The Fish

Here at Emeryville Sportfishing, we specialize fishing adventures for all skill levels of fisherman.  We have a year round fishery where we pursue all of the in-season major salt water species in the SF Bay Area. No matter what time of year you intend to fish we always have a species in season to fish for in the SF Bay Area.  Below you will find the species and corresponding seasons.


One of the most sought after species of fish of the Pacific Coast.

King Salmon

Here in our local waters we have one of the most prolific runs of king salmon on the West Coast. Our local salt water season runs from early April to mid November with daily trips are offered through the whole period. In the early season we typically catch kings ranging from 5 to 25 pounds and by summer and fall, the range would be from 5 to 40 pounds. The limit is two per day, with a 20 inch minimum.

California Halibut

These fish are the most sought after in San Francisco Bay and on our local coastlines. These delicious eating fish are highly prized by the local anglers. Typically, we start fishing for them in mid to late April and can continue all summer long into the fall. In the spring and early summer, we normally fish the bays, and mid summer to fall, both in the bays and out on the coast. Typical size range runs from 5 to 45 pounds. The limit is three per day, with a 22 inch minimum.

Striped Bass

In the entire bay-delta system, there is no more sought after species than the striped bass. Stripers usually start showing up in San Francisco Bay for mid April to early June, with the largest numbers in the summer and fall. The normal size range on stripers run from 4 to about 40 pounds over the course of a season. The limit is two per day, with an 18 inch minimum.


Another highly sought after great eating fish, rockfish are abundant off our coastlines, as well as in offshore structure areas. Currently, our season runs from July 1st through December 31st, with a 10 fish limit, and no size limit. Typical size range runs from 1 to 10 pounds, although occasionally larger species are taken. Rockfish are a very diverse species, with 52 varieties off the Pacific Coast alone.

Ling Cod

Another very popular species, ling cod are targeted along with rockfish, as they share the same season, as well as the same environment. Currently, the season on ling cod is from July 1st through December 31st. The limit is two fish per day, with a 24 inch size limit.


The sturgeon fishery for our fleet is basically a winter and early spring fishery. Normally we start fishing for these prehistoric creatures from around mid November through mid March. These are the only species in which we have a slot limit. The sturgeon have to be at least 46 inches long, yet under 72 inches to keep. Top weight for keepers is near 100 pounds, although these fish can reach hundreds of pounds, with the San Francisco Bay record at 468 pounds.

Leopard Shark 

This is another fishery in which we primarily fish in the winter and early spring, although the species is available year round. Pound for pound these are probably the best fighting fish in the bay, as well as the best species for eating. The limit is 3 per person, with a 36 inch minimum size limit.

Dungeness Crab 

One of the favorites worldwide.


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