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Spring time fishing is here!

An early spawn here in San Diego has been inevitable with our unseasonably warm Winter,book your trip now as April and May dates are still available! Please call or e-mail me for dates that remain available for booking!


Clients of guide Jim Hallauer (jimhallauerfishing.com) pose with a nice haul of Lower Otay bass caught on reaction baits.


Lower Otay Lake: Bass fishing at Lower Otay is absolutely spectacular right now. The lake is teeming with bait (shad) and bass are gorging themselves on it to get through the spawn. Find the bait, and you’ll find a ton of aggressive and easy to catch bass right now. Anything that imitates a shad will get bit; spinnerbaits, jerk baits, flukes, etc…Most of the schooling bass will be less than 4 pounds, look for the larger fish to be on the flats and in the tules spawning right now with the full moon.


Clients of guide Jim Hallauer (jimhallauerfishing.com) with some real nice San Vicente bass from a recent trip.

San Vicente Reservoir: Guide Jim Hallauer (jimhallauerfishing.com) reports that the best quality bass at San Vicente remain in 10-20 feet of water, though an abundance of smaller bass are all over the bank. He and his clients are catching the better fish using finesse presentations as the primary tactic. 

Meet Jim

biophotoI grew up as a native Californian immersed in and around saltwater and freshwater fishing. As early as I can remember I always had a rod and reel in my hand, it was my passion! With that I began as a deckhand with our San Diego sportfishing fleet when I was fourteen years old. When I was eighteen years old I obtained my Captain's License and I operated boats for the sportfishing and commercial fishing industries on the West Coast for nearly three years.

I now have over twenty years experience including fly fishing and bass fishing on the West Coast and adjacent inland waters. I have an extensive background in all applications, methods and techniques for both saltwater and freshwater fishing that includes fishing in oceans, lakes, rivers and tributaries.

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Follow Colton Hallauer

My youngest son Colton has a serious passion for bass fishing, and at 14 years old is already outfishing many of the adults I know!. Being the proud father that I am, I've dedicated a page of this site to Colton and his love of bass fishing!

Click here to read about my son, future bass pro, Colton Hallauer.


December 21 2015 - Winter time fishing fast upon us!


Local fishing in San Diego remained consistent as we move into our fall months. If your looking to get out for an afternoon half day trip or full day trip please give me a call and we can schedule an outing.

Return clients from Japan (itaru and Toshi) with a great bag of fish! late september

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SD Fish guide Bio
An interview with tournament angler and guide Jim Hallauer

MAR 06, 2014  WRITTEN BY  

Jim Hallauer is an accomplished local tournament angler and fishing guide with over 20 years of fishing experience on San Diego County lakes. 
How long have you been fishing, and how did you get started?

I have been fishing for over 30 years. I first got started fishing with my dad at the age of 8 and then I became a deckhand on sportfishing boats when I was 14.


Southern California's Hottest Bass Lakes

El Capitan
El Capitan is one of the biggest lakes in the county, formed by the damming of the San Diego River. El Capitan is a prolific local tournament lake, kicking out quality limits year-round.
Lower Otay
Lower Otay is a long tule lined lake with a lot of flippable shoreline cover. Bass over 10 pounds are common, especially around the trout plants.
Lake Hodges
Lake Hodges is one of the most famous local lakes, being the only "non-trout" lake to produce a bass over 20 pounds.
Diamond Valley Lake
There may be no hotter lake in the country in the last few years than Diamond Valley. This new reservoir is as healthy as can be, with clear water, deep structure, and tons of solid bass.
Lake Murray
Lake Murray is known for its trophy bass, kicking out numerous teen-sized fish each year. The spring is the best time to target the double-digit Murray bass.
Miramar Lake
Miramar is a small, deep, clear-water reservoir that has produced 5 of the top 25 largest bass ever caught. Tules line the majority of the lake and provide year-round cover for bass.
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Give me a call or send me an email to talk about a guided fishing trip or marketing service. I would love to hear from you.


Licensed & Bonded

fish-and-game-logoJim Hallauer is bonded and holds a valid Guide License by the California Department of Fish & Game. Don't hire an unlicensed or uninsured guide, check to make sure your guide is properly licensed and covered.