May 1st. Went to the different Fishing Landings on both sides the River as high as broad Creek & found that few Fish had been catchd.
This was a bad year for the herring and shad fisheries. The catch during May was much smaller than that of 1772 or 1774 (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 42). Broad Creek enters the Potomac in Prince George’s County, Md., four miles above Piscataway Creek.