Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

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Annapolis
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trips from $475
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Virginia Beach
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Chesapeake Beach
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Chesapeake Beach
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Solomons
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4.9 / 5
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Tracys Landing
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Stevensville
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Norfolk
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Baltimore
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Chesapeake Bay

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay are: Full list of top fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay

The average price for a private 4 hour Chesapeake Bay fishing trip is $571, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $954 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Chesapeake Bay are:

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Many fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Chesapeake Bay are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $425
  • 3-hour fishing trips – $392
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $531
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $419
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $769
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $970
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $900
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $2,400
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $3,575
  • 15-hour fishing trips – $3,900

 
There are few bodies of water as prolific as the Chesapeake Bay. With hundreds of rivers flowing into it, over 200 miles of bay, and access to the Atlantic, it’s an angler’s paradise. The best way to explore it is on one of the numerous Chesapeake Bay fishing charters, where a professional guide will take you to all the sweet spots to get your hands on the prized fish on offer.
 
Speaking of the fish, the list of creatures you can target is like a who’s who of inshore and nearshore fish. Striped Bass, known locally as Rockfish, are a must for all anglers who come here, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Perch, Red Drum, Black Drum, Black Seabass, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder are just some of the delicious creatures you can find in the shallows.
 
On top of that, there’s also the chance to test your skills and strength against Tarpon in the hidden flats! Meanwhile, in the more open waters, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Bluefish, and many more may be biting. And that’s before we even think about offshore, where Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Billfish, and more await.
 
Chesapeake Bay fishing charters have something for everyone. From 4 hour dashes to the inshore shallows to mammoth multiday deep water adventures. Full day trips to target Rockfish are the most popular, though, as this all-round fish provides plenty of fun and even more meat. Visit anywhere on the Virginia or Maryland shoreline, and you’ll find exactly what you want. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Every adult angler in the Chesapeake Bay needs a fishing license. Both Virginia and Maryland saltwater licenses are valid, but you’ll need to sign up for the other’s Saltwater Angler Registration. For all other regulations, including size and bag limits, and closed seasons, head out with a reputable charter guide, who’ll make sure you fish within the law. 
 
Chesapeake Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27944 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The cold can scare off anglers, but those of you bold enough can give it a try for some Perch and Crappie. Just make sure to stick to the flowing waters of the rivers to get in on the action.

February

There's a good chance it may be wet, so the fish won't be out on the bay. Pair up with a local guide to take you on the water, and you could hist the tributaries for Perch and Crappie.

March

It's officially Striped Bass season, although it may take some weeks to warm up. Speaking of warmups, you can do just that by heading to the creeks to fish for Perch, Crappie, and more.

April

It’s all about that trophy Rockfish. Get on the water and start searching for 50 pounds of pure strength. The weather’s just about right for fishing, and the season kicks off in earnest!

May

The hunt for trophy Rockfish continues as the crowds keep on growing. Luckily, there’s plenty of fish in the bay for all anglers that come out to play, so hit the bay, bridges, and flats for your prized catch. 

June

There's plenty going on as summer breaks through. Spot, Croaker, Bluefish, Perch, Trout, and Redfish all start to bite, while Rockfish remain the most sought-after fish. Get ready for a mixed bag!

July

The humd summer is here, but you don't want to miss the incredible bite of Rockfish, Redfish, Trout, and Cobia. Perch are also biting well and, later in the month, Spanish Mackerel start showing up.

August

The party is in full swing as trolling produces Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. Fish in the shallow waters to get Redfish and Trout, or rig your hook with Spot and try live lining for Rockfish. It's all going on!

September

The Mackerel bite still lingers, with Rockfish striking steadily in anticipation of "Rocktober." You can also get Croaker, Perch, Bluefish, Redfish, and Cobia, as the crowds die down but the fishing remains hot.

October

Read any Chesapeake Bay fishing report and you’ll see that Rockfish are getting bigger before their second annual epic bite explodes in November. You can also get Summer Flounder, Croaker, and Perch.

November

Showtime! Trophy Striped Bass are on fire and they should make it to the top of your wish list. Trolling with bait and lures is an effective way to get them, so settle in for a productive trip to sea.

December

There's no sign of the trophy Rockfish disappearing, and plenty of keen anglers are looking to keep warm by testing their strength against these monsters. Keep an eye on the weather, though, as it can get cold.

