Chesapeake Bay

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Chesapeake Bay Fishing Charters

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Chesapeake Bay: 174 fishing charters available

Patent Pending Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Tracys Landing
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $735

Chasin’ Dreams Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Baltimore
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $425

PrimeTime Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(242 reviews)
Stevensville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $490

Tricia Ann Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(45 reviews)
Chesapeake Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

Prowler Fishing Charter

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(152 reviews)
Norfolk
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Salt Tale Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Madison
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Four Winds Chartering

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(117 reviews)
Hampton
 Instant Confirmation

Islander Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
Hampton
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Marcia B Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(54 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $400

Lucky Strike Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(164 reviews)
Deale
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

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The average price for a private 4 hour Chesapeake Bay fishing trip is $556, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $897 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Chesapeake Bay are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – $396
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $589
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $550
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $818
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $660
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $1,021
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $2,275
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $3,500
  • 15-hour fishing trips – $3,850

 
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 25065 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.

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Calendar

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Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Susan  K.
Susan K. Dillwyn, VA
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Gina  N.
Gina N. Holland, AR
Yes, those Spanish Mackerels fish are some good fish to eat. The best I ever ate.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes, those Spanish Mackerels fish are some good fish to eat. The best I ever ate.
Andrena  A.
Andrena A. Washington, District Of Columbia
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Don  P.
Don P. Cuyahoga Falls, OH
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Fredericksburg, VA
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Joseph  T.
Joseph T. New York, New York
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Melanie  T.
Melanie T. Woodbridge, Virginia
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Audrey  Y.
Audrey Y. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Virginia Beach, VA
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Eric  B.
Eric B. UPPR MARLBORO, MD
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Patricia(Lynne)  M.
Patricia(Lynne) M. Mechanicsville, Maryland
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Russell  O.
Russell O. Arrington, VA
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Billie  R.
Billie R. Elizabeth City, NC
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Will  P.
Will P. Harrisonburg, VA
Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Larry  H.
Larry H. King George, VA
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Michelle  B.
Michelle B. Chesapeake, VA
To hot at current time for anything reliable catching, east coast is in a heat wave. It may be better at other times or in different years just not the time we went.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To hot at current time for anything reliable catching, east coast is in a heat wave. It may be better at other times or in different years just not the time we went.
Richard  K.
Richard K. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Try to find cooler days in August or even cloudy with slight rains or overcast.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try to find cooler days in August or even cloudy with slight rains or overcast.
Tim  B.
Tim B. Alexandria, VA
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Anatoly  C.
Anatoly C. Annapolis, Maryland
Just know fishing can go either way. Some days you hit the jackpot, and other days you just catch some fish. But, a bad day fishing beats a good day at work, every time. Enjoy the ocean, forget the cell phone except to take photos, and have a relaxing day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just know fishing can go either way. Some days you hit the jackpot, and other days you just catch some fish. But, a bad day fishing beats a good day at work, every time. Enjoy the ocean, forget the cell phone except to take photos, and have a relaxing day.
Darrell  H.
Darrell H. Bardstown, Kentucky

