Potomac River

13 Fishing Charters

Potomac River Fishing Charters

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Potomac River: 13 fishing charters available

Potomac Joe's Fishing Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Indian Head
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Side Linerz Charter Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
King George
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

C&S Charter And Guide Services

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Montross
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $100

Osprey Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Sterling
trips from $250

Prime Time River Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Fort Washington

Loose Knot Charters

Leonardtown
trips from $600

Schooled Up Charters Solomons MD

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Solomons
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

KJ's Outdoor Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
King George
 Instant Confirmation

Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(34 reviews)
Solomons
trips from $600

Shallow Water Fishing Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Poolesville
trips from $400

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Potomac River

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Potomac River costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $338, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $479. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Potomac River is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Bass boat.

According to customer reviews, Potomac Joe's Fishing Service, Side Linerz Charter Fishing, and C&S Charter And Guide Services are some of the most popular fishing charters in Potomac River. Full list of top fishing charters in Potomac River.

Side Linerz Charter Fishing and C&S Charter And Guide Services received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Potomac River.

The best way to experience fishing in Potomac River is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Potomac River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Striped), Catfish, and Redfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and jigging. River fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

May marks the beginning of Striper season. This fish is the pride and joy of the Potomac. You can target them throughout the river but head to the delta for the really big ones! Check availability for local fishing charters in Potomac River.

Fishing has been a big part of the Potomac River’s economy, recreation, and way of life throughout history. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day on the river or an action-packed adventure, there’s a little bit of something in store for everyone!

A variety of species inhabit the Potomac River, including Striped Bass (locally referred to as Rockfish), Snakehead, Perch, Catfish, and Trout. You’ll also find fisheries that hold solid numbers of Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Walleye, Muskellunge, Pike, and Freshwater Eel.

There are plenty of Potomac River fishing guides that provide a wide variety of packages, designed to meet your specific needs. Shorter trips are perfect for beginners, while longer trips are great for those looking to cover more ground and target a wider variety of fish.

Some towns to check out when planning your fishing trip are Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA. These cities in the middle of the Potomac have easy access to both the upper and lower part of the river. You can also find guides on the Potomac-Chesapeake Bay Delta. Trips around Tall Timbers and Leonardtown, MD are ideal for combining river and bay fishing. These are also great spots to go crabbing – an extremely fun activity for the whole family!

Rules & Regulations

If you’re over the age of 16, you’ll need to obtain a valid fishing license, regardless of whether you’re fishing in MD, VA, or DC. Keep in mind, certain species are subject to seasonality and cannot be targeted at certain times of the year. Just be sure to check with your guide before heading out as each state has its own specific laws and regulations that you’ll have to pay attention to.

Potomac River
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Most of the fish are sluggish this time of year but Catfishing is still solid. Target them under bridges and use a slip-sinker rig to get them out of their holes.

February

Largemouth Bass and Crappie fishing can reap some rewarding catches, especially in areas between Alexandria and Fort Washington. Catfishing is solid in many spots throughout the river as well.

March

As spring rolls around, the fishing really starts to heat up. Likely catches this month include Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, as well as Brown and Rainbow Trout.

April

As the water temperatures start to warm up, the fishing only gets better! In April you can expect to catch Snakehead, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout, and Catfish.

May

May marks the beginning of Striper season. This fish is the pride and joy of the Potomac. You can target them throughout the river but head to the delta for the really big ones!

June

June is a pretty busy time in the nation’s capital, so be sure to plan your trip ahead of time. The fishing is great too. Striped Bass, Crappie, Perch, Snakehead, and Catfish are just some of the fish you can target this month.

July

Plan a trip around the Fourth of July and watch the Independence Day fireworks on the National Mall. When it comes to fishing, you can expect to catch Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Snakehead, and Perch.

August

Head to the mouth of the river for a change of pace and target the likes of Cobia, Flounder, Redfish, and Black Drum. Plan a crabbing trip with the family for some famously delicious Maryland Blue Crab!

September

Fall is a great time for fishing on the Potomac River. In September, you’ll most likely be targeting Striped, Largemouth, and Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Snakehead, and Catfish.

October

Striped Bass and Crappie fishing remain hot throughout the fall. You can also target large numbers of Catfish and Snakehead in many spots along the river.

November

As the water temperatures cool off, so does the fishing. Lots of fish become lazy, except for Striped Bass, Catfish, and Crappie. You can also find solid numbers of Largemouth Bass near rocky or gravely banks of the river.

December

Cities and towns along the river are filled with holiday cheer! Plan your trip around Christmas time and be sure to check out the National Christmas Tree along with many other wintertime festivities.

