The California Delta is 1,000 miles of inland waterway. It’s an abundant area to take a memorable fishing trip and a dreamland for all outdoor enthusiasts. The California Delta has many considerable bodies of water to boot, such as the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River. All anglers know that there are a plethora of target species at their disposal. Furthermore, there are many charters where you can go and have a successful day of fishing while in the presence of experienced boat captains. With that being said, here are our picks of the three best fishing charters in the California Delta. 

1. FishSFBay – Richmond 

FishSFBay takes you into the San Francisco Bay Area and the California Delta. The captain, Sean Stafford, is knowledgeable about inland fishing on the California Delta as well as offshore on the Pacific Ocean. There are many species of fish that you can target on this charter, including striped bass, halibut, lingcod, rockfish, and Chinook salmon. If you aren’t catching anything while on this charter, don’t fret. Captain Sean uses a variety of fishing techniques from bottom fishing and trolling to ensure there’s a number on your fish count.

FishSFBay charters on a 29′ Defiance Pilothouse with two 250HP engines. Thus, it is perfect for smaller groups of up to six anglers and an excellent choice for children. Of the gear included, this charter is rigged with GPS, a fishfinder, radio, radar, and even a portable toilet. Once your cooler is full of fish, catch cleaning and fileting are done free of charge. 

2. Delta Bassin’ Guide Service – Bethel Island 

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Delta Bassin’ Guide Services specifically focuses on catching smallmouth and largemouth bass on the California Delta. Frank Tellez, the captain, is a competitive angler and certified public speaker who is driven by teaching the basics of bass fishing. More so, he educates anglers on how to improve their technique while talking about the incredible fishing grounds that is the California Delta.

Delta Bassin’ guide services use a Triton 20 TRX bass boat with a 250HP Mercury motor and can accommodate two anglers. Excluding fishing licenses, all gear is provided, including a 9″ and 12″ GPS and fishfinder. There are several great packages to choose from including; half-day (5 hours minimum), full-day $400 per person (8 hours minimum), and multiday excursions such as the two-day trophy package available. Half-day and multi-day excursions need to be discussed in advance for pricing. However, if you are a veteran or active military personnel, there are discounted rates offered.

3. Topline Sportfishing – Rio Vista 

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Topline Sportfishing goes to a few renowned spots in the California Delta, but most notably on the Sacramento River. Captain Nelson Vineyard has over 15 years of experience in the area and knows all the best fishing spots. Hence, Topline Sportfishing targets largemouth bass, striped bass, and also sturgeon. Unlike other charters, Topline Sportfishing offers a fighting chair that is available when the big one lands on your line.

Furthermore, this charter has a myriad of light tackle and heavy tackle to cater to all species. If the fish aren’t biting, there are different techniques to ensure you make your catch limit. These include; bottom fishing, trolling, spinning, jigging, and drift fishing. Topline Fishing uses a 23′ Thunder Jet Aluminum boat with two 115HP Suzuki engines which can accommodate four anglers. This charter is kid-friendly with a minimum age of three for a properly fitted life vest that is supplied by the captain. Excluding fishing licenses, everything else is included such as rods, reels, and tackle. Additionally, live bait, lures, fish cleaning, and fileting are offered free of charge.

Nevertheless, there are many packages to choose from; including full-day and half-day packages. Although, the captain does offer a discounted rate if you opt to fish on weekdays, regardless if it’s a half-day or full-day package.

Plan Your Charter In The California Delta 

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If you haven’t thought about fishing in the California Delta, you are missing out. This body of water is a mecca of secret fishing spots and there are many incredible charters to decide from. It all depends on where you would like to go. The three charters on this list have outstanding captains with decades of experience, who will go out of their way to ensure a remarkable fishing experience. At the same time, this list is only scratching the surface of the many great charters found in the California Delta. With enough said, go out and book your charter today and experience the wonders of the California Delta for yourself.