Charter Fishing

Booking a Charter Boat for a full or half day on the Chesapeake Bay is the perfect way to clear your mind and concentrate on having fun! Charter boat crews provide everything you need – equipment, licenses, ice, bait, tackle and a great water view. They prepare the boat and equipment, rig the bait and navigate for you – all you need to think about is relaxing, enjoying time out on the water and catching some fish!

Fishing seasons on the Chesapeake Bay (species migrations and availability vary from year to year depending on weather and other conditions):

  • Striped Bass (Rockfish) regular season mid-May through mid-December
  • Black Drum regular season late May to early June
  • Spot, white perch, sea trout and whiting regular season mid-June through early October
  • Spanish mackerel and bluefish regular season late July to late September/early October

Depending on the time of year, charter boat fishing techniques include trolling, cut-bait, chumming, live bait, jigging and bottom fishing.

What to bring on a charter boat trip:

  • Packed lunch and beverages (or ask about catered lunches)
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses, or rain gear if it looks like rain
  • A cooler to take your catch home in

Calvert County marinas

Fishing and crabbing from land in Calvert County

*You must obtain correct licensing documents to fish and crab on your own in Maryland.


  1. Breezy Point Charter Boat Association


    5230 Breezy Point Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
    Phone: 443-968-8346 Email
  2. Bunky’s Charter Boats Inc.


    14448 S. Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688
    P.O. Box 379
    Phone: 410-326-3241 Email

    Full-service charter, bottom and rock fishing, head boats, private cruises and dinner cruises. Two-person wave runner, 16-and 19-foot boat skiff rentals. The tackle store offers knowledgeable staff, bait, tackle, carryout, snacks and a fuel pier. Transient slips available. We also have paddle boards, kayaks, and bicycles available for rent. We offer public sunset and dinner cruises. Our boat capacity is 12 for the Kathy C and 30 for fishing and 49 for cruising for the Marchelle.
    Website
  3. Calvert Marina Charter Dock


    14485 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20688
    Email
  4. Chesapeake Beach Fishing Charters


    Chesapeake Beach 20732
    Phone: 301-855-4665 Email
  5. Half Shell Adventures


    14624 Solomons Island Road S., Solomons, MD 20688
    Phone: 410-610-9393 Email

    Half Shell Adventures offers regularly scheduled Happy Hour Cruises, crab and oyster feats and more. Private charters also available. 
    Website
  6. Rod ‘N’ Reel Charter Fishing


    4160 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
    Phone: 301-855-8450 or 800-233-2080
  7. Solomons Charter Captains Association


    1745 Forest Glen Dr., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Phone: 410-808-3832