Potomac River Fishing: The Complete Guide
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Boasting over 400 miles of fishable waters and a wide variety of species, the Potomac River provides a chance to escape the city and reconnect with nature. Fishing on the Potomac River serves as a rite of passage for many local DC, Maryland, and Virginia anglers. Visitors from all over the East Coast also travel to the Potomac in order to check out one of the most underrated fisheries in the US. 

the potomac river

The Potomac River has long been a vital part of the DMV area’s economy, recreation, and way of life. Also referred to as the “Nation’s River,” this tributary represents the cultural and historical seam of the nation’s capital. It also serves as the main life source for one of the most important estuaries on the East Coast, the Chesapeake Bay. 

There are lots of reasons why you should prioritize a visit. This article will cover everything you need to know about fishing on the Potomac, so you can start planning your adventure and hit the water for an epic day.

Top Catches in the Potomac River

What makes the Potomac River so special? For one, its biodiversity. The Nation’s River is home to a wide variety of fish, making it an excellent place for anglers to try out a few different techniques and target multiple species all in one day.

Striped Bass

Perhaps the most iconic of them all is Striped Bass, locally referred to as Rockfish. Over the last half-century, they’ve become a symbolic fish of the Potomac and one of the top-targeted species in the region. They’re a favorite due to their strength, versatility, and last but not least, their delicious taste!

Three anglers holding Striped Bass on a boat

In recent years, anglers on the Potomac have recorded catches in the 30–40 lb range, despite facing dwindling populations. Maryland and Virginia have ramped up efforts to combat overfishing and help restore this historic fishery. 

You can still catch big Stripers in the lower portions of the river, down by the Chesapeake Bay. They migrate upstream to spawn in fresher waters and tend to wander even further up the river during summer. Up north past DC, you’ll most likely encounter smaller schools of Rockfish – perfect for beginners starting out on spin tackle. 

Various techniques are used to catch Striper. Anglers typically troll or drift from a boat and cast live baits or lures from the banks. Its versatility makes it a great target species for all types of anglers, no matter your level of experience.

Snakehead

Snakehead is an invasive species that was originally introduced to the region in the early 2000s. Since then, their population has multiplied and they’ve expanded their territory throughout the entire Potomac and its surrounding tributaries. 

A boy holding a snakehead fish on a boat

Snakehead is an excellent game fish, known for their elusiveness and aggressive striking power. In other words, this isn’t an easy fish to take on. Seasoned anglers will usually use light tackle, however, don’t be ashamed if you have to switch to slightly heavier equipment. 

Some of the go-to techniques when targeting Snakehead include fly fishing, throwing surface lures, and even bowfishing. Overall, a positive attitude, patience, and extra elbow grease are key for a successful battle against this river monster!

Due to their rapidly increasing numbers, there is little regulation on the Potomac for Snakehead. Since they’re an invasive species, anglers are encouraged to take their fish home. You can fish them whenever you want and they can be caught throughout the entire river and connecting creeks, such as Mattawoman and Pomonkey.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

You can’t talk about fishing on the Potomac without mentioning Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. They inhabit vast portions of the river and have thrived here for over a century.

two fishermen holding four Largemouth Bass

Largemouth and Smallmouth occupy different areas of the river – DC serving as the boundary that separates the two regions. Largemouth Bass can be caught throughout the river’s tidal and southern regions while Smallmouth Bass are typically found in the Upper Potomac.

There are lots of ways to fish for Bass in the Potomac. Wade in the shallows, cast from the banks, or fish from a canoe. Spin, drift, fly fish – it all works. Surface lures work very well in shallower waters for targeting Smallmouth. Largemouth is less choosy and will also go after small live baits, such as minnows, night crawlers, and crawfish.

Bass fishing on the Potomac River is deeply rooted in the region’s sportfishing history. The river is also one of the most popular Bass fishing tournament destinations in the US. Big name sponsors such as Bassmaster and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) host annual competitions here, attracting hundreds of Bass fishermen from all over the country.

Catfish

Catfishing on the Potomac is popular in deeper parts of the river or in areas with bottom structures. Blue, Channel, and Flathead Catfish can be caught throughout the entire river, but the largest ones are found from DC down to Indian Head. 

