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.

Northern Snakehead
Invasive specie

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.


Breaking News:
2015 Striped Bass Trophy Season Regulations: The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Striped Bass Technical Committee has approved PRFC's management proposal for the 2015 Spring Trophy Fishery. Regulations for this year's fishery will include a 1 fish/person/day catch limit. The fish must be between 28-36 inches or greater than 40 inches. Rt. 301 Bridge downriver to the mouth of the Potomac River. The season will be open from 5 a.m. Saturday, April 18th through May 15th.

Due to extreme weather conditions, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC) enacted an emergency order effective March 6, 2015. O R D E R #2014-11 “Revised”. THE POTOMAC RIVER FISHERIES COMMISSION, pursuant to its authority under Regulation I, Section 8 and Regulation III, Sections 9(a), (b) and 10(a): HEREBY DECLARES AND ORDERS: The PRFC gill net fishery shall be allowed under the following conditions and limitations:

a) Season - The gill net season shall be from November 10, 2014 through March 25, 2015.

b) Permitted Nets - Each licensee, shall be permitted to set and fish a single properly identified net, in the number of his licensed locations (stands) as follows:

i) November 10th through February 28th - all stands, and;
ii) from March 1st through March 5th - 4 stand, and;
iii) from March 6th through March 21st - 6 stands, and ;
iv) from March 22nd through March 25th - 4 stands

Fishing the Tidal Potomac

The tidal Potomac River offers some of the finest fishing, crabbing and shell fishing on the Atlantic coast.