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Old 02-17-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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Default Please help me find a good fishing spot for me and my 4 year old..

New to DC (fairly) and looking to do some good fishing. I am at Bolling AFB and did some fishing in the Potomac off base last year, but we didn't catch anything!

So.. I am wondering, do I buy a DC license, VA, or MD license? I am leaning towards VA, because we are also going to do some camping in the summer and I believe that if I camp in MD, we cannot bring adult beverages (so I have read) :P

Looking for a nice river or lake no longer than 2 hours from DC - preferably something like a state park with playgrounds and other things to do for a nice day out..

Just looking for bass fishing, catfish etc, but if we can find a nice spot on the Chesapeake that would work too.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Don't know any fishing spots but wanting to spend quality time with your little one is great and melts my heart. That's real swell. Best of luck to you.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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So.. I am wondering, do I buy a DC license, VA, or MD license? I am leaning towards VA, because we are also going to do some camping in the summer and I believe that if I camp in MD, we cannot bring adult beverages (so I have read).
That regulation is for MD state parks only. If you end up in a state forest, alcohol is allowed. If you go to a private campground, the rules will be up to the campground owner.

VA is similar in that alcohol is banned from state parks.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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A four-year-old isn't going to have the patience for any serious fishing. My advice is to stick with very easy panfish so that he/she will likely see some action before boredom sets in. In DC, try Fletcher's boathouse or even the tidal basin. In DC, Virginia or Maryland, check the DNR websites for specific information on the regs and locations. If you call them, they can probably give you some good advice. What license you'll need depends on exactly where you fish. The Potomac gets complicated because it can be Maryland, DC, or Virginia. The DNR websites will give you all the details. If you call, they can probably give you some suggestions about kid friendly fishing spots.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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If you plan on eating what you catch, I'd advise not fishing within the DC area. The Anacostia is badly polluted and Bolling is next door to the Blue Plains sewage treatment facility. Going downriver, I'd try Ft Washington St Park or the Great Neck area in VA. Upstream I'd go past Great Falls St Park; there's a lot of good fishing up in West VA. Otherwise go east and do some fishing on the Chesapeake.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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My dad took me fishing at Lake Needwood in Derwood (sorta near Rockville). He'd rent a rowboat for a day and we go fishing, it's under $30 for the rental if you want to be on the boat. I'm not 100% certain that you can drink alcohol there but I remember my dad would have a cooler he said was for the fish but there'd be a 24 pack box of beer in there and the boat would be littered with cans by the end of our fishing trip. They also have paddleboats and canoes you can rent if your son gets bored with fishing.
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