Where? Washington, DC
Why? Due to Potomac passing four states, there are lots of fishing spots along the way. But one that stands out is in Washington, DC, which offers some of the best urban fishing in the country, besides the stunning views of the capital. Flowing through West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., George Washington named it the “Nation’s River.”
Best for: Urban fishing
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Type of fish to catch: Striped bass, muskellunge, pike, walleye, American shad, white perch, sunfish; invasive: blue catfish, northern snakehead
Best time of year: All year round
Places of interest: Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Great Falls Park, Marina, boat rentals, boat launch ramps, fishing charters, lodging, bait & tackle shops, restaurants.