Fishing Links

Boating safety

U. S Coast Guard Float Plan

Smith Point Sea Rescue

Virginia requires all operators of a PWC  or boat with a 10 hp or greater motor to complete a safety course. Click on the below links to learn more.

BoatUS Boating Safety Online Course 
Where to find Virginia Boating Safety Course

Weather Links

NWS – National Data Buoy Center – Marine Forecast – Northern Chesapeake Zones (Drum Point to Smith Point, Potomac River from Cobb Island to Smith Point, Tangier Sound)

NWS – National Data Buoy Center – Marine Forecast – Southern Chesapeake Zones (Smith Point to Windmill, Windmill Point to New Point Comfort)

NOAA’s National Weather Service – Northern Chesapeake Zones

NOAA’s National Weather Service – Southern Chesapeake and Coastal Zones

Fishing Licenses, saltwater Permits and reporting

Virginia Fishing License

Virginia Recreational Species Permits

Virginia Saltwater Angler Registration

Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration

Virginia’s Recreational Fishing Regulation for Marine Waters

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Guide

Other helpful Fishing information

Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Recreational

Potomac River Fisheries Commission

NOAA Tide Table

Fishing Resources, Tips, Tricks, reports, etc.

On the Water – An Angler’s Guide to the Northeast

Virginia Beach Sport Fishing

2021 Fishing Regulation Changes Presentation

VIMS Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Map

Angler’s Guide Fish Identification

How to fish with a Clarkspoon on a planer

Northern Neck Virginia Angler (Tidal Fish Forum)

Virginia Angler (Tidal Fish Forum)

Chesapeake Angler (Tidal Fish Forum)

Fishing Knot Guide
guide referred by Zach Nelson

Sturgeon Comeback Success Story

Fishing for Cobia: Tip, Tricks, Techniques
prepared by Tom Hedgpeth, NNAC
(updated 6/4/2021)