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Fall Fishing Deep Creek Lake

Betsy Spiker Holcomb
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

Fall Fishing Deep Creek Lake. As we shift into fall we see the lake transform into a wonderful and peaceful place where boat traffic is minimal and the weather is gorgeous. It is the time of the year that the leaves put on their yearly show and the fishing bite starts to heat up.


I was lucky enough to have my son pay us a visit for a week and we decided to maximize our time on the lake wetting a line. It has been many years since the last time we fished and we were optimistic that we would be successful in our venture. We started at Deep Creek Outfitters getting a few dozen minnows and nightcrawlers. The word on the street was that that fishing was sporadic but starting to kick in.  Our plan was to wake up the following morning and to hit a spot that was recommended by a friend so we dropped our minnows into the water at the boat dock and set home to get a good night’s rest.

The alarm clock came early and was welcomed with excitement and optimism. The winds were down and the lake looked like a massive mirror reflecting the early hues of Fall. All of our minnows survived the night and the boat started without a hitch. The ride out was almost spiritual as our pontoon boat parted the beautiful lake glass. The temps were chilly but were forecasted to peak later in the day near the mid 70’s.  Our “secret spot” was empty and we slowly motored down a couple hundred yards before our destination which was a grass bed near the shoreline that dropped off to around 8-12 feet of depth.  We quietly set anchor and baited our minnows on our hooks and cast outside of the grass beds. We kicked back sipping coffee and enjoyed good conversation catching up on life. The lake was empty of traffic and the sound of acorns rained periodically around us.  My son Peyton worked the edge of the grass beds and landed a nice Walleye to start the day which was very exciting. It was a hair shy of being of legal size to eat so we threw it back. I concentrated on working the drop off outside the grass bed and was rewarded with a couple smallmouths to start my day. It was a soothing roller coaster ride of stimulating ups and downs throughout the morning and we went through a few lake species deciding not to keep any.

The Deep Creek Lake Fall fishing experience itself was the star of the show and we promised