Flanked by two of the Chesapeake Bay's largest tributaries, the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers, Westmoreland County offers superb freshwater and saltwater fishing all year long. Put in at one of our public boat ramps, keep your boat at a local marina or go out on a charter boat, head boat or party boat.
Striped bass (known as rockfish around here), spot and bluefish are among the most common sport fish found in the Potomac. The Rappahannock is home to giant blue catfish, channel catfish, largemouth bass, white perch and striped bass. There are also freshwater ponds with catfish, bream, bass and crappie. The state sets fish sizes, possession limits and seasons by species.
Saltwater Fishing Licenses
If you're between 16 and 64 years old, you need a Virginia saltwater fishing license to fish the Potomac and its saltwater creeks and coves. You don't need a license if you're fishing from a licensed recreational boat, a licensed commercial fishing pier or if you have a valid Potomac River Fisheries license.
Freshwater Fishing Licenses
You need a Virginia freshwater fishing license to fish the Rappahannock and fresh water creeks, ponds and streams. No license is required when fishing on private property with the owner's permission, if you have a valid Maryland Bay Sport or Potomac River Fisheries license or you are under 12 and accompanied by a licensed adult.
You can purchase your fishing license from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or at a local licensed agent.