Freshwater Fishing Hotspots

Allegany and Garrett Counties

  • Broadford Lake - Located in Garrett County It is 140 acres. Fish species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, panfish, and tiger muskie.
  • Deep Creek Lake - Located 10 mi. NE of Oakland in Garrett County It is a six-square mile man-made lake. Some of the fish species are bass, trout, walleye and panfish.
  • Savage River Tailwater Trophy Trout Fishing Area - Runs through Savage River State Forest in Garrett County, SW of Frostburg. Call 410-962-7687 for flow conditions or visit the United States Geological Survey website. Fish species include brook trout and brown trout.
  • Casselman River - At Grantsville in Garrett County. Extremely popular, delayed harvest for stocked rainbow and brown trout.
  • Piney Reservoir - Located at Frostburg in Garrett County. Fish species include largemouth bass, yellow perch, tiger muskie, rainbow trout and panfish.
  • Youghiogheny Reservoir - Maryland access is from the Army Corps of Engineers Mill Run Campground access point on Mill Run Road. Fish species include largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, northern pike, yellow perch, brown trout and rainbow trout. Contact number: 301-334-8218
  • Youghiogheny River Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area - Fish species include brown trout and rainbow trout. Call 301-334-8218 or contact Deep Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant for release information at 315-413-2823.
  • North Branch Potomac River - (see local maps for directions to Lostland Run, MD and Barnum, WV.) Call 410-962-7687 for flow conditions or visit the United States Geological Survey website. Fish species include brown trout, brook trout, rainbow Trout, smallmouth bass.
  • Rocky Gap Lake (a.k.a. Lake Habeeb) - Located in Allegany County Off I-68, 5 mi. E of Cumberland. Species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, brown trout, rainbow trout, and sunfish. Contact Rocky Gap State Park, 301-722-1480.
  • Town Creek Delayed Harvest - Approx. 1 mi. From Oldtown. A portion lies within Green Ridge State Forest, 301-478-3124. Fish species include brown trout, rainbow Trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, and redbreast sunfish.

Washington, Frederick and Carroll Counties

  • Big Hunting Creek - Frederick County; From Frederick take Route 15 North to Thurmont. Exit on to Route 77 West to the State and Federal Parks. Fish species include wild brown trout and brook trout.
  • Blairs Valley Lake - Located in both Washington County, Maryland and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Fish species include largemouth bass, tiger muskie, and bluegill, black crappie, redear sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead and carp.
  • Cunningham Falls Reservoir - Frederick County. From Frederick take Route 15 North to Thurmont. Fish species include largemouth bass and panfish (bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie.)
  • Owens Creek - Frederick County. From Frederick take Route 15 North to Thurmont. At Thurmont take Route 550 West. Route 550 parallels Owens Creek, look for parking areas posted with regulation signs. Wild or hatchery trout.
  • Patapsco Rive​r - Located in Carroll, Baltimore, and Howard Counties Fish species include smallmouth bass, rock bass, redbreast sunfish, hickory shad, American shad, and rainbow trout. Patapsco Valley State Park: 410-461-5005.
  • Potomac River - Borders between MD/WV and MD/VA. Freshwater fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass, tiger muskie, crappie, channel catfish, redbreast sunfish, walleye, and carp.
  • Piney Run Reservoir - Located in Sykesville, Carroll County Fish species include largemouth bass, redear sunfish, striped bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, tiger muskie, and yellow perch. 300 acres; 410-795-3274.
  • Liberty Reservoir - Carroll - Baltimore County, NE of Sykesville; from Rt. 26, turn N on Oakland Mill Rd; largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, walleye, crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch, white perch, bluegill sunfish, carp, rainbow and brown trout. For boat permits and information call 410-795-6150.

Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, Harford Counties and Baltimore City

  • Centennial Lake - Howard County Centennial Lake is a 50-acre impoundment on the Centennial Branch of the Little Patuxent River. Fish species include largemouth bass, tiger muskie, panfish, channel catfish, and rainbow trout.
  • Clopper Lake - Montgomery County Clopper Lake is a 90-acre impoundment on Long Draught Branch within Seneca Creek State Park.
  • Gunpowder Falls - From Prettyboy Reservoir in N Baltimore County, downstream to Loch Raven Reservoir in lower Baltimore County; 10 miles of "world class" trout fishery; includes put and take areas, as well as catch and release.
  • Little Seneca Lake - Montgomery County NW of Gaithersburg in Black Hill Reg. Park (W of Rt. 270); take Rt. 118 S (Darnestown-Germantown Rd), then on Rt. 117 (Clopper Rd.) To N on Rt. 121 (Clarksburg Rd.); largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish. For information call 301-972-9396.
  • Deer Creek - Harford County, upstream of Cherry Hill Rd, crosses Harford County to Susquehanna River; great trout stream; 8 miles.
  • Patapsco River​ - Located in Carroll, Baltimore, and Howard Counties. smallmouth bass, rock bass, redbreast sunfish, hickory shad, American shad, and rainbow trout. Patapsco Valley State Park: 410-461-5005.
  • Loch Raven Reservoir - Baltimore County; largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, white perch, crappie, chain pickerel, walleye, catfish, yellow perch, and northern pike. Boat rentals. For boat permits and information call 410-887-7692.
  • Prettyboy Reservoir - North Baltimore County; largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, yellow perch and bluegill sunfish. For boat permits and information call 410-795-6150.

Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties

  • Potomac River, tributaries, Piscataway and Mattawoman Creeks - (A Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License is required to fish in the Potomac and it's tributaries up to their freshwater dividing lines.) Mattawoman Creek lies in the W part of Charles County, above the bridge on MD Rt. 225 (Freshwater Fishing License is required); Piscataway Creek runs through SE Prince George's County near Clinton, above Livingston Rd, (Freshwater Fishing License is required); largemouth bass, striped bass, chain pickerel, crappie, channel catfish, yellow and white perch, bluegill sunfish and carp are found in tributaries and in the Potomac River.
  • Wheatley Lake - In Charles County in Gilbert Run Park, E of LaPlata off LaPlata-New Market Rd., (Rt. 6); largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish; (Trophy Bass Lake - special regulations apply); 75 acres. For info - 301-934-9305.
  • St. Mary's Lake - 250 acres in St. Mary's River Park, Rt. 5 W of Lexington Park and Callaway; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish. (Trophy Bass Lake - special regulations apply); State Park. For info - 301-872-5688.
  • Lake Artemesia - 38 acres - take Exit 23 (Greenbelt Rd. S) from Capital Beltway, turn Right at Branchville Rd, becomes Ballew Ave, follow to stop sign at Berwyn Rd, across road is parking lot; bass, bluegill. For info - 301-927-2163.

Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester

  • Adkins Mill Pond - Wicomico County, in Powellville, Maryland; 4 acres; bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead catfish, golden shiners, creek chubsucker, black crappie, chain pickerel and common carp, bluespotted sunfish, and American eel. 410-928-3643.
  • Johnson's Pond - Wicomico County in Salisbury, Maryland; 104 acres; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, bluegill sunfish, yellow and white perch; (Trophy Bass Lake - special regulations apply); For info - 410-928-3643.
  • Leonard's Mill Pond - Wicomico County, in Salisbury, Maryland, 30 acres; largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow bullhead catfish, golden shiners, creek chubsucker, black crappie, chain pickerel and common carp. For info - 410-928-3643.
  • Rising Sun Pond - Cecil County, in Rising Sun, Maryland; 1 acre; bass, bluegill, white and black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, common carp, and stocked trout during the spring. 410-928-3643.
  • Smithville Lake - Caroline County; in Smithville, Maryland; 43 acres; bass, bluegill, white and black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, chain pickerel, brown bullhead catfish, gizzard shad, golden shiners, and Chub Suckers. 410-928-3643.
  • Stemmers R​un Lake​ - Cecil County; in Earleville, Maryland; 90 acres; bass, bluegill, channel catfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, black crappie, white Crappie, green sunfish, common carp, American eel, brown bullhead catfish, golden shiner, gizzard shad, and spottail shiner. 410-928-3643.
  • Transquaking River​ - Dorchester County; largemouth bass, striped bass, chain pickerel, crappie, channel catfish, yellow and white perch, bluegill, and carp. For information - 410-228-2920.
  • Tuckahoe Lake - Queen Anne and Caroline County; in Tuckahoe State Park near Hillsboro, Maryland; 19 acres;bass, bluegill, chain pickerel, white and black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead, carp, golden shiners, and chub suckers. 410-928-3643.
  • Unicorn Lake - Queen Anne's County in Millington, Maryland; 43 acres; largemouth bass, bluegill, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed sunfish, green sunfish, channel catfish, brown bullhead catfish, black crappie, yellow perch, white perch, American eel, creek chubsucker, margined madtom, eastern mudminnow, pirate perch, and blacknose dace. The Unicorn dam tailrace provides excellent spring fishing for bluegill, white perch, blueback herring, and yellow perch.
  • Urieville Lake - Kent County, in Kennedyville, Maryland; 35 acres; bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead catfish, golden shiners, and common carp. 410-928-3643.
  • Wye Mills Lake - 50 acres; in Wye Mills, Maryland; largemouth bass, bluegill, white and black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead catfish, common carp, yellow perch, gizzard shad and golden shiners. 410-928-3643.

Note: For Freshwater Fisheries questions, please call 410-260-8320.

Information compiled by Freshwater Fisheries Biologists, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services.
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