A happy angler holding a trophy Blue Catfish

Look for areas with bridge pilings, boulders, and underwater trees that break up the current. You’ll want to use live bait, such as herring or mullet, when going after this beast. Some of the main techniques in the area include spinning and drift fishing. 

How to Fish the Potomac River

There are lots of different ways to explore the Potomac. That’s the beauty of fishing such a vast river with loads of access points on both sides. Whether you plan on joining a guide, renting a kayak, or exploring on foot, you’ll have a number of options to choose from.

By Boat

Boat on the Potomac River

If you’re looking to cover more ground and fish multiple areas in one day, your best bet would be to fish by boat. Since planning a trip can seem a bit overwhelming, joining a local guide is probably your best option. Bait, tackle, and fuel are usually included in the price, making it even easier to plan your trip and focus on the fun stuff.

Both Maryland and Virginia provide guided services for all skill levels and types of anglers. Whether you’re looking to go fly fishing, bow hunting, or spend several relaxing hours on the water, you’ll be able to find the guide that’s right for you.

Most fishing guides are located in the Lower Potomac, in places such as Fort Washington, MD and Alexandria, VA. The towns of Potomac, MD and Leesburg, VA are also great options if you plan on launching from the Upper Potomac.

On Foot

fly fisherman fishing on the Potomac river

The Potomac is famous for its easy accessibility on foot. With over a hundred creeks stemming from the river, you’ll be able to find a nice quiet spot and enjoy a relaxing day on your own. 

Many towns in Loudoun County, VA provide excellent spots for on-foot fishing. Areas such as Goose Creek in Leesburg and Sugarland Run in Sterling are prime locations for wading and fishing from the banks.

You can also get some great “on-foot action” smack dab in the middle of the city. The Tidal Basin is a great spot to experience some good urban bank fishing. This is also arguably the most picturesque part of DC. The MLK, FDR, and TJ memorials make a great background shot for Instagram as you reel in a prize-winning fish! 

Kayak Fishing

kayaks on a dock in DC

Kayak fishing on the Potomac has gained lots of traction over recent years. You’ve probably noticed more and more ‘yakkers’ on the river during the spring and summer. With new businesses popping up in the city and suburbs, you can pick a rental close to you and plan a weekend adventure with you and your fishing buddies.

Kayaks are especially advantageous for fishing in shallow waters. You’ll be able to sneak into narrow spots and be closer to the water, making it much easier to spot your target. You’re also much less likely to spook the fish since there’s no loud motor attached. Talk about stealth!

Where to Fish on the Potomac River

No matter which part of the Potomac you plan on visiting, you’ll find plenty of spots where you can post up and enjoy a productive day of fishing. You’ll come across honey holes, channels, creeks, and bridge pilings scattered along the entire river – from the Upper Potomac all the way down to the Chesapeake Bay. 

Washington, DC

a bridge in Washington DC

There’s a lot more to the nation’s Capital than just bureaucracy and politics. The DC fishing scene is often overlooked by non-locals and it’s a darn shame. DC offers some of the best urban fishing in the country and it’s definitely worth checking out! 

This segment of the river is filled with tons of bottom feeders. Blue, Flathead, and Channel Catfish inhabit the river, especially around channels and deep holes, as well as boulders, bridges, and trees submerged in water. Blue Catfish, the largest of the three, typically average between 20–40 pounds, with some monsters even weighing in at 50 pounds!  

You can also catch Longnose Gar, Snakehead, Shad, Walleye, Carp, and Chain Pickerel. Areas such as Fletcher’s Cove, Rock Creek, and Anacostia Park are excellent for day trips, especially if you’re looking for a good spot to take your kids. All in all, this is a great way to experience the nation’s capital while enjoying a fun day of fishing with the family. 

Prince George’s County, MD

Fort on the river

Less than 20 miles south of the Capital, you’ll find amazing fishing opportunities near the towns of Fort Washington and Indian Head. This portion of the river holds a huge variety of fish. 

