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Annapolis is simply heaven for inshore and nearshore anglers. Maryland’s historic state capital is nestled along the sheltered waters of the Chesapeake Bay and has earned the nickname the “Sailing Capital of the World.” While it may be more famous for yachting, Annapolis fishing charters are not to be missed out on. Hop aboard with a local guide and get your fish on in these productive waters.
As with all over the Chesapeake Bay, one fish stands apart from the rest here. Striped Bass – or Rockfish, as it’s known locally – is a must-target for all visiting anglers. However, this star is backed by a magnificent supporting cast, consisting of Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Croaker, Black Seabass, Fluke, Spanish Mackerel, Tautog, Bluefish, and much more. 
Hit the flats, wrecks, rivers, and more to test your skills and strength against these creatures. Annapolis fishing charters offer all sorts of trips to suit your needs, with short half day hops giving beginners and families the chance to explore these waters. Meanwhile, avid anglers can take advantage of full day trips or longer to fill the boat with plenty of meat.
With access to numerous freshwater rivers, Annapolis’s fishing season is open year-round. However, the Chesapeake Bay’s serious action kicks off in spring and goes on through the end of the year. Whenever you come, there’s plenty to explore, so there’s never a bad time to visit!

Rules & Regulations

If you’re fishing in saltwater, your license will be included on your Annapolis fishing charter. You’ll just need to sign up at the Maryland Saltwater Fishing Registry to be completely covered. If fishing in freshwater, make sure to get an MD freshwater license before traveling. For all other rules, such as bag and size limits, your professional guide will have all the knowledge. 
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January can be cold and wild on the waters around Annapolis. Brave the weather, though, and you can enjoy peak Tautog season. These friendly-looking fish are one of the tastiest in the bay.


It can seem too cold to catch fish in the depths of February. Luckily, there’s plenty of great eating during Annapolis Restaurant Week, where local fooderies offer delicious meals at bargain prices.


Black Seabass are usually back in season in March, combining with Tautog and Flounder to give you awesome food fishing. In the rivers, freshwater fishers will find Carp and Perch waiting.


If you enjoy competitive angling, you won’t find better than the Annapolis Rockfishing Tournament. This fun charity event draws anglers from across the bay as Stripers come into season.


Head out onto the water to target Rockfish, Redfish, Bluefish, and Blackfish, as well as a few Spadefish. Afterwards, visit the Annapolis Maritime Festival to learn about the area’s nautical history.


June is one of the best months of the year for Annapolis fishing. The shallows are awash with tasty Trout and big bull Redfish, while further out Sheepshead, Tautog, and Cobia haunt the rock piles.


July is all about big brutes in little water here in Annapolis. Bull Sharks make their way into the shallows just as the Tarpon roll into town. If you’re a fan of heavy tackle, this is the time for you.


Annapolis earns the nickname of “Crabtown” in August with the kick-off of the annual Crab Feast. This all-you-can-eat event sees crowds go through an incredible amount of tasty crustaceans.


Black Seabass are back on the menu in September, joining a wide range of tasty inshore species. Don’t get so caught up in the fishing that you miss the Labor Day Parade, though!


October marks the Annapolis boat show (or the United States Sailboat and Powerboat Show, to give it its proper name). This is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, and well worth a visit.


Tautog are back in season just as Seabass gets taken off the menu. Annapolis fishing seasons are kind like that. You’ll also find Trout, Flounder, and Striped Bass, making for a real Thanksgiving feast.


Enjoy a range of seasonal events such as the Annapolis Boat Parade of Lights and the New Year’s Eve City Celebration & Fireworks. It may barely scrape 50 degrees, but that doesn’t dampen spirits!

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FAQs about Fishing Charters in Annapolis

According to customer reviews, Penny Sue Charters, Hook Mash Charter Fishing, and U.S. Blues Chesapeake Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Annapolis, Maryland. Full list of top fishing charters in Annapolis.

Penny Sue Charters, Hook Mash Charter Fishing, and U.S. Blues Chesapeake Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Annapolis.

The best way to experience fishing in Annapolis is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Annapolis earns the nickname of “Crabtown” in August with the kick-off of the annual Crab Feast. This all-you-can-eat event sees crowds go through an incredible amount of tasty crustaceans. Check availability for local fishing charters in Annapolis.

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