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Virginia Fishing Piers

Updated on October 11, 2014

Virginia Pier Fishing

This page has information on Virginia saltwater fishing piers including structures located in the Chesapeake Bay, James River, Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore, and Atlantic Ocean.

Depending on the season and location, fishermen may catch croakers, spot, seatrout, speckled trout, striped bass, flounder, kingfish, pigfish, white perch, pompano, sheepshead, porgy, swelling toads, pompano, black sea bass, tautog, herring, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cobia, spadefish, sharks, red drum, black drum, or other fish on Virginia fishing piers.

Fishing is one of many activities that are popular on Virginia's public and private piers. Other activities include exercise, sunbathing, kite flying, crabbing, photography, painting, sightseeing, and more.

Pier Fishing Basics - Bait, Tackle, Equipment

Anglers considering a trip to a Virginia fishing pier need only a few essentials for basic fishing. A call to a local pier is often a good idea in order to learn about regulations, pier admission fees and which services are available.

For catching most smaller fish, anglers can use a medium spinning or baitcasting outfit, top and bottom rigs and cut bait. Baits can vary depending on location, species targeted and season.

The most popular baits for fishing on Virginia piers include squid, bloodworms, peeler crabs, soft crabs, fiddler crabs, mole crabs, surf clams, silversides, live minnows and other baits.

A wide range of species are caught on Virginia fishing piers, but in most areas, croaker, spot, flounder, sea trout, bluefish and striped bass are the commonly caught saltwater fish.

Other useful gear includes a bucket to store equipment in, a bait knife and small cutting board, pliers, rags, sunblock, sunglasses, camera, small cooler, ice, drinks and snacks.

How to Catch Spot and Croaker on Virginia Fishing Piers

Late summer and early fall is prime time for catching big spot and croakers from Virginia fishing piers.

Spot and croaker are among the most sought after fish on Virginia piers. As summer heats up, spot and croaker school up and are caught in ever increasing numbers on most of Virginia's piers.

This fishing is easy and new comers will find spot and croaker to be rewarding fish to go after. Anglers need only a sensitive rod and reel in good condition, bottom rigs and baits such as bloodworms, squid strips, pieces of shrimp, cut peeler crab or any of the bait products such as fish bites.

By late July and early August, piers such as the Virginia Beach pier and the Seagull pier sometimes experience unbelievable catches of both species. As the season goes on, a larger class of spot arrive, known for their bronze or yellow coloring. Mixed in with the spot-croaker runs are Spanish mackeral, bluefish, pompano, pigfish and other species.

Spot and croaker fishing often gets better and better thru September. Many anglers prefer the fall as the summer crowds have left and the temperatures are cooler. During the fall runs, spot and croaker are joined by bluefish, sea trout, rockfish and others.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

15th Street & Oceanfront

Virginia Beach Virginia

(757) 428-2333

The Virginia Beach fishing pier is a very popular and productive fishing spot. Anglers of all ages, sexes and skill levels congregate to enjoy a fun day on the pier. The pier is located on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

This pier is famous for its summer and fall runs of spot, croaker, pompano, bluefish, flounder, kingfish and other species.

Sea Gull Fishing Pier

Sea Gull Fishing Pier

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia

This is a good local pier to fish from. It lies on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and extends into the bay. Trout, croakers, spot, bluefish, tautog, striped bass, spanish mackerel, cobia, small sharks and even black drum are sometimes caught here. Daytime fishing can be productive and at night, bait congregates under the lights, attracting predators.

Check with local tackle shops or VMRC for fishing regulations.

Ocean View Fishing Pier
Ocean View Fishing Pier

Ocean View Fishing Pier

Ocean View Fishing Pier

400 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 25303


The new Ocean View Fishing Pier offers anglers excellent fishing opportunities. The 1690' long by 16' wide pier was constructed after Hurricane Isabel destroyed the original Harrison's Fishing Pier.

The structure features a 48' wide T section at it's end and extends into the Chesapeake Bay between the Chesapeake Bay bridge Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Tunnel. The pier is located at 400 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 25303.

