Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Chesapeake Bay

Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a fishing goldmine for saltwater and freshwater anglers alike. With more than 150 rivers and creeks that flow into the bay, its aquatic habitat gives life to hundreds of amazing species. Its diversity allows for many different types of fishing techniques, but when it comes to fly fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, there’s really nothing else quite like it.

Top Target Species

Fishermen from all over the country visit the Chesapeake Bay to get a cut of the action. Whether you’re going after Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Cobia, Redfish, Trout, or Stripers, this area holds some of the hottest fishing grounds for fly fishermen.

Striped Bass

Striped Bass, also locally known as Rockfish, is hands down the most popular species to target on fly. If you’re fly fishing for Stripers in the Chesapeake Bay, you’re working with a pretty good time frame. Striped Bass show up in April and stick around until Thanksgiving. However, when fly fishing for Stripers, you’ll need to switch up your technique, depending on the season and location.

Historically, Stripers have dominated the bay, but their numbers have been dwindling over recent years due to overfishing. Today, the largest schools of Rockfish are over towards the mouth of the Eastern Bay, so your best bet is to visit the Maryland side.

Speckled and Gray Trout

Speckled Trout is a relatively new species to target by fly, but if you’re fishing in shallower parts of the bay, it’s an excellent choice. Weakfish, or Gray Trout, is also a top target.

The bay’s tidal creeks and marshes produce excellent fly fishing conditions for Trout. The best time to target Gray and Speckled Trout is between May and October, especially on the eastern side of the bay, between the Choptank River and Tangier Sound.

Redfish

Chesapeake Bay Redfish are on the rise. Due to conservation efforts from southern states, as well as warming water temperatures, Red Drum’s range has expanded north. Targeting a “Chessie Red” on a fly is extremely challenging and they’re known for being hard fighters. Redfishing in the Chesapeake Bay really starts to heat up around June and begins to taper off in October. July and August will give you the highest likelihood of catching a Bull Red.

Need to Know

Maryland and Virginia saltwater charters are licensed to cover everyone aboard, so you won’t need to purchase one separately. However, anglers 16 and older who plan on fishing alone need to buy a license before fishing.

Many charters provide fly gear, but some require you to bring your own, so check with your captain before heading out. Additionally, you might want to pack extra layers, as well as rain gear and sun protection, depending on the weather.

You’re now one step closer to planning your fly fishing adventure in the Chesapeake Bay. Pick your spot, choose a captain, and get ready to fish one of the most productive estuaries of North America!

Chesapeake Bay
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

Wear plenty of sun screen and bring water and a cooler for your catch. The seas were calm and the boat was very stable.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Wear plenty of sun screen and bring water and a cooler for your catch. The seas were calm and the boat was very stable.
Salty Hooker Charters
Salty Hooker Charters
Go with captain Todd and let the fish set itself. Dont try and set the hook or reel when its on
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with captain Todd and let the fish set itself. Dont try and set the hook or reel when its on
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Don’t let the cold scare you! Caught our limit in about 2 hours once the bite was on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t let the cold scare you! Caught our limit in about 2 hours once the bite was on.
Loosen Up Charters
Loosen Up Charters
Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Adventures On The Water
Adventures On The Water
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Prowler Fishing Charter
Prowler Fishing Charter
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Good Time Charters
Good Time Charters
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Sea Mee Charters
Sea Mee Charters
Some days the fishing is on fire, some days it isn't. Can’t catch em’ from the couch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some days the fishing is on fire, some days it isn't. Can’t catch em’ from the couch!
Fools Gold Charters
Fools Gold Charters
Trust that Captain Webster knows where to take you to catch fish. Crisfield presents many opportunities for fishing in diverse environments - deep water trolling, jigging on the edge of channels, spinning lures in the shallows, etc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust that Captain Webster knows where to take you to catch fish. Crisfield presents many opportunities for fishing in diverse environments - deep water trolling, jigging on the edge of channels, spinning lures in the shallows, etc.
Last Cast Charters
Last Cast Charters
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.
Top Notch Charters
Top Notch Charters Norfolk, Virginia
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.
Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters 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.
Marshland Expeditions
Marshland Expeditions Fredericksburg, VA
Yes, absolutely. Captain Scott will make you feel like you've always known the place. He provides excitement, fun, and education.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, absolutely. Captain Scott will make you feel like you've always known the place. He provides excitement, fun, and education.
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!!
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!! Stamford, CT
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.
Marcia B Sportfishing
Marcia B Sportfishing NORTH PRINCE GEORGE, VA
Bottom fishing is fun for kids because you catch a lot of fish. Spot aren't the best to eat. But easy to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bottom fishing is fun for kids because you catch a lot of fish. Spot aren't the best to eat. But easy to catch.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters West Springfield, VA
Not really prime time for these fish but still caught our limit plus lots of catch and release. Very nice day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not really prime time for these fish but still caught our limit plus lots of catch and release. Very nice day!
Oxford Charters
Oxford Charters Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Bring sunscreen, water and enthusiasm: Rockfishing the Chesapeake in August rocks!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen, water and enthusiasm: Rockfishing the Chesapeake in August rocks!
Fin N' Feather Chesapeake Bay
Fin N' Feather Chesapeake Bay Frederick, Maryland
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.
Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters Chase City, VA

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Chesapeake Bay