Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay: 36 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(152 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $375
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(135 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Havre de Grace
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trips from $475
Solomons
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trips from $600

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
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,609 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

Every fishing trip is a fishing trip make sure you are going to have fun weather you catch fish or not before you go and you can’t go wrong catching fish will be a bonus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Every fishing trip is a fishing trip make sure you are going to have fun weather you catch fish or not before you go and you can’t go wrong catching fish will be a bonus.
Theodore  B.
Theodore B. Temple Hills, MD
It's a great place to booked your fishing trip. Very easy and convenient to get too with adequate parking
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a great place to booked your fishing trip. Very easy and convenient to get too with adequate parking
Tony  C.
Tony C. Alexandria, Virginia
Know your regs. I didn’t know the keeper limit was still 36”, so we didn’t bring home fish. That was my bad. Everything else was pretty perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know your regs. I didn’t know the keeper limit was still 36”, so we didn’t bring home fish. That was my bad. Everything else was pretty perfect.
Matthew  A.
Matthew A. Frederick, Maryland
Talk to the captain about what your looking to catch and the best time to go ! The caption told us the end of May is the best time !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the captain about what your looking to catch and the best time to go ! The caption told us the end of May is the best time !
Jonathon  P.
Jonathon P. Ogdensburg, NY
Come expecting to have fun and be sure to communicate with Captain Todd and let him know what your needs are, he’s there to help and guide you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come expecting to have fun and be sure to communicate with Captain Todd and let him know what your needs are, he’s there to help and guide you.
Cassandra  D.  F.
Cassandra D. F. Richmond, Virginia
Pay attention to what the fish are doing and what is running seasonally. Reds, Cobia, Striper, and so on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to what the fish are doing and what is running seasonally. Reds, Cobia, Striper, and so on.
Jeremy  B.
Jeremy B. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Susan  K.
Susan K. Dillwyn, VA
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Gina  N.
Gina N. Holland, AR
Yes, those Spanish Mackerels fish are some good fish to eat. The best I ever ate.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes, those Spanish Mackerels fish are some good fish to eat. The best I ever ate.
Andrena  A.
Andrena A. Washington, District Of Columbia
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Don  P.
Don P. Cuyahoga Falls, OH
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Fredericksburg, VA
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Joseph  T.
Joseph T. New York, New York
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Melanie  T.
Melanie T. Woodbridge, Virginia
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Audrey  Y.
Audrey Y. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Virginia Beach, VA
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Eric  B.
Eric B. UPPR MARLBORO, MD
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Patricia(Lynne)  M.
Patricia(Lynne) M. Mechanicsville, Maryland
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.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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.
Russell  O.
Russell O. Arrington, VA
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Billie  R.
Billie R. Elizabeth City, NC
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Will  P.
Will P. Harrisonburg, VA

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Chesapeake Bay