Use these Potomac River fishing tips to catch more fish

Andy Whitcomb

There are many Potomac River fishing opportunities for over 350 miles. This historic river was once heavily polluted but has made great strides towards recovery. There are many great fishing spots on the Potomac River as this large river flows through Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and West Virginia on its way to feed the Chesapeake Bay.

Bass fishing on the Potomac River is highly regarded. This tidal river can be difficult, but has hosted numerous bass masters tournaments. The food base is very varied and includes Sunfish, Gizzard Shad, White Perch and Golden Shiner. This helps the bass reach 6 pounds or more in this excellent largemouth bass fishery.

Where to fish often depends on the vegetation, as many anglers look for the heart-shaped leaf of the splash dock or a comfortable bed of water grass. Some anglers like to travel distances to find their best fishing spots, while others crouch and wait for the tides to change the conditions in one place. Fishing in the Upper Potomac River increases the chances of catching black bass, which is heavily infested by crayfish. Natural colors of jigs are popular baits, and it is difficult to hit a spinnerbait to actively locate fish that are feeding.

While fishing in the Washington DC area recently, I had an opportunity to look for another relatively new species of the Potomac River, Snakehead. When I was throwing spinnerbaits early and late in the day in slower backwater areas with dominant water grass, I couldn’t hook any. However, I saw many large carp, numerous sunfish and landed striped bass. Blue catfish and channel catfish are also frequently affected species here.

The Potomac River fishing spots are based on access, aquatic vegetation, and lower areas. When fishing the Potomac, knowing where you are is important as fishing license requirements and regulations can vary between states. While researching Potomac River fishing, it was mentioned that Chicamuxen Creek, Mattawoman Creek, Aquia Creek, and Nanjemoy Creek have good access to quality fishing grounds.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.