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Salt Tale Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Madison
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Biff Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Stevensville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $675

PrimeTime Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(198 reviews)
Stevensville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

Patent Pending Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Tracys Landing
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $595

Hook Mash Charter Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(61 reviews)
Annapolis
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $595

Corsica Charter Company

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Chester
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Tricia Ann Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(35 reviews)
Chesapeake Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

Maryland Fishing and Hunting

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Stevensville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $780

Ebb Tide Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(34 reviews)
Deale
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(42 reviews)
Stevensville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $175

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Washington DC

The average price for a private 4 hour Washington DC fishing trip is $478, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $748 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Salt Tale Charters, Biff Fishing Charters, and PrimeTime Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Washington DC. Full list of top fishing charters in Washington DC.

Salt Tale Charters, Biff Fishing Charters, and PrimeTime Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Washington DC.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Bluefish, and White Perch. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and jigging. Inshore fishing, river fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Though technically not part of the state proper, anglers always mention fishing in Washington DC by name when talking about the best fishing spots in Maryland. And the reasons for that are pretty simple. First of all, there is some fantastic freshwater fishing to be found here, and it would be a shame to miss out on it. Secondly, if you’re already visiting the area, you’re probably looking forward to checking out the sights. It’s hard to beat a successful morning of fishing paired with a visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

Where to Fish in Washington DC

Potomac River

Potomac River is an excellent choice if you are looking to stay right in the city. After all, why should you when the best river fishing is right there under your nose? Home to some of the finest Largemouth Bass angling in the country, it’s also perfect for the likes of crabbing and shellfishing. Of course, fishing here is not all about the Bass — there’s also plenty of Walleye, Pike, and Muskies swimming about.

Fletcher’s Cove

Also known as Fletcher’s Boathouse, this spot has an angling tradition dating back to the 1850s. You can find Rockfish, Walleye, Catfish, and possibly some more freshwater biters. If that’s not enough, you can find some of the best Shad fishing on the entire East Coast. The feeling of being somewhere out in the wilderness is quite real here. Apart from the constant sounds of dense traffic, you’d be hardly aware of being smack center in DC.  On your non-angling days, you’re more than welcome to give kayaking a go, it’s lots of fun.

Anacostia Park

On the eastern end of DC proper lies Anacostia Park, named after the river it sits next to. This is one of the largest recreational areas in the city, making it popular with anglers as well. These waters are best suited for anglers who are looking for a fun catch and release experience only. The one important exception to this rule is in the case of the Northern Snakehead, an invasive species. You will be doing a service to the local fishery by killing and disposing of these fish if you happen to catch any.

Chesapeake Bay

The largest estuary in the United States, Chesapeake Bay is a natural choice for every angler looking to score some good fishing every now and again. It’s not as convenient as other spots that allow you to fish mere minutes form the city centre, but it’s more than worth it if you decide to give it a go. It’s probably the best source of Rockfish in the whole DC area. Expect plenty of other saltwater species too, like Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Tautog, and more besides.

Fishing Techniques

Fly fishing near DC is widespread among local anglers. While the accepted rule of thumb for freshwater fly fishing is that you’re good to go with lighter gear, we would argue against that if you’re after Rockfish. There definitely are anglers out there who would go after Rockfish with a 5 wt rod, but that’s best left to the pros. A 7 or 8 wt rod will make your fishing experience all the more easier, especially with heavier flies. Feel free to play around with fly patterns until you see what works best for you. White patterns are best suited for your needs — think Crease flies and Foam Gurglers.

If you plan on using conventional tackle, you’ve got a whole number of different options open to you. For regular bait, stock up on the likes of Squid, Crabs, Clams, Eels, Mullet or Worms. If you prefer artificial lures, plugs and jigs are always a good solution for Rockfish.

Need to Know

The first thing any Washington DC guide worth his salt will tell you is that there are some strict regulations in place when it comes to keeping a catch. If you plan on going at it on your own, be sure to bring yourself up to speed on the latest catch-keeping policies. Anyone over the age of 16 will need to have a valid fishing license with them at all times when fishing. The best way to get those is online. When your ready, go and explore DC both on the ground and on the water.