For more information, call 757-583-6000 or visit

Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier

The popular Buckroe Beach fishing pier was destroyed during Hurricane Isabel in 2003. The pier was rebuilt by the city of Hampton and re-opened in 2009. The pier is renowned for its excellent fishing for cobia, croakers, spot and other fish.

The 706-foot pier is located at 330 S. Resort Boulevard, near Point Comfort Road.

The new pier, supported by concrete pilings with wooden decks and railings, is 16 feet wide and is equipped with rest rooms, a snack bar and bait shop.

The "T" section at the end of the pier is 70 feet wide and 26 feet long. The pier has lights that face into the water, to attract fish. It has been designed for handicapped accessibility. The structure features, parking, two fish-cleaning stations and shelters in case of severe weather.

At certain times the pier is open 24/7 during the fishing season (April through October). All required licensing for the general public to fish off the pier has been purchased. Individual fishing licenses are not required.

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la princessa

Sandbridge Fishing Pier

The Sandbridge Pier is also known as the Little Island Fishing Pier

The Sandbridge Pier, also known as the Little Island Fishing Pier is a popular Virginia fishing pier. The structure is located approximately 15 miles from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront/Resort Area.

Species that are commonly caught from the pier include Spot, Croaker, Red and Black Drum, Cobia, Spanish and King Mackerel, Pompano, Flounder, Whiting, Bluefish, Speckled and Grey Trout, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Skate and Stingrays.

For more information, visit

On November 13th, 2009, the pier was threatened by the 572-foot barge LaPrincesa which broke free from a tug offshore at approximately midnight Thursday on its way from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to New Jersey.

The barge ran aground against the beach off Little Island Park in Sandbridge, Va., and for several days, crews were unable to recover the barge due to continued severe weather.

During the storm, the Hampton Roads area experienced severe weather from the remnants of a hurricane in the gulf including 70 m.p.h. wind gusts, high tides and flooding.

Titan Salvage crews successfully pulled the barge La Princesa off Sandbridge beach on the morning of Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

James River Bridge Fishing Pier
James River Bridge Fishing Pier

James River Bridge Fishing Pier

One of the longest fishing piers on the East Coast.

James River Bridge Fishing Pier

6701 River Road

Newport News, VA 23602


This pier is open from April through November. Fishing for croaker and spot are available throughout the season. In addition, striped bass, flounder, gray trout, and red drum also visit the pier. A bait shop is on site.

Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park Pier in Newport News

Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park, a one-acre tract, provides a public fishing pier and several benches. The pier overlooks the scene of the famous March 9, 1862 Battle of the Ironclads between the C.S.S. Virginia and the U.S.S. Monitor. The facility is a popular local pier for fishing and crabbing.

Lynnhaven Fishing Pier

The Lynnhaven Fishing Pier is a family oriented fishing pier in Virginia Beach.

Lynnhaven Fishing Pier

2350 Starfish Rd

Virginia Beach, VA 23451-1299

(757) 481-7071

The Lynnhaven Fishing Pier extends roughly 1500 feet into the Chesapeake Bay, offering fishing for spot, croaker, bluefish, striped bass, flounder, cobia, drum and other species.

Note: In November of 2009 a powerful Noreaster storm hit Hampton Roads Virginia, damaging several hundred feet of the Lynnhaven Pier. The pier has been rebuilt and fishing continues on the structure.

Virginia Pier Fishing Recipes

Croakers with Herb Mayonnaise

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup chopped chives

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon chopped lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

dash of Tabasco sauce

1 -1 1/5 pounds Virginia croaker fillets


In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, chives, parsley, lemon juice, zest, salt and Tabasco sauce. Transfer half of the mixture into a separate bowl, cover, refrigerate and set aside.

Heat a large nonstick pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Brush croaker fillets with remaining herb mayonnaise. Place each piece (coated side down) into the preheated pan, and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden. Turn and brown on remaining side for another 1-2 minutes.

Transfer cooked fillets onto serving plate and top each portion with approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of reserved herb mayonnaise. Serves 4.

