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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

Maryland major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Maryland, cross referencing these waters with the major fish species found in each of the lakes or reservoirs. For a more complete list of fish species in MD, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Fishing lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Deep Creek Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, 8 miles northeast of Oakland, MD.

Jennings Randolph Lake is a 950-acre lake in northwest Maryland, 12 miles east of Oakland.

Liberty Reservoir is a 3,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, south of Finksburg, MD.

Little Seneca Lake is a 500-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Boyds, MD.

Loch Raven Reservoir is a 2,400-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 1 mile west of Glen Arm, MD.

Prettyboy Reservoir is a 1,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 4 miles west of Parkton, MD.

Rocky Gorge Reservoir is a 770-acre lake in the central part of the state, 1 mile south of Fulton, MD.

St. Mary's Lake is a 250-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Callaway, MD.

Triadelphia Reservoir is a 800-acre lake in the central part of the state, 2 miles south of Dayton, MD.

Youghiogheny River Lake is a 2,800-acre lake on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, 2 miles north of Friendsville, MD.

State of MD Fishing Information

Visit the website of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for regulations and additional information regarding fishing in Maryland.

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Maryland Striped Bass

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Fish for big bass in Maryland

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in MD.

Fish Species in Maryland

Fishing for bass in Maryland

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

MD State Record: 11 lbs 6 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

MD State Record: 8 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for catfish in Maryland

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MD State Record: 27 lbs 15 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

MD State Record: 80 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for crappie in Maryland

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

MD State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

MD State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz*

Fishing for walleye in Maryland



World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MD State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for trout in Maryland

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

MD State Record: 14 lbs 3 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

MD State Record: 7 lbs 9 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

MD State Record: 6 lbs 2 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

MD State Record: 18 lbs 3 oz

Fishing for panfish in Maryland



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

MD State Record: 3 lbs 7 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

MD State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

MD State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

MD State Record: 0 lbs 9.76 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

MD State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

MD State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Maryland

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

MD State Record: 47 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for other species in Maryland

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

MD State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz


Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

MD State Record: 31 lbs 12 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

MD State Record: 24 lbs 12 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

MD State Record: 29 lbs 5 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.