Fishing in Chesapeake

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Ocean View Fishing Pier extends 1,690 feet into Chesapeake Bay, enabling anglers to cast their lines into one of the East Coast's most bountiful fishing spots. An onsite bait house and tackle shop equips visitors with the necessary gear, from rods and reels to crab pots and minnow traps.

400 W Ocean View Ave.
Norfolk,
VA
US

The picturesque waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean gently lap against the alabaster hull of the Sally T, beckoning passengers to cast a line to the abundant wildlife swimming under the water's surface. Aboard the vessel—a head boat with Coast Guard approval for ocean trips—experienced nautical leader Captain Pete grants aspiring fisherpeople a chance to land prize catches with charter trips that explore the natural beauty of the famed waterscapes. Under the captain's guidance, a friendly crew sniffs out areas teeming with susceptible targets and bestows fishing tips and gear to blossoming seafarers. Groups then practice the skills necessary to catch and clean aquatic fauna and pursue underwater booty such as croakers, flounder, and pictures of Scott Baio taped inside Davy Jones's locker.

4330 Kecoughtan Rd
Hampton,
VA
US

The experienced guides at Ocean Eagle Kayak Adventures maintain a thorough knowledge of their local waters, allowing them to usher visitors through the Atlantic surf or secluded groves of shady water plants. On tours, they guide their participants to get up close with local wildlife and navigate alongside dolphin pods. On kayak fishing trips they help anglers ensnare a roster of seasonal fish. Groups paddle aboard sit-on-top ocean kayaks, and guides always prep them with ample paddling training and advice on how to recognize a fish's turn signal in heavy traffic. When not leading tours, staffers conduct fitness training atop the same kayaks, helping guests during interval training to build paddling power, sweep, and maneuvering skills.

1492 Arctic Avenue
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

Fresh fare can be found at Lynnhaven Fish House, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Lynnhaven Fish House's full bar to top off your meal. Lynnhaven Fish House is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Reserve the private room at Lynnhaven Fish House for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together. If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Lynnhaven Fish House.

The restaurant has catering services as well. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.

Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.

You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Lynnhaven Fish House, so plan your budget accordingly. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.

2350 Starfish Rd
Virginia Beach,
VA
US

Established: 2014
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Field and Stream, Abu Garcia, Repella, Bass Pro Shops
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Expert master angler guide on every trip
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Eco-friendly guided river tours, no white water just a nice calm relaxing trip

Q&A with Christian, Owner And Full-Time Guide

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have always been an outdoorsman, since the very first time I went down the river on my kayak I was hooked, no pun intended. I am known as one of the best anglers in the area, and have caught well over 50 trophy fish in the local rivers, I am a certified expert master angler and know every inch of the rivers I travel both top and bottom

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
All staff [members] keep a First Aid kit on their kayak and are First Aid and CPR certified and up to date on aquatic life saving. [They] also are required to make trips after storms to ensure that there are no new obstacles blocking the river

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Showing customers a look at [the] wildlife they dream of.

239 Parkwood Drive
Aylett,
VA
US

In 1784, George Washington stood before the Virginia General Assembly, lobbying for a canal system that would connect the James River to the Ohio River via the Kanawha River. His vision began to materialize in 1789, when construction began on the canals, leading to further westward expansion and the canals becoming a hub of American history. Today, the guides of River District Canal Cruises lead both public tours and private charters through the canal system, unveiling its storied past to passengers. The Canal Walk, for example, teems with historic significance, from hosting the world’s first successful electric streetcar system to having one of the world’s last functioning triple main-line railroad crossings. Throughout each tour, the boat’s cover keeps guests comfortable by providing shade and deflecting falling satellites.

139 Virginia St.
Richmond,
VA
US