Trout fishing in the state of Maryland has become quite a popular angling endeavour thanks to the management practices of the state's Department of Natural Resources. With close to 22,000 trout being stocked in a variety of streams and ponds, there are ample opportunities to tangle with these feisty fish.
Rivers and Creeks
With 23 rivers and creeks receiving plants of both rainbow and brown trout, anglers in Maryland can enjoy a successful day on the water in pursuit of these prized game fish. Big Elk Creek in Cecil County would be a good choice since it sees 650 rainbows and 100 browns added to its waters every fall. Great Seneca Creek in Montgomery County is also another prime destination since it receives 600 rainbows and 150 browns. Other streams around the state usually receive an average plant of 200 to 500 fish as well.
Planting more fish into a particular stream usually yields better results since the fish become more competitive when they are found in a greater concentration. They'll be looking to feed when the angler presents his offerings.
Lakes and Ponds
A total of 18 lakes, ponds and reservoirs are also stocked annually with trout. Two lakes that stand out in Maryland's trout fishery are Lake Waterford in Anne Arundel County and Greenbelt Lake in Prince Georges County. Both lakes receive a stocking of 500 rainbow trout and offer ample access to anglers in search of these hard-fighting fish. The remaining lakes and ponds typically see plants of 250 to 500 trout, depending on the size of the watershed. While a variety of tactics will work to catch trout in still waters, try casting small spinners or spoons early in the morning when the fish are most active. As the sun gets high in the sky and the fish go deep, try using salmon eggs suspended under a float.
Special Fishing Areas
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources manages three special trout-fishing areas that are to be used by youth, senior and blind anglers. The Avalon Pond, located in Baltimore County, is in the Patapsco Valley State Park and only allows anglers to fish who are under the age of 16, over 65 or legally blind. With 700 rainbow trout and 100 brown trout available in Avalon Pond, young, older and physically challenged anglers can all enjoy a successful day of trout fishing.
The two other special regulation areas are Carroll Creek in Frederick County and Rising Sun Pond in Cecil County.