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Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Brian  W.
Brian W.
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
John  R.
John R.
The only luck we had was offshore. We fished the beach and off a dock on Monroe bay trying for small rockfish or perch but we didn’t get a bite. 20-25’ deep seemed to be the sweet spot
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The only luck we had was offshore. We fished the beach and off a dock on Monroe bay trying for small rockfish or perch but we didn’t get a bite. 20-25’ deep seemed to be the sweet spot
Joey  C.
Joey C.
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Kurt  V.
Kurt V.
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Richard  S.
Richard S.
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Bryan  S.
Bryan S.
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Matt  S.
Matt S.
Some days the fishing is on fire, some days it isn't. Can’t catch em’ from the couch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some days the fishing is on fire, some days it isn't. Can’t catch em’ from the couch!
Eric  D.
Eric D.
Trust that Captain Webster knows where to take you to catch fish. Crisfield presents many opportunities for fishing in diverse environments - deep water trolling, jigging on the edge of channels, spinning lures in the shallows, etc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust that Captain Webster knows where to take you to catch fish. Crisfield presents many opportunities for fishing in diverse environments - deep water trolling, jigging on the edge of channels, spinning lures in the shallows, etc.
Jeffrey  D.
Jeffrey D.
Very informative on all aspects of fishing this area of coastline. We were all from different areas of the country on a business trip. Spectacular weather and nice seas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very informative on all aspects of fishing this area of coastline. We were all from different areas of the country on a business trip. Spectacular weather and nice seas.
Tinah  H.
Tinah H. Norfolk, Virginia
Definitely take a charter on the river. It was great. We rented a small cottage near the marina which has also been wonderful. The owners were terrific and I and my son were celebrating my birthday at the same time we were here and the neighbors Hol told me happy birthday as well. They haul a balloon on my mailbox when I got back from fishing. The one in colonial Beach has been really nice. The restaurants in the food have been great. I definitely will come back.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely take a charter on the river. It was great. We rented a small cottage near the marina which has also been wonderful. The owners were terrific and I and my son were celebrating my birthday at the same time we were here and the neighbors Hol told me happy birthday as well. They haul a balloon on my mailbox when I got back from fishing. The one in colonial Beach has been really nice. The restaurants in the food have been great. I definitely will come back.
Keith  C.
Keith C. Luray, VA
Be prepared for weather. Bring a pair of binoculars for spotting ocean wildlife.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for weather. Bring a pair of binoculars for spotting ocean wildlife.
Laurene  S.
Laurene S. Norfolk, Virginia
Just come prepared to have a great time and catch fish. Listen to your captain and try to learn from his experience. Makes for a great day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just come prepared to have a great time and catch fish. Listen to your captain and try to learn from his experience. Makes for a great day.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Fredericksburg, VA
Yes, absolutely. Captain Scott will make you feel like you've always known the place. He provides excitement, fun, and education.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, absolutely. Captain Scott will make you feel like you've always known the place. He provides excitement, fun, and education.
STEPHEN  S.
STEPHEN S. Stamford, CT
Talk to locals about seasonal fish... find a good boat captain to get you to hook up.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to locals about seasonal fish... find a good boat captain to get you to hook up.
MALCOLM  H.
MALCOLM H. NORTH PRINCE GEORGE, VA
Bottom fishing is fun for kids because you catch a lot of fish. Spot aren't the best to eat. But easy to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bottom fishing is fun for kids because you catch a lot of fish. Spot aren't the best to eat. But easy to catch.
Erin  C.
Erin C. West Springfield, VA
Not really prime time for these fish but still caught our limit plus lots of catch and release. Very nice day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not really prime time for these fish but still caught our limit plus lots of catch and release. Very nice day!
Suzanne  H.
Suzanne H. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Bring sunscreen, water and enthusiasm: Rockfishing the Chesapeake in August rocks!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, water and enthusiasm: Rockfishing the Chesapeake in August rocks!
Gregory  W.
Gregory W. Frederick, Maryland
Come ready to have some fun . Lots of stuff to do before and after fishing as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come ready to have some fun . Lots of stuff to do before and after fishing as well.
Samuel  C.
Samuel C. Chase City, VA
Great place to bring beginners and veteran! Cap will do his best to put you on the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to bring beginners and veteran! Cap will do his best to put you on the fish!
MICHAEL  B.
MICHAEL B. Pottstown, PA

