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.
Effective July 11, 2015, the minimum size for hard crabs (except mature female) crabs is 5.25 inches.
Effective July 11, 2015 it is not permissible to possess any other jurisdiction's commercial striped bass tags while actively fishing commercially for striped bass in PRFC waters.
Fishing the Tidal Potomac
The tidal Potomac River offers some of the finest fishing, crabbing and shell
fishing on the Atlantic coast.