Fishing can be anything from a serene, quiet moment to yourself to a day of bonding and fun with the family, waves crashing all around.
Take a trip to one of our local fishing piers to make memories of your own with your family! We’ve gathered some spots to get you started.
The Little Island Fishing Pier in Sandbridge is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The pier charges $7 per person, per day. Children under 9 are free, and there is no fee from November through March. Pick up a weekly pass for $25.
If you’re already on the Oceanfront, how about the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, which is accessible from the boardwalk. There is a small fee to access the pier, and there’s also a restaurant and viewing binoculars to enjoy. If you have any questions you can call Virginia Beach Fishing Pier tourist information (757) 428-2333.
The Ocean View Fishing Pier in Norfolk is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and then Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy the Chesapeake Bay view while you fish, as well as the convenience of the pier’s bait house, restaurant and restrooms.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel’s Sea Gull Pier is a unique fishing experience, extending into the Chesapeake Bay for a deep-sea fishing experience. You will have to pay the $13 one-way toll to use the bridge, but there is no fee for the fishing pier.
If Hampton is closer to home, head for the Buckroe Fishing Pier. The 706-foot long pier is open year-round, and offers a bait shop, snack bar and restrooms. You can get an early start to your fishing because the pier is open around the close from April through December. Pier admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children.
Switch things up by fishing at Lee Hall Reservoir in Newport News. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says you’ll be able to catch anything from chain pickerel to yellow perch and more.
The Newport News King-Lincoln Park is located on the James River near the base of the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. The side of the pier designated for fishing has periodic cut-outs (3 1/2 ft. in height) to provide easier access for handicapped anglers and children. There is no fee to fish off of the pier, but you must purchase your own individual saltwater license (unless exempt by age). The pier is open to the public from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Lighting is provided for the evening hours.
Many of these fishing spots do not require a license, but be sure to check before you begin to be safe.