Freshwater Fishing in Maryland

Freshwater Fishing in Maryland
The state of Maryland offers some great freshwater fishing opportunities in a variety of watersheds. From trout in a scenic stream to tackle-challenging trophy fish like tiger muskies, Maryland has a multitude of fish waiting for you to catch them. Make the most out of your fishing trip to Maryland by learning about some of the fantastic freshwater spots the sate has to offer.

Savage River

Because the Savage River Dam controls its flow, the Savage River has a designation as a tailwater fishery. The first four miles of river below the dam has become a trophy trout fishing area because of the abundance of naturally reproducing or "wild" brook and brown found in these waters. Although hatchery-raised trout have not entered these waters since 1987, the fishery continues to flourish thanks to the ideal trout conditions and the river's cool water.

A portion of the Savage River runs through the Savage River State Forest, which allows for good public access and parking. The river remains open to fishing all year, with a 12-inch minimum size limit for brook trout, 18-inch minimum size limit for brown trout with a daily catch limit of two trout.


Piney Reservoir

Located near the city of Frostburg, this 120-acre impoundment has a maximum depth of 35 feet. With its diverse habitat that includes vast weed beds, stump fields and brush pile, the reservoir provides plenty of places for several fish species to live and feed. Largemouth bass are lake's the most prevalent sport fish, but fish such as tiger muskies, panfish and trout flourish here.

Although you can not use your boat on the reservoir because it provides the main water supply for the town of Frostburg, public access is allowed along the entire length of the lake's shoreline.

Lake Habeeb

This 243-acre Allegany County Lake, which lies under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, has hiking trails that give anglers access to its entire 9.4 miles of shoreline. A clear, deep watershed, Lake Habeeb reaches a maximum depth of 74 feet with deep weed beds that can grow past 13 feet.

Though it provides one of the best largemouth bass fisheries in the state, other species include as smallmouth bass, a variety of panfish, channel catfish and brown trout.

Lake Habeeb has a state-run campground, and you can fish here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Though you can access the lake from its two boat ramps, gas engines are not permitted.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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