You shouldn’t leave PG County without checking out Mattawoman Creek. This tributary is known for its excellent Perch, Bass, and Snakehead fishing. In 2018, the Maryland record for Snakehead was broken here – a 35-incher weighing in at 19.9 pounds!

Just a short boat ride away, you can also hit the Occoquan Bay – a National Wildlife Refuge located at the intersection of the Potomac and Occoquan River. Here, you can expect to reel in lots of Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, Northern Pike, and White Perch.

You can find plenty of guides that will take you here or you can fish from the banks on your own. Fort Washington is also a great place to fish with a kayak or paddle boat which are usually available for rent during the springtime. 

Fairfax County, VA

Water falls

The Virginia side of the Potomac also has its fair share of excellent fishing spots, accessible by foot as well as boat. Places like Riverbend Park in Great Falls are great for children and beginners looking to pick up on some of the basics. This windy, narrow portion of the river provides one of the most beautiful landscapes of the region, making you forget you’re only miles away from the city!

The main target species here are Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, and Catfish. Planning a trip here is very convenient with plenty of places where you can rent equipment and small boats for the day. This is also a great place to go hiking, check out the waterfalls, and experience some of the Potomac’s amazing wildlife.

Other towns in Fairfax County where you can fish the Potomac include Mount Vernon, Fort Hunt, and Pohick. From here, you’ll be able to target lots of the same species as on the Maryland side. You can also access most of the same waters since VA and MD licenses are both valid for fishing either side of the Potomac.

When to Fish the Potomac River

You can fish the Potomac year-round, however, some months are better than others when targeting specific types of species. Check out our fishing calendar for a full run-down of the area’s fishing seasons.

snowy bench in DC

Fishing Seasons

Spring is excellent for fishing on the Potomac River because the weather is just right. Summers are infamous for being hot and muggy while winters can get quite cold. However, it really depends on the priority of your trip. Also, remember to check the local regulations before your trip as some species are subject to seasonality.

Summer is a great time to go fishing because of the wide variety of species you can target. Fall is known for its great Rainbow Trout and Steelhead runs, especially in the Upper Potomac, near the North Branch and South Branch Rivers. Fall is also a good time to target Striped Bass, especially in the Lower Potomac region. Catfishing is best in the winter.

Tournaments

competitive anglers fishing off of a bass boat

If you’re a competitive angler looking to win some cash (and bragging rights), the Potomac should definitely be on your radar. Each year towards the end of summer and beginning of fall, several organizations host tournaments with the chance of having your name placed among the greats.

Bassmaster and FLW hold their annual tournaments near Smallwood State Park in Charles County, MD. Each tournament has an entrance fee and you can register online on each of the organization’s websites or by visiting Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

You’ll have a chance to put your skills to the test and compete against some of the most elite Bass fishermen in the country. Oh, and did we mention you can win upwards of tens of thousands of dollars? Ka-ching!

Local Regulations

So now that you have a sense of what to expect from a Potomac River fishing experience, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations. The last thing you want is to be slapped with a fine for not having a license or targeting something that isn’t in season.

All anglers over the age of 16 must purchase either a valid MD, VA, DC, or Potomac River Sport Fishing License. VA, MD, and Potomac licenses are valid in portions of the river where the two states share their border. Anywhere above the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, you’ll have to buy a DC fishing license. You can purchase each of them online or at any approved fishing license vendor. 

Keep in mind, some species can only be targeted seasonally, like Striped Bass and Crab. Many fish are subject to size and bag limits as well. Just make sure you stay up to date as rules and regulations can change each year. If you’re not sure, you can always check with a licensing agent or a fishing guide before heading out.

The Potomac River: A Fishing Haven for All!

sunset over the river

As we mentioned earlier, the Potomac provides anglers the opportunity to connect with nature while staying close to the city. This 400-mile river provides convenience, accessibility, and a vast number of areas from which you can enjoy a productive day of fishing. 

You may choose to go fishing with some of DC’s famous monuments as your backdrop or head into the wilderness for a more tranquil fishing experience. Just depends on what you prefer! No matter which option you choose, at the end of the day, you’ll experience one of the most diverse and unique rivers on the East Coast.

