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Popular Fish Species Loch Raven Reservoir, MD

Loch Raven Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are thriving in Loch Raven Reservoir with plenty of cover for both baitfish and bass. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Other bass to be caught here include smallmouth bass and spotted bass.

Loch Raven Reservoir Popular Fish - Chain Pickerel

Chain Pickerel Fishing

Chain pickerel prefer to weedy areas of lakes and rivers. They ambush baitfish and sunfish which requires cover for them to hide within. Submerged aquatic vegetation, brush, fallen tree limbs, or structures such as rock piles, bridge pilings, rip-rap, or debris.​ Loch Raven Reservoir has a very healthy population of these toothy critters, many approaching 30 inches and exceeding 5 pounds. Unlike many freshwater fish species, chain pickerel do not school up. They tend to be loners. Once you catch one, find other, spots with similar cover and depth to fish. Flashy spoons, live minnows, and bait-imitating crankbaits all work well. For added excitement, try fishing topwater lures over vegetation areas. Topwater lures that mimic wounded baitfish are very tempting to these predators.

Loch Raven Reservoir Popular Fish -Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie are doing well in good numbers throughout Loch Raven Reservoir, and they are averaging a good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and anglers are enjoying the eager feeding activity. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

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Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch, chain pickerel and northern pike at Loch Raven Reservoir in Maryland.

Complete with a boating and fishing center, Loch Raven Reservoir is a favorite outdoor destination. This 2,400-acre lake is located in the northeast part of the state and has over 39 miles of shoreline.

Loch Raven Reservoir, located in Maryland, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene angling experience. The reservoir is known for its thriving fish population, making it a prime spot for various popular fish species. Anglers can target a range of fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and perch. Loch Raven Reservoir's clear waters and diverse underwater structures provide ample opportunities for anglers to test their skills and reel in impressive catches.

The Loch Raven Fishing Center offers boat rentals, fishing tackle, live bait, snacks and sundries. A nice variety of fish species populate the lake, including bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch and pike. Fishing from the bank is not allowed near the fishing center, but other public access areas are available for shoreline fishing. Kayaks, fishing boats and canoes are available for rent during daylight hours.

Loch Raven Reservoir is a haven for fishing, boating, and outdoor enthusiasts in Maryland. With its diverse fish species, serene boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, the reservoir offers a well-rounded outdoor experience. Whether you're casting a line for bass, exploring the calm waters in a kayak, or camping under the stars, Loch Raven Reservoir provides a picturesque setting and ample recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

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Primary fish species residing in Loch Raven Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Perch Yellow Perch Chain pickerel Northern pike

Loch Raven Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favorite activity at Loch Raven Reservoir, allowing visitors to explore the scenic beauty of the reservoir while enjoying their time on the water. The reservoir permits non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, providing a peaceful and environmentally friendly boating experience. Boaters can leisurely navigate the calm waters, discover hidden coves, and access prime fishing locations that are often inaccessible by larger motorized boats.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Loch Raven Fishing Center
Rentals: Jon boats and kayaks
410 887-7692

Fishing Guides On Loch Raven Reservoir

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Fishing License

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Camping is not available directly at Loch Raven Reservoir; however, there are nearby camping options that allow visitors to extend their outdoor adventure. Gunpowder Falls State Park, which surrounds the reservoir, offers camping facilities and scenic campsites for those seeking a camping experience. Camping at Gunpowder Falls State Park allows visitors to combine their fishing endeavors at Loch Raven Reservoir with a peaceful camping retreat, providing a chance to fully appreciate the natural beauty and tranquility of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

No campgrounds or RV parks.

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Contact Information

Loch Raven Reservoir
Loch Raven Reservoir
Phoenix, MD 21131
410 356-9272


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