Fly Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay by Kayak

Fly Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay by Kayak
Chesapeake Bay is shared by Maryland and Virginia. The bay's waters are home to a variety of sport fish species. There are inshore sections of the bay with opportunities for fly-fishing as well as kayaking, and anglers can combine both activities. Fishing licenses are required at select sites in Virginia and Maryland.

Kiptopeke Park

Kiptopeke Park is on the eastern shore on the Virginia side of Chesapeake Bay. There are concrete ships protecting the waters, and fly-fishing along the edges of these ships is among the best in Virginia. There is no fee or license needed if you fish from the pier. There are redfish, blues and striped bass in the waters.

Kiptopeke State Park
3540 Kiptopeke Drive
Cape Charles, VA 23310

Barrier Islands

Anglers have success fly-fishing from kayaks around the Barrier Islands. Tarpon hit in this area on chartreuse and white over white half and halfs, tarpon-crab imitation with bunny tail and imitation anchovies. A 6-foot leader at 16 pounds for sinking lines or poppers are recommended.

Free Fishing and Tides

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources notes free fishing days on the Maryland side of Chesapeake Bay for all anglers, as of March 2010. The first two Saturdays in June and the Fourth of July are free for fishermen. The tidal regions on the Maryland side of Chesapeake Bay do not require a fishing license. Using a kayak to fly-fish the tidal areas are a proeductive way to work the shallows for trout, redfish and blues. There are tidal changes to be aware of on Chesapeake Bay. Tide information is available at Tide books are free and found in sporting goods and fishing stores on both the Virginia and Maryland sides of the bay. Know how to read the tide tables and use them, for safety, and to plan when to go for the fish.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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