Broiled Bluefish Parmesan

2 pounds bluefish fillets

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

3 green onions, chopped

thinly sliced lemon and parsley for garnish, optional

Place fillets in a single layer on a greased baking dish or broiler

pan; brush with lemon juice.

Combine Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, salt, butter, and green onions in

a small bowl; set aside.

Broil flounder fillets 4 to 6 minutes, or until fish flakes easily

with a fork. Remove from oven; spread with cheese


Broil about 30 seconds longer, or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Garnish with sliced lemon and parsley if desired.

Serves 6 to 8.

Basic Oven Baked Pompano

pompano fillets, about 1/2 pound each

1 tbsp butter or olive oil


salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Rub the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake in a shallow pan 25 minutes or until flakey.

Squeeze lemon over fillets.

The Saxis Pier

This is an excellent local pier to fish from. It lies on the eastern shore of Virginia a few miles off the highway. Finding Saxis Island is a bit of an adventure if you are not familiar with the area but a good map should get you there. Good bait is available locally....... peeler crab or soft crab bait is essential. Check with local tackle shops or VMRC for fishing regulations.

The VMRC website describes this pier as

"The pier extends 200 feet into Saxis Harbor and terminates with a 100-foot t-head. The pier is handicapped accessible and ADA compliant. The pier is lit and is open 24 hours a day. There is no fee to use the pier, However a valid saltwater fishing license is required. Fish such as gray trout, croaker, spot , whiting, red drum, and striped bass can be caught at this site."

Check with local tackle shops or VMRC for fishing regulations.

Morely's Wharf Fishing Pier

This pier lies on the lower eastern shore of Virginia on Occohannock Creek. The Morley's wharf Fishing pier was completed in 1999. The pier extends 150-feet into Occohannock Creek and has a 50-foot l-head. The facility is totally handicapped accessible and meets current ADA standards. There is also a Boat Ramp at this facility. There is no fee to use the pier. The pier is open 24 hours and is covered by a blanket saltwater license.

The structure provides fishing opportunities for spot, croaker, red drum, spotted trout, gray trout, flounder, black drum, cobia, striped bass, tautog and other Chesapeake Bay fish. The Morley's Wharf Facility is Located on Occohannock Creek. From US 13 in Exmore take Rt. 183 (Occohannock Neck Road) towards Franktown. In Wardtown turn right on Rt. 606 (Morley's Wharf Road). Ramp is located at the end of Morley's Wharf Road.

King-Lincoln Park Pier in Newport News

This family oriented park has a fishing pier that overlooks Hampton Roads. Visitors to the pier enjoy fishing, crabbing, and views of the city.

Virginia Pier Fishing Special Events

Several area fishing clubs and other organizations sponsor special events such as kids days on Virginia fishing piers. In some cases participants are given t-shirts, hats, rod/reel, tackle, lunch and instruction by experienced anglers. Financial sponsors for these events include the VMRC Saltwater Recreational License Fund, Virginia fishing clubs, tackle shops and corporate donors.

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      fondaa 5 years ago

      Well done

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      Being from Montana, I love fishing like a religion (even wrote a lens about it as a great "gift idea" for a Dad), but I never really knew much about it on the East Coast or area, thanks for an informative read!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Does anyone know of a fishing pier on James River Virginia where we can park a 40 foot RV and be able to fish?

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      An interesting topic and lense - thank you for sharing

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      WOW, tons of good info! I always enjoy reading about fishing. Right now doing a lot of fishing n Bimini Bahamas, but also fished in Washington and Florida

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      VillaDejaBlue 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      Great Lens. Your topic is better than mine. We both live in Virginia--Virgina Tomorrow today.

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      TheBaseballCoach 6 years ago

      Great info in the lense. Gives me lots of places to fish when in Virginia

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      JohnMichael2 6 years ago

      Wow... I never knew there were so many piers to fish from in Virginia ... Thanks for the info!

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      Ken McVay 6 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Thanks for this. When I was young, my grandfather used to take my brother and I fishing on the piers of Monterey Bay, one of which was a WWII era concrete ship grounded in Seacliff. Thanks for the memories.

