Some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast are found in the waters surrounding Chincoteague Island. Fish either the inland waterways surrounding the Island or venture into the open Atlantic Ocean for deep sea fishing. Whatever your preference, fishing in Chincoteague is going to be a fun and productive experience.
Chincoteague Fishing Report
Check out our local bait and tackle shops for current fishing reports. Steve’s bait and tackle shares great photos of local catches that will make your mouth water!
Chincoteague Fishing Charters
Wanna get your own boat for the day or have a captain bring you to their favorite fishing inlets? Whether you want to go out deep sea fishing or cast for flounder in the bays, a fishing charter is a great way for to spend a summer day in Chincoteague. Check out the Charter Boat Association web page to find the Captains that are the best equipped to suit your fishing needs and desires.
Chincoteague Flounder Fishing
By far one of the most popular fish to hook, flounders are prevalent in the spring and early summer months in the channel. By June, Flounder are competing with croakers for food.
Spring time flounder fishing in Chincoteague Bay depends highly on two factors: water clarity and temperature. Most fisherman agree that flounder start biting when water temperatures reach 50 degrees. The best fishing of the year is usually in water between 60 and 70 degrees.
Water clarity is just as important as temperature. Flounder feed by sight and if the water resembles chocolate milk the fish will have a hard time seeing your bait. Usually the creeks and the western shore (in a west wind) retain more clarity.
Virginia Beach Fishing Trip Planned for this Summer?
Thrill your wife and invite her on the fishing trip with you. Even if she isn’t into fishing, when the two of you stay at Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast, she will be thrilled to spend the day on the seashore and a wonderful night in this lovely, historic Chincoteague Inn.
As the warm weather returns to the Virginia Coast, the beaches will begin to fill with swimmers and sun bathers. What else can you do at the beach in Chincoteague and Assateague?
Fishing – Visitors can choose to fish in designated areas of Toms Cove and Swan Cove. Visitors may also choose fish from the beach, outside of life-guarded areas. Fish after hours by procuring an overnight fishing permit from the Toms Cove Visitor Center.
Some of the fish common to the waters around the refuge are bluefish, striped bass, summer flounder, Atlantic croaker, spot, and red drum. Clearnose skate, bullfish, and Southern stingrays may be caught, as well as smooth or spiny dogfish sharks. Crabs are notorious bait thieves, and can include lady crab, spider crab, and blue crab.
Crabbing – One of the most popular activities at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is crabbing. Crabbing is permitted in designated areas in Swan Cove and along Beach Road, as well as from the boardwalks near the entrance gates. Blue crabs make a tasty meal, and catching these feisty creatures only requires a few tools: a crab line, a net, and a bucket for your catch. Don’t forget bait! Chicken necks are a good choice – the smellier, the better! When crabbing, remember to observe state limits on size and quantity. Each person is allowed one bushel of hard crabs per day.
Clamming – All you need to clam are a bucket or basket and a clam rake. Look for the tell-tale “key hole” in the mud, or just pick a spot and start digging. There are several different types of clams that can be found in the waters around the refuge, including hard-shell clams (also known as “quahogs”), soft-shell clams, and razor clams, which have a long and narrow shell. Visitors may take a maximum of 250 clams in one day. There are also multiple commercial and private clam beds in the waters around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. These areas are prohibited for recreational clamming. Resale of clams taken from the refuge is prohibited.
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Lodging on Chincoteague
When visiting Chincoteague, we invite you to be our guests at Miss Molly’s Inn. We are a premier bed and breakfast with personable, friendly staff and delicious breakfasts. Welcome to the island!