Striped Bass (Striper, Rockfish) Fishing Charters on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia VA

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Our 31′ Express Sportfisher, Patriot, that accommodates 1 to 6 guests on private charters (just your group and the Captain & Mate).

Trophy Striped Bass Charters

Welcome to award winning York River Charters! Our Chesapeake Bay fishing charter boats pursue trophy Striped Bass from Smith’s Point on Virginia’s Northern Neck to Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach. We run our charter trips from the closest port to where the Rockfish are during their annual migration in the Chesapeake Bay. This gives our guests more time Striper fishing and less time “boat riding”!





Chesapeake Bay Rockfish

Our guests have the opportunity to catch Striped Bass using various methods. If the Rockfish are hitting lures, we troll. If the Stripers want live bait, we utilize bait fish and eels. Sometimes jigging triggers the most strikes from these large Stripers. Our mission is to do what it takes to get our guest’s trophy Striped Bass in the boat!

The Virginia Coastal Seasons for Striped Bass run from January 1 through March 31, and from May 16 through December 31. During these periods we can harvest Stripers in the coastal waters of Virginia. The coastal waters start at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and extend out seaward 3 miles.

Chesapeake Bay Spring Striper Season opens May 1st through June 15th. During this season we can harvest Rockfish from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay inland and up it’s tributaries.


Chesapeake Bay striped bass charter photo

Virginia Stripers

Chesapeake Bay Fall Rockfish Season runs from October 4th through December 31st. This period gives us the opportunity to catch trophy Striped Bass within the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries.



Chesapeake Bay Striper Charter photo



York River Charters‘ goal is to provide our guests the the most personalized Striped Bass charter experience available on the Chesapeake Bay. We invite you to come on down and enjoy some of the finest trophy Striper fishing on the east coast!

Catching Chesapeake Bay Rockfish provides action packed fun for our guests of all ages! We are certain your Captain’s unique perspective and knowledge of the region are sure to give you reason to join us many times in the future and become yet another lifelong Striped Bass fishing friend.




Striper Charter Rates

Our boats are available to take charters 7 days a week. We book three quarter day (6 hour. AM or PM) and full day (8 hour) private (only your group on the boat) striper fishing charters.

No fishing licenses or Striped Bass permits are required of guests on our charter boat. Bait, tackle and bottled water is provided as well. We strictly adhere to current state and federal fishing regulations in regards to both Striper limits and size.

Please visit our Contact page for directions and to let us know how we can best serve you by email or voice.


*** Due to their nature, striped bass charters are 6 hour minimum trips.

Striper Charter Rates aboard Patriot :

¾ Day (6 Hour)
7am – 1pm
Patriot (6 ppl. max.) $800¹ ²


Full Day (8 Hour)
Patriot (6 ppl. max.) $1050¹ ²


We offer various discount packages that bundle your charter with lodging, dining, and other outdoor recreation!

¹ Reservation/Cancellation Policies can be found here.

² Our Mates work for tips. A gratuity of 15 to 20 percent is customary.