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      CanadaREVIEW 6 years ago

      I love fising! This is a super lens I would love to fish there, the sport fising looks fantastic!

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      rangiiria 6 years ago

      I go fishing on a lake nearby but have not done fishing on the sea. Thanks for this lens.

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      Love this lens, and you even have recipes! Blessed!

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      bangcool 6 years ago

      When i have some spare time, it is fun doing fishing somewhere to relax our mind. Great share mate, thanks

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      stcajo 6 years ago

      This looks like so much fun. It even changes my mind on saltwater fishing. I always think of big fish that take 3 hours to reel in. Personally I am a freshwater fisherman but have learned a lot through this lens and will most likely look into some pier fishing. Thank you so much for the great advice.

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      jeremyh1 6 years ago

      The fishing pier sounds okay. The lens is great and i am exciting to read more about it.

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      julietarot lm 6 years ago

      Looks really lovely at these fishing locations. I'd visit at least one of these sites if I visited the US.Cracking lens.

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      r2fish 6 years ago

      Thanks for a very well written informative lens. I look forward to seeing lots more great lenses!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lynnhaven Fishing Pier isnt closed any more

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I love to travel and I love to fish which is what brought me to this lens. I'm traveling on a Squid Angel Road Trip for Memorial Day weekend and leaving you with a Squid Blessing. I created a featured lens module for my Memorial Day journey at My Squid Angel Wings and have added this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      when are they going to build some piers in the downtown norfolk by the ball park or behind the zoo , or open the pier on the spilt. thank you

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      enochstoc 6 years ago

      This is very interesting and I love the visits I have had to these areas

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      A fantastic lens ...the recipes I love!

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      bowfishing lm 6 years ago

      Beuatiful piers to fish from, reminds me of the west coast. Can't wait till summer vaction on the e. coast this year. Virginia might be a stop on the trip now thanks to your lens

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I'm jealous of all the big opportunities to go on a fishing trip. Quite different in my country alas. Lovely and tasty lens. I'm gonna lensroll it to my 'about me' lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      A Great collection of info on the fishing piers of Virginia! Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I had the pleasure of visiting the Virginia Beach pier in 1996, had a great time.

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      Jacqueline Marshall 7 years ago from Chicago area

      I rarely go fishing but I like your lens anyway - well done.

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      When I was a teenager during the summers we fished with my brothers. It was a good experience. Thanks for the info.

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Fantastic lens for anyone who wants to know anything about the fishing piers in Virginia, or just wants to visit. Great job.

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      PRam1 7 years ago

      Full of useful information. The Recipes are added bonus. Thanks

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      RosegardenAdvic1 7 years ago

      :) the recipes were quite unexpected and a nice touch to your lens. Enjoyed reading and the pictures of all the piers.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @oldbird: Ya I'm in N.C. and headed toward Yorktown to do a bit of fishing, but I miss da fish in Hawaii, because da serenity of nature and weather!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Looks like Virginia has some great Fishing Piers. Thanks for recipes and all the info.

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      Key-Largo LM 7 years ago

      As a child I spent many days with my father on a fishing pier. These memories live with me forever

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      cyberwizzard 7 years ago

      Excellent work! I have fished the Sandbridge and Lynnhaven fishing piers, I have a sister that lives near by and I always spend at least one day fishing the piers when visiting.

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      timmyjohnson 7 years ago

      I've only fished in PA but it would be pretty cool to check one of them out.

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      oldbird 8 years ago


      My brother lives in Norfolk and coming across your lens brought back some great memories of all the times we fished together! maybe we can exchange links... I have a site called which includes a good amount of Hawaii fishing stuff... as does my lens, FishinHawaii.

      Your lens is definitely a "5" star and I'll drop by your websites!



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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You have some great lenses on fishing in Virginia! We fish for croaker at York River Sate Park in Croaker, Va. and Gloucester Point Pier! Had good luck at both places! Happy fishing to you! :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      truly a great place for fishing, a must try one!