Washington DC
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Be on the lookout for large Catfish, especially close to bridge pilings. A slip-sinker rig is the best way to fish them out of their holes.

February

Part of the Potomac River near the Washington Sailing Marina is a good place to drop a line during the first few months of the year. Expect Largemouth Bass and Crappie.

March

Come March, you can usually catch lots of Bass just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Be sure to load up on rattling crankbaits and spinnerbaits for the best odds.

April

The Bass fishing mania continues! Anywhere from the Blue Plains Plant area to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge is a good place to fish until you drop.

May

Catfish and Shad are the order of the day out near the Fletcher's Boathouse general area. Enjoy the more rustic part of Washington DC and go after some fish!

June

Want to visit the Lincoln Memorial? Don’t forget there’s some great angling to be done just minutes away for Largemouth Bass and Catfish, so bring your fishing gear.

July

You can find some great fishing in the grass beds of Potomac River’s lower reaches. Get some topwater baits and watch those Bass go at ‘em like mad.

August

As August rolls in, you should finally see Crappie schooling up near the Fletcher’s Cove area. Small Minnows should be your weapon of choice when tackling them.

September

This is when the water temp starts going down. What this means is that fish will move closer to creeks, as well as be much more aggressive when feeding.

October

Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass continue to be hungry and out for food. The waters near the  Washington Sailing Marina are especially productive.

November

As winter sets in, the best places for Largemouth fishing are usually rocky or gravel banks near drop offs on the Potomac River. Show them who’s boss!

December

You can easily find Largemouth Bass in drop offs at around 10-20 feet deep. If you don’t mind heading out to Chesapeake Bay, you can treat yourself with excellent Rockfish angling.

Washington DC Fishing Calendar

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I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Melanie  T.
Melanie T. Woodbridge, Virginia
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Will  P.
Will P. Harrisonburg, VA
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Anatoly  C.
Anatoly C. Annapolis, Maryland
If you’re hoping for rock fish (or whatever fish) make sure you can catch them. Turns out we missed fishing for rock fish by a day. Disappointing but still had a great time! Yes! We released the rock fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re hoping for rock fish (or whatever fish) make sure you can catch them. Turns out we missed fishing for rock fish by a day. Disappointing but still had a great time! Yes! We released the rock fish.
Chris  P.
Chris P. Dunkirk, MD
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Robin  C.
Robin C. Chesapeake Beach, MD
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
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Excellent
5.0 / 5
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Melissa  B.
Melissa B. United States
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Robyn  J.
Robyn J. Sharpsburg, MD
Helpful to go with Captain & First mate that will communicate about the sea.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Helpful to go with Captain & First mate that will communicate about the sea.
Kelita  A.
Kelita A. Waldorf, Maryland
You never know what you’ll bring in the boat. It was an off day, not a lot fish caught. But, still was a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You never know what you’ll bring in the boat. It was an off day, not a lot fish caught. But, still was a lot of fun.
Sharon  S.
Sharon S. Shippensburg, PA
Want to try earlier in the season to fish for larger Rockfish—we caught and released smaller ones this time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Want to try earlier in the season to fish for larger Rockfish—we caught and released smaller ones this time.
Robert  L.
Robert L. Winder, Georgia
Great place to leave from and conveniently closer to home than other places
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to leave from and conveniently closer to home than other places
Jose  A.
Jose A. Woodbridge, Virginia
My son and I thought this was a great trip. The captain was very knowledgeable, helpful, everything was great. We would definitely book another trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My son and I thought this was a great trip. The captain was very knowledgeable, helpful, everything was great. We would definitely book another trip.
Gary  Y.
Gary Y. Frederick, Maryland
Schedule your trip on a week day. There are too many boats on the bay on the weekend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Schedule your trip on a week day. There are too many boats on the bay on the weekend.
Thomas  C.
Thomas C. Wallace, NC
Best part of our vacation thanks captain Darnell. A great experience because of a great captain. Would recomend to everyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Best part of our vacation thanks captain Darnell. A great experience because of a great captain. Would recomend to everyone.
Terry  H.
Terry H. Washington, DC
Understand that what fish you catch will depend on current conditions, but you will have a good time nevertheless.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that what fish you catch will depend on current conditions, but you will have a good time nevertheless.
Marianne  S.
Marianne S. Philadelphia, PA
Captain Ritchy knows where to go and has years of experience. What a pleasure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Ritchy knows where to go and has years of experience. What a pleasure.
Chad  B.
Chad B. Centreville, MD
Book this trip , Captain Marion is amazing!!!!! My family and i loved this trip and will return again next year!!!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book this trip , Captain Marion is amazing!!!!! My family and i loved this trip and will return again next year!!!!!!
Paul  H.
Paul H. Wellsboro, PA
Be prepared for a first rate experience, this place is amazing. The numerous marinas has something everyone, the grounds and facilities are well maintained, with ample parking. Upon your return from a day on the bay, head over to one of the restaurants or lounges for some local fare. You will not be disappointed. -PM
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a first rate experience, this place is amazing. The numerous marinas has something everyone, the grounds and facilities are well maintained, with ample parking. Upon your return from a day on the bay, head over to one of the restaurants or lounges for some local fare. You will not be disappointed. -PM
Pierre  M.
Pierre M. Hyattsville, Maryland
Be prepared for a range of weather and exercise some patience. Listen to the Captain and crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a range of weather and exercise some patience. Listen to the Captain and crew.
Donald  A.
Donald A. Silver Spring, MD