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Use a guide, such as Rich Johnson who is knowledgeable of the local conditions and can get them on the fish much faster than trying to fish on their own .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use a guide, such as Rich Johnson who is knowledgeable of the local conditions and can get them on the fish much faster than trying to fish on their own .
David  K.
David K. Ashburn, VA

C&S Charter And Guide Services
C&S Charter And Guide Services
Fishing charter in Montross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
We were after catfish and caught a pile of catfish! Captain Chad and his mate Mike did an outstanding job of getting us what we wanted!
Jay  C.
Jay C. Strasburg, VA
KJ's Outdoor Adventures
KJ's Outdoor Adventures
Fishing charter in King George
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Got us on fish almost Immediately… very Knowledgeable on navigating the River and what tactics to use to catch em!!!
James  W.
James W. West Springfield, VA
Prime Time River Charters
Prime Time River Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Washington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Nice calm cool captain that new how to find the near non-stop catfish action. Boat and equipment was very experienced, which doesn’t bother me, but everything was 100% fully functional so all in all it was a fantastic experience and outstanding value
Nikoli  M.
Nikoli M. Virginia Beach, VA
Osprey Fishing Charters
Osprey Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sterling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Our incredible day of fishing was 100% due to Captain Rich's knowledge of the river and how to fish it. We had an incredible time and will be recommending him to all our friends. Want to have a great day catching fish? Book a trip with Captain Rich
Cara  J.
Cara J. Herndon, VA
Prime Time River Charters
Prime Time River Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Washington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
The smiles on the boys faces say it all. We battled through all Maryland weather could offer and still caught fish. Great trip !
Brandt  B.
Brandt B. Sterling, VA
Prime Time River Charters
Prime Time River Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Washington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Capt D, took my father and me out for a trip and it was amazing. We took home almost 20 lbs of catfish and had a great fish fry with the family. Would recommend him to anyone. If I could give 10 stars, I would.
Michael  B.
Michael B. Alexandria, Virginia
C&S Charter And Guide Services
C&S Charter And Guide Services
Fishing charter in Montross
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Chad was very welcoming and friendly. Put us on the fish within 20 minutes fo pulling out from the dock... We maxed out with nice fish after around 4 hours. Chad did an excellent job of putting out all the tackle and finding the fish. We will definitely fish with him again!!
John  S.
John S. Sudley Springs, VA
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in King George
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a great time! Boat was top notch and clean as a whistle. Captain was very accommodating to my young son and his friend for his birthday outing. He was eager to share his knowledge and put us on the best fishing locations. Thanks, will book again next rockfish season.
Ian  C.
Ian C. Wardensville, WV
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in King George
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a fantastic time fishing with Side Linerz Charter!! Our captain even cleaned and filet our fish for us!! Will definitely go again if we are ever back in the area!!!
Susanna  L.
Susanna L. Bassett, VA
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in King George
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Extremely professional captain. Way above average equipment . We will book again. Excellent experience.
Frank  G.
Frank G. Chesapeake, Virginia
Schooled Up Charters Solomons MD
Schooled Up Charters Solomons MD
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Our group took a half day trip out of Solomons Island. We bottom fished and had a blast catching all kinds of fish! We recommend this trip and would do it again! Captain Travis and his Mate, Drew were fun and very accommodating! Thank you!
Sue  M.
Sue M. New Castle, PA
Osprey Fishing Charters
Osprey Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sterling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Captain Rich is both a knowledgeable and an enjoyable companion. Our day on the Upper Potomac, despite adverse wind water conditions, was a success. I recommend him and look forward to a future trip with him for shad on the Occuquan,
Daniel  W.
Daniel W. Rockville, MD
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Side Linerz Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in King George
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Jeff was an amazing Captain. Had us overtop of the fish most of the day! Will definitely be going back again.
Dalton  P.
Dalton P. Tomah, WI
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
We had an amazing time fishing with Capt. Drey. He was the ultimate in professionalism. Found us great spots to fish from, was very knowledgeable about the best places to fish, and more importantly was very patient with our youngest son who is on the Spectrum. Would highly recommend Capt. Drey and will be booking with him in the future.
Natalie  M.
Natalie M. Baltimore, MD
Osprey Fishing Charters
Osprey Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sterling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Booked Capt. Rich and Osprey Fishing as a birthday present for my daughter and me. We’re both inexperienced anglers and I wanted her to be able to pull in some fish. Man Capt. Rich was able to put us right on top of the fish and within minutes of our first cast my daughter was reeling in her first fish, and second and third etc. The trip far exceeded my expectations and my daughter has not stopped talking about it. We will be booking again with Capt. Rich and Osprey Fishing.
Benjamin  T.
Benjamin T. Bristow, VA
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Another great day on the water with Captain Drey. Captain Drey for the Win 🙌🏻
Chris  B.
Chris B. Everett, Massachusetts
Osprey Fishing Charters
Osprey Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sterling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
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 to learn how to fish, where to fish, how everything works, and how to use it this is the trip for you. He was super knowledgeable, friendly, and determined for us to catch more and more fish. We did catch and release but we must have pulled up 15 or so fish yesterday, 3 types of Catfish, Snakehead, Perch, and LM Bass. Thanks for a great day out!
Russ  K.
Russ K. Chantilly, VA
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
We all had a great time and the Captain was excellent. Will definitely call on him again for my next fishing trip. Thanks Captain Drey from all of us.
Anthony  C.
Anthony C. Alexandria, Virginia
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Thomason Tradition Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Solomons
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Capt was patient and provided many opportunities to catch fish. We caught over 50 fish!
Ishmail  H.
Ishmail H. Saint Charles, MD
Prime Time River Charters
Prime Time River Charters
Fishing charter in Fort Washington
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
I was brand new to fishing for catfish, but "D" was a great captain with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He made the trip fun and easy for us.
Melinda  C.
Melinda C. Oakton, VA