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Guide to fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown, golden and lake trout in area lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Trout fishing in Maryland

Maryland is a paradise for trout fishing enthusiasts, offering a variety of trout species and diverse fishing locations. The state is home to three primary trout species: rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout, each providing unique angling experiences. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state.

Rainbow trout are widely distributed in Maryland's lakes, rivers, and streams. These acrobatic fish are known for their vibrant colors and energetic fights, making them a favorite among trout anglers. Popular trout fishing destinations for rainbow trout include the Gunpowder Falls and Savage River, both of which offer pristine habitats and challenging fishing conditions.

Brown trout, known for their elusive nature and wily behavior, can be found in select Maryland streams and rivers. The North Branch of the Potomac River and the Youghiogheny River are known for their brown trout populations. These cunning fish require stealthy approaches and delicate presentations, offering a rewarding challenge for experienced anglers.

Brook trout, Maryland's only native trout species, thrive in cold, clean, and well-oxygenated mountain streams. They are highly prized for their beauty and the pristine environments in which they are found. The streams of western Maryland, such as the Savage River and the North Branch of the Potomac River, provide excellent opportunities for brook trout fishing.

In terms of state records, Maryland boasts impressive trout catches. The current state record for rainbow trout stands at over 14 pounds, while the record for brown trout weighed over 18 pounds. Brook trout records are more modest due to their smaller average size, with the current record standing at just over 6 pounds. These records demonstrate the potential for anglers to land remarkable-sized trout while fishing in Maryland's waters.

Whether it's casting a fly on a mountain stream or drifting bait in a scenic river, Maryland's trout fishing opportunities are abundant. The state's diverse trout species, combined with its beautiful lakes, rivers, and streams, provide anglers with endless possibilities for pursuing these elusive and captivating fish. Maryland's trout fishing scene continues to attract enthusiasts seeking thrilling angling adventures and the chance to create unforgettable fishing memories.

Trout Waters

Many of the major reservoirs with healthy populations of trout include Deep Creek Lake, Jennings Randolph Lake, Lake Habeeb, Liberty Reservoir, Piney Run Lake, Rocky Gorge Reservoir, Triadelphia Reservoir and Youghiogheny River Lake. The Potomac River also has quality trout fishing. Maryland has a stocking program for ponds, rivers and lakes with trout. Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries Service website for details and schedules on trout stocking in Maryland.

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Trout Species In The State

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

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Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Maryland State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was caught from Savage River Reservoir.

The state record brook trout was taken out of the Potomac River.

The state record brown trout came from the Potomac River.

The state record cutthroat trout came from the Potomac River.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Additional trout information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Trout Conservation
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