Salt Tale Charters
Salt Tale Charters
Fishing charter in Madison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
My husband and I booked a four hour trip. The weather wasn’t favorable for the time we booked. Brandon stayed in contact with us to set up a better time for us to fish. We had a great evening fishing! Highly recommend booking a trip.
Brooks  M.
Brooks M. Morgantown, WV
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Had a great time. There was 11 of us and we caught our limit in 3 hours. They kept us on the fish and the boat was very spacious and clean
Eddie  E.
Eddie E. Dallas, TX
Let's Go Fishing Guide Service
Let's Go Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
I gifted my husband this fishing trip with 2 of our sons and his dad for Fathers Day and they had the BEST time! They caught so many fish that they lost track, and then came home with a tasty dinner and fun memories to share! Thanks so much Captain Joe for making this such a good experience, especially for the kiddos!
Cheyenne  R.
Cheyenne R. United States
Patent Pending Charters
Patent Pending Charters
Fishing charter in Tracys Landing
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(70 reviews)
Captain John and Phil were wonderful and very knowledgeable! We had a super time! Beautiful boat and marina. A full day would be our choice next time so we would have more time to get to the “hot spots”. Captain John even arranged for us to get a last minute reservation at one of his favorite dinner spots!
Jane  S.
Jane S. Cazenovia, NY
Penny Sue Charters
Penny Sue Charters
Fishing charter in Edgewater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Had a great day with captain Mike and first mate wally. Caught our bait and our limit of striper. Captain and first mate made the trip very enjoyable!
Anthony  F.
Anthony F. Silver Spring, PA
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
We had a fantastic trip with Captain Stu! Caught lots of fish. Captain Stu is obviously aware of where the fish are biting. Thanks for a great day
Robert  E.  M.
Robert E. M. West Chester, PA
Schooled Up Charters
Schooled Up Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Everything was great, the meet up point, the captain, the fishing and weather. I will def use this charter again!
Wanda  T.
Wanda T. Leonardtown, MD
Osprey Fishing Charters
Osprey Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Sterling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
This was our first time on the Potomac since we moved to Northern Virginia, and we hit the jackpot finding Osprey Fishing Charters! We knew late June with the heat may have presented a challenge, but Captain Rich knew the river and we found fish! First time fishing for small mouth, and we learned so much. He took the time to explain the area and we got to try out all different kinds of baits and lures. Grabbed lots of small mouth and even a couple catfish. We can't wait for the next trip!!
Kathryn  Z.
Kathryn Z. Sterling, VA
Screaming Eagle Charters
Screaming Eagle Charters
Fishing charter in Neavitt
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Very Happy with the fishing experience, again. It was a nice day, limited out and the fish were tasty.
Donald  R.
Donald R. Silver Spring, PA
Tricia Ann Charters
Tricia Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Took our teenage boys and friends as a birthday trip. Captain was great at communicating and we were even able to start our trip early due to a prior cancellation. We had perfect weather and the water was almost too calm. We walked away with only 3 keepers but that’s better then zero and they tasted great. Had a great time!
Stephanie  H.
