent captain and a great guy, and he knows where to find fish. Offers half and full day charters. The maximum number of hunters is six. The minimum is three. A half day trip is $200 per fisherman, and a full day is $250 per fisherman.

With three or more people, it’s like having your own fishing boat with someone else doing all the work.

During the calm, natural autumn weather, one of the best and most scenic trips on the bay is half a day, in the late afternoon until sunset. Bring your own cocktails, wine, and food, catch some fish, take a cruise out in the bay, and bring some fresh fish home for the next day’s dinner.

For more information, check out the Trent website or bitemecharters.net or call or text them at 415-307-8582.

The Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sonoma is a great place to fish this month. I spoke to Capt. Rick Powers of Bodega by Sportsfishing, this week reporting not only great fishing but great weather. Rick says ling cod and rockfish bite like crazy, and he also catches some really big king salmon on his mixed rides. This week, one of his clients brought in 26 pestles.

To get to the Rick’s boat, you just have to head east from Sonoma, through Petaluma to Bodega Bay. It’s a very easy and rewarding drive. Call him at 707-875-3344 today to book a ride.

The Napa River, closer to Sonoma than the ocean, is the place to go for a striped dress. If you want to fish for them, call Captain Patrick Mackenzie, Sonoma Fly Fishing Guide, 707-721-6700. Even if you’re not an experienced fly catcher, Patrick can give you enough instructions so you can catch some fish. The only thing you need is a fishing license. Patrick has all the equipment.

September and October are great months for fishing the Napa River for striped bass, but Patrick is a popular guide, so call right away to book a trip.

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