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From remote Trout streams to the mighty Chesapeake Bay, and out to the Atlantic, Virginia’s wealth of angling options is something special. Of course, the best way to discover it all is with an experienced guide aboard a Virginia fishing charter. And, thankfully, there are plenty of them.
 
When it comes to the fish you’ll be targeting, it all depends on where you head. In the rivers and creeks, Trout is the name of the game. Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout reign supreme here, with Catfish showing up in deeper spots. Walleye, Panfish, and Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Striped Bass are available in the lakes, so get ready for a fishing frenzy.
 
Things get even better in saltwater. The Chesapeake Bay is one of the country’s best fisheries, and Striped Bass – or Rockfish, as they’re named here – are always available. Cobia is another prized species, but you could also get your hands on anything from Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, and Flounder to Tautog, Black Seabass, and Triggerfish. And if you head offshore, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and Billfish are in abundance.
 
With such a range of fishing on offer, there are plenty of trips to choose from. Beginners and families can get to learn the ropes on trips as short as a couple of hours. But if you want to get the most out of the deep waters, you’ll want at least a full day. You’ll find Virginia fishing charters all around the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast, with freshwater guides a little harder to come by in the remote wilderness.
 

Rules & Regulations

Freshwater anglers will need to get a VA fishing license regardless of whether they’re going out with a guide or on their own. However, if you’re on a saltwater fishing charter, your license will be covered. Your professional captain will also keep you up to date on all the latest bag and size limits.
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January

Early in the year, some of the best fishing available is in Virginia’s lakes and rivers. Try your luck coaxing the bite from a variety of Trout, Bass, and more in the wild.

February

February can be a good time to experience local Trout fishing, or try your luck with Yellow Perch swimming in the Northwest River. The shallow water bordering Chesapeake Bay holds Black Drum and more.

March

Bass fishing picks up momentum in March, with Largemouths taking spoons, jigs, and other lures tossed their way. For the best results, fish local lakes when the water is at its highest.

April

Come spring, anglers on the Chesapeake Bay are trolling for Rockfish and Bluefish. Fishing on the eastern shore is just starting to heat up, with early Flounder appearing in the shallows.

May

The Flounder run has begun, ringing in the season for bottom fishing. If you’re looking for some hard-fighting action, be sure to get in on the inshore Shark fishing that kicks off this month. 

June

June is a great time to fish the offshore wrecks and reefs for Flounder, Tautog, and Croaker. Shark fishing continues to please adrenaline junkies, who have their pick of inshore and offshore fishing grounds.

July

Bottom fishing continues to be the main attraction in Chesapeake Bay, while anglers on the eastern shore have their pick of Tarpon in the channels, a variety of fish on the wrecks, and big game prizes offshore.

August

Summer is the season for deep sea delights like Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and monster Sharks. The offshore wrecks are abundant with Black Seabass, Spadefish, Triggerfish, Tautog, and more, too.

September

Croaker start leaving in September, just in time for more Flounder to take over. Striped Bass and Bluefish are reappearing, and anglers on the Chesapeake Bay will soon start trolling again.

October

Yellowfin Tuna are swimming farther out, but you can still catch some if you’re up for a trip to the offshore fishing grounds. Meanwhile, anglers inshore are making the most of Striper season.

November

Fishing close to shore is excellent at this time of year, with Rockfish, Speckled Trout, large Black Drum, and much more to be had. Freshwater anglers can enjoy fishing for Trout and Bass, too.

December

Many charter boats are closed for the season, but you can still have great success fishing from shore or casting your line in one of VA’s many lakes, streams, and ponds. Head to the Potomac River for giant Blue Catfish.

Virginia Fishing Calendar

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Fishing with Rich
Jim L. fished with Osprey Fishing Charters on April 3, 2021
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Try fishing Hickory Chad if you want an awesome experience.
BIG STRIPER
Justin H. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on December 28, 2020
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When it gets cold it’s all about the Striper. Good luck!!
October fishing trip
Mark S. fished with Prowler Fishing Charter on October 24, 2020
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Enjoy your trip and bring a variety of clothes for any weather condition
Full Day trip with Rich Johnson on upper Potomac
David K. fished with Osprey Fishing Charters on September 16, 2020
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Use a guide, such as Rich Johnson who is knowledgeable of the local conditions and can get them on the fish much faster than trying to fish on their own .
4 hr trip
Bobby B. fished with C Level Sportfishing on September 2, 2020
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Motion sickness pills, just for people who have never been on a boat
Fishing with John
Kenneth P. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on August 28, 2020
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This was our first trip fishing on a charter and would highly recommend Maritime Mayhem. It was so much fun and having a Captain that has the passion and love for what he does is priceless. Thanks again Captain John.
Half Day Chesapeake Bay with Capt. Chad
Joe S. fished with Earning Stripes Sportfishing on August 18, 2020
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Follow the Captain's lead and be patient... they will bite!
Half a day fishing with Captain John
Jerome H. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on August 11, 2020
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Book a charter with Capital John at Maritime mayhem fishing charters. I live in Charlottesville, Va . A wonderful thing.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Virginia

According to customer reviews, Islander Sportfishing, Prowler Fishing Charter, and Reel Release Sport Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Virginia. Full list of top fishing charters in Virginia.

Islander Sportfishing, Prowler Fishing Charter, and Reel Release Sport Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Virginia.

The best way to experience fishing in Virginia 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 Virginia.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Virginia are:

The Flounder run has begun, ringing in the season for bottom fishing. If you’re looking for some hard-fighting action, be sure to get in on the inshore Shark fishing that kicks off this month.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Virginia.