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
Recently, a non-native air breathing freshwater fish known as a Snakehead has
generated national media attention as the latest invasive species to threaten
native fish and wildlife resources and the economic sectors that depend on them.
Attention Striped bass fishermen. Be on the lookout for yellow streamer tags attached to the left side of the fish near the dorsal fin.
These fish are research fish implanted with acoustic sonar tags that help scientists determine the migratory pathways of the tagged fish. The sonar tags are equipped with batteries that can provide feedback on the movements of the fish for up to three years. Please consider releasing these fish back into the water to help scientists learn more about the migratory patterns of Striped bass.
Fishing the Tidal Potomac
The tidal Potomac River offers some of the finest fishing, crabbing and shell
fishing on the Atlantic coast.