Fishing License Requirements

Fishing on the Beach -  Fishing permits are not required for surf fishing. 
Under Fishing your site states that a fishing license is not required for fishing in the surf.  That is incorrect. The saltwater fishing license requirement was extended to include surf fishing either last year or year before.  Nice site.
Glen Caldwell
member CCA (Coastal Conservation Association)

Freshwater Fishing (Back Bay) - All you need is a fishing pole and a five-day fishing license to angle in Back Bay or Lake Smith. Temporary licenses can be obtained from the Clerk of the Circuit Court Office, Virginia Beach Municipal Center or several convenient sporting stores. Permits are available at Margie and Ray's located at 1240 Sandbridge Road 757-426-2397.

Saltwater Fishing - Virginia has a saltwater fishing license, which is required for fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers.  There are numerous provisions for "blanket" licenses for private boats, charterboats and piers, as well as exemptions for people under 16 years of age and 65 years and older.

Boat Ramps

Mill Landing Road Ramp (off Princess Anne Road in Pungo) you may launch your boat free.

North Bay Shore Campground located off Sandbridge Road near Margie & Rays Seafood Restaurant for a small fee.

Owl Creek Boat Ramp Provides access to the ocean. No launch fee. Located next to the Virginia Marine Science Museum. 701 General Booth Blvd.Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 563-1100

Rudee Inlet at the south end of the Virginia Beach oceanfront opens on the Atlantic Ocean. The Owl's Creek Ramp, a large public launching facility, is located inside Rudee Inlet. This six-lane, concrete ramp with ample parking is open 24 hours a day.

Lynnhaven Inlet just west of Cape Henry opens upon the Chesapeake Bay and provides quick access to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. There are three ramp facilities in the Lynnhaven Inlet area. A public launching facility is available at Seashore State Park at the end of 64th Street. This facility is open from dawn to dusk and requires a fee payment. The distance to the inlet mouth from the launch ramp is approximately 5 miles. Closer to the inlet are two launching ramps operated by private businesses. Bubba's Marina and Lynnhaven Waterway Marina provide boat launching for a fee, have adequate parking, and the ramps are open 24 hours a day.

Fishing Piers

Little Island Pier (Sandbridge) See their website for information

15th Street Pier Open 24 hours 428-2333

Lynnhaven Pier (Chesapeake Bay)  Open 24 hours  481-7071

Fishing Tours

Backlash Sportfishing
200 Winston Salem Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 491-8000
Bluewater Bullet
5th Street & Mediterranean Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 407-7921
(757) 425-0020

Undersea Adventures Cruises
1294 Ketch Point
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
(757) 481-3688
Handicap Accessible
Children Welcome

For more information on fishing in Virginia Beach visit

The Guide to
Virginia Beach, VA

Little Island Fishing Pier, Sandbridge Beach
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