Bass fishing anglers can find some great action in the state of Maryland. Offering both smallmouth and margemouth bass, the state has countless watersheds with plenty of hungry bass waiting to do battle. From small ponds to man-made reservoirs and the famous Potomac River, there are Maryland has a variety of places to wet a line.
This 140-acre man-made lake located in Garrett County originated in 1972 as a fresh water supply for the town of Oakland. Broadford Lake provides an ideal habitat for largemouth bass with its vast weed flats, lily pads and stump fields. Smallmouth bass also tend to lurk near the lake's many rocky sections.
While Broadford Lake allows boats, gas engines are not permitted in order to maintain the water quality. Open to the public year-round, the lake has a boat ramp that stays operational from March 31 to November 15.
Blairs Valley Lake
Located in Washington County on the border with Pennsylvania, this 2,182-acre lake offers recreational activities that include fishing; it provides an ideal habitat for largemouth bass. Averaging less than 10 feet in depth, the Blairs Valley Lake provides a fertile watershed loaded with weed beds, providing plenty of cover for the bass to hide in. Anglers that consistently connect with fish tend to cover water looking for aggressive fish.
The lake has a free boat ramp and parking lot. Although you can bring your electric-motor boat, gas motors are not allowed.
North Branch Potomac River
The North Branch of the Potomac River has become a success story in stream rehabilitation. Years of acid mine drainage from area coal mines once rendered this stretch of river dead for many years. In the 1990s, however, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources began adding lime in areas of the stream to neutralize the acid. The experiment worked well enough that fish began to survive again, and smallmouth bass began to flourish.
The lower nine miles of the north branch contain the highest concentration of smallmouth bass on this stretch as well as the largest fish. Though you can hike in at some places, use a drift boat or canoe for the best fishing here.