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.

The Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC) enabled ORDER #2015-08 FEMALE CRAB HARVEST LIMIT at its March 6, 2015 meeting, stipulating that it shall be unlawful for any person to take or catch, or attempt to take or catch more than twelve (12) bushels of female crabs per day from April 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 in the Potomac River. Read more

Fishing the Tidal Potomac

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