Virginia Saltwater Fishing provides news, events, articles, and other information about saltwater fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, coastal waters, and offshore areas of Virginia.
A variety of recreational fishing information can be found on our tips and techniques page.
Our Virginia Fishing Regulations page provides information related to state, federal, and regional saltwater fishing regulations.
The 2018 Atlantic Striped Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing relative to the updated reference points defined in the assessment. Female spawning stock biomass (SSB) was estimated... READ MORE
In April, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to enact an emergency closure for the spring recreational striped bass trophy season. The emergency measure will eliminate the spring striped bass trophy... READ MORE
Updated Atlantic HMS Recreational and Commercial Fishery Compliance Guides are now available. The new guides are designed to help fishermen comply with federal regulations for tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfishes in the U.S.... READ MORE
Over a five year period, the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Program (AOTTP) aims to partner with scientists and commercial and recreational tuna fishermen to tag at least 120,000 tropical tuna with conventional... READ MORE