Dana Wharf Sportfishing Trips in Dana Point, CA

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching34675 Golden LanternDana Point, CA 92629
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Set out on an exciting Dana Point fishing trip on the sparkling Southern California waters off the Orange County coast. Dana Wharf Sportfishing caters to anglers of all skill levels on half-day and nine-hour trips. The skilled and friendly crew will provide expert guidance and tips throughout the excursions so that you are sure to have an enjoyable adventure.

up to 9 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • Located 40 minutes south of Disneyland in Anaheim and an hour south of LAX airport in Los Angeles.
  • A fishing license is required for anglers (fishing guests) ages 16 and up.
  • Please arrive 45 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Sails rain or shine, so dress in weather-appropriate attire and bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Pack a meal and water or soft drinks, but please no coolers or alcoholic beverages.
  • Purchase hot food, snacks, water, soft drinks and beer on the onboard full-service galley. Accepts cash only.
  • Limited room for belongings on board. Only bring essentials for the day's trip.
  • All boats are outfitted with safety equipment for both adults and children.
  • Only service animals allowed.


from Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Join an exciting Dana Point sportfishing half-day trip (5 hours), or a 9-hour excursion on the sparkling waters just outside Dana Point Harbor in Orange County in Southern California!

Great for both novice and experienced fishermen, Dana Wharf Sportfishing trips fish the beautiful coastal waters for over two dozen different species of fish. Yellowtail, halibut, barracuda, red snapper, calico bass, white sea bass, sheepshead, and many more provide lots of angling opportunities. Fish in comfort on one of Dana Wharf's large vessels, most with indoor kitchens with booth seating, and lots of other great fishing amenities. The ships feature state-of-the-art fish finding systems and huge live bait well systems that assist in catching more fish. Crew members are onboard to help throughout every trip, from help with rigging your lines to tips for catching more fish and anything else you might need during your trip.

Learn from Dana Wharf's knowledgeable, family-friendly crew and skippers who will expertly guide you throughout this fun-filled excursion. Bask in the breathtaking views of Dana Point Harbor’s serene beaches and scenic shorelines from the deck of one of our fleet’s top of the line boats! Cool down with a cold beer, soda, and more in our full-service galley. Both snacks and hot food are available!

From novice to expert, everyone will enjoy discovering their love of sportfishing, conservation, and the great outdoors on this unique trip.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Where is Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching?

Dana Wharf Sportfishing is located in Dana Point, Orange County, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego on the beautiful Southern California coast (at 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629). It’s about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and Long Beach, 30 minutes north of Oceanside, and an hour north of San Diego.

Am I required to have a fishing license?

Anglers (guests who will fish) ages 16 and above are required by law to have a fishing license unless they will not fish at all during the trip. If you do not have one yet, you must purchase a one-day license prior to departure.

How early should I arrive to check in before the trip?

Please arrive 45 minutes prior to departure. This will allow time for checking in, as the fishing trips generally leave right on time.

What happens if it rains?

Fishing boat sails rain or shine. Rain is usually not a problem. The fishing crew is more concerned with wind and sea conditions—not necessarily bad during the rain. In fact, some of our best conditions can be on a rainy day. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

In the case of inclement weather, the sportfishing activity may get canceled up to an hour before departure time. In such rare cases, management will reach out to reschedule on the soonest available date or receive credit for future use.

Are children allowed?

Yes, all ages are welcome to join. However, please consider the length of the fishing trips and how young children's attention span and concentration will respond to those.

Am I guaranteed to catch a fish?

Dana Wharf can guarantee fishing but not catching. The crew will do everything within their means to put you where the fish are but cannot control what does or does not bite the hook.

Do we need to keep the fish we catch?

While you are welcome to keep any legal-sized fish (within the scope of your acquired fishing license), Dana Wharf promotes catch and release and responsible conservation of our natural resources. You may also give your legal-sized fish to another angler if you so choose.

Can I sell the fish I catch?

Unfortunately, no. It is considered a violation of the "recreational sport fishing" rules protected by law. Selling your catch from this trip will result in legal repercussions.