Fishing in Maryland

By Kathy Walsh


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Deep Creek in Western Maryland provides a serene backdrop for bass fishing.
Fishing in Deep Creek Lake State Park
Fly Fishing in Patapsco Valley State Park
Fly Fishing in Patapsco Valley State Park
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Fly Fishing at Cunningham Falls State Park
Fly Fishing at Cunningham Falls State Park
Canoe at Tuckahoe State Park
Canoe at Tuckahoe State Park
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Catch the big one at these popular inland fishing holes around the state, plus get tips on what’s biting where at Fish & Hunt Maryland.

Sublime Lake Fishing

Maryland lakes offer bountiful fishing. In Western Maryland, fish for bass at Broadford or Deep Creek lakes, catfish at Rocky Gap Lake or perch at Blairs Valley Lake.

In Central Maryland, Centennial Lake is home to bass, catfish and trout. In the Capital Region, Clopper Lake, Little Seneca Lake and Lake Artemesia offer up bass, sunfish and bluegill, while bluegill and largemouth bass reside in Southern Maryland’s Wheatley and St. Mary’s lakes.

On the Eastern Shore, Tuckahoe, Unicorn, Urieville and Wye Mills lakes boast a wide assortment of species.

Fishing Maryland’s Rivers

In Maryland’s rivers, fish for trout in the Savage River Tailwater Trophy Trout Fishing Area, Casselman River and North Branch Potomac River; bass and shad in the Patapsco River; or catfish and perch in the Transquaking River. For a new fishing experience, try bow-fishing for snakehead and flathead cat on the Potomac River.

Reserve Time for Reservoir Fishing

Find bass, perch and more in local reservoirs around the state including Piney Reservoir and Youghiogheny River Reservoir in Garrett County; Cunningham Falls Reservoir in Frederick County; Piney Run Reservoir in Carroll County; Liberty Reservoir on the border of Carroll and Baltimore Counties; Loch Raven Reservoir and Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County; and Stemmers Run Reservoir in Cecil County, also known as Pearce Creek.

Helpful Tips for Fishing in Maryland

To fish where you don’t need a fishing license, you can visit one of Maryland’s license-free fishing areas, or fish on one of the state’s free fishing days. For information on these areas and more, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. There you can view the latest Fishing Report, peruse or add to the Angler’s Log, sign up for daily stocking location emails and view an interactive map of hot spots. The website also features information on other programs including tournaments and a youth fishing club.

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