Hampton Roads Fishing Spots Guide

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Fishing can be anything from a serene, quiet moment to yourself to a day of bonding and fun with the family, waves crashing all around. Take a trip to one of our local fishing piers to make memories of your own with your family! We’ve gathered some spots to get you started.


If Hampton is closer to home, head for the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier. The 706-foot long pier is open year-round, and offers a bait shop, snack bar and restrooms. You can get an early start to your fishing because the pier is open around the close from April through December. Pier admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children.

Newport News

The Newport News King-Lincoln Park is located on the James River near the base of the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. The side of the pier designated for fishing has periodic cut-outs (3 1/2 ft. in height) to provide easier access for handicapped anglers and children. There is no fee to fish off of the pier, but you must purchase your own individual saltwater license (unless exempt by age). The pier is open to the public from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Lighting is provided for the evening hours.


The Ocean View Fishing Pier in Norfolk is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and then Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy the Chesapeake Bay view while you fish, as well as the convenience of the pier’s bait house, restaurant and restrooms.

Virginia Beach

The Little Island Fishing Pier in Sandbridge is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The pier charges $7 per person, per day. Children under 9 are free, and there is no fee from November through March. Pick up a weekly pass for $25.

If you’re already on the Oceanfront, how about the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, which is accessible from the boardwalk. There is a small fee to access the pier, and there’s also a restaurant and viewing binoculars to enjoy. If you have any questions you can call Virginia Beach Fishing Pier tourist information (757) 428-2333.

Little Island Park is a 144-acre beach park in Sandbridge. The park has a 400-foot fishing pier for surfing and a 2,000-foot beach for swimming and fishing south of the pier. Back Bay, a brackish lake, provides excellent fishing and crabbing along the western border of this unique park.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel’s Sea Gull Pier is a unique fishing experience, extending into the Chesapeake Bay for a deep-sea fishing experience. You will have to pay the $13 one-way toll to use the bridge, but there is no fee for the fishing pier.

See a fishing spot we missed? Email webdesk@wavy.com and let us know! 

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