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Old 11-01-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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Have a question...

Where are the best places for fishing near Ashburn?

Is the Potomac River a clean river and can you sport fish- what kind of fish, where does it turn into salt water, are their boat ramps and marinas?

Thank you!
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:14 AM
 
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Have a question...

Where are the best places for fishing near Ashburn?

Is the Potomac River a clean river and can you sport fish- what kind of fish, where does it turn into salt water, are their boat ramps and marinas?

Thank you!

Ashburn, as in Loudoun County? That would be the non-tidal Potomac of which I know little.

As for the tidal Potomac, I have spent close to 50 years floating about on her....the last 36 aboard my 1968 57 foot Chris*Craft Constellation. The River has recovered from years of abuse to become a vast fishery in the last 20 years or so. The BassMasters hold a large, televised bass tournament annually....here's an old one:
YouTube - Bassmaster Potomac River

The Potomac turns brackish around the Rt 301 bridge and gets downright salty by St. Clements Island....which is about 30 miles from Point Lookout (where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake Bay....the River is 12 miles wide by then!). I've hooked many a striper and bluefish down there....and some tasty spot and flounder too!

And yes, there are hundreds of boat ramps and marinas on the tidal Potomac.

Explore her and enjoy!

PS: I caught the recreational limit of 2 bushels of blue crabs today in Nanjemoy Creek aboard my 13' Boston Whaler (the big boat's tender)!

Great day!
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Check out these links for a few of my favorites:

Riverbend Park (just upstream of NPS Great Falls Park)
Riverbend Park, Fairfax County Park Authority

Algonkian Park (near the Loudoun/Fairfax border)
Welcome to Algonkian Regional Park

Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Scott Run Nature Preserve (near I 495)
LocalHikes - Scotts Run
Scott's Run Nature Preserve Hike

Seneca Road Park (Near Hwy 7 and Georgetown Pike on the Loudoun/Fairfax border)
Seneca Road Park

Harpers Ferry National Park (in West Virginia but suprisingly close)
Harpers Ferry NHP Home Page
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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I'm new to the Ashburn area also and this is great information. Has anyone done kayaking and/or fishing in these areas?

TIA
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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I'm new to the Ashburn area also and this is great information. Has anyone done kayaking and/or fishing in these areas?

TIA
I do a lot of kayaking in Riverbend and Algonkian, what would you like to know?

I'm not sure if they allow fishing, but there's a very large reservoir in Ashburn called Beaverdam. We went kayaking there once, and I seem to recall seeing people fishing. Eastern Mountain Sports might know for sure, they do a lot of things over there.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I do a lot of kayaking in Riverbend and Algonkian, what would you like to know?

I'm not sure if they allow fishing, but there's a very large reservoir in Ashburn called Beaverdam. We went kayaking there once, and I seem to recall seeing people fishing. Eastern Mountain Sports might know for sure, they do a lot of things over there.
Here's the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir page. There's a number listed there that you can call for more information.

For other ideas: Loudoun County parks (http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=924 - broken link) (some have fishing)
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:21 AM
 
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Thanks for quick responses! I was talking to a co-worker about inflatable kayaks/boats and he was not sure about the requirements for use in VA. I was looking at the types made like the Sea-Eagle brand.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:48 AM
 
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Thanks for quick responses! I was talking to a co-worker about inflatable kayaks/boats and he was not sure about the requirements for use in VA. I was looking at the types made like the Sea-Eagle brand.
Not sure about inflatables--I'd check with REI or Eastern Mountain Sports. (I'm a big fan of EMS, they're in Ashburn right across from Wegmans, and they really know a lot about kayaking.)

Inflatables might be ok in a lake, but I have doubts they'd work well in the Potomac. The Potomac is very shallow in places and is loaded with sharp, jagged rocks and tree branches. One of our heavy duty kayaks got badly scratched after its very first excursion at Riverbend. I can't imagine the damage an inflatable would endure.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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OK, I will check them out! Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Sterling, VA
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[quote=normie;9221613]Not sure about inflatables--I'd check with REI or Eastern Mountain Sports. (I'm a big fan of EMS, they're in Ashburn right across from Wegmans, and they really know a lot about kayaking.)

Normie, that is still Sterling (20166), not Ashburn.
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