Patent Pending Charters
Patent Pending Charters
Fishing charter in Tracys Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
Capt John and Ronnie were awesome, and put us on fish until we got our limit. On top of that the lunch he prepared was delicious! Would highly recommend and would definitely book again!!
Sujit  P.
Sujit P. Tampa, FL
Bloodhound Fishing Charters
Bloodhound Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
We enjoyed our time with Captain Clay and Noah. The fish were slow but we still had a wonderful time considering it’s off season. We caught around 25 or so. Would recommend this charter to everyone. They are fun and knowledgeable.
Melissa  S.
Melissa S. Beckley, West Virginia
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Rockfishing was great, Captain Drey was amazing. Knew where the fish were.
Ronald  L.
Ronald L. Baxter, MN
Desperate Measures Guide Service
Desperate Measures Guide Service
Fishing charter in Dameron
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Great trip with Captain Cole. Got everyone into multiple fish. Perfect day capped with fast topwater action.
David  H.
David H. Takoma Park, MD
Adventures On The Water
Adventures On The Water
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(39 reviews)
Captain Robert was a pleasure to fish with. Very knowledgeable and friendly captain. Worked hard to put on the fish. Easy going and an avid fisherman.
Mike  M.
Mike M. King George, VA
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(242 reviews)
This was such an incredible experience!! Darnell and Catherine worked the Chesapeake like pros and we came home with the quota! They were also just really nice people who you can tell love what they do. Some of the biggest fish we've ever caught!! The boat was spacious for all of our coolers and food and we all had a helluva time!! CANNOT WAIT to come back and fish with PRIME TIME again!!! WOOOOOOO!!!!
Asha  S.
Asha S. Washington, District Of Columbia
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(242 reviews)
Great day to be out. We hooked up with 20 mins and every body caught the limit. I highly recommend this capt and mate. Looking forward to next trip.
Eugene  T.
Eugene T. Townsend, DE
Jig This Charter Fishing
Jig This Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Awesome day of fishing! Booked a charter with Chris and Beth for a birthday outing. Although birthday boy didn’t catch the biggest fish, it was still a kick ass trip! When they got us on, it was 🔥🔥. They make an awesome Captain/Firstmate duo! Can definitely trust them to get you on some fish.
Shawn  X.
Shawn X. Bowie, Maryland
C&S Charter And Guide Services
C&S Charter And Guide Services
Fishing charter in Montross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We had the best day fishing with Chad and Dave! 6 of us went out as a 18th Birthday present for my nephew and it was well worth it. I give this Charter 5 stars all the way! I would highly recommend them! They had everything we needed including great music! All we brought were our food and drinks. They took care of everything else! We caught a ton of fish and the kids had a blast. We will be back for sure!
Mary  B.
Mary B. Bumpass, VA
Chasin’ Dreams Sportfishing
Chasin’ Dreams Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Baltimore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
The captain worked extra hard to find us some great fishing despite the finicky fall conditions. It was a great adventure and fun for the whole family. We left with lots of rockfish and some great memories! Highly recommended!
Jennifer  S.
Jennifer S. Ellicott City, Maryland
Safari Girl Charters
Safari Girl Charters
Fishing charter in Baltimore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(12 reviews)
My friends and I had a wonderful time on the safari girl. We caught several decent sized rockfish despite conditions not being the best. Captain Mark definitely knows what he’s doing and does it old school. Awesome!
Jacqueline  N.
Jacqueline N. Westminster, Maryland
Marshland Expeditions
Marshland Expeditions
Fishing charter in Poquoson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Despise wind and flooding we had an enjoyable trip. Captain Skip and James put us over holes and provided us many opportunities for fish, even trolled some. Thanks
Robert  H.
Robert H. Mount Crawford, VA
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(141 reviews)
We had a great time. The Captain knew right wear to go. We were catching fish the hole time. Not a dull moment! He even filleted the fish we brought back for us.
Jennifer  M.
Jennifer M. Greeley, PA
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(164 reviews)
Capt. Kenny and his first mate were very professional, patient and friendly with us and we had a great time. The boat is clean and feels stable. Beginner friendly.
Ziqi  Z.
Ziqi Z. Washington, District Of Columbia
Chasin’ Dreams Sportfishing
Chasin’ Dreams Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Baltimore
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Fantastic experience! Can’t wait for the spring to come back! Thank you so much
Steven  L.
Steven L. Woodbine, MD
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Richard was a great captain and host. Richard hosted myself along with my grandfather and two friends out for some strip bass. We each were able to catch some fish (I caught two), Richard was persistent in searching for the fish whether checking the fish finder or using binoculars to locate where the fish maybe feeding. Richard put forth his best effort to ensure we had a good comfortable trip trip.
Justin  P.
Justin P. Nottingham, MD
Mary Lou Too Charters
Mary Lou Too Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
It was a great experience called Mini fish. It's a nice boat . The captain was excellent at putting us on the fish. Weather was great.
Karlton  C.
Karlton C. Glenn Dale, MD
Vickie Ann Charters
Vickie Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(80 reviews)
Bob and Eric were great! Beautiful day, caught lots of fish. Definite recommend😄
Chris  D.
Chris D. Herndon, VA
Patent Pending Charters
Patent Pending Charters
Fishing charter in Tracys Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(92 reviews)
We had a wonderful time with Captain John. Caught our limit on a beautiful day. He got us to a prime trolling spot by sunrise. Although the first mate couldn't be there (hit a deer that morning) Capt John executed both roles perfectly. We were a group of somewhat and very experienced anglers, but without lots of experience with stripers/rockfish. Fabulous boat, incredible gourmet lunch, and many interesting stories. Highly recommend Captain John and Patent Pending. We'll be back.
Scott  L.
Scott L. Lancaster, PA
Sea Mee Charters
Sea Mee Charters
Fishing charter in Norfolk
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Had a great time! Captain did put us on the fish, just the big ones had already left for the season. That’s fishing! Boat is a great set up for Captain/mate +5 with no problems. Best part of trip was Shawn’s professional attitude and wanting to go out and make sure the trip was fun. They were great with kids and I would recommend him and crew any day!
Adam  R.
Adam R. Blowing Rock, NC