Have you ever been fishing on the Potomac River? If so, we’d like to hear about your experiences. What did you catch? Where is your favorite spot to go fishing? Leave a comment and let our readers know if you have any advice or special tips before heading out!

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Comments (44)
  • Justin

    Apr 24, 2020

    Awesome and informative information! I have one question in reference to catching to cook. I’ve read that any fish caught closer to DC is consider hazardous. This of course is considering the species of fish. Would that still apply to fish being caught on the southern end of the Potomac River area of fort Washington – Fort Hunt VA area.

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      Marko

      Apr 24, 2020

      Hey Justin, thanks for the comment and glad you liked the article! The general rule of thumb is, the further from the city, the safer the meat. Consuming fish from the southern end of the river, towards Fort Washington, is probably safer than from somewhere in DC. However, it’s recommended to still use precautions. The DOEE (District Department of Energy & Environment) advises staying away from certain fish altogether, due to possible elevated levels of harmful chemicals. These are mainly Eel, Striped Bass (Rockfish), and Carp. Your safest bet would be Blue Catfish, Sunfish, White Perch, and Snakehead. If you do end up keeping one, the DOEE recommends eating smaller fish and limiting the amount to 3–4 meals a month. Take a look at this link for more information: https://doee.dc.gov/service/fishdc. I hope this is helpful and let me know if you have any follow up questions. Good luck out there!

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      Marko

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  • John

    Apr 30, 2020

    Good article for anyone new to the sport.
    Mattawoman is in Charles county.

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      Marko

      Apr 30, 2020

      Hi John, thanks for the comment and glad you liked it! Yes, you are correct, Mattawoman flows through both Charles and Prince George’s Counties. Do you ever fish Mattawoman? What are some of your go-to spots?

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      Marko

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  • Ed Stanley

    May 3, 2020

    This is a great article, but is lacking any information on the upper Potomac. I live in Cumberland and float the Potomac many times throughout the summer. I have caught over 75 fish on a float ( many small fish) but fun none the less.

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      Marko

      May 3, 2020

      Hi Ed, glad you liked it and thanks for your comment! You make a good point, the Upper Potomac has tons of great spots. I feel like it requires a completely separate blog post. Maybe, that’s something I’ll write about in the future. What are some of your favorite places on the Upper Potomac?

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      John w

      May 18, 2020

      my favorite parts of the upper potomac are great falls, harpersferry to sharpsburg, and dam 5 clear spring but harpersferry area has to be the best part of the upper potomac with a huge smallmouth bass fishery, walleyes and channel cats.

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      Marko

      May 18, 2020

      Hey John, thanks for reading the article! Indeed, Harper’s Ferry is fantastic. I spend most of my time around Great Falls and Loudon County though. Have you checked out any parts of the Lower Potomac yet?

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  • Santiago Rivera

    May 3, 2020

    Can one tell me where would be a good area to launch my kayak for fishing. I need to be as close as possible my kayak weighs 110 lbs. Thank you

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      Marko

      May 4, 2020

      Hi Santiago, thanks for reading! There are lots of great launching points for kayak anglers. It really just depends on which one you’re closest to. Are you looking to launch from the Upper or Lower Potomac? Here’s a link with a list of some great boat ramps: http://www.riverexplorer.com/boat_ramp_map.php4.

      Personally, my favorite is the Algonkian Regional Park Boat Ramp. It’s closest to my house, access to great spots, lots of fish, and beautiful nature. Let me know if this link helps, if not, I can send some more info your way. Good luck out there!

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      Marko

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  • Erik

    May 3, 2020

    Nice overview w/o too much detail. I’m interested in the area just downstream from the 301 Bridge. Any suggestions?

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      Marko

      May 4, 2020

      Hey Erik, thanks for reading! I agree, it’s hard to cover every detail in a blog article. Someone should write a book about the Potomac and even then it’s hard to imagine they could cover everything. Such an amazing fishery. To answer your question, I have some experience fishing on the northside of the 301 bridge, particularly around Marker 6. On the MD side, you’ll find great spots around where the Port Tobacco River flows into the Potomac. Just under the bridge, you can find some good spots around Middletown. Honestly, any of the creeks around that area are pretty productive from my experience. Hope this helps and good luck out there!

