San Francisco Fishing Season Guide
We have an awesome fishery in the San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific Ocean. Some of the fisheries are limited based on regulated seasons, like Rockcod (Rockfish) and Salmon. Other fisheries are limited only based on seasonal availability, like Stripers, Halibut, and Sturgeon. Some species are available year-round without exception, like Sharks.
Available and abundant year round with no regulatory date restrictions on targeting species. Sevengill allows for one fish per day with no size limit on your catch. Mako Shark, Thresher shark and Blue shark allow for two fish per day and Leopard shark allows for 3 fish per angler.
Halibut has no regulatory date restrictions, but the best fishing usually occurs from the spring to fall. Drifting and mooching with live bait anchovies for halibut is the most successful fishing method.
Stripers do not have a regulatory date restrictions, but are most abundant from Spring to Fall. Often while drifting and mooching with live bait anchovies for halibut you hook stripers and vice versa for stripers catching halibut.
The Great White Sturgeons have no regulatory date restrictions, but are most abundant from Winter to Spring. Sturgeon must be between 40 inches and 60 inches. Oversized or short sturgeon must be released. Annual limits for sturgeon are three, with a daily limit of one.
Rockfish season is open from April 15th through the end of the year. There are restriction on where these species can be taken including in waters less than 180 ft deep. Limits for rockfish are 10 per angler, with several species of rockfish having lower limits or catch and release status.
Regulatory dates change annually, but generally available and abundant July through October. This year it is open from April 2, 2016 through October 31, 2016. Daily limits for Salmon are two. Salmon are caught while trolling with sinkers attached.
San Francisco Bay Fishing Seasons