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  • Potomac River
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Fishing in the District may be limited, but does offer quality fishing. The Potomac River, its tributaries and Rock Creek make up all serious fishing. There are no lakes to speak of so all information posted herein will pertain to these fisheries.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill in local waters.

DC Fishing Lakes & Species

Washington DC major lakes and fish chart

For a detailed list of primary fish species in DC, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Fishing lake sizes and locations in the state.

The Potomac River runs the western border of the district, top to bottom of the state. Tributaries run through the southeast corner of the district.

Rock Creek runs from the far-upper corner of the district to the southwestern corner of DC where it flows into the Potomac River.

Fish Species & State Records in Washington DC


Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: Vacant

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: Vacant




World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: Vacant

Click the images and links above for species details.

Additionally, channel catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, green sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, striped bass and muskie can be caught from The Potomac River.

Click here for a Washington DC fishing license.

Washington DC Fishing

All About Fishing wishes you the very best with your fishing endeavors in the District of Columbia.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.


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