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      Marko

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  • Keith C

    May 16, 2020

    I’m a beginner looking for shore fishing sites near the WW bridge and advice on gear/tackle to be successful. Thanks for the article!

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      Marko

      May 18, 2020

      Hi Keith, thanks for reading! You’re in luck, there are lots of great spots for shore fishing around the WW Bridge. Personally, Broad Creek and Swan Creek are my favorites. They’re located in Fort Washington, MD, just south of the bridge. You can target Blue Cats, Perch, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and lots more. Both are great spots for beginners.

      You can also check out Oxon Creek, just North of the bridge. If you have enough time, I recommend heading to Pohick Bay on the VA side, as well as Mattawoman Creek in MD. Pohick and Mattawoman are a little further down the road, but not too far. With no traffic, you can get there in less than 30 minutes.

      In terms of tackle and bait, it really depends on what you’re targeting. Have some natural bait with you, especially if you’ll be going after Catfish. Any small baitfish should work. You can use slip-sinker rigs with floaters. That way, the bait can stay up closer to the surface.

      Since you’ll probably be targeting lots of Smallmouth, you’ll want to have lures handy, such as jigs. Crankbaits and spinners are also effective, as well as surface lures for shallower waters. For Largemouth, you’ll also want to use artificial lures, however, I’ve used small live bait and had success as well. In terms of equipment, you’ll want to use regular spinning or baitcasting gear.

      Let me know if this helps and if you have any other questions. Drop a comment and let us know what you caught after your trip! Good luck.

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      Marko

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  • liam peterson

    May 20, 2020

    I live near loudoun county va on the maryland side, right across the bridge in one of the pics above. if you’re planning to fish near loudoun county dont waste your time. the potomac fishery lives off of the grass. In the past few years grass carp have eaten all the grass and now bass populations are down by 90%. only thing worth fishing for in the upper potomac near loudoun is carp.

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      Marko

      May 21, 2020

      Hi Liam, thanks for reading! That’s unfortunate but a very good point. More reason to target Carp then, I guess!

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  • Kevin Daley

    May 26, 2020

    Hello Marko,

    Thanks for this helpful introduction to fishing the Potomac. I’m a first-time angler looking for on-foot action in Virginia. Where should I start? I live in Alexandria, but I’m willing to travel.

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      Marko

      May 26, 2020

      Hey Kevin, thanks for your comment! I’m glad you found this article helpful.

      There are tons of great spots right in the middle of Alexandria, as well as just outside of town. You should check out as many of these as possible:

      1. Jones Point Park: Just north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and south of Old Town. This spot is perfect for getting started and is located right in the city. There are two fishing piers from which you can target Catfish, Bass, and lots more.

      2. Fountain Head Regional Park: Located about 23 miles south of Alexandria. Here, you can also catch Bass and Catfish, as well as Perch, Crappie, and more. It has lots of great fishing spots and picnic areas as well – overall an excellent option for a day trip.

      3. Pohick Bay: Located about 20 miles south. This is also a great recreational area with lots of opportunities to catch a range of fish. When in season, you can also try and target Striped Bass.

      4. Burke Lake Park: Burke is located about 23 miles southwest. The lake is filled with Largemouth Bass and great for beginners.

      I think this is a solid list to get you started. Let me know if you need any other tips and drop us a comment to let our readers know what you caught. Good luck!

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      Marko

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  • Jack

    Jun 6, 2020

    Great article, and I’m really glad you highlighted DC, which has some awesome fishing. I fish the tidal basin spring summer and fall and it’s a great opportunity to catch multiple species – gar, bass, striper, crappie, perch, snakehead, etc. I would also recommend fletchers cove and the area of the Potomac just below the chain bridge for trophy size striper and walleye. If you have a boat (or rent one when fletchers is open for business) I have had days where I caught dozens of bass going up and down the river.

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      Marko

      Jun 6, 2020

      Hi Jack,

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you like the article! Fletcher’s Cove is one of my favorite spots as well. Thanks for the recommendations!

      Have a good one!

