Free Events Introduce Residents to Urban Fishing


Would you like to go fishing but don’t know where to go or what equipment you need? The District’s Fisheries & Wildlife staff can help you get started!

The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) staff and volunteers will be hosting free, small-scale, socially distanced fishing clinics throughout the city this spring and summer.

Eac Fishing In The District event is a free, outdoor and socially distanced event to bring families and communities together through learning the basics of fishing.

With equipment, bait and tackle provided, Fishing In The District will offer DC residents of all ages the chance to experience fishing hands-on, guided by expert volunteers from the AREC.

Courtesy AREC/DOEE

The next event is Saturday, May 8 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park (2912 Independence Ave. SW). On May 22, Learn to Fish at the Kingman and Heritage Islands, and on June 12 in near Southeast, at Diamond Teague Park (100 Potomac Ave. SE).

All participants will be required to wear a face mask at the event, and a DC fishing license is required for all participants ages 16 to 64.

Learn more about Fishing In The District, presented by the DC Department of Energy & Environment Aquatic Resources Education Center in partnership with Take Me Fishing, by visiting the highlighted links.