All about fishing in the Old Line State
Being a coastal state, Maryland offers a wide variety of fishing including both saltwater and freshwater. We concentrate on the freshwater, and primarily on the lakes and reservoirs. There are many additional fishing opportunities in the creeks, streams and rivers throughout Maryland as well. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white perch, yellow perch, stripers, chain pickerel, muskie, northern pike and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.
Major Maryland Lakes
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows angling destinations, cross referenced with the major fish species found in each. For a detailed list of primary fish species in MD, plus state fish records, see the list below.
Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.
Big Pool Lake is a 92-acre lake in the north-central of the state, 2 miles south of Indian Springs.
Broadford Lake is a 140-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, on the eastern outskirts of Oakland.
Clopper Lake is a 90-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 2 miles south of Germantown.
Deep Creek Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, 8 miles northeast of Oakland.
Jennings Randolph Lake is a 950-acre lake in northwest Maryland, 12 miles east of Oakland.
Lake Habeeb is a 243-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 10 miles northeast of Cumberland.
Lake Lariat is a 72-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 3 miles northeast of Johnstown.
Liberty Reservoir is a 3,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, south of Finksburg.
Little Seneca Lake is a 500-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Boyds.
Loch Raven Reservoir is a 2,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 1 mile west of Glen Arm.
Piney Run Lake is a 300-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, on the western outskirts of Eldersburg.
Prettyboy Reservoir is a 1,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 4 miles west of Parkton.
Rocky Gorge Reservoir is a 770-acre lake in the central part of the state, 1 mile south of Fulton.
St. Mary's Lake is a 250-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Callaway.
Triadelphia Reservoir is a 800-acre lake in the central part of the state, 2 miles south of Dayton.
Youghiogheny River Lake is a 2,800-acre lake on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, 2 miles north of Friendsville.
Fish Species & State Records in Maryland
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 11.4 lbs 6 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 8.2 lbs
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 27.9 lbs
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 40.0 lbsz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 84.0 lbs
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 7.0 lbs
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz*
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz*
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 14.3 lbs
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 14.2 lbs
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 6.1 lbs
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 18.2 lbs
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 7.6 lbs
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3.4 lbs
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 2.3 lbs
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1.5 lbs
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 0.7 lbs
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 1.9 lbs
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3.3 lbs
World record: 81 lbs 14 oz
State Record: 47.1 lbs
World record: 9 lbs 6 oz
State Record: 8.0 lbs
World record: 69 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 32.5 lbs
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
State Record: 24.8 lbs
World record: 51 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 29.3 lbs
Click the images and links above for species details.
State of MD Fishing Information
Visit the website of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for regulations and additional information regarding fishing in Maryland.
Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Maryland and other boating information.
Fish for big bass
Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.
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