Fishing in Maryland

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From high-quality trout streams to readily available urban fishing, and some of the best saltwater fly fishing on the Eastern Seaboard, Maryland has a wealth of fly fishing opportunities that can be enjoyed in every season.

Many of Maryland?s best trout streams flow through the western portion of the state, with the most popular being the Savage, Youghiogheny, and North Branch of the Potomac. These streams hold rainbows, browns, and in some areas, native Eastern brook trout. The lower section of the Savage is a tailwater managed to produce trophy-class trout, primarily wild browns, but there?s also a healthy population of brook trout in the river. Over on the east side of the state within close proximity to Baltimore, you?ll find the Gunpowder River, a blue ribbon trout stream recognized by Trout Unlimited as one of the top 50 places in the U.S. to fly fish. One of the state?s more unique and accessible fisheries is the Potomac River, running right through the nation?s capital in Washington D.C., where urban anglers catch a wide variety of warmwater fish, with big largemouth bass and carp being the primary targets.

For saltwater fly anglers in Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay offers a massive expanse of water to explore where everything from striped bass and bluefish, to redfish and speckled trout, can be caught. Those interested in venturing offshore should head to Ocean City on Maryland?s Atlantic coast, which is known as the ?White Marlin Capital of the World.? But if you go and realize you forgot your 14-weight rod, don?t worry: you?ll have plenty of opportunities to cast to stripers, bluefish, and speckled trout.


MD Department of Fish & Wildlife
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Annapolis, MD 21401
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Posted on January 21, 2016

Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors,...

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