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Potomac River, DC

A virtual fish factory, The Potomac River runs the western border of the district, from north to south. This DC section of the river has nearly 50 miles of shoreline, with access for boating at several boat launch ramps located on both the west and east side of the river.

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The Potomac River is a prominent waterway that flows through Washington DC, offering excellent fishing opportunities to anglers. It is divided into different sections, and the portion that passes through the city provides ample space for various fishing activities.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are among the most popular fish species found in the Potomac River. The river's structure, including submerged rocks and fallen trees, creates an ideal habitat for these bass species to thrive. Anglers often target them using various lures and baits, making bass fishing a favorite pastime in the area.

Another prized catch in the Potomac River is the striped bass, also known as rockfish. These migratory fish make their way up the river during their spawning runs, attracting anglers from all over. The spring and fall seasons offer the best chances to catch these strong and elusive fish.

Catfish species, such as channel catfish, flathead catfish, and blue catfish, are also prevalent in the Potomac River. These bottom-dwelling fish are abundant and can be caught throughout the year. Catfishing is especially popular during the warmer months when these species become more active.

For anglers seeking a challenge, the Potomac River is home to muskellunge, commonly known as muskie. Muskie are apex predators and are highly sought after by experienced anglers looking for a thrilling fishing adventure.

Other species commonly found in the Potomac River include black crappie, white crappie, walleye, sunfish, and perch. These fish provide additional diversity and opportunities for anglers to explore different fishing techniques and tactics.

Anglers visiting the Potomac River in Washington DC can look forward to a rewarding and memorable fishing experience, whether it's targeting bass, catfish, muskie, or other species that call this iconic river home. As always, it is essential to be mindful of local fishing regulations and obtain any necessary permits before heading out to fish in the Potomac River.

Fishing enthusiasts are drawn here to fish for bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch, muskie and striped bass. While there are no campgrounds nearby, there is plenty of lodging options in the area. There are plenty of park areas for fishing from the bank, but boats are the ideal way to locate the fish. Kayaks, canoes and all types of fishing boats can enhance your day of fishing. Potomac River fishing guides can help you locate fish as well as provide all the gear and expertise. Marinas, stores and restaurants are all convenient to enhance a day on the water.

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Fish species to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, striped bass and muskie on The Potomac River in Washington DC.

Primary fish species residing in The Potomac River

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish White catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Green Sunfish Longear Sunfish Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Striped bass Muskie

The Potomac River Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Ballpark Boathouse
Rentals: Kayaks
202 337-9642

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Anacostia Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the river, east side, off Anacostia Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Click here for a Washington DC Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

There are no RV parks or campgrounds at The Potomac in DC.

The Potomac River DC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

The Potomac River
National Mall and Memorial Parks
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
202 426-6841


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