Fletcher’s Cove, Potomac River, Washington, DC, April 1-2, 2023
A huge storm was expected to hit the DMV beginning on Friday and possibly last throughout the weekend. Why is it always such nice fishing weather during the weekdays, and crappy during the weekends? As the winds picked up on Friday I knew my chances of fishing over the weekend weren't great and I was right. On Friday evening I got an email informing me that my all-day boat rental at Fletcher's Cove on the Potomac River in Washington, DC, was cancelled due to small craft warning from the high wind.

However I held out hope that MAYBE I could fish all day on Sunday, since it looked like it might clear up a bit. Wrong. Another email arrived on Saturday cancelling my reservation with the same explanation—small craft warning.

Better to be safe than sorry…or dead.

EQUIPMENT: We used 8 weight rods, density-compensated full sink line, and flies in size 2 to 8 in various colors.

DIRECTIONS: Fletcher's Boat House is located on the Potomac River in Washington, DC, two miles north of Key Bridge and one mile south of Chain Bridge, at the intersection of Reservoir Road and Canal Road. You will know you have reached the entrance to Fletcher's when you see a traffic signal and the Abner Cloud House, a white stone building, which is next to the canal and will appear on your left if you approach from Key Bridge/Georgetown, or on your right from Chain Bridge.

WARNING: The entrance to Fletcher’s Cove is a very narrow entry/exit ramp that can accommodate only ONE car at a time so be very careful. It is VERY difficult to negotiate this ramp if you approach Fletcher’s Cove via Chain Bridge because it faces Key Bridge so you have to negotiate a difficult U-turn to enter. Park in the upper lot on your left or go through the tunnel (clearance is 7 feet) to the lower parking lot and dock access.
During shad season the tackle shack opens at 6am. Rowboat rental is by reservation only via the
Boating In DC website. A late return fee is $25 and you might be placed on a “do not rent” list. Prices are subject to change.
You also need a DC fishing license which is $10 for DC residents and $13 for non-residents.

WARNING ON WEEKDAYS: Both lanes of Canal Road become ONE WAY into and out of the District during morning and evening rush hour during the weekdays. If you're hitting Fletcher's in the morning and following the route above you have until 5:30am to get there. If you miss this window you must wait until 10:20am because all traffic on Canal Road is one way into the city. During the evening rush Canal Road becomes one way outbound towards Chain Bridge from 2:30 to 7pm.