One of the longest fishing piers on the East Coast, this pier is open from April through November. Excellent fishing ... More
James River Bridge Fishing Pier
One of the longest fishing piers on the East Coast, this pier is open from April through November. Excellent fishing opportunities for croaker and spot are available year round, while striped bass, flounder, grey trout, and red drum are caught seasonally. A bait shop is also on site.
NO FISH..inshore commercial fishery has ruined this particular area..The State Wildlife&Fisheries department really dropped the ball allowing commercial boats inshore..Caught 5 four inch croakers in 6 hours time..I would seriously recommend fishing somewhere else !
The state of Virginia began allowing commercial trawlers to fish its inshore waters a while back, and this has ruined the croaker fishing on the James River. Now you will only catch fish that escaped thru the trawlers' nets and are too small to keep. Do not waste your time, gas and bait to fish the James River at Newport News.
I am planning a trip to the pier with my nephews in a couple weeks. Haven't been since my grandpa took me every year when I was a teen. He passed in 2000, and I now want to take my nephews. The questions I have is, how is the fishing, do you need a license and what are the different kinds of fish can you catch? I hope someone replies to my questions.
at "space" who wrote question on 4-19-12 the bait spot is Wilcox Bait & Tackle Inc
9501 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA (757) 595-5537
I call them earlier and they said the croakers are in NOW. I am packing my bags and Leaving New Jersey at 2AM. to be there when they open at 9AM Saturday morning 4-20-12 -- Hope to see U there... 2 short guys from NJ. (smile)
I have fished at the JRFP since it opened, and I know years back you didn't need a license. I am confused now as to whether you need a license or not. I am over 65 now and don't need a license, but I still have to register with the fishermens thing they have now, I was just wondering if the pier stil covers, or do I need to bring my writen numbers with me?
The price you pay to get out on the pier is not good. Because you fish the tides everybody knows fishing is at it's best during tide changes and the time they open and close doe not allow you to fish both tides.lighting could be little better.bathroom sucks need to clean and paint change toilets. Just one thang I can say is when fishing is good it is good and when it is bad it is bad.the fishing use to be really good about five years ago it has really declined each year. I have been going there for about 20 year.