Osprey Fishing Charters

If you find yourself in Washington, DC and in the mood to wet a line in some local waters, turn to Osprey Fishing Charters. Captain Rich Johnson is an expert in fishing the Upper Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and he loves to take people out for a fun day on the water.

For the novice anglers wanting to learn how to fish the local waters, a day with Capt. Rich is a great start. He takes pride in his service as an instructional guide and will not only guide you during the trip but will also teach the ins and outs, helping you learn and get experience putting fish in the boat. Parent-child trips are perfect as Capt. Rich can help create a memorable outdoor experience for you and your youngster away from video games and cell phones.

For the experienced anglers, Capt. Rich will put you on the fish and let you get after them. He will work with you to organize a trip to suit your preferences. Explore the Upper Potomac River for fantastic smallmouth bass fishing action in the summer and fall seasons. Or in the spring and early summer, head to the Occoquan River where you can catch largemouth, striper, catfish, perch, or shad. The shad run and largemouth spawn in the spring is epic fishing on the Occoquan.

Capt. Rich accepts 8-hour trips from March through November, depending on location and conditions. He accepts half-day largemouth trips (morning or afternoon) on the Occoquan in the summer. He also accepts half day Upper Potomac smallmouth trips.

Capt. Rich uses Penn, Daiwa, Abu Garcia, and St. Croix equipment, and specializes in soft plastics and crankbaits. You’ll be provided with all fishing and safety equipment. All you need is a valid freshwater fishing license and your own food and drinks. Children 6 and older are welcome. Capt. Rich supports catch and release, but if you’d like to keep a few catfish or perch, feel free to do so. All bass and shad caught on the charters will be returned to the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day – Tidal Potomac
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 25 - Jun 12
    $350
    Departing at 8 AM and returning at 5 PM with a break at noon, Captain Rich will take you out for a variety of fish on the tidal Potomac. Depending on conditions, you will target bass, shad, striper, white perch, or catfish. Shad fishing during the spring is the ideal trip for fishing novices and youngsters learning to fish. Captain Rich will provide spinning gear and terminal tackle. You only need to bring your own food and beverage for the day. This trip requires a VA freshwater fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Catfish – Tidal Potomac
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 13 - Nov 20
    $350
    Departing at 8 AM and returning at 5 PM with a break at noon, Captain Rich will take you out for blue and channel catfish on the tidal Potomac. This is the ideal trip for novices, youngsters learning to fish, or folks wanting to fill a freezer. Captain Rich will provide spinning gear and terminal tackle. You only need to bring your own food and beverage for the day. This trip requires a VA freshwater fishing license. While not the targeted species, you may also catch bass or snakehead on this trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Upper Potomac River
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 25 - Nov 20
    $350
    For this 8-hour trip, you'll meet Captain Rich at Algonkian Regional Park or a nearby ramp and fish the Upper Potomac above Seneca Breaks. Launching from Riverbend Park in Great Falls is also an option. The Upper Potomac River offers fantastic smallmouth bass fishing and you'll use a variety of artificial lures. Because these fish are such hard fighters, catching them on light tackle is exciting. You'll need a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license, and plenty of food and drinks to last the day.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day – Tidal Potomac (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 12
    $500
    Departing at 8 AM and returning at 12 PM, Captain Rich will take you out for a variety of fish on the tidal Potomac. Depending on conditions, you will target bass, shad, striper, white perch, or catfish. Shad fishing during the spring is the ideal trip for fishing novices and youngsters learning to fish. Captain Rich will provide spinning gear and terminal tackle. You only need to bring your own food and beverage for the day. This trip requires a VA freshwater fishing license.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day – Tidal Potomac (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jun 12
    $250
    Departing at 1 PM and returning at 5 PM, Captain Rich will take you out for a variety of fish on the tidal Potomac. Depending on conditions, you will target bass, shad, striper, white perch, or catfish. Shad fishing during the spring is the ideal trip for fishing novices and youngsters learning to fish. Captain Rich will provide spinning gear and terminal tackle. You only need to bring your own food and beverage for the day. This trip requires a VA freshwater fishing license.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day (AM) Bass – Tidal Potomac
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 13 - Aug 28
    $250
    Departing at 7 AM and returning at 12 PM, Captain Rich will take you largemouth bass fishing on the tidal Potomac. You'll meet at the ramp early and hit the water as bass feed in the shallows before afternoon heat. Captain Rich will provide light spinning gear and all terminal tackle. You only need to bring your own food and beverage for the day. This trip requires a VA freshwater fishing license. While not the targeted species, we may also hook into a snakehead while bass fishing.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day (AM) Bass – Upper Potomac
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 25 - Oct 30 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $250
    For this 4-hour trip, you'll meet Captain Rich at Algonkian Regional Park or a nearby ramp and fish the Upper Potomac above Seneca Breaks. Launching from Riverbend Park in Great Falls is also an option. The Upper Potomac River offers fantastic smallmouth bass fishing and you'll use a variety of artificial lures. Because these fish are such hard fighters, catching them on light tackle is exciting. You'll need a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license, and plenty of food and drinks to last the day.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day (PM) Bass – Tidal Potomac
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 13 - Aug 28
    $250
    Departing at 3:00 PM and returning at 8:00 PM, Captain Rich will take you largemouth bass fishing on the tidal Potomac. You'll head out after lunch and chase bass during the late afternoon and early evening bite. Captain Rich will provide light spinning gear and all terminal tackle. You only need to bring your own food and beverage for the day. This trip requires a VA freshwater fishing license. While not the targeted species, you may also hook into a snakehead while bass fishing.
  • Private trip
    1/2 Day (PM) Bass – Upper Potomac
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Feb 25 - Oct 30
    $250
    For this 4-hour trip, you'll meet Captain Rich at Algonkian Regional Park or a nearby ramp and fish the Upper Potomac above Seneca Breaks. Launching from Riverbend Park in Great Falls is also an option. The Upper Potomac River offers fantastic smallmouth bass fishing and you'll use a variety of artificial lures. Because these fish are such hard fighters, catching them on light tackle is exciting. You'll need a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license, and plenty of food and drinks to last the day.
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About the Captain

