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  • Prettyboy Reservoir
  • Rocky Gorge Reservoir
  • Triadelphia Reservoir
  • Youghiogheny River Lake, MD

Fishing Boats For Rent In MD

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 & Species

Maryland major lakes and fish chart

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.

Fishing lake 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


Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 11.4 lbs 6 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 8.2 lbs


Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 27.9 lbs

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 40.0 lbsz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 84.0 lbs

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 7.0 lbs


Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz*




World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 14.3 lbs


Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 14.2 lbs

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 6.1 lbs

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 18.2 lbs

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 7.6 lbs




World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3.4 lbs

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 2.3 lbs

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1.5 lbs



World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 0.7 lbs

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 1.9 lbs

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3.3 lbs

Striped bass

Striped Bass


World record: 81 lbs 14 oz

State Record: 47.1 lbs

Other species

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 8.0 lbs


Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 32.5 lbs

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 24.8 lbs

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

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.

Get a Maryland fishing licence online.

Maryland Striped Bass

Visit to find information about fishing boats in Maryland and other boating information.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

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


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