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Fishing in Washington DC
Whether one is in more rural parts of DC or the lively metro area, anglers are never far from places to go fishing. America's capital offers plenty of opportunities for keen anglers to indulge their pastime. So, if one is eager to cast a line in Washington, what needs doing and where do anglers go?
Licensing and Regulations
Anyone above 16 years of age and below 65 needs fishing licenses in Washington. The license is valid for one calendar year and issued by the Department of Energy & Environment (DDOE). Residents pay $10 per year, non-residents pay $13, and there's a 14-day pass available for $6.50.
Fish populations in the District of Columbia are managed by the DDOE, and there are over 70 species of fish in the local waters. Among the regulations is strong advice not to eat certain Washington fish, since PCBs and other chemicals have been found inside them.
There is a limit on the number of fish that may be taken per month from Washington waters, too, depending on species. Anglers are encouraged to release the fish caught.
Places to Fish in DC
An important fishing water running through Washington is the Potomac River. Well known as an angling hotpot is Fletcher's Cove, particularly in springtime when it teems with rockfish weighing up to 50 lbs.
The Anacostia River is a popular place to fish in Washington, especially in Anacostia Park. This huge recreational area of several hundred acres protects the wetlands and woodlands beside the river, supporting a diverse habitat of flora and fauna.
In the heart of the bustling city or away from it, DC anglers have plenty to content them.