Bordered almost entirely by water, Norfolk is geographically positioned for the ultimate fishing trip. No matter what your choice of fresh catch may be, you’re sure to find it in the nearby Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean or Elizabeth River. Norfolk’s mild climate & wide variety of aquatic life have made the region’s waterways one of the top fishing destinations in the world – thousands of visitors flock to the area’s shores each year in search of the perfect fishing trip.

The Chesapeake Bay is home to a whole host of saltwater fish including trout, flounder, cobia, croaker, red drum and striper. Norfolk has two fishing piers – the Ocean View Fishing Pier & Willoughby Fishing Pier – both are open around the clock.

If you’d prefer to take your own boat out for a day trip, you can use any of the city’s public ramps or marinas. There are also several chartered boat trips that can be reserved for a just few hours time or for a full day of fishing. 

Chartered Fishing Excursions
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Southeast Virginia Fishing Report
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Freshwater Fishing
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East Ocean View Community Center Pier

9520 20th Bay St. • P: 757-441-1605 • Visit Website

Willoughby Fishing Pier

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Cast a line at the Ocean View Fishing Pier.


            It’s said to be the longest freestanding fishing pier in North America, which may or may not be a bit of a fish story. But at nearly 1,700 feet long, the Ocean View Fishing Pier is definitely a great place to cast a line, enjoy some quality family time with amazing photo ops, and share a tall tale or two with fellow anglers.

No equipment? No problem, you can rent all the gear you need grab some bait at the tackle shop. And don’t worry, your fishing license is included with the price of admission: $9 for adults; $6 for seniors over 64 and children under 10.


  • Stretches 1,700 feet into one of the East Coast’s most bountiful fishing grounds
  • On-site restaurant and tackle shop
  • 6,000-square-foot top deck and bar
  • Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Head boat departures daily (4 hours, $35, gear provided)
  • Open every day mid-March through October


The Ocean View Fishing Pier is located at 400 W. Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503. It’s just off I-64, just east of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (exit 273, 4th View St.). Call (757) 583-6000 or click here for more information, including directions.