Fishing Piers in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

Fishing Piers in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
Virginia's Chesapeake Bay offers fishermen a chance to catch trophy-sized stripers and flounder, and the state's fishing piers are a convenient way to get into position to land some of those big fish. Fishing from a Virginia pier involves none of the hassles of beachcasting and is inexpensive compared to a chartered boat. All the angler needs to do is drive to the pier, pay the fee if their is one, and start fishing.

Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park is located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, and therefore fishes the east side of the Chesapeake Bay. The park comes equipped with a fishing pier with picnic tables and lights for attracting fish at night. An added bonus for amateur anglers is that although a modest fee is charged for its use, fishing from the pier does not require a Virginia fishing license. Accommodations at the state park include camping and rental yurts and lodges. For other outdoor activities, the park has a swimming beach, four miles of hiking trails and biking paths.

Kiptopeke State Park

3540 Kiptopeke Drive

Cape Charles, VA 23310


James River Bridge Fishing Pier

Located within sight of the namesake bridge in Newport News, the pier is sited where the James River flows into the Chesapeake Bay. At 3,168 feet, the pier is one of the longest of its kind on the East Coast. The pier season runs from April through November, with the pier open all day Sunday to Tuesday and 24 hours a day Wednesday to Saturday. Croaker and spot are caught from the pier through the year, with striped bass, flounder, gray trout and red drum appearing on a seasonal basis. The pier has its own bait shop with some tackle supplies, and a Crab Shack restaurant is adjacent to the pier entrance.

James River Bridge Fishing Pier

6701 River Road

Newport News, VA‎ 23607


Ocean View Pier

Norfolk's Ocean View Pier juts out 1690 feet into the Chesapeake Bay, and has its own tackle shop with bait and equipment for both rod-and-reel anglers as well as traps for crabs and minnows. The shop also rents fishing rods, a convenient service for visiting tourists who are not avid anglers. The pier is open 24 hours a day from Labor Day through to Memorial Day, and charges an admission fee with daily, weekly and monthly fishing passes available. Sightseeing tickets are available at a reduced rate for those who want to take in the view rather than fish. Ocean View Pier also has an attached restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends.

Ocean View Fishing Pier

400 W. Ocean View Ave.

Norfolk, VA 25303


Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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