Fishing conditions: Water levels are tapering off. Temps in the 40s. This is the slow season for the river. The Potomac is mainly a warm water fishery. Inshore temperature: 40 Degrees F
Offshore temperature: 32 Degrees F Type of bait fish are feeding on: For predatory fish such as stripers, largemouth and smallmouth bass, snakeheads, etc. Your fly box should reflect what these fish feed upon. ALL targeted fish in the river feed on smaller fish thus it is necessary to imitate the wide variety of baitfish available in the Tidal Potomac. Typical baitfish are shad fry and smolts, river herring, a variety of minnow species including the kilifish, and a variety of juvenile perch and sunfishes. Baitfish flies from 1" and 4" will cover most baitfish. Mid April - mid May are our best times to fish.
Fish species: Striped-LM-SM Bass, Shad, Carp, Panfish, Gar, Nile Tilapia, Goldfish, Northern Snakehead Fishing season: January 1 - December 31 (Prime: March 16 - November 5)
Nearest airport: Ronald Reagan National Airport Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader Recommended fly fishing tippet: 8 Lb. Tippet Best fly fishing rod: 9' 8 Weight Fly Rod Best floating fly line: Bank Shot