Maryland Freshwater Fishing

Maryland chain pickerel
Maryland chain pickerel

Best Freshwater Fishing Spots In Maryland

Maryland USA offers a wide range of freshwater fishing opportunities. Fishing varies widely by location, with freshwater fishing being found in almost every county.

Much of Maryland's freshwater fishing is done in rivers. These include rivers such as the Susquehanna, Patuxent, Potomac, Choptank, Wicomico, Pocomoke, and others.

Maryland freshwater fishing is also practiced in streams, lakes, reservoirs, and ponds.

Maryland anglers catch a wide variety of species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, black crappie, sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, walleye, striped bass, chain pickerel, northern pike, carp, catfish and others.

A tidal river largemouth bass
A tidal river largemouth bass

Maryland Largemouth Bass Fishing

Maryland offers excellent largemouth bass fishing. Much of the best fishing occurs in tidal rivers.

The Potomac river is said to be the top tidal river for largemouth bass fishing on the East Coast.

Excellent fishing for largemouth bass is also available in several Maryland reservoirs, lakes and small farm ponds.

Anadromous Fish

Maryland's rivers and creeks are visited by several types of anadromous fish. These specialized fish live their adult lives in the open sea, returning to freshwater or brackish areas to spawn. Maryland's most famous anadromous species include striped bass, American shad, hickory shad and river herring (alewives and blueback herring).

Maryland Freshwater Fishing Poll

What is your favorite species of Maryland freshwater fish

  • largemouth bass
  • smallmouth bass
  • black crappie
  • bluegill sunfish
  • blue catfish
  • channel catfish
  • yellow perch
  • walleye
  • chain pickerel
  • rainbow trout
  • brown trout
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