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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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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 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Russell O. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on October 1, 2021
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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.
September fishing trip
Billie R. fished with E-Fishinsea Sport Fishing Charters on September 27, 2021
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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.
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Christopher V. fished with Tango Charters on September 8, 2021
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Super friendly guys, made it very enjoyable.
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Larry H. fished with Prowler Fishing Charter on August 28, 2021
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Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Half day trip
Celinda L. fished with Captain Pete's Fish Tales on August 23, 2021
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Keep expectations about fish realistic. But experience great
Great time and good fishing trip
Michelle B. fished with Salty Girl Charters on August 22, 2021
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Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
4hr trip first time out on a private charter had a great time captain Cliff and 1st mate Max were great made us feel right at home and got us on some fish great time I will be booking a charter with them again .
Raymond J. fished with Flat Line - AquaMan Sportfishing on August 19, 2021
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Best time ever. For our fish time. I recommend enjoy your trip.
2 hour trip
Richard K. fished with Four Reel Charters on August 13, 2021
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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.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Virginia

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Virginia costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $495, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,027. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Virginia is 31 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

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

Islander Sportfishing, Maritime Mayhem Charter Service, and Prowler Fishing Charter 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 most popular fish species you can target are Cobia, Redfish, and Spanish Mackerel. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Virginia.