Hey Washington! We’re going off the beaten path for today’s Hot Spot of the week, literally. This past weekend my family participated in Friday Night Fishing, organized by the Earth Conservation Corps and the Anacostia Riverkeeper. They had an absolute blast!

On the docks

Friday Night Fishing takes place each Friday afternoon from 5:00 to – 8:00 pm on the docks behind Nationals Park in the Navy Yard neighborhood. Participants are provided everything they need to take a crack at the sport of recreational fishing. A fishing rod, bait and basic instructions are all free of charge! They even provide life vests for the children.

Family fun


For generations, the Anacostia River was known as one of the dirtiest rivers in America. Through the efforts of many volunteers and the installation of a massive infrastructure project, the river has made an incredible comeback.  There has been a measurable improvement in water quality and tons of debris have been removed from the riverbed. Development around the National’s baseball stadium and the amazing Yards Park have made the river accessible to the public. The enjoyable Friday Night Fishing experience is a signal that the river is once again becoming a destination that residents can safely enjoy.

Fun of all ages

My husband is a novice fisherman and our children had never been fishing before. Still, they managed to catch a nice-sized catfish and a small sunfish.  Thankfully, the assistants from the Earth Conservation Corps were on hand to help them get the fish off the hook.  After a brief photo-op with their prized catches, they released the fish back into the river to fight another day. The cutest thing was watching the children move over to the “lucky spot” each time someone caught a fish!

A nice catch

It was a joy to see so many families with children down on the docks, taking in this wonderful outdoor activity.  The Nationals were hosting a baseball game that evening and The Yards was holding its Friday Night Concert Series as well.  After about an hour of fishing, my family cleaned up and strolled over to the Yards to grab some delicious milkshakes from Ice Cream Jubilee. It was a great way to get a break from screen time. 

Yards Park Concert Series

Bottom Line

The whole evening really was a dream of urban living come true. While taking in the Yards Park is always enjoyable, Friday Night Fishing was the unique experience that made the day truly memorable.  I would highly recommend you give it a try before the season is through.


Friday Night Fishing

Anacostia River Center | 1520 1st St SE
On the docks directly behind National’s Park

Friday evenings through August 23rd, 5 – 8 pm

Cost: Free!

There is NO parking directly at Diamond Teague Park and parking in the area on the days of home baseball games is absurdly expensive.
The Navy Yard Station on the Metro Green Line is two blocks away

You can learn more about the Earth Conservation Corps on the webFacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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