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Seasonal Fish Chart

Virginia Saltwater Species

To be an expert angler, you need to know when the fish are running and where to catch’em.  Our Virginia saltwater species fish chart will help you to identify most of the fish caught in our local waters. Click a fish below to find out when they’re running, and learn some fun facts about each species.

Striped Bass Fishing Charters Chesapeake Bay

Striped Bass
November – February

The Atlantic Atlantic Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) can be caught along the coastal inshore water ways and Chesapeake Bay including tributary rivers and around the Bay Bridge Tunnel

Cobia Fishing Charters Chesapeake Bay

May – September

Cobia (Rachycentron Canadum) can be caught alomst anywhere in the lower Chesapeake Bay. They often swim near the surface around buoys, light towers and along shoals

Catfish charters in the James River

January – December

Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) can be caught in the James River and it’s tributary’s year round. The giant cats can be found in deep holes ranging from 60 -100 Ft in depth.

Spot Fish
April – November

The Spot or Norfolk spot is a small short-lived saltwater fish in the family Sciaenidae. The species inhabits estuary and coastal waters from Massachusetts to Texas, and derives its name from the prominent dark spot behind each gill.

March – November

The Atlantic croaker is a species of marine ray-finned fish belonging to the family Sciaenidae and is closely related to the black drum, the silver perch, the spot croaker, the red drum, the spotted seatrout, and the weakfish.

Year round

The summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) is a marine flatfish that is found in the Atlantic Ocean off the East coast of the United States and Canada. It is especially abundant in Virginia waters.

Spanish Mackeral
May – October

The Atlantic Spanish mackerel is a migratory species of mackerels that swims to the Northern Gulf of Mexico in spring, returns to south Florida in the Eastern Gulf, and to Mexico in the Western Gulf in the fall.

Blue Fish
March – December

The bluefish is the only extant species of the family Pomatomidae. It is a marine pelagic fish found around the world in temperate and subtropical waters, except for the northern Pacific Ocean.

Year Round

Cynoscion nebulosus, the spotted seatrout, also known as speckled trout, is a common estuarine fish found in the southern United States along coasts of Gulf of Mexico and the coastal Atlantic Ocean from Maryland to Florida.

May – September

The Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Ephippidae.