Reel it in this summer in Norfolk! 

The fishing here is all the rage, acclaimed by both locals and visitors from afar. The word on the street, or shall we say on the water, is that the fish are BIG, so plan your summer fishing trips now. Grab your bait and prepare to tackle Norfolk’s angling scene with these fishing opportunities and expert tips. 

Fisherman with a large fish

Photo (Willy Rags)

Fishing Charters

You may have heard Norfolk is the heart of the Virginia WaterfrontSM and it’s no doubt our fishing game contributes to this tagline. Norfolk is situated near three bodies of water that make the fishing scene here remarkable. Depending on the time of year you visit you can catch anything from flounder and tautog to sharks and striped bass. For a full listing of our fishing charters click here!

Fishing Pier's

Norfolk has two fishing piers – the Ocean View Fishing Pier & Willoughby Fishing Pier – both are open around the clock.

A kayaker with fishing gear

(Photo: Mike Harrison)

A locals insider fishing tips!

Kevin Whitley - also known as Kayak Kevin, is a specialty kayak fisherman. His impressive list of accomplishments includes completing a 500-mile tour from the Georgia/Florida border all the way to Norfolk … via kayak!

When is the popular season for fishing?
“Spring and fall are the most active, but I like the summer most.” 
 
What types of fish do you regularly catch? Any favorites? 
“My favorite is the red drum, but my three favorites after that are spadefish, flounder, and tautog.” 
 
Is fishing while kayaking "out of the norm"? When did you begin fishing from your kayak? 
“I started in 2001 and it has become fairly normal over that last 10 years.” 
 
Do you have any tips for new fishers? 
“If you’re in a kayak, start off in protected waters like a lake or boat wake-controlled inlet.” 
 
What are your favorite local fishing areas? 
“I think for a kayaker the HRBT (Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel) is a great place to learn. You’ll get current and structure but you don’t have to go far from shore to experience good local kayak fishing.”