Virginia Anglers: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, Virginia’s waters come alive with fishing opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice, there’s something for everyone. Let’s dive into what awaits you.

Tautog Action (March)

By the end of March, tautog enthusiasts can rejoice! These hard-fighting fish are known for their tasty white flesh and challenging fights. Anglers are already catching them at the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnels.

Flounder and More (April)

As April arrives, the tautog action continues, and flounder join the scene. These flatfish are excellent table fare and put up a good fight. They show up in the Eastern Shore VA inlets first.

Big Black Drum (Mid-April)

Mid-April brings the arrival of big black drum. These behemoths can weigh over 100 pounds and provide an unforgettable battle. Prepare your heavy tackle and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience.

Bluefish and Gray Trout (April-May)

Bluefish and Gray Trout make their appearance during this period. Bluefish are voracious predators, while gray trout offer a delicate flavor. Both species add variety to your catch.

Flounder Bite and Speckled Trout (May)

The Flounder bite continues to improve, and Speckled Trout become more abundant. Target these species in the estuaries and tidal creeks for a rewarding day on the water.

Large Red Drum (Late May)

By the end of May, large Red Drum migrate into the lower bay. These powerful fish are known for their bull-like runs and impressive size. Don’t miss the chance to tangle with one of these giants.

Peak Season (Jun)

June is the month when everything peaks—both inshore and offshore. Cobia, Sheepshead, Spadefish, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, School-Size Bluefin Tuna and eventually Billfish.

Whether you’re surf fishing, fishing off a pier, fishing the Chesapeake Bay in a boat, or venturing further offshore, Virginia’s waters will not disappoint. We’ll have the latest reports here at VBSF.  So, grab your gear, check the regulations, and get ready for an unforgettable fishing season!

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