Freshwater Fisheries Program

Freshwater News 



​​Updated 05/21/2024​​
April​​ 2024 - Freshwater Fisheries Monthly Report​

Updated 12/​14​/2023​​

Trout anglers planning to fish the Casselman River in Grantsville should be aware that Casselman River Bridge State Park is now closed to all access due to unsafe conditions. Recent inspections found the historic bridge to pose a risk of unstable and falling material. The Casselman River has been stocked as part of the December pre-season trout stocking. Anglers can still access the river to fish at all established points outside of the state park.

Updated 11/12/2023
Black Bass Conservation Fund Page

​Updated 9/21/2023
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​Areas of Smithville Lake to be closed

 on or about October 15, 2023

Other Reports of Interest

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 name in the list ​below 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:


Trout Fishing
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