California Dawn Sport Fishing

California Dawn is a 50-foot fiberglass sport fishing vessel, running out of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. California Dawn 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 is captained by second generation charter operator Captain James Smith. Captain James has been fishing the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985 and is US Coast Guard Certified to 100 Miles. His knowledge of the Bay, along with his experienced and friendly crew, will guarantee everyone the ultimate fishing experience.

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.

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Latest Reports

California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingThursday, August 6th, 2020 at 12:07am
Wide open fishing today! We scored limits of salmon on the Eldorado 3 and limits of halibut on the California Dawns

Today on our halibut trip on the CD

Final count

60 halibut (20 limits)
To 25 pounds

On our salmon trip today the
New El Dorado 3 checked in with
44 salmon (22 limits)
To 25 pounds

I have room on the New Eldorado tomorrow for salmon as well as room for next week.
The California Dawn has room for potluck Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingTuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 11:53pm
On our salmon trip today the New El Dorado 3 finished up with limits of salmon.

Final count

16 Salmon for 8 anglers
To 24 pounds

I have a light load with plenty of room on Thursday

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California Dawn Sportfishing
California Dawn SportfishingTuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 8:49pm
Another amazing day on the water.
My group took Full limits of halibut once again!

Final count

51 halibut (17 limits) to 22 pounds
4 striped bass

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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.”

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