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​Updated 1.12.2023
 - Freshwater Fisheries

Brook Trout Regulation Summary​

Mission of the Freshwater Fisheries Program

Manage Maryland's freshwater resources using scientifically valid, standardized assessments and management techniques to provide high quality, diverse, and accessible fisheries for Maryland residents and visitors.

Please CLICK on a region for specific information, or contact headquarters in Annapolis with general questions by calling 1-877-620-8367.

Freshwater Regions:

About Freshwater Fisheries Program

Freshwater fishery management is focused on tidal and non-tidal freshwater fisheries. This includes the management of impoundments (lakes, reservoirs, and ponds), coldwater streams, warm-water streams and rivers, and tidal freshwater streams. Management objectives include:

  1. protection, restoration and expansion of fish habitat,
  2. enhancement of sport fish populations,
  3. stocking to improve angling opportunities,
  4. invasive species management, and
  5. maintenance and creation of public access.

Freshwater fisheries management focuses on: largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, crappie (white and black), channel catfish, chain pickerel (pike), muskellunge/tiger muskie, northern pike, walleye, and trout. Invasive species management primarily includes minimizing impacts of blue catfish, flathead catfish, and northern snakehead. Management strategies are based on a populations' age and size structure, reproductive success, and habitat and environmental conditions. Typically, freshwater fisheries are managed according to geographic areas. Management of Maryland's freshwater fisheries is divided into 5 regions, the tidal black bass program, and the brook trout p​rogram​.

Key Leaders in Freshwater Fisheries:


Freshwater Fisheries
Data Request Form

Bass Tournament Angler  

Bass Tournaments

Trout Stocking Photo   

Trout Stocking Program

Largemouth Bass Conservation 

Tidal Black Bass Program

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Brook Trout Program

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Maryland Muskie Program 

Public Fishing Access Map

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Angler's Log


Youth Fishing Club   

Youth Fishing Club