Washington DC Fishing Charters

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Edgewater
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Washington DC

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Washington DC are: Full list of top fishing charters in Washington DC

The average price for a private 4 hour Washington DC fishing trip is US $535, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $891 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Washington DC that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Washington DC are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Washington DC are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Washington DC are:

Many fishing charters in Washington DC provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Washington DC are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Washington DC are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $458
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $548
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $358
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $765
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $675
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $859
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $900

Fishing in Washington DC

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 you're ready, go and explore DC both on the ground and on the water.

Washington DC Fishing Seasons

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.

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What anglers said about fishing in Washington DC

Don’t let the cold scare you! Caught our limit in about 2 hours once the bite was on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t let the cold scare you! Caught our limit in about 2 hours once the bite was on.
Loosen Up Charters
Loosen Up Charters
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The Salty Siren Fishing has you covered with all required to have a Great time and Catch Fish. The only thing you need is to dress for the weather, food and refreshments.
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready. Rockfishing is a little slow, but when they hit the lure, be ready for action.
Good Time Charters
Good Time Charters
Some days the fishing is on fire, some days it isn't. Can’t catch em’ from the couch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some days the fishing is on fire, some days it isn't. Can’t catch em’ from the couch!
Fools Gold Charters
Fools Gold Charters
Yes, absolutely. Captain Scott will make you feel like you've always known the place. He provides excitement, fun, and education.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, absolutely. Captain Scott will make you feel like you've always known the place. He provides excitement, fun, and education.
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!!
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!! Stamford, CT
Bottom fishing is fun for kids because you catch a lot of fish. Spot aren't the best to eat. But easy to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bottom fishing is fun for kids because you catch a lot of fish. Spot aren't the best to eat. But easy to catch.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters West Springfield, VA
Not really prime time for these fish but still caught our limit plus lots of catch and release. Very nice day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not really prime time for these fish but still caught our limit plus lots of catch and release. Very nice day!
Oxford Charters
Oxford Charters Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Spectacular nature in the area, lots of wildlife, including fish, rays and bald eagles. Had a great time targeting Rockfish on an afternoon trip with Lures. Anybody from out of town should give Chesapeake Bay a try on light tackle.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spectacular nature in the area, lots of wildlife, including fish, rays and bald eagles. Had a great time targeting Rockfish on an afternoon trip with Lures. Anybody from out of town should give Chesapeake Bay a try on light tackle.
Chasin Fins
Chasin Fins Sandy, UT
It’s hot so bring lots of water and be patient. Our first stop we only had 2 but once we moved we literally couldn’t keep up on the lines and we’re just pulling them into the boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s hot so bring lots of water and be patient. Our first stop we only had 2 but once we moved we literally couldn’t keep up on the lines and we’re just pulling them into the boat
Vickie Ann Charters
Vickie Ann Charters Buffalo, New York
There is a two week period at the end of July that you cannot catch and keep bass.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
There is a two week period at the end of July that you cannot catch and keep bass.
PrimeTime Charters
PrimeTime Charters Clear Spring, MD
We ended up fishing very close to shore, which none of us expected. But using live bait and fishing for stripers near structures like bridges or pylons was very fun - we all enjoyed the trip!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We ended up fishing very close to shore, which none of us expected. But using live bait and fishing for stripers near structures like bridges or pylons was very fun - we all enjoyed the trip!
Biff Fishing Charters
Biff Fishing Charters Smithsburg, MD
If you have kids have them leave their phones in the car! Enjoy the family time:)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have kids have them leave their phones in the car! Enjoy the family time:)
Patent Pending Charters
Patent Pending Charters Delevan, NY
Great time and great views of the city and historic landmarks. Will definitely do it again. Lucky Strike are the guys to go with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time and great views of the city and historic landmarks. Will definitely do it again. Lucky Strike are the guys to go with.
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters Century, WV
Wait for fish to start running and get an experienced captain—trust the process!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait for fish to start running and get an experienced captain—trust the process!
Loosen Up Charters
Loosen Up Charters Martin's Additions, MD
It wasn't in Deale, but in Annapolis. But it was the perfect spot; lots of fish biting early.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It wasn't in Deale, but in Annapolis. But it was the perfect spot; lots of fish biting early.
Miss Ashleigh
Miss Ashleigh
Know your regs. I didn’t know the keeper limit was still 36”, so we didn’t bring home fish. That was my bad. Everything else was pretty perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know your regs. I didn’t know the keeper limit was still 36”, so we didn’t bring home fish. That was my bad. Everything else was pretty perfect.
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!!
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!! Frederick, Maryland
Yes, those Spanish Mackerels fish are some good fish to eat. The best I ever ate.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes, those Spanish Mackerels fish are some good fish to eat. The best I ever ate.
Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters Washington, District Of Columbia
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.
Hallock's Grace Charters
Hallock's Grace Charters 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!
Biff Fishing Charters
Biff Fishing Charters 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).
Southern Girl – Light Tackle
Southern Girl – Light Tackle Annapolis, Maryland

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Washington DC?