Stephanie H. Martinsburg, WV
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
Captian Stu zeroed in on target fish, caught limit, and had time to spare. Worth every penny.
Demond  M.
Demond M. Adelphi, MD
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(61 reviews)
My family and I brought my 96 year old father fishing with captain Stu and Chris. It was a perfect afternoon in every respect. So many moments that left me misty culminating in catching our limit. None of us will ever forget it. Thank you captain Stu and Chris! We will be back!
Michael  J.
Michael J. McLean, Virginia
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(198 reviews)
We had the best time fishing on Fathers Day! Captain Darnell and his first mate Ms. Catherine were awesome! They were more then knowledgeable, very experienced, and worked together like a true team, making sure to give us a great experience!! We will absolutely be back!!!
Monica  G.
Monica G. Mount Airy, MD
Patent Pending Charters
Patent Pending Charters
Fishing charter in Tracys Landing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(70 reviews)
Fantastic trip today. Capt John and the mate were fantastic. Very knowledgeable and very hard working. The boat was extremely comfortable for all 6 of us and handled the less than ideal water conditions well. Most importantly Capt John and his mate were very good with the two kids on the boat. It was my greatest joy to see them catch so many fish, see their smiles, and they cannot stop talking about how much fun they had. Thank you Capt John! We will see you again for sure.
Jeremy  B.
Jeremy B. Owings, MD
Salt Tale Charters
Salt Tale Charters
Fishing charter in Madison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Brandon was excellent… worked around some weather issues and caught lots of fish. He was great with my teenagers and we had a fun time and learned a lot about fishing the area.
Keith  W.
Keith W. Baltimore, Maryland
Screaming Eagle Charters
Screaming Eagle Charters
Fishing charter in Neavitt
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
I told the captain we had to catch fish or we wouldn't eat the next day.Well we caught enough for a few days. The whole family had a GREAT time. We ranged in age from 11 to 74.
Melvin  B.
Melvin B. Orwigsburg, PA
Potomac Joe's Fishing Service
Potomac Joe's Fishing Service
Fishing charter in Indian Head
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
I booked this fishing experience for my father as a birthday gift/ father days gift. He loved it!! Joe was great. He was very welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about fishing. He not only provides the equipment but he provides great conversation!!! I would recommend booking a fishing experience with him ASAP.
LaRecca  W.
LaRecca W. Saint Charles, MD
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(198 reviews)
Six of us went on an afternoon half day trip. The captain and mate were great. Would definitely recommend them.
Howard  R.
Howard R. Easton, MD
Chasin Fins
Chasin Fins
Fishing charter in Madison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Had a nice fishing trip with Capt. Tony using light tackle chasing the stripers. Nice boat, good tackle, and knowledgeable captain.
Jeff  L.
Jeff L. Galena, Maryland
Salt Tale Charters
Salt Tale Charters
Fishing charter in Madison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Family trip that exceeded expectations in all areas. Brandon is attentive, his experience pays off in locating fish and he is a fountain of information about technique and the history of the Chesapeake and Choptank river. Highly recommend a charter.
Jim  S.
Jim S. Alexandria, VA