Heading to Coastal Virginia for a bit of fishing? You’re not alone: visitors and locals alike flock to our shores for prime opportunities for catching trophy fish. Common local catches include Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Roundhead, Croaker, Speckled Trout, Puppy Drum, Red Drum, Cobia, Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Spadefish, Mullet, and Spot.
Looking for a spot to fish? Virginia Beach has lots of options from boat launches and piers, to surf fishing and charters. Check out our list below for information on the best spots to fish in Virginia Beach!
Fishing Piers in Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier
The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier can be found between 14th and 15th Streets right off the Boardwalk at the Oceanfront. The 70-year-old pier is open to the public from 6 AM to 12 AM in the summer, and 8 AM to 8 PM in the spring and fall.
It costs $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12-years-old. Each person may bring two fishing rods or two crab nets. The Pier offers bait, ice, and tackle as well as rod rentals at $10 a rod. You may also purchase season or weekly passes for the pier. Visit theirFacebook page for more information.
The VB Fishing Pier also has a restaurant calledOcean Eddie’s. Ocean Eddie’s has been serving delicious seafood to the community since the 1980s.
Sandbridge Little Island Fishing Pier
The Sandbridge Little Island Fishing Pier is located within the Little Island Park which offers beach access, picnic areas, grills, and a playground. From April 15th through October 31st, the pier is open from 5:30 AM to 9 PM, and is open from 7 AM until the posted closing time the rest of the year.
Fishing fees are $8 per resident and $10 per non-resident. Children under the age of 10 may access the pier for free with an accompanying adult. Visit theirwebsite to learn more about weekly and annual fishing passes.
Sea Gull Pier on the Chesapeake Bay
Unfortunately, due to construction, theSea Gull Pier is closed until 2024.
Surf & Shore Fishing in Virginia Beach
For years, locals have flocked to the surf and rocks of Rudee Inlet to catch flounder, spot, croaker, and more. Or find a less crowded spot away from the boardwalk and check out First Landing State Park's fishing scene. First Landing offers great fishing opportunities right off the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay.
Looking for a less crowded fishing hole, check out some of Virginia Beach's lakes and rivers! Go fishing on Lake Windsor at Mt. Trashmore, or check out the Lynnhaven River at Pleasure House Point Natural Area near the Lesner bridge.
Most local fishing spots require a fishing license, so be sure to have it handy and follow regulations!
Charter Fishing in Virginia Beach
If you’re looking to be out on the open water, or looking for a bigger catch, try a fishing charter! Charters are open water excursions that take guests out for a little deep-water fishing. If you're looking to go out with a group, most offer private charters as well. Common catch includes Tautog, Triggerfish, Seabass, Cobia, Mahi Mahi and more. There are a plethora of charter fishing boats in Virginia Beach – whether you’re new to deep sea fishing or are an old pro, you’re sure to have a blast off the shores of Coastal Virginia!
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