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Fish the country's top largemouth bass fishery, the historic and scenic
​Potomac River. View the Nation's Capital from the water. Full or half day trips.


Capt. Steve Chaconas provides clients with guided fishing trips for largemouth bass and northern snakeheads on the historic and scenic Potomac River. The Potomac River has hosted BASSMASTERS Tournament and FLW Tournament Trails and boasts some of the finest largemouth bass fishing in the country. With river grasses, sunken wrecks, and creeks, there are fishing opportunities for all skill levels. In addition to the fishing, the sights of Washington DC, George Washington's Mount Vernon home, the Pentagon, and Reagan National Airport offer a different perspective when viewed from the water.

Capt. Steve is a former radio and TV talk show host, who has been fishing on the Potomac since the mid 1960's. Steve does not fish tournaments, so he will always take you to his best spots! He writes for several publications covering pro bass tournament trails for radio and newspapers. He also hosts The National Bass Fishing Show.

Capt. Steve's experience and knowledge and his ability to communicate make him a good instructor and also an excellent seminar speaker at all levels, from tackle shops to corporate board meetings. Captain Steve Chaconas brings 25 years of bass fishing experience on the Potomac River to columns featured in: BoatUS Angler Tacklebox, BoatUS Trailering Magazine, Sportsman’s Magazine, Woods & Waters, and The Old Town Crier.  He has also written for the Free Lance Star newspaper, The Mount Vernon Gazette, The Mount Vernon Voice, The American Sportfishing Association and many others.  Steve also hosted the National Bass Fishing Radio Show. In addition, “Capt. Steve” is featured as the and fishing experts. In addition, his reports and commentaries appear on line:,,,, and others.

A U.S. Coast Guard Captain, licensed by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Steve has the opportunity to fish with anglers of all skill levels, including some of the biggest names in pro bass fishing.

Steve’s been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and on TV and radio: BASSMASTERS, BASS TIMES, BASSIN’ Magazine, Field & Stream, BoatUS Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, ESPN and others. He’s been: emcee of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Tournament the past 25 years, a member of BoatUS Speakers Bureau, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and a member of the American Sportfishing Association.

Steve has been awarded Excellence in Craft awards from SEOPA and was the recipient of several Mount Vernon–Lee Chamber of Commerce Home-Based Business of the Year Awards. Prior to fishing, Steve’s careers included teaching high school algebra and sales of cars, computers and surgical products.  He also hosted the longest running all-financial morning radio show in the country and is considered to be “The Father of Business Radio”.

National Bass Guide Service specializes in group trips and working with kids. In fact, we participate in many charity tournaments to encourage fishing among youth. Check out Capt. Steve's casting videos!

Trips are half, 3/4 or full days for one or two persons. National Bass fishes year round, depending on conditions. The Potomac has excellent winter fishing.

National Bass uses the following products and services: Skeeter/Yamaha, Hanz Extremity Wear socks and gloves, Silver Buddy Lures, Mann's Bait Company, Quantum rods and reels, Mustad Hooks, Water Gremlin BULLSHOT weights, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Jack's Juice bait attractant, MIZMO tubes, TEVA Sandals.

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