One of the highlights of any trip to Chesapeake, VA is a morning or afternoon spent fishing on the many lakes and waterways the region has to offer.
Before you hit the dock, boat, or kayak, you’ll need to gather bait and supplies. If you’re in search of boating resources, look no further than Bob's Fishing Hole for boat rentals, rods, reels, live bait, including minnows, nightcrawlers, red worms, and crickets. Or, stop by Gail's Bait & Tackle for all your gear, poles, and bobbers. Plus, at Gail’s, veterans receive 10% off each visit.
Fish By Land or Water
Anglers searching specifically for trout may want to stop by the Northwest River Park and Campground and partake in the Urban Trout program. From November 1 through April 30, the waters in the Urban Fishing Program will be considered designated stocked trout waters, as they are filled each year with 2,500 brown and rainbow trout. Keep in mind that trout and freshwater fishing licenses are required to fish using this service.
Boaters with a sense of adventure might want to try kayak fishing. This increasingly popular sport for adventurous anglers is the perfect way to see the waterways while fishing for a range of possible species. Cast your line for dinner or even a trophy fish or two, and reel in the catch of a lifetime.
In spring, the warm water is home to migratory breeding fish and flounder, while winter currents make way for catfish. In the summer, you’ll find striped bass, spadefish, and even cobia. No matter what you’re hoping to hook on the end of your line, to ensure safety, make sure to wear a personal flotation device each time you head out on your vessel.
Check out the accolades section of our website, where you’ll learn about fish by the numbers. Year after year, Chesapeake anglers are known for catching some of the largest species in the state. We can also help steer you to local fishing crews whose guidance will ensure that you and your rod make the most out of your time on the water.
Whether you’re in search of put-in locations or hoping to contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there is plenty of angler support available in Chesapeake. And, for those looking for even more information, fill out our quick and easy Fishing Question Submission form. In no time at all, we’ll send you materials on things like Chesapeake Charter Boat Info, Chesapeake Marina Info, and even a Coastal Virginia Fishing Guide.
And, of course, before you head out on the waterways and cast your reel, make sure that you have secured appropriate boat launching permits or any necessary licensing for trapping fresh or saltwater fish.