Osprey Fishing Charters

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

Whether you’d like to teach your kids some fishing basics or you need to take a beat and spend a day fishing, Capt. Rich will organize a trip to suit your preferences. Explore the Upper Potomac River for the ultimate Smallmouth Bass fishing action or head to Occoquan, where you can target Catfish, different Bass species, as well as Shad. Spring is generally the most productive to come here and have a blast.

You’ll mostly use spinning tackle with various setups to get your prey to bite and if you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry, Capt. Rich is there to help. Hop aboard his 14’ Jon boat that is perfect for river fishing and can fit up to 2 anglers. Quality Penn, Abu Garcia, and St Croix equipment will be provided for you to use while fighting your catch.

Take your pick from the 2 full day trips on different bodies of water, depending on what you’d like to catch and when you’d like to go fishing. Capt. Rich generally supports catch and release, but if you’d like to keep a few fish, feel free to do so.

To come prepared for your trip, buy a valid Virginia fishing license, and pack some food and drinks to keep you energized. Kids should be at least 6 to join you, and the captain will have life jackets for everyone.

Book some fishing time with Osprey Fishing Charters and you’re in for an angling treat you’ll want to repeat!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tidal Potomac River
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 7 - Jul 26 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $200
    up to 2 persons
    Spend a day on the waters of the Tidal Potomac River and target a number of different fish species with Capt. Rich! You'll start your trip from either Occoquan Regional Park or Leesylvania State Park, and spend the next 6 hours targeting Largemouth Bass, Shad, Catfish, and Striped Bass. Capt. Rich will provide all the necessary gear, and on your side, you should buy a Virginia fishing license, and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Upper Potomac River
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 4 - Dec 6 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $200
    up to 2 persons
    For this 6-hour expedition, you'll start your trip from the Algonkian Regional Park in Potomac Falls, and 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 setups to get them to bite. Because these fish are such hard fighters, catching them on light tackle is exciting. You'll need a Virginia fishing license, and plenty of food and drinks to last the day.

About the Captain

Rich Johnson
Sterling, Virginia, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
8 Customer Reviews
Response time 21 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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Shad Shad

Boat Specs

Tracker Grizzly (Jon boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 6HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 12 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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (3)
5.00
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Capt. Rich knows where to find the big ones!
Dad caught it but it looks better on me!
Full day trip
Angler Rating
8
0
0
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 8 reviews
Hawkeye H.
Falls Church, Virginia
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Catfish, Shad, Good Times & Great Service

NEW  March 15, 2020
Capt. Rich knew right where to find the hot spots and got us rigged up and angling for big ones in no time! His attention to...
Hawkeye H. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Hawkeye H. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Scott G.
Washington, District Of Columbia
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Half Day with Captain Rich

August 3, 2019
I’m an absolute beginner—city kid through and through—but figured it’d be worth giving a morning of...
Scott G. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Scott G. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Joe A.
Jackson Heights, New York
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Full day fishing trips

October 5, 2019
Have had the pleasure of going out on both the Occoquan and Upper Potomac trips that Rich offers.  Rich is very knowledgeable...
Joe A. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Joe A. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Tommy V.
Alexandria, Virginia
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Great fishing experience

August 13, 2019
It was first ever fishing experience but it went great. Rich made it easy to follow his instructions and we caught a lot more...
Tommy V. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Tommy V. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Ashley L.
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Fishing with Rich

VERIFIED   March 7, 2020
Ashley L. recommends Osprey Fishing Charters
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Rich Johnson Captain replied