Recreational Fishing Day

Please join Anacostia Watershed Society, University of Maryland College Park, and Anacostia Community Museum for a day of recreational fishing! We will provide fishing rods and bait on a first-come, first-served basis (bring your own if you prefer). Each participant will receive a gift card valued at $10 for providing us with your catch (per Maryland fishing regulations)! All ages and experience levels are welcome. We are also looking for a few volunteers to help us with logistics if interested, please let us know (see below for more details).

Click here for our flier and a complete list of our Recreational Fishing Days this summer and fall.


  • $10 instant gift card for providing us with your catch (per Maryland fishing regulations)
  • Free rental of fishing poles and free bait on a first-come, first-served basis (or bring your own)
  • Information on fishing techniques and safety
  • Water provided throughout the day
  • Participate in the project CAESARR (more info below) survey and instantly receive a gift card valued at $10

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meeting Location: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD

Driving Directions: From Washington D.C., take New York Avenue East. Turn North on Bladensburg Road. Pass Peace Cross on left. You are now on MD Route 450. Take 1st right into Bladensburg Waterfront Park. There is a sign at the entrance.

From Maryland, from the Beltway, take exit 23 which is Kenilworth Avenue South towards Bladensburg. Go five miles. After traffic light for Upshur Street intersection, go right on exit ramp to MD Route 450 (Annapolis Road). Go left at end of exit ramp onto Route 450 West. Park Entrance is 2 short blocks on the left.

From Virginia, take Kenilworth Avenue North. Take the exit ramp on right to MD Route 450 West. Turn right at stop light onto MD Route 450 West. Park entrance is 2 short blocks on the left.

Public Transit: This location is accessible by bus. Please click here to plan your trip.

Click here to be taken to Google Maps to get exact directions from your location.

Related Project Information:
In addition to this being a fun and informative fishing day, this event is also being undertaken in an effort to obtain samples of fish from the Anacostia River. This fish sampling exercise is a component of a larger project called Community-Based Assessment of Exposure to Substances in the Anacostia River Region (Project CAESARR). Project CAESARR is a research project being conducted by the University of Maryland College Park, Anacostia Community Museum, and Anacostia Watershed Society which seeks to study exposure and health issues experienced by residential populations and urban fishers (cultural, recreational, and subsistence) of the Anacostia River. High levels of contamination in areas of the Anacostia River potentially pose threats to human health for anyone who consumes fish caught in the river and, to a lesser extent, residential populations near toxic hotspots along the river. By analyzing the tissues of the fish caught in the river for contaminant levels, we can determine the potential exposure to these contaminants faced by people who consume fish from the river.

Volunteer Opportunity:
We are looking for 5 - 10 volunteers to help with event logistics (e.g., help with participant registration for those who provide caught fish, direct and check on participants, take GPS coordinates, distribute supplies and gift cards, assist with proper labeling and storage of fish samples). If you would like to help, please let us know in either the 'Please share reasons for participating' section or the 'How did you hear about AWS' section when you register and we will contact you with more details.

Physical Requirements and What to Bring:
Anyone under age 18 needs to be supervised by an adult at all times. This activity may require standing for long periods of time. Please dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, and consider bringing sunblock, a brimmed hat, camera, snacks (food will not be provided), and possibly a jacket.

Please Click Here to RSVP!

If severe weather is likely, everyone who registered will be notified within 24 hours of the event.

For more information, contact Lori Baranoff at or call 301-699-6204 x107.

Event Date and Time: 
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 8:00am - 4:00pm


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