Fishing in Maryland

Maryland is abundant in rivers, streams, lakes, coastal bays, and ocean coastline, offering some of the best fishing opportunities in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Top Fishing Spots in Maryland

Assateague State Park
This Park is Maryland‘s premier oceanfront park. A two mile stretch of beach offers great surf fishing and excellent campgrounds.
Chincoteague Bay
Catch a variety of species, like striped bass, red drum and even shark.
Deep Creek Lake State Park
This Park offers great opportunities for classic freshwater lake gamefish such as largemouth bass, northern pike, chain pickerel, and panfish.

Common Catches in Maryland

Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch
The yellow perch, unlike the so-called white perch, Morone americana, is a true perch, not a bass.
Chain Pickerel
Chain Pickerel
All members of the genus Esox look very much alike. The chain pickerel can be recognized by its markings.
Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish.
Striped Bass
Striped Bass
To most freshwater anglers, the striped bass is a very important game fish is relatively new.
Bluefish
Bluefish
Anglers can sniff out bluefish by their smell, which is something like fresh cucumbers.
Tautog
Tautog
The tog is a member of the wrasse family which, with 450 species in 60 known genera, is one of the largest families of fishes.

Types of Fishing in Maryland

Lake & Pond Structures

Lake & Pond Structures

Learn about the structures in lakes and ponds. Learn where to find fish, tips and more.

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Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing provides anglers an opportunity to go fishing during the winter months.

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Deep-Sea Fishing

Deep-Sea Fishing

Deep-sea or ocean fishing involves fishing out on the open ocean.

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