Chesapeake Bay Bass (Striped) Fishing Charters

Chesapeake Bay Bass (Striped) Fishing Charters

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Best Bass (Striped) Fishing Charters in Chesapeake Bay

Top Bass (Striped) Fishing Charters in Chesapeake Bay

Bass (Striped) Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

Bass (Striped)
  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats River, Lake, Inshore, Nearshore

(Morone saxatilis)

It’s no surprise that North America’s biggest estuary has much to offer. But one creature stands apart from the rest. Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass, or Rockfish as they’re known locally, are legendary. Big, tough-fighting, and delicious, they’re an all-round fish, and anglers of all levels visit the bay in search of them. 
 
The beauty of targeting Striped Bass here is that you can do it everywhere, and pretty much however you want. From fly fishing in the Susquehanna flats, to bottom fishing the islands, or even trolling the open waters, you can always get your hands on one. These creatures will take pretty much any bait, too, so get ready for a fishing frenzy.
 
You can find Stripers year-round across the bay, with the spring spawning season offering up the best action. However, you won’t be allowed to take one home in Maryland’s waters during January, February, and April. Virginia only allows you to take home one per person except for six weeks in April and May, when fishing for them is prohibited. 
 
You’ll have no issue finding a charter to take you in search of the revered Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass, either. Baltimore, Annapolis, and Deale offer a number of charters that explore the Upper Chesapeake Bay. You’ll also find plenty of captains as far south as Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Take your pick from pretty much any seaside town, and you’re in for the fishing adventure of a lifetime!
 

Chesapeake Bay Bass (Striped) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Bass (Striped) fishing in Chesapeake Bay is highly variable throughout the year. High season is March and May to December. Closed season is January to February and April.
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Reviews of Fishing in Bass (Striped) Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

Half day morning fish
MATTHEW K. fished with E-Fishinsea Sport Fishing Charters on July 22, 2021
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Do your research on what you are looking for and for the group you are taking with you.
Awesome morning for beginners!
Marco F. fished with Strike Zone Charter Fishing on July 22, 2021
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Stay in-shore, practice with the smaller fishes! Your target should be bottom-feeders and whiting! You will have a great time, for the first time, if you try not to do to much.
Half day trip with captain Tyler Rowe
Hien V. fished with Sea Teaser Sportfishing on July 19, 2021
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Just enjoy the time out there and praying for the fish to come to you!
Great day in the water
Chris P. fished with Wann Sportfishing on July 16, 2021
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If you’re hoping for rock fish (or whatever fish) make sure you can catch them. Turns out we missed fishing for rock fish by a day. Disappointing but still had a great time! Yes! We released the rock fish.
PLAN TO GO WITH SONNY AGAIN
Ted P. fished with Marshland Expeditions on July 16, 2021
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Sonny knows every inch of the Poquoson River and if the fish are biting, he'll find them for you. Great guy and fun to spend a day with.
Full day trip with Greg Allman boat earning stripes
Daniel S. fished with Earning Stripes Sportfishing on July 10, 2021
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Nothing really bottom rig ,jigs,soft baits whatever if you throw it out in July in cape charles va you will not be disappointed
July fishing trip
Bonnie W. fished with Maritime Mayhem Charter Service on July 7, 2021
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Fishing isn't always about fishing. Good times with family and friends is the most important thing.
Great Day for a First Charter
Reggie O. fished with Mega Byte Sportfishing on July 4, 2021
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Beautiful weather. The breeze off the ocean surface keeps you somewhat cool. No complaints here!