chesapeake bay fishing trip

JeffK

Member
Joined
Apr 13, 2012
Messages
9
Reaction score
1
Points
1
Age
65
Location
Livonia, Michigan
Website
www.jeffkolar.com
Hi All,
JeffK from SE Michigan
New to the forum, finished rigging my 95 Spirit for some serious fishing fun- planning a Fall or Spring trip to Chesapeake and was hoping that someone local might be willing to share some Tips- on times-location, places, boat ramps, tackle etc. Would like to add a Striper to my list.
having relatives in Front Royal, Va, I would be trailering from there and planning a 1 or 2 night stay in the area.
looking forward to hearing from anyone
Jeff K
jk2790@aol.com

just posted some pics to the gallery
 

ocnslr

GreatGrady Captain
Joined
Jan 31, 2005
Messages
1,929
Reaction score
40
Points
48
Location
Fort Myers Beach, FL
Grady White Model
Islander
For Striped Bass:
Virginia Coastal Seasons ..................................................................January 1 through March 31 &
.......................................................................................................................…May 16 through December 31
........................................Minimum Size Limit............................................... 28 inches
........................................Possession Limit.................................................... 2 per person

Note that there is a coastal trophy season from May 1 to May 15; the regulations summarized below for Virginia Trophy Seasons apply to the coastal trophy season.

Coastal regulations apply in Virginia's Territorial Sea, plus all of the creeks, bays, inlets, and tributaries on the seaside of Accomack County, Northhampton County (including areas east of the causeway from Fisherman Island to the mainland) and the City of Virginia Beach (including federal areas and state parks fronting on the Atlantic Ocean and east and south of the point where the shoreward boundary of the Territorial Sea joins the mainland at Cape Henry). Click here for map of coastal boundary near the CBBT.

Virginia Trophy Seasons: Coastal Area (May 1-15); Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries (May 1 through June 15)

........................................Minimum Size Limit................................................32 inches
........................................Possession Limit.....................................................1 per person

Additional Trophy Season Regulations: Catch Report Required; no possession of 32" or greater striped bass in the Spawning Reaches May 1 through June 15. Trophy Season regulations apply in Virginia's Territorial Sea and the Chesapeake Bay and its Virginia tributary rivers, except for the tributary rivers emptying into the Potomac River (see note below for more information on Potomac River striper regulations).

Chesapeake Bay Spring Season .................................................May 16 through June 15
........................................Minimum Size Limit.............................................. 18 inches
........................................Maximum Size Limit * .......................................... 28 inches
........................................Possession Limit ...................................................2 per person

* 1 fish of the 2 fish possession limit may be larger than 32 inches ( catch report required if striped bass 32" or greater is kept ); No possession of 32" or greater striped bass in the Spawning Reaches May 1 through June 15.

Chesapeake Bay Fall Season .........................................................October 4 through December 31
........................................Minimum Size Limit..............................................................18 inches
........................................Maximum Size Limit * ......................................................... 28 inches
........................................Possession Limit - October 4 through December 31..................2 per person

* 1 fish of the 2 fish possession limit may be 28 inches or greater.

Chesapeake Bay regulations for both the Spring and Fall seasons described above apply in the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's Chesapeake Bay tributary rivers, except for the tributary rivers emptying into the Potomac River (see note below for more information on Potomac River striper regulations).


Other Virginia restrictions: You may not combine possession limits when seasons overlap or you fish in multiple jurisdictions. Gaffing striped bass or attempting to gaff striped bass is illegal in Virginia marine waters.

Federal water striped bass regulations: Atlantic Ocean waters beyond the 3 mile limit are closed to the taking and possession of striped bass all year.

Potomac River striped bass regulations: Different regulations apply in the Potomac River. These areas are subject to the rules and regulations of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, P.O. Box 9, Colonial Beach, VA 22443, (804) 224-7148; (800) 266-3904; http://www.prfc.state.va.us. For further information on PRFC rules contact PRFC directly.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

While the season starts in early October, we don't usually start targeting them until early November, but it varies from year to year, and is very dependent on water temperature.

Lots of great info here on local species and how to fish for them: http://www.pswsfa.com/Tips.htm

Look at those tips, and then post about your trip timing. Or email me at ocnslr@yahoo.com

Brian