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  • Mike

    Jun 8, 2020

    Loved the article. Thanks for sharing all the information. Am curious if you know some good quiet places for fly fishing on the Potomac in NoVa or DC??

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      Marko

      Jun 9, 2020

      Hey Mike, thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the article. The Tidal Basin is nice and quiet in the evening when there’s less foot traffic. Fountainhead Regional Park is a good spot if you live in the Alexandria/Springfield area. If you’re up closer to McLean/Tyson’s, then check out Great Falls Park. There are plenty of nice, secluded spots to choose from. Let me know if this helps!

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      Marko

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  • Alvasman

    Jun 15, 2020

    A friend is planning a fishing trip to the Metro D.C. area. He’s from PA. His plan is to Gravelly Point Park and fish up river to Fletcher’s Cove.

    Would you provide some tips, e.g. licensing, days to avoid, etc.? Any resource material would be helpful as well.

    Appreciate any assistance you could offer, Al.

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      Marko

      Jun 16, 2020

      Hey Al, thanks for reading!
      Luckily, you got some great boat rental options right in that area. Fletchers Cove Boathouse and Key Bridge Boathouse have several options available, including kayaks. Here are the links to their websites:

      Fletchers Cove Boathouse
      Key Bridge Boathouse

      In terms of fishing licenses, since you’ll be fishing above the 301 bridge, you’ll need one of the following:
      1. Potomac River Fisheries Sport Fishing License
      2. Virginia Saltwater Recreational License
      3. Maryland Bay (Tidal) Sport Fishing License
      4. Virginia Statewide Freshwater Fishing License

      You can also click here for more information.

      You can purchase them online or at any certified retailer like a tackle shop or a sporting goods store. Here is a list of licensing agents: License Agents.

      In terms of days to avoid, there aren’t really any. As long as the weather is nice the fishing should be solid. Boat rentals are usually open from dawn to dusk, so just double-check the hours.

      Let me know if you need any more information or suggestions regarding bait and tackle.

      I hope this helps!

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      Marko

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      Alvasman

      Jun 23, 2020

      Marko,

      Thank you for the helpful reply. My friend appreciates the info and has helped him in planning his outing. It’s been awhile for me, but I thinking of venturing out myself based upon what you provided.

      Again, thanks and blessings for all you do!

      Al

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      Marko

      Jun 24, 2020

      Hey Al, that’s awesome, I’m glad to he enjoyed himself! If you need any other tips or pointers just holler!

      Tight lines,
      Marko

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  • Garth

    Jun 21, 2020

    Great article. Lots of helpful info. Thanks for the good work!

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      Marko

      Jun 22, 2020

      Hey Garth!

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the comment!

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  • wayne

    Jun 26, 2020

    Hi Marco,
    I want to explore areas of the Potomac targeting Lg/Sm Bass and snakeheads. I live in Dover de. and would like to go to the closest ramp. Is Anacostia Park Boat Ramp a good choice? If not, can you recommend? Thanks

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      Marko

      Jun 26, 2020

      Hey Wayne,
      Thanks for reading! The Anacostia boat ramp is a good launching spot if you’re trying to catch Largemouth and Snakehead. Also, for Largemouth, stick to the lower regions of the Potomac. There are plenty of boat ramps along the banks of Ft. Washington, Indian Head, and Mattawoman. For Smallmouth, go up north and hit the Upper Potomac. You can launch from Great Falls or Algonkian Park.

      I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any more info!

      Tight lines,
      Marko

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  • Lance A

    Jun 27, 2020

    Love the article, very informative. New to the area, been fishing out of Fort Foote park lately. Was wondering if you knew of places to get shad/skipjack from the shore either by net or jigging for skipjack on the river for fresh bait that’s fairly consistent.

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      Marko

      Jun 29, 2020

      Hi Lance,
      Thanks for reading, glad you found it useful! Have you checked out Fletchers Cove yet? That’s a great spot for Shad, however, the best runs are between March and May. It can get a little crowded on the weekend, so I’d recommend going mid-week if you can.

      Let me know if this helps.

