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Rock Creek, DC

Meandering through Rock Creek Park, Rock Creek is located from the far-upper corner of the district running to the southwestern corner where it flows into the Potomac River. This is an ideal spot to fish from the bank and teach youngsters the joy of fishing.

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Rock Creek is a minor waterway that flows through Washington DC, providing both residents and visitors with a unique fishing experience. It is divided into different sections, and the portion that passes through the city offers numerous fishing opportunities.

Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are among the most popular fish species found in Rock Creek. The creek's natural features, such as rocky structures and submerged vegetation, provide excellent habitats for bass to thrive. Anglers can enjoy a rewarding bass fishing experience while exploring the scenic surroundings of Rock Creek.

Catfish enthusiasts will find Rock Creek rewarding as well, with channel catfish being a common catch. These bottom-dwelling fish can be targeted using various bait and are accessible throughout the year.

For those interested in panfish, Rock Creek is home to bluegill and green sunfish. These species provide an enjoyable fishing experience for both beginners and seasoned anglers, especially during the warmer months when they are more active.

Rock Creek's accessibility and diverse fish population make it a favored fishing spot within Washington DC. Anglers can escape the bustling city life and immerse themselves in a peaceful fishing experience right in the heart of the nation's capital. As with any fishing location, it is crucial to adhere to local regulations and practice responsible fishing practices to ensure the conservation of the creek's fish population for future generations to enjoy.

There are numerous access points along the approximately 10 miles of the DC portion of the creek. No boat motors are allowed so canoes and kayaks are a popular choice here. Water levels can dictate the wisdom of using watercraft, as it is only practical at higher levels. It is a pleasure to walk the shore and fish for bass, catfish, sunfish and an occasional striped bass. Light tackle and small lures, or live bait, work best.

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Fish species to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill and green sunfish at Rock Creek in Washington DC.

Primary fish species residing in Rock Creek

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Bluegill Green Sunfish

Rock Creek Amenities

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

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Anglers can enjoy fishing from the banks or wading into the water. Camping facilities are not available directly along the creek.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

There are no RV parks or campgrounds near Rock Creek

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Contact Information

Rock Creek
Rock Creek Park
5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015
202 895-6000


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