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.


Holiday Hours: PRFC will be open from 8:30 AM until noon on Wednesday, November 26th and closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27th and closed Friday, November 28th.

Meeting Notice: Chairman Ida C. Hall announced today the Potomac River Fisheries Commission will hold its next regular meeting on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the John T. Parran Hearing Room of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission (The Carpenter Building), 222 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, Virginia. Ms. Hall invites all interested persons to attend this open public meeting.

Fishing the Tidal Potomac

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