Fishing The Chesapeake Bay

Fishing The Chesapeake Bay

A very popular fishing destination, Chesapeake Bay offers the sport fisherman lots of opportunities to go for a fun filled fishing trip. The most popular fish species are speckled trout, drum, croaker, spot, bluefish to name a few.  There’s nothing like Chesapeake Bay striper fishing which are called rockfish. However, it’s important to remember that the area falls in two jurisdictions. Maryland and Virginia. Therefore, it’s important to have a good idea about the regulations before heading out.

Both states require licenses before you can legally drop the hook into the water. Not only that, they are very clear about the amount of fish and the size of the fish that you can keep. And this can change according to the species of the fish. All you need to do is go on their respective websites and choose which type of license you need.


Getting Started

There are basically three ways you can enjoy fishing the Chesapeake Bay.  Rent your own boat or take a fishing charter. The renting option is good if you are comfortable operating a boat and you have done all the necessary homework regarding weather, regulations, and popular fishing areas. Renting has sub-category and that would be kayak fishing, provided you are feeling up to the task. However, if you are from out of town and do not want any of those hassles, charters are the way to go. In fact, fish charters are so popular in this area that even more, seasoned fishermen prefers it. Some of them will even work with you and do a custom pick up and drop point of your choice!

However, the main reason for their popularity is because the charter captains have excellent knowledge where each type of fish is swimming around. And what it takes to catch them. The good news is that most of the port towns in this area have charters available. The bigger charters are located in Chesapeake Beach, Deale, Kent Island, Reedville, and Solomons. Another great thing about charters is that they will provide fishing gear and even ice the fish for you when you catch them! Of course, it goes without saying the boats themselves will be well stocked with food and beverages. After all, who wouldn’t want to relax in a chair, waiting for the fish to bite while nursing a cold one?! Which brings us to night fishing. Yes,  fishing the Chesapeake Bay at night is popular in this area during the summer time. The most common fish caught after hours are croakers and spot.


Weather & navigation

Depending on the time of the year, Chesapeake Bay offers good weather throughout out most the year. However, it’s always a good idea to check the weather before heading out, especially if you are planning to do the navigating yourself. Bad weather can just be a nuisance or it can be dangerous. Storms in this area can gather relatively quickly. Thunderstorms can be quite brutal. Therefore it’s imperative that you take a look at wind forecasts, water temperatures, tides, and all other weather related information to conduct a safe and fun excursion.

Once you have all the weather sorted out, the next thing on the list would be navigation. After all, you need to get to where the fish are located. There are many websites that provide GPS waypoints, for both, fishing locations as well navigation. And while you are at it, you might as well check out some of the other attractions these waters have, such as shipwrecks and artificial reefs.


Where to stay

Once you arrive at Chesapeake Bay, you will need a place to stay. Luckily this area has a huge variety of hotels, inns, and bed & breakfast joints.  So if you’re thinking about fishing the Chesapeake Bay in general or planning a Chesapeake Bay striper fishing trip there are quite a few historical places that offer old style cottages set on amazing pieces of real estate for your enjoyment.