Virginia Beach…a diverse range of fish species and fishing destinations!
Virginia Beach is located in a prime coastal area, at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, joined by a variety of freshwater waterways. From world-class off-shore competitions to a plethora of coastal specials and multiple freshwater adventures, of course Virginia Beach is considered an angler’s paradise.
Offshore Fishing – The warm Gulf Stream and Chesapeake Bay provide a varied mix of waters with a bounty of fish to choose from. From June through September, both serious anglers and rookies alike look to land some of the kings of the sea and find some of the East Coast’s most productive fishing just outside our inlets. Energetic Tuna, lightning fast Wahoo, or strong Bluefin are just a few of the fish waiting for you to land.
·Charter Boats can be found at Rudee Inlet and Lynnhaven Inlet, and are home to the area’s sport fishing fleet, consisting of 44 to 58 foot boats designed to quickly get you on top of your big catch!
Inshore Fishing – Our local fish celebrity, the Striper, aka “Rockfish”, is well known for its mild taste, firm flake, and temperamental behavior off our coast. There is simply nothing better than a fresh Rockfish Sandwich! Our unique coastal location makes our fishing special because we are at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This makes for a very fertile year-round feeing ground for a large carried of fish.
·Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay is the perfect setting for families with young kids who like to fish or want to fish. Charters can be located from Rudee Inlet.
Pier Fishing – Pier Fishing is one of the most iconic and enjoyable activities in Virginia Beach. Whether you are trying your line at the iconic Virginia Beach Fishing Pier or the southern end of Sandbridge, all you need is yourself, a fishing pole, and bait! This is a great activity for families and friends! Spot, Croaker, Spadefish, Bluefish and Cobia are just a few of the species frequently caught.
·Virginia Beach Fishing Pier (Resort Area) is located at 15th street, and Little Island State Park Fishing Pier is located at the south end of Sandbridge Beach.
Surf Fishing – The most commonly caught fish from the shoreline are large Red Fish and Bluefish, as well as Stripers and other flavorful species. Bring your fishing equipment, bait and a comfortable chair, and sit back and enjoy the captivating ocean. You will need to buy a saltwater fishing license at one of the local bait and tackle shops if you want to fish from the shore!
Freshwater Fishing – The Back Bay Watershed covers the southeaster quarter of Virginia Beach, comprising roughly 67,000 acres and a wide variety of fish including bluegill, catfish, white perch, largemouth bass and crappie! In addition, depending on the season, you will most likely see a large variety of waterfowl, turtles, otter, bald eagles, herons, osprey, deer and other critters who call this Wildlife Refuge home. If your Sandbridge Beach Vacation rental is bay side, you can bring your own canoe or kayak, and fish and crab from your own private dock. Ask your reservationists for more information!
Visitors are required to buy a fishing license. The type and price of the fishing license varies. People aged 16 and younger or 65 and older do not need to purchase a license. Click here for more information.