The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is the largest estuary in North America. It covers more than 64,000 square miles encompassing parts of six states — Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The bay is a popular tourism destination for fishing, boating, hitting the beaches or just relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery.
This is a unique area because it attracts fish that are normally known for being found down south from the Carolinas and into Florida as well as fish that are common in the north Atlantic. You will find plenty of fishing charters available whether you plan on going inshore or offshore. Some of the popular fish to catch in the bay are striped bass, bluefish, drum, sea trout and flounder. Offshore, anglers target many fish such as marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo, snapper, grouper, sharks and more. To learn more about this area, take a look at our Chesapeake Bay fishing tips page.
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|Chesapeake Bay||Points||Points Possible|
|Ability to catch a lot of fish||2||2|
|Ability to catch trophy fish||1.75||2|
|Good for multiple species of fish||1||1|
|Guides & Charters available||1||1|
|Quality lodging options||1||1|
|Businesses such as boat storage, rentals, repair, outfitters, etc.||1||1|
|Overly Crowded||0||Minus 1|
|Overly Expensive||0||Minus 1|
|Highest Score Possible||10|