Reel M N Charter Fishing
Reel M N Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Colonial Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Took my 9 year old to tackle a new state and catch some stripers and this trip did not disappoint. They were great with him. My kid had permagrin after hitting our limit.
Jennifer  R.
Jennifer R.
Prowler Fishing Charter
Prowler Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Norfolk
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(198 reviews)
Huge thanks to Capt Louis and First Mate Maria for going way out of their way to try to get us some rockfish bites. Nature just didn’t have the same plan as us today. We’ll definitely be booking future trips with Prowler.
Aaron  B.
Aaron B.
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Captain was great and got us on the fish. Weather was rainy and cold but his boat kept us dry.
Alan  B.
Alan B.
Vickie Ann Charters
Vickie Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
The Captain and first mate were super friendly and knowledgeable! We had an amazing time catching fish. The boat was lovely and we will be going back again! Terrific fishing trip.
Darla  S.
Darla S.
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!!
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!!
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
We had a great time and look forward to booking with Captain Scott and Rock on Charters again in the future.
Joe  L.
Joe L.
The Fishing Detective Guide Agency
The Fishing Detective Guide Agency
Fishing charter in Marbury
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Capt. Ken made this trip! We went on a mother-son fishing trip and we had a blast. We caught stripers and large mouth bass. He taught us how to use the lures to our advantage. His boat is awesome. Great trip. Great price. Great fun!!
Colby  B.
Colby B.
Strike Zone Charter Fishing from Solomons, MD
Strike Zone Charter Fishing from Solomons, MD
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(47 reviews)
Captain and first mate were very friendly and answered any questions you had for them. I very very much look forward to going on more fishing trips with them. Told us what other boats are doing wrong while trying to catch rockfish.
George  D.
George D.
Four Winds Chartering
Four Winds Chartering
Fishing charter in Hampton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(147 reviews)
What an amazing adventure with Captain John and Mate Alex!! We were able to see a WIDE variety of fish and sea life!! Jelly fish, oyster fish, dog shark, sea bass, bubba Jay fish (forgot the name ;-) but when you see it, you’ll know), bald eagle, 30+ dolphins… I can go on. My team thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the team on the boat will be seeing us again!! Thank you so much!! Love your NY NE Solar Team!!
Amy  H.
Amy H.
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
This was a Great Trip. The Captain went above and beyond taking care of us. He worked extremely hard to put us on fish for the day. He knew the area extremely well and where to target during the day. Great people as well. Down to earth and fun.
John  R.
John R.
Capt. Brian with Thomason Tradition
Capt. Brian with Thomason Tradition
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(10 reviews)
Experienced captain very level headed, caught us lots of fish, kids loved it
Wesley  L.
Wesley L.
Payback Sportfishing LLC
Payback Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(29 reviews)
Super clean boat. Good electronics. Can totally find fish. Nice rods and reels. Enclosed cabin, so warm and dry underway. Plenty of room on the aft platform for 3-4 lines to bottomfish or cast.
Ian  C.
Ian C.
Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing
Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Edgewater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
We hit fish right away was an amazing trip. Caught over 20 Stripers in about 3 hours. Captain and First mate were amazing! 🫡🇺🇸 Would strongly recommend them for your private charter experience!!! Thank You Captain👍👍👍 Stay Safe 🙏 I m looking for forward to our next trip already!
Patrick  M.
Patrick M.
Chasin’ Dreams Sportfishing
Chasin’ Dreams Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Baltimore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Captain Dave took us on an amazing outing! He wowed us with his knowledge of local waterways, made each of the three kids on board feel special, and went the extra mile (quite literally) to find us as many rockfish as he could. We couldn't have had a better experience.
Jules  H.
Jules H.
AfishinadoVB Fishing Charters
AfishinadoVB Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(69 reviews)
We had a good time. The wind was blowing but we caught fish. Good Captain and mate.
James  A.
James A.
Reel M N Charter Fishing
Reel M N Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Colonial Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(36 reviews)
This was an amazing trip. Captain did what captains do and Frog set back with us the whole time chatting. It was a great time!
Josh  C.
Josh C.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
This charter was nothing short of amazing we caught lots of fish nice size and captain and mate was excellent. will be booking again very soon!!!! GO MISTY BLUE!!!
Christopher  P.
Christopher P.
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(195 reviews)
Todd works with you from the get. From the time of day, the species you want to target, & how to do the things you need to catch fish… Todd’s your man. Worth every bit of your time and money ti have a phenomenal trip!
Carl  E.
Carl E.
Reel M N Charter Fishing
Reel M N Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Colonial Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(36 reviews)
Capt Frank and Capt Frog took my 9 year old son and me on a beautiful Monday morning striper trip. We caught quite a few and even had a couple of 27” rockfish that made my son smile ear to ear. I highly recommend as they are as entertaining as the fishing. We will be back again!
Joey  C.
Joey C.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We booked this as an incentive for our sales team and they had a blast! Caught some good fish and lots of it!
Nik  B.
Nik B.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain Chris didn't give up on finding us the fish I would fully book him again Thank you again for hanging in there with us Captain
Rob  S.
Rob S.