fishing at sunset History and Mission Statement of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission: The states of Maryland and Virginia are both vitally interested in conserving and improving the valuable fishery resources of the tidewater portion of the Potomac River, maintaining law and order and peace and safety on the river, and recognizing that certain provisions of the Maryland-Virginia Compact of 1785 had become obsolete, agreed in 1958 that such conservation and improvement could be best achieved by a commission comprised of representatives of both Maryland and Virginia. Read more
An Interjurisdictional Report on Tidal Black Bass Fishery Management in the Potomac River: At its December, 2014 quarterly meeting, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission discussed the management of tidal largemouth bass. The Commission received presentations from MD DNR, VADGIF and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the Commission with the most recent fisheries management data for largemouth bass in the tidal Potomac from each jurisdiction's scientific staff, while providing an opportunity for the Commission and public to listen and ask questions. See the full report

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largemouth Bass management portion of the meeting



  • Attention Blue Catfish commercial harvesters. The following letter was sent out to fish trot line and fish pot licensees to allow them to identify prospective buyers of commercially caught Blue Catfish in PRFC waters. This list includes those buyers we are aware of, but there may be others. We can add others to the list if their information is made available to us.
  • Commercially caught catfish may be delivered to processors on ice and are not required to be alive on arrival. All catfish are subject to inspection by USDA FSIS staff for suitability for human consumption (not in a state of decomposition)
  • NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program's March newsletter of its Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team can be found here

  • BREAKING - The Directed Commercial Pound Net Fishery for Atlantic Menhaden Closes at Midnight, September 27, 2016. Starting on September 28, 2016 the Atlantic Menhaden fishery in jurisdictional waters of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission will be operating under by catch provisions as approved in addendum I of Amendment II to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The by catch provision allows properly permitted fishermen (through PRFC) using stationary fishing gear to harvest up to 6,000 lbs/permitee/day and up to 12,000 lbs/vessel/day with a maximum of two permittees on board a single vessel. In addition to pound nets, fyke nets and anchored gill nets are defined as stationary gears. The by catch provisions are in effect until further notice.
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission coordinates regulations with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, (DGIF) and with the other Atlantic coastal states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).