California Dawn Sport Fishing

Summer is here and live bait is in full swing here at California Dawn Sportfishing.   Halibut & Striped Bass fishing has been phenomenal onboard both the Original California Dawn and the newly renovated California Dawn II.  Both boats will continue chasing Halibut & Striped Bass until the end of June when Salmon re-opens.  We are excited to offer a full Salmon schedule onboard the California Dawn II starting late June.  Check out our calendars for availability! 

The California Dawn II

Attention sport fishing enthusiasts! We are happy to introduce the newest member of the California Dawn Sportfishing family - The California Dawn II, formerly known as The New El Dorado III.

This high-powered 55' catamaran boasts twin Caterpillar engines, super sleek pontoons, and large cabin with full galley. The whopping 22.6' beam provides for extra-wide aisles and triple the seating capacity of their party boats, making it perfect for private gatherings, as well as individuals looking for a memorable day on the water for fishermen of all ages and experience levels!

If you have any questions about our services, please visit our FAQs page.

California Dawn

California Dawn is a 50-foot fiberglass sport fishing vessel, running out of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is powered by twin diesel engines, features the latest in marine electronics, scanning sonar, large bait capacity, a heated cabin, and a full galley with a variety of delicious meals.

California Dawn runs open party full day trips nearly year round, but is also available for charter. We offer the highest quality fishing rods for rent, as well as tackle for purchase.

If you have any questions about our services, please visit our FAQs page.

Latest Reports

California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingTuesday, July 5th, 2022 at 4:58pm
31 limits of Salmon headed home!
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingMonday, July 4th, 2022 at 7:16pm
Wow!! Just doesn’t get much better than that!!
California Dawn 1 and 2 combined
53 limits of salmon (106 total fish) to 23 pounds. Overall great grade of fish!
Both boats were done by 11:00 AM
I had 3 last minute cancellations for salmon tomorrow on the CD 2 and 5 spots open up for halibut on the CD 1
Tides are great for bar fishing and the ocean is flat!
Book online now
California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingSunday, July 3rd, 2022 at 11:55pm
We had both boats out fishing potluck today.
California Dawn 1
22 limits of rockfish (220)
31 ling cod to 15 pounds

California Dawn 2
26 limits of Ling cod and crew (58)
1/2 limits of rockfish (130)
3 salmon to 27 pounds
14 halibut to 25
1 striped bass to 15 pounds



Jer G.

I can’t say enough about the California Dawn!! Captains James and Mike are no nonsense professionals that know the waters and their targeted species. They have a great senses of… Read more “Jer G.”

Dan M.

The boat never disappoints. They will stay until the very end to try and get everyone fish. The atmosphere is great and you will get your full days money worth.… Read more “Dan M.”

Sara M.

Our company took a fishing trip yesterday with the California Dawn, such a cool bonding experience. Being a beginner myself I would recommend this trip for other beginners because the… Read more “Sara M.”

Booking Calendar


Fish Sniffer The Magazine for West Coast Sportsmen Angler Chronicles The Angler's edge to catching more fish 976-TUNA West Coast audio reports, fish counts and breaking news Capt Steve's Lodge Kenai Penninsula's premiere fishing experience Sep's Outdoors Bringing you the best in outdoor information Sportfishing Report Bringing West Coast fishing reports to you USA Fishing One of the leaders in daily fish reports CDFW California Department of Fish and Wildlife