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Virginia: 98 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(96 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
Hampton
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trips from $375
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(188 reviews)
Norfolk
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(119 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Colonial Beach
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(79 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $375
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(39 reviews)
Cape Charles
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(188 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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5.0 / 5
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Norfolk
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Virginia

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Virginia fishing trip is $524, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,066 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Double Play Sportfishing, Islander Sportfishing, and Prowler Fishing Charter all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips 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.

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.
Virginia
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 27689 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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.

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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
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
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
It was thought to catch what we were looking for. The Captain and mate were upfront with the possibility of not catching targeted fish due to weather. But we still had fun and enjoyed the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was thought to catch what we were looking for. The Captain and mate were upfront with the possibility of not catching targeted fish due to weather. But we still had fun and enjoyed the trip.
Sarah  P.
Sarah P. UPPR CHICHSTR, PA
Expect to have a great time as long as the weather & tide are on your side.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to have a great time as long as the weather & tide are on your side.
Frank  H.
Frank H. Williamsburg, VA
Have to say — Rudee Inlet is ideal if you want to get off the dock and, in less than 15 minutes, on to 42 feet of gorgeous water with the year round chance of a variety of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have to say — Rudee Inlet is ideal if you want to get off the dock and, in less than 15 minutes, on to 42 feet of gorgeous water with the year round chance of a variety of fish.
James  B.
James B. Centreville, VA
Get a local to take you. The bay is shallow and you need someone to help you figure out where to go. CPT Craig told me where to go fishing after our charter and we caught fish there too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a local to take you. The bay is shallow and you need someone to help you figure out where to go. CPT Craig told me where to go fishing after our charter and we caught fish there too.
Lance  T.
Lance T. Stephensburg, KY
Enjoy the moment. Water, fish, sun, breeze, eagles, osprey, and nature in general
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy the moment. Water, fish, sun, breeze, eagles, osprey, and nature in general
Benjamin  L.
Benjamin L. Newburg, MD
Chincoteague has all of the charm of a small beach town island without the presumptuous and stiffy entitlement that comes along with many other beach towns. The fisherman of Chincoteague are salt of the Earth type people who are kind, helpful, and will bend over backward to make your day on the water memorable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chincoteague has all of the charm of a small beach town island without the presumptuous and stiffy entitlement that comes along with many other beach towns. The fisherman of Chincoteague are salt of the Earth type people who are kind, helpful, and will bend over backward to make your day on the water memorable!
Dan  B.
Dan B. Lewisberry, PA
Great time and friendly people. They even let us know about some great places to eat at while we were there
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time and friendly people. They even let us know about some great places to eat at while we were there
April  S.
April S. Blackstone, VA
We were very happy with Aquaman Sportfishing Charters and would recommend them to anyone fishing Virgina Beach for the first time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were very happy with Aquaman Sportfishing Charters and would recommend them to anyone fishing Virgina Beach for the first time.
John  W.
John W. Henrico, Virginia
Fun experience bring snack for kids they don't like to be as patient as the adults
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fun experience bring snack for kids they don't like to be as patient as the adults
Joe  H.
Joe H. Hyattsville, Maryland
The captains each take great care to get to the best spots and coordinate with each other to get the best experience for the fishermen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captains each take great care to get to the best spots and coordinate with each other to get the best experience for the fishermen.
Benjamin  C.
Benjamin C. Norfolk, Virginia
Virginia Beach fishing is Ok, but the town its self is not friendly to people from out of town, they rip you off any way they can. If you go there to fish stay out of town and allow for time to get to your trip. The motels are in with the city to get what they can.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Virginia Beach fishing is Ok, but the town its self is not friendly to people from out of town, they rip you off any way they can. If you go there to fish stay out of town and allow for time to get to your trip. The motels are in with the city to get what they can.
Luther  B.
Luther B. Bristol, TN
Come for the sea, the sights and open mind. Take it all in, a half day riven the first time would probably be best. Your on peninsula time so all will run different relaxed and slow except when it isn’t. So just enjoy and savor it for what it is with no expectations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come for the sea, the sights and open mind. Take it all in, a half day riven the first time would probably be best. Your on peninsula time so all will run different relaxed and slow except when it isn’t. So just enjoy and savor it for what it is with no expectations.
Deborah  C.
Deborah C.
Book your trips early as if you wait till the week your here it might not happen
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trips early as if you wait till the week your here it might not happen
Michael  B.
Michael B. Marion, NY

Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Best charter I have had yet. Got us on the fish quick and caught the entire time. the big one got away though. But that’s why they call it fishing.will book with them again in the future.
Scott  W.
Scott W. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Chincoteague Bay Adventures
Chincoteague Bay Adventures
Fishing charter in Chincoteague
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(328 reviews)
This was our second time out fishing with Captain Tim and we had a blast! The weather was perfect and he knew where to take I've to find the fish. Can't recommend him enough!!
Susanne  M.
Susanne M. Holmes, PA
Maritime Mayhem Charter Service
Maritime Mayhem Charter Service
Fishing charter in Deltaville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(136 reviews)
Great half-day fishing trip. Captain Sartterly kept us in the fish all morning! Well maintained vessel. Would recommend to any sea-going angler.
Val  D.
Val D. Callao, Virginia
Reel M N Charter Fishing
Reel M N Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Colonial Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Spent the morning with “Frog” and Frank out on the Potomac. We caught several Rock Fish aka striped bass and also caught our legal limit. They were fun to be with, made our trip very enjoyable and worth every penny. Highly recommend you try out this charter, you won’t be disappointed.
Todd  A.
Todd A. Saint George, VT
Double Play Sportfishing
Double Play Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(96 reviews)
The tropical changed our off shore fishing trip plans, but Captain Keith put us on the Spanish mackerel. Great guy to fish with, thank you
MIKE  S.
MIKE S. Big Prairie, OH
Prowler Fishing Charter
Prowler Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Norfolk
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Weather was amazing and the water was pretty much empty and hardly a boat around. The captain and crew were really helpful and by the end let us do our own thing. Would definitely go out with then again
Patrick  M.
Patrick M. Portsmouth, VA
Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
First time sportfishing on the ocean. Had a great day with a 42 Spanish mackerel catch! Captain Bob was very friendly and put even the most nervous novice at ease. He even provided life jackets for pillows, for those who needed a nap! Would recommend for a fun afternoon.
Laurene  S.
Laurene S. Norfolk, Virginia
Payback Sportfishing LLC
Payback Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(26 reviews)
Weather got us a little we caught some sea bass. Overall had a good time the crew did there best the fish just had other ideas
Tim  C.
Tim C. Vincent, OH
Marcia B Sportfishing
Marcia B Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(119 reviews)
The captain keeps a nice and clean boat! Plenty of room to move around and not feel crowded. It was a rough day for fishing but he did not give up until he found the fish and we put some in the cooler. It was a good day on the water and I will definitely be back!
Chris  W.
Chris W. Amherst, VA
Marshland Expeditions
Marshland Expeditions
Fishing charter in Poquoson
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(118 reviews)
Sonny knows the waters like the back of his hand, and he knows how to find the fish. And, he won't stop trying to find more. I had a great day as usual, my fourth trip with Marshland Expeditions, and I caught speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, puppy drum, and a few others. Had a great day and will be having a fish fry tomorrow. Thanks Sonny.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Fredericksburg, VA
Marcia B Sportfishing
Marcia B Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(119 reviews)
Great captain loved his boat plenty of room and very clean caught lots of fish good times
Roger  U.
Roger U.
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Captain Todd was great! He had wonderful Advice and took us to the best spot! 42 fish later .... we are ready for dinner! He communicated with us well, helped us know where to go, what we needed to bring (just water and snacks) and what was provided (everything else)! After we got back to the dock he had all of our fish cleaned and bagged and ready to go in about 45-50 minutes! An excellent experience!
Tammi  H.
Tammi H.
Four Winds Chartering
Four Winds Chartering
Fishing charter in Hampton
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
By far the best experience I have had . will definitely be booking another trip.
Justin  M.
Justin M. United States
Four Reel Charters
Four Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(299 reviews)
We had a great time. The staff was super nice and personable. I would recommend this trip to family and friends.
Eric  P.
Eric P. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(86 reviews)
We wanted to do something special to get the family together for my son's up coming wedding party. A day out on the water with the groom's wedding party proved to be the perfect outing to talk and celebrate. It was a beautiful day and enough fish to keep everyone engaged. The boat (Knott Tellin), captain, and crew were top notch and worked hard to ensure we found fish and had a good experience. We look forward to going back again.
Randall  S.
Randall S. Mechanicsville, VA
AquaMan Sportfishing – Game On
AquaMan Sportfishing – Game On
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
The trip was great, we left the pier at 7:00 and had the first spa ish mackerel on the line by 7:30. We caught over 100 for the trip. The crew was great and very attentive.
Larry  T.
Larry T. Richmond, Virginia
E-FishinSea Sport Fishing Charters LLC
E-FishinSea Sport Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
Best fishing experience I’ve had ever on a charter hands down we absolutely smashed them. Hunter the first mate was awesome and man knows how to run a boat as a first mate.hitting quad hook ups after quads. Will definitely book again and 1000% recommend
Jessica  J.
Jessica J. Chesapeake, Virginia
E-FishinSea Sport Fishing Charters LLC
E-FishinSea Sport Fishing Charters LLC
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
This was our family's 1st trip .we loved it the Captain was amazing we caught alot of fish..Hunter was super amazing he did everything to help out
Wanda  H.
Wanda H. Louisa, VA
Islander Sportfishing
Islander Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Hampton
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(110 reviews)
Captain George set the expectation high and delivered. We were on the immediately. Boated 13 Cobia in 4 hours. Kept 2 nice ones and had lots of meat to go around. Friendly, knowledgeable, and just fun. Already talking about the next trip.
Bruce  E.
Bruce E. Hampton, Virginia
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Fishing charter in Virginia Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
I had killer trip very down earth capitan. Caught some fish will rebook with him in the future. Thanks agian
Anthony  A.
Anthony A. Lowell, IN