There are several public fishing sites along the National Mall. Constitution Gardens Lake is located in downtown Washington, D.C. and has been designated for catch and release fishing only. Within the 6.75 acre lake, there are populations of large mouth bass, bluegill, and black crappie.

Fishing is also allowed along the banks of the Tidal Basin, the Potomac River in West Potomac Park, and the Potomac River and Washington Channel in East Potomac Park.

A District of Columbia fishing license is required for residents and visitors alike to fish in all of these areas. Once licensed, anglers must maintain possession of the license while angling and shall display the license at all times. For information on obtainining a D.C. fishing license, visit the D.C. Department of Energy and Enivronment website.

Last updated: January 27, 2018

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