Family Fishing

Who doesn’t love a summer Friday night spent on the river? Our Friday Night Fishing program is a free, family friendly, learn-to-fish program. Open to all ages. ARK, and partner Earth Conservation Corps, provide everything you need for you and your family to learn how to fish in a fun and educational environment. In 2023, we had 836 people come out for free and fun fishing on the Anacostia!

Friday Night Fishing takes place along the Navy Yard on the Anacostia from June to August each summer. In 2024, we are expanding our fishing programs to include events at Kingman Island and the National Arboretum as well! See our full schedule below.

Diamond Teague, Navy Yard

Every Friday Night from

June 21 – September 6 from 5 – 8 PM

(No FNF June 28 and July 5)

Kingman Island

Friday, May 3 from 5 – 8 PM

Friday, May 10 from 5 – 8 PM

Friday, May 17 from 5 – 8 PM

National Arboretum

Saturday, May 11 from 4 – 7 PM

Sunday, June 2 from 4 – 7 PM

Friday, September 13 from 4 – 7 PM

Sunday, September 15 from 1 – 4 PM

Riverkeeper Trey at a Friday Night Fishing program.

How it works

  • Anacostia Riverkeeper provides the fishing gear, safety vests, and a mini-demo on fishing, fishing safety and fun facts about the fish in the river. You bring yourself, friends and family (children are welcome) and lots of community spirit!
  • Adults need DC fishing licenses to actively fish.
  • Registration is recommended via the Anacostia Riverkeeper Constant Contact event page.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Bring water to drink.

How it works

  • Anacostia Riverkeeper provides the fishing gear, safety vests, and a mini-demo on fishing, fishing safety and fun facts about the fish in the river. You bring yourself, friends and family (children are welcome) and lots of community spirit!
  • Adults need DC fishing licenses to actively fish.
  • Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Bring water to drink.
A family on the dock at Friday Night Fishing.
Riverkeeper Trey at a Friday Night Fishing program.
A child fishing while sitting on the dock.

Thank you to our 2023 Friday Night Fishing Sponsors!