Freshwater Program - Central Region

Inland Central Region Map Central Region's fishery responsibilities include non-tidal and tidal freshwater of Gunpowder River, Susquehanna River, Patapsco River, Prettyboy Reservoir, Loch Raven Reservoir, Liberty Reservoir, and Little Seneca Lake. The region includes the following counties: Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery.

Regional Manager: Mark Staley
17400 Annapolis Rock Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
Phone: 410-442-2080


 

Fisheries biologist dumping trout into a river.The Central Region staff consists of three biologists responsible for managing freshwater fisheries in Carroll, Howard, Montg​omery, Harford, and Baltimore Counties. Baltimore City also falls under the purview of Central Region. Staff are responsible for stocking over 30 separate freshwater streams and ponds with trout​ every spring. For a list of stocked areas in the Central Region, consult the 2018 Trout Stocking Schedule.

Surveys on naturally reproducing trout streams are conducted during the summer index period of June 1 through Sept. 30. These surveys focus on assessing the health of both brook trout and brown trout fisheries in the region. The Gunpowder River tailwater below Prettyboy Dam is an example of one of these fisheries. It provides 17.5 continuous miles of publicly accessible trout fishing. It is one of the best trout fisheries in the state and can be classified as a blue ribbon trout stream.

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A three day survey of the Gunpowder River is conducted during the fall annually. The 2017 Gunpowder tailwater survey yielded a standing crop ranging from 123 pounds per acre in the catch and release section above Falls Road to 28 pounds per acre in the two trout per day section downstream of Blue Mount Road indicating a robust trout population.

Management of the tidal black bass fishery in Baltimore and Harford counties is also one of the duties of the Central ​Region office. The fall 2017 survey consisted of 40 sites in the Tidal Gunpowder and Lower Susquehanna River. Along with largemouth and smallmouth bass up to 5 pounds, staff observed multiple year classes of snakehead at both sampling locations. A bowfin was observed for the first time by Central Region staff during the 2017 survey.

Prettyboy, Loch Raven, and Liberty are the three Baltimore City Reservoirs tha are managed by Central Region staff. Impoundment management consists of walleye and striped bass stocking, electrofishing surveys and water quality monitoring. Each of these reservoirs are surveyed on a three year rotation. Each reservoir is sampled over the course of three nights, typically during the month of October. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are the main focus of these studies, however a thriving chain pickerel fishery in Loch Raven Reservoir has also drawn the attention of staff and anglers alike. Other impoundments such as Little Seneca Lake in Montgomery County and Centennial Lake in Howard County are managed and surveyed by Central Region Staff. Both of these impoundments have received two tiger muskie stockings in the last four years to provide anglers with an additional fishing opportunity.


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 Fisheries biologist electrofishing in the Gunpowder River.   Fisheries biologist electorfishing in the Gunpowder River.
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