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Patent Pending Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(79 reviews)
Tracys Landing
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $735

Salt Tale Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Madison
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Tricia Ann Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
Chesapeake Beach
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trips from $700

PrimeTime Charters

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

Lucky Strike Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(150 reviews)
Deale
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $700

Biff Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
Stevensville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $720

Hook Mash Charter Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(71 reviews)
Annapolis
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trips from $595

Corsica Charter Company

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Chester
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $650

Vickie Ann Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(73 reviews)
Deale
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Ebb Tide Charters

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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Washington DC

The average price for a private 4 hour Washington DC fishing trip is $485, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $782 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Patent Pending Charters, Salt Tale Charters, and Tricia Ann Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Washington DC. Full list of top fishing charters in Washington DC.

Patent Pending Charters, Salt Tale Charters, and Tricia Ann 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, jigging, and bottom fishing. 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
4.6 / 5
Based on 24798 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
Use Lucky Strike Charters if you want more than just a fishing experience. They are impressive, affordable and kid friendly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use Lucky Strike Charters if you want more than just a fishing experience. They are impressive, affordable and kid friendly.
William  D.
William D. Alexandria, Virginia
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
You bet I'd recommend Deale fishing. Of course, we happened to have great weather just after the super hot heat wave in July 2019. Definite return trips in the future.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You bet I'd recommend Deale fishing. Of course, we happened to have great weather just after the super hot heat wave in July 2019. Definite return trips in the future.
Barry  B.
Barry B. Fairfax, VA
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
Good facilities. Fish cleaning station right on the pier. We had dinner at the Happy Harbor restaurant that is next to the pier.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good facilities. Fish cleaning station right on the pier. We had dinner at the Happy Harbor restaurant that is next to the pier.
Paulette  R.
Paulette R. Dunkirk, MD
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

Oxford Charters
Oxford Charters
Fishing charter in Oxford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
Excellent day of fishing. Good to fish with both the captain n first mate. Thanks for saving my bag it was appreciated. Ben
Bennett  F.
Bennett F. Fenelton, PA
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
I took my grandkids fishing and they loved every minute of it. They caught fish and had lots of laughs. The captain and First Mate were great.
Ed  M.
Ed M. Garrison, MD
Mallard Charters Charter Fishing and Cruises
Mallard Charters Charter Fishing and Cruises
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
awesome trip! he did his best to make sure we catch as many fish as we can, which we did. we had an amazing time. he taught us a lot. will definitely book his charter boat again.
Nina  V.
Nina V. Greenbelt, MD
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
Delightful day with Shawn and Tawn - super fun and highly knowledgeable. Lots of Rockfish which we grilled that nite. Will definitely be back on October
Richard  G.
Richard G. Baltimore, MD
JadeLady Charters
JadeLady Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(90 reviews)
Trip was great, Captain Marion put us on the fish and we reeled them in. Lots of fun!
Richard  M.
Richard M. DeLand, FL
Penny Sue Charters
Penny Sue Charters
Fishing charter in Edgewater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Our half day on the water was awesome! Captain Mike and his mate Joe were super knowledgeable and were able to put us on some fish that our 9 year old nephew had never caught before. He had a blast and we even got to take home some stripers and white perch for dinner! All in all, a great trip and a gorgeous day on the Bay :)
Cori  R.
Cori R. MARRIOTTSVL, MD
CB Charters
CB Charters
Fishing charter in Chester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Revisited Captain Charlie this year with my family. Everyone had great time. Weather was nice and cool. Didn't catch our limit but still had great time. Definitely will return.
Jin  H.  C.
Jin H. C. Fairfax, VA
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
Both guys were great! And my family and I had an awesome time and learned a lot about how to fish. Will definitely be returning!! Highly recommended!!
Tanya  C.
Tanya C. Bowie, MD
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
We had an excellent time on this outing. Great boat and a world class crew. Could not have asked for a better experience from beginning to end!!
Douglas  P.
Douglas P. Alexandria, VA
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(216 reviews)
Great trip, Wonderful Captain!!!! We had a blast. Most of our pics would reveal the secret spots so..... Ahhhhhh🤐
Charles  S.
Charles S. Neffsville, PA
Ebb Tide Charters
Ebb Tide Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Great day with Billy out of Deale, MD for a half day trip. Caught 30+ mackerels. Deck hand was on it and helpful to get fish on our line. We will be using Billy again.
Jac  R.
Jac R. Arlington, VA
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(216 reviews)
Captain Darnell was professional and responsive from the first email to the trip! It was a celebratory day and Captain Darnell made me feel like a pro! He’s a phenomenal instructor, extremely knowledgeable of the bay and where to fish. Highly recommend
Kelli  P.
Kelli P. Beaverdam, VA
CB Charters
CB Charters
Fishing charter in Chester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
We had a great day on the water Striper fishing with Captain Charlie. The boat was spotless and easy to move around on- plenty of room for everyone to get bait and fish without getting bottle-necked. Even once we reached our limit for Striper, Charlie let us fish for Spot so we could enjoy more time on the water. Great trip - will definitely rebook if we’re back in town!
Jessie  P.
Jessie P. Charlottesville, VA
Tricia Ann Charters
Tricia Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(42 reviews)
Capt. Wayne took us out to the bay for a morning of relaxation & excitement. We caught quite a few blue fish and mackerel.
Brian  W.
Brian W. Lansdowne, VA
Chesapeake Adventures Sport Fishing
Chesapeake Adventures Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Edgewater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Great day with my two sons fishing out on the Chesapeake. Weather was hot and seas were up, but Capt Jim and Mate Jay worked their tails off to put us on some fish and make sure we had a great time.
Wesley  J.
Wesley J. Alexandria, Virginia
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Hook Mash Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(71 reviews)
This was an awesome experience. Captain Stu and his mate Chris were fantastic, patient and very hospitable to my family. The vessel was great and the family had a great time and we caught our limit pretty quickly. Planning another trip in the fall soon!
BENJAMIN  M.
BENJAMIN M. Glen Burnie, Maryland
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
E are just back from an all-day trip on the Lucky Strike out of Deale, MD. Captain Kenny put us on the fish and First Mate Kyle was amazingly helpful getting the fish onboard (and filleted later). Both were very pleasant and personable all day. My son and I can’t wait for our next trip out in Chesapeake Bay, and we will definitely re-book with Lucky Strike!
Brien  H.
Brien H. Tucson, AZ
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(216 reviews)
We had a great time fishing with Captain Darnell. He put us fish and is dedicated to making your day with him fun. We will be booking with him in the future
Glenn  H.
Glenn H. Bel Air, MD
Screaming Eagle Charters
Screaming Eagle Charters
Fishing charter in Neavitt
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(110 reviews)
Son and I easily found rockfish and blues with Herman and Brandon team. We were in heaven eating the most delicious fresh catches! Roasted whole rockfish over wood coals, and blues with a Mediterranean sauce -- not at all a fishy or strong flavor as I heard nlues could have. Had all the family over and enjoyed a memorable feast two days later.
Audrey  Z.
Audrey Z. Arlington, VA
Oxford Charters
Oxford Charters
Fishing charter in Oxford
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
We had a nice day fishing and even better dinner with our catch. Thank you for a great time.
Jennifer  N.
Jennifer N. Broomall, PA