The Potomac River at Riverbend Park offers anglers of all ages fishing opportunities. Rocks and current provide excellent habitat for hard-fighting smallmouth bass. Sunfish are abundant and provide budding anglers with lots of fun. Both smallmouth bass and sunfish are great for spinning and fly anglers. The river also holds channel catfish that grow big in these waters.
People 16 years and older must have either a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license. Those under 16 years do not need a license. See the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources fishing regulations .
Riverbend Park encourages catch-and-release fishing. The next trophy-sized fish you catch might have been released by someone else.
Free Fishing Pole Rentals
Our waterfront parks are now featuring free fishing pole rods for rent at Burke Lake Park, Lake Accotink Park, Lake Fairfax Park and Riverbend Park. Rentals are available during office business hours. Please call the site for rental times and availability.