Rich Johnson
Sterling, Virginia, United States
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33 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since January 2020
You'll hardly find a bigger freshwater enthusiast than Captain Rich Johnson. He fell in love with the sport when he was very young, and that passion stayed with him ever since. Capt. Rich fished many different bodies of water until he caught his first smallmouth bass on the Upper Potomac River and was hooked for life. He got his captain license, opened his business in 2018, and now Capt. Rich spends his free time running weekend charters and showing his customers just how fun fishing can be.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Catfish Catfish

Perch (White) White Perch
Perch (Yellow) Yellow Perch
Shad Shad
Snakehead Snakehead

Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Tracker Grizzly (Jon boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 6HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots.

Length
14 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
PayPal
Checks

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VERIFIED   Full Day – Tidal Potomac on June 12, 2021
Booked Capt. Rich and Osprey Fishing as a birthday present for my daughter and me. We’re both inexperienced anglers and I...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Upper Potomac River on April 24, 2021
Took my grandson (age10) on his first fishing trip. It was a great day weather wise and Captain Rich was more than accommodating...
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Learned so much as an intermediate angler

VERIFIED   Full Day – Tidal Potomac on March 14, 2021
My buddy and I are mediocre fishermen. We learned by ourselves from the internet and YouTube. We wanted someone who could help...
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Great Day on the Occoquan

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Upper Potomac River on June 5, 2021
I’ve been on a lot of private and party fishing trips and Captain Rich was by far the best out there. If you want an experience...
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VERIFIED   Full Day – Tidal Potomac on April 3, 2021
Rich loves to fish as much as you. We caught 84 fish and didn’t have (or want) to eat. We broke his previous record day of...
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FAQs about Osprey Fishing Charters

Osprey Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per person - 1/2 Day – Tidal Potomac (AM) (4 hours)
  • $250 per group - 1/2 Day – Tidal Potomac (PM) (4 hours)
  • $250 per group - 1/2 Day (AM) Bass – Tidal Potomac (5 hours)
  • $250 per group - 1/2 Day (AM) Bass – Upper Potomac (4 hours)
  • $250 per group - 1/2 Day (PM) Bass – Tidal Potomac (5 hours)
  • $250 per group - 1/2 Day (PM) Bass – Upper Potomac (4 hours)
  • $350 per group - Full Day – Tidal Potomac (8 hours)
  • $350 per group - Full Day Catfish – Tidal Potomac (8 hours)
  • $350 per group - Full Day Trip – Upper Potomac River (8 hours)

Trips booked with Osprey Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Abu Garcia, Penn, St. Croix, Daiwa)
  • Lures

Osprey Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Upper Potomac and Tidal Potomac)
  • Lake Fishing (Burke Lake and Occoquan Reservoir)

Osprey Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Osprey Fishing Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Catfish
  • Perch (White)
  • Perch (Yellow)
  • Shad
  • Snakehead
  • Walleye