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Prettyboy Reservoir, MD

Popular Fish Species Prettyboy Reservoir, MD

Prettyboy Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

The exceptionally clear water in Prettyboy Reservoir causes anglers to be stealth and use less obtrusive baits to catch the quality largemouth bass that reside here. Fishing for largemouth bass here is good in the morning, as that is the only time they move into the shallows. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, larger worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Smallmouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Prettyboy Reservoir Popular Fish - White Crappie

White Crappie Fishing

Plenty of healthy crappie reside in Prettyboy Reservoir, as they are again delivering nice limits this year. The fish population is healthy and crappie fishing is excellent. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate shallow brush and vegetation in Spring and Fall focusing on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out to as deep as 30 to 35 feet, as well as ledges near channels at these depths. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. Black crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Prettyboy Reservoir Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish Fishing

This year channel cats are getting attention from locals who enjoy fishing at Prettyboy Reservoir. They are healthy, good eating and can be found throughout the lake. In Spring channel cats migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. Night fishing for channel catfish often delivers better results than fishing during the day. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits. Other catfish in the lake include flathead and blue catfish.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, bluegill and yellow perch at Prettyboy Reservoir in Maryland.

Located in the north-central part of the state, Prettyboy Reservoir is a 1,500-acre lake with 46 miles of shoreline (at high water). A boat launch ramp is located off Spooks Hill Road on the north-east side of the lake.

Prettyboy Reservoir, in Maryland, is a beloved destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a peaceful and rewarding angling experience. The reservoir boasts a thriving fish population, making it a haven for various popular fish species. Anglers can target a range of fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, and yellow perch. Prettyboy Reservoir's scenic beauty, clear waters, and diverse underwater structures create an ideal habitat for these species, providing ample opportunities for anglers to test their skills and reel in impressive catches.

Fishing enthusiasts cruise these waters in search of bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish and perch. Anglers fishing from the bank can fish nearby the boat ramp area, as well as other access points around the lake. Portage of canoes, kayaks and car-top boats is possible from numerous spots around the lake. Amenities at the lake are slim, so come prepared.

Prettyboy Reservoir offers a serene and captivating environment for fishing, boating, and outdoor recreation in Maryland. With its diverse fish species, tranquil boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, the reservoir provides a well-rounded outdoor experience for enthusiasts. Whether you're casting a line for bass, gliding along the calm waters in a kayak, or enjoying a camping retreat surrounded by nature, Prettyboy Reservoir offers a picturesque setting and ample recreational opportunities for visitors to relax and connect with the outdoors.

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Primary fish species residing in Prettyboy Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White crappie Bluegill Yellow Perch

Prettyboy Reservoir Amenities

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

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While motorized boats are not allowed on Prettyboy Reservoir, non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are permitted. This allows visitors to explore the reservoir's calm waters and navigate to prime fishing spots. Boaters can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings, immerse themselves in nature, and appreciate the pristine beauty of Prettyboy Reservoir.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Prettyboy Reservoir Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Spook Hill Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Prettyboy Reservoir

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Fishing License

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Camping is not available directly at Prettyboy Reservoir; however, there are nearby camping options that allow visitors to extend their outdoor adventure. Gunpowder Falls State Park and Prettyboy Watershed, which encompass the reservoir, offer camping facilities and scenic campsites. Camping at these locations provides an opportunity to combine fishing at Prettyboy Reservoir with a peaceful camping experience, allowing visitors to fully embrace the natural beauty and serenity of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

No campgrounds or RV parks.

Prettyboy Reservoir MD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Prettyboy Reservoir
Prettyboy Reservoir Park
Hampstead, MD 21074
877 620-8367


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