Fishing

Fishing regulations conform to the license requirements of the respective state where the canal and Potomac River are located.

District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
License required for persons aged 16-65.
202-404-1155

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
License required for persons 16 years of age or older, to fish in non-tidal waters.
301-974-3365

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
License required for persons 16 years of age or older
1-866-721-6911

West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
License required for persons aged 15-65.
304-348-2771

 
Northern snakehead
Northern Snakeheads have been appearing in the Potomac River.

USGS

The Northern Snakehead, an exotic fish species from China, feeds mainly on fish and has invaded the Potomac River and other water bodies. If you catch a Northern Snakehead, do not release the fish alive. Please report catches (with a photo if possible) to fishingreports@dnr.state.md.us

Last updated: March 7, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:

301-739-4200

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