Reel Cool Charters Llc
Reel Cool Charters Llc
Fishing charter in Chester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
The captain made us feel like family which was extremely nice. I will definitely recommend him to all my family and friends. You are extremely knowledgeable, and well organized and your expertise was evident and appreciated. Thanks Michael for a unforgettable experience. Can't wait until our crabbing trip in july
Crystal  B.
Crystal B.
Reel Cool Charters Llc
Reel Cool Charters Llc
Fishing charter in Chester
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Nice boat that was a fishing machine. Wasn’t scared to get her dirty or mess anything up as the Capt told me she was meant for fishing. Which it very well did just that. Great trip. Capt was easy to get along with and made it enjoyable. Put me first and got me on the fish. Wish we could’ve put him on one but all good. Great time. Thanks man!
Anthony  C.
Anthony C. Annapolis, Maryland
Loosen Up Charters
Loosen Up Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Comfortable ride, excellent crew, caught our limit with time to spare. What more could you ask for? Will fish with Captain Frank again. Loosen up indeed! Thanks for a wonderful trip.
David  D.
David D.
Vickie Ann Charters
Vickie Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Beginning of December trip. Extremely foggy, we couldn't see but a few yards away. Capt Bob was able to use his radar and sonar to put us on the fish. His mate, Robert, was very nice and knowledgeable. Definitely will be using their services in the future.
David  S.
David S.
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Captain was great and got us on the fish. Weather was rainy and cold but his boat kept us dry.
Alan  B.
Alan B.
Vickie Ann Charters
Vickie Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
The Captain and first mate were super friendly and knowledgeable! We had an amazing time catching fish. The boat was lovely and we will be going back again! Terrific fishing trip.
Darla  S.
Darla S.
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!!
Fish w/Rock On Charter Fishing!!!
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
We had a great time and look forward to booking with Captain Scott and Rock on Charters again in the future.
Joe  L.
Joe L.
The Fishing Detective Guide Agency
The Fishing Detective Guide Agency
Fishing charter in Woodbridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Capt. Ken made this trip! We went on a mother-son fishing trip and we had a blast. We caught stripers and large mouth bass. He taught us how to use the lures to our advantage. His boat is awesome. Great trip. Great price. Great fun!!
Colby  B.
Colby B.
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Salty Siren Fishing (Northern Bay)
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
This was a Great Trip. The Captain went above and beyond taking care of us. He worked extremely hard to put us on fish for the day. He knew the area extremely well and where to target during the day. Great people as well. Down to earth and fun.
John  R.
John R.
Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing
Hot Pursuit Charter Fishing
Fishing charter in Edgewater
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
We hit fish right away was an amazing trip. Caught over 20 Stripers in about 3 hours. Captain and First mate were amazing! 🫡🇺🇸 Would strongly recommend them for your private charter experience!!! Thank You Captain👍👍👍 Stay Safe 🙏 I m looking for forward to our next trip already!
Patrick  M.
Patrick M.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
This charter was nothing short of amazing we caught lots of fish nice size and captain and mate was excellent. will be booking again very soon!!!! GO MISTY BLUE!!!
Christopher  P.
Christopher P.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We booked this as an incentive for our sales team and they had a blast! Caught some good fish and lots of it!
Nik  B.
Nik B.
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(62 reviews)
This was a birthday gift to my husband. Richard was great and is so knowledgeable about fishing! We had a great time and look forward to going again with Richard in the spring!
Tami  D.
Tami D.
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Nauti Hooker Charters – Stevensville
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
Captain Richard was fantastic! He was communicative about possible weather challenges for our original date, and rescheduled us for a perfect Saturday afternoon trip in Eastern Bay. Captain was friendly, resourceful, and did everything in his power to help us have a great day and keep bringing in fish - including staying out past our original booking time. Would definitely recommend and will book with Captain Richard again.
Vincent  B.
Vincent B.
Vickie Ann Charters
Vickie Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Deale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Went in beginning of November, AM. The crew put us on fish right away. In fact, caught our limit within 15/20 minutes. It was crazy! Never been on a trip like this one. Nothing but great things to say. Definitely will do again.
Emily  S.
Emily S.
Misty Blue Charters
Misty Blue Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain Chris didn't give up on finding us the fish I would fully book him again Thank you again for hanging in there with us Captain
Rob  S.
Rob S.
Biff Fishing Charters
Biff Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Stevensville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Had a great half day on the water and caught our limit. Capt changed things up based on feedback from others when the bite slowed and had us back catching. Good that he had a network of other captains willing to share info to help everyone catch fish. Overall great experience
Chris  B.
Chris B.
Rock On Fishing
Rock On Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Scotty, the captain, knew where to go to find fish. We caught five keeper rock fish the first hour. Then we did some catch and release fun fishing for a while. First mate was right on top of things and releasing the smaller fish. We had an absolute great time. I highly recommend ROCK ON FISHING for your fishing adventures. 👍👍
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Rock On Fishing
Rock On Fishing
Fishing charter in Annapolis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
The absolute best! Couldn’t say a bad word about these guys. Extremely accommodating for family’s with children. My 10 year old son had the absolute best time and they really catered it for him. I highly recommend for trips with children.
Justin  H.
Justin H.
Tricia Ann Charters
Tricia Ann Charters
Fishing charter in Chesapeake Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
We lucked out and had great weather, but the captain and mate really made the trip wonderful. Great day on the water and they worked diligently to find the best spot for fish. We had an amazing rush right at the end, and they worked amazingly efficient to get everything pulled in, cleaned, and handled. We’ll be booking with them again!
Michelle  R.
Michelle R.

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