Some of the best fishing along the Virginia coast Coast is found in the waters surrounding Chincoteague Island. Fishing either in the inland waterways or venturing out into the deeper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is bound to be a fun and productive experience. Check the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries web site for regulations.
If Surf Fishing is your preference, that is done on Assateague Island. Please note: a Virginia saltwater license is required for fishing on the beach and fishing is prohibited on beaches with lifeguard towers or designated surfing zones.
Try night fishing! Obtain an after-hours fishing permit from the visitors center for night time fishing. In general, the species you can expect to catch include:
- Spring: Flounder (the largest flounder are typically caught at this time), Striped Bass, and Drumfish.
- Summer: Flounder, Trout, Croaker, Sea Bass, Kingfish, and Spot. Blue Fin and Yellow Fin Tuna offshore.
- Fall: Striped Bass and Drumfish.
Charter Boat fishing is also an option. These captains know all the best places to go! Whether you want to go out deep sea fishing or fish for flounder in the bays, the charter boat captains here know where to take you. See a list of charter boat companies on the island.
If you are in need of some supplies for your fishing trip, there are multiple bait and tackle shops on the island. Here is a list:
- Capt. Bob’s Marina 2477 Main Street, 757-336-6654
- Captain Steve’s 6527 Maddox Blvd., 757-336-0569
- Snug Harbor 7536 East Side Road, 757-336-6176
Lastly, you can rent a boat. Whether you want something as small as a kayak or 16′ fiberglass boat, or a pontoon, there is a rental option for you. Plus, the experienced fisherman renting you vessels usually have good advice about where to throw your crab pot or drop a line. Captian Bob’s Marina or Snug Harbor also rent boats.
With all this in mind, you will still need somewhere to rest your head at night when not casting your net! Consider staying at our Chincoteague Inn, where you will be treated to superior hospitality and comfort.