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Guide to fishing in the Old Line State

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

  • Deep Creek Lake
  • Jennings Randolph Lake
  • Liberty Reservoir
  • Little Seneca Lake
  • Loch Raven Reservoir
  • Prettyboy Reservoir
  • Rocky Gorge Reservoir
  • Triadelphia Reservoir
  • Youghiogheny River Lake, MD

Maryland offers a diverse fishing experience with a variety of species available in its warm water fisheries, cold water fisheries, ponds, lakes, and rivers. Anglers in Maryland can target a wide range of gamefish, making it an angler's paradise. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about the best fishing lakes in the state, plus the species found in each lake.

In the warm water fisheries of Maryland, anglers can find popular species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, and chain pickerel. The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries provide abundant opportunities to catch striped bass (rockfish), bluefish, white perch, and catfish. Deep Creek Lake and Liberty Reservoir are renowned warm water lakes known for their excellent bass fishing, while the Potomac River offers diverse fishing opportunities for multiple warm water species.

For those seeking cold water fisheries, Maryland's lakes and reservoirs provide fantastic trout fishing. Loch Raven Reservoir, Prettyboy Reservoir, and the Savage River Reservoir are popular destinations for trout anglers, with rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout being the primary targets. These cold water fisheries offer pristine settings and ample opportunities for anglers to test their skills in pursuing these coveted trout species.

Maryland's ponds, lakes, and rivers also contribute to its rich fishing scene. Ponds throughout the state provide accessible fishing spots, often stocked with various species like bass, trout, sunfish, and catfish. The lakes, such as Deep Creek Lake and Greenbrier Lake, offer larger bodies of water with a diverse range of fish species. Meanwhile, rivers like the Potomac River, Susquehanna River, and Patuxent River provide excellent opportunities for both warm water and cold water fishing, depending on the targeted species and specific sections of the rivers.

No matter your fishing preferences or skill level, Maryland's waters have something to offer. Anglers can enjoy the thrill of reeling in bass, trout, catfish, sunfish, and more, while immersing themselves in the scenic beauty of the state's ponds, lakes, and rivers. Whether it's casting a line in a tranquil pond or battling a trophy-sized fish in a mighty river, Maryland's fishing opportunities are sure to satisfy any angler's passion.

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
Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

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


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