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Liberty Reservoir, MD

Popular Fish Species Liberty Reservoir, MD

Liberty Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Currently, largemouth bass are a primary target for anglers at Liberty Reservoir. 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.

Liberty Reservoir Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Liberty Reservoir, as they are plentiful, and once found can be easy to catch. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Experiment with bright colors, especially chartreuse.

Liberty Reservoir Popular Fish White Crappie

White Crappie

Plenty of healthy white crappie make their home in Liberty Reservoir,and crappie fishing is good here this year. When crappie fishing, always try to locate shallow brush, trees and vegetation. In Spring and Fall, focus 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.

Liberty Reservoir Fishing Video

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, yellow perch, white perch and striped bass at Liberty Reservoir in Maryland.

Big bass, walleye and stripers draw anglers to Liberty Reservoir, a 3,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state. The fishery is managed for both warm-water and cold-water species, including bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, trout, sunfish, perch and striped bass.

Liberty Reservoir, located in central Maryland, offers a fantastic fishing experience for anglers of all types. The reservoir is known for its thriving population of various fish species, making it a sought-after destination for fishing enthusiasts. Anglers can target popular fish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, and catfish. The reservoir's abundant underwater structures and diverse habitats provide ample opportunities to test one's angling skills and reel in impressive catches.

There are over 80 miles of shoreline, some of which is strewn with brush and lay-downs, which the fish use for cover. Numerous access points around the lake are favorable for fishing from the bank. Kayaks and canoes are popular here, as are car-toppers. Two campgrounds are nearby for those who enjoy camping.

Liberty Reservoir is a gem for fishing, boating, and outdoor enthusiasts in Maryland. With its diverse fish species, serene boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, the reservoir provides a well-rounded outdoor experience. Whether you're casting a line for bass, enjoying a peaceful paddle on the water, or camping under the stars, Liberty Reservoir offers a picturesque setting and ample recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

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Primary fish species residing in Liberty Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Bluegill White Perch Yellow Perch Striped bass

Liberty Lake Amenities

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

While Liberty Reservoir does not permit private motorized boats, it is a popular spot for non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. These vessels allow visitors to explore the scenic beauty of the reservoir, navigate through its coves and inlets, and access prime fishing spots that are often inaccessible by larger boats. The peaceful atmosphere and the stunning views make boating at Liberty Reservoir a serene and enjoyable experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Liberty Reservoir North Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Oakland Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Liberty Reservoir South Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Oakland Mills Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Fishing Guides On Liberty Reservoir

If you offer fishing guide services on Liberty Reservoir, please contact us for a free listing to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Maryland Fishing License.

Camping is not available directly at Liberty Reservoir, but there are nearby camping options that allow visitors to extend their outdoor adventure. Patapsco Valley State Park, which surrounds the reservoir, offers camping facilities and scenic campsites for those looking to immerse themselves in nature. Camping at Patapsco Valley State Park provides the perfect opportunity to combine fishing at Liberty Reservoir with a camping experience, allowing visitors to fully appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Ramblin Pines Campground - 410 795-5161

Forest Service Campground - 410 848-9290

Liberty Reservoir MD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Liberty Lake
Liberty Reservoir
5685 Oakland Rd
Eldersburg, MD 21784
410 795-6151


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