Anacostia River

District of Columbia

Best Place to Fish & Boat

About Anacostia River

Enjoy some fishing in one of D.C.’s largest recreational areas.

People Often Fish Here For:

Black Crappie Black Crappie

Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family.

Common Carp Common Carp

The common carp is a prolific survivor, and able to tolerate many conditions and bottom types, making it an ideal species for pond culture.

Largemouth Bass Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish.

Bluegill Bluegill

Today the bluegill is one of the most popular panfish species in North America.

Purchase a Virginia Fishing License

Conservation Through Participation

You can help support and protect our aquatic natural resources by simply going fishing and boating. Buying a fishing license, respecting other anglers, practicing catch and release, being mindful of water conservation, keeping the environment around us clean and fishing responsibly are just some of the ways you can participate.

Responsible Fishing Starts With You

Learn more about how fish populations and habitats are managed, the connection between fishing and water quality, and the importance of fishing laws.