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      Marko

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  • Steve

    Jun 30, 2020

    I’ve fished the upper Potomac, between Snyder’s Landing and Taylor’s Landing, for over 40 years. The fishing has been getting worse the past few years.

    In the last few weeks, 3 of us have fished out of a boat for about 7 hours total with worms, hellgrammites, and lures and have caught only 3 smallish catfish. Another angler we saw reported equally dismal results. I’m not sure of the cause(s), but the fishing is not what it used to be.

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      Marko

      Jul 1, 2020

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for reading and for the update! I’m sorry to hear that, could be because of the increase of invasive species in the region. I hope things turn around and you start catchin’ some monsters soon.

      All the best,
      Marko

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  • Steve

    Jul 6, 2020

    Which invasive species are we talking about?

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      Marko

      Jul 7, 2020

      Hi Steve,
      I’ve been getting reports about large numbers of Carp in the Upper Potomac, especially around Loudon County.

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  • Mike

    Jul 11, 2020

    Thanks for the article! I am moving out to Springfield, VA this month coming from Colorado. I fly fish here frequently for trout. How is the fly fishing there in the region (NOVA)? Primarily bass unless you head inland towards the Shenandoah? If boat fishing on the Potomac further south, what weight line do you suggest in general? 8-12?

    Thank you for the info!!

    -Mike

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      Marko

      Jul 13, 2020

      Hey Mike,
      You’re welcome! Glad you found the article useful. We got some great fly fishing spots all throughout the region. Lower portions of the river, you’ll primarily be targeting Largemouth, while the Upper Potomac you’ll target Smallmouth. You’ll start to encounter Trout in the upper reaches of the river, particularly the North Branch and the South Branch, up towards West Virginia. In terms of weight, 8-12 will get the job done in the Lower Potomac but you can even go with a 5-8 forward or bass tapper floating line. Let me know how it goes and what you caught. Good luck!

      Tight lines,
      Marko

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  • Justin L. Bennett

    Jul 16, 2020

    Great read! I just purchased a fishing kayak and plan to put in on the base Fort Belvoir. Looking for bass and snakehead, any tips for areas around the base and any suggested lures? Thanks for any feedback.

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      Marko

      Jul 17, 2020

      Hi Jason,
      Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed the article! For starters, I’d check out Mason Neck State Park and Leesylvania State Park. Both are solid spots for Largemouth Bass and Snakehead. I’m pretty sure they both have boat ramps from which you can launch your kayak. Just keep in mind, there’s probably a small fee. In terms of lures, I love using crankbaits. My top choice is the Strike King 8XD. That’s for Bass. For Snakehead, you can use deep divers, surface frog lures, and buzz-bait. I hope this helps. Let me know how it goes and if you need any more info!

      Tight lines,
      Marko

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  • dadinva

    Aug 27, 2020

    Thanks for the information, I am a beginner and have been researching our area (Loudoun) to take my kids.

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      Marko

      Aug 27, 2020

      Hi Dadinva,
      Thanks for reading, glad you found it useful! Loudon County has some great spots for beginners, especially for kids. Lots of quiet, secluded, and relaxing places to cast from. Check out Algonkian Regional Park or Beaverdam Creek for starters. Let me know if you have any questions or if you need any other recommendations. Good luck out there!

      Tight lines,
      Marko

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  • Brandon

    Oct 5, 2020

    Hi Marko,

    Thanks for the helpful information. I live in northern PG County, MD and just recently got my first bass boat. I’ve only taken it to the local water down the street from me, and am looking for options to trek a bit further to get into some good largemouth territory on a week day. Where on the Potomac might you recommend I try on my first trip? Any specific boat launches? Any specific launches with potentially less busy than typical launching traffic (still a beginner)?

    Thanks again!

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      Marko

      Oct 6, 2020

      Hey Brandon,

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you found the article useful. Congrats on the new boat, that’s exciting! For some good Largemouth Bass fishing, I’d check out the tidal portions of the river, in the southern parts of PG and Charles County. Smallwood State Park is a great launching area and the traffic isn’t too bad. From there, you have tons of great fishing spots, like Mattawoman Creek. They keep that place stocked because of tournaments. Let me know if this helps!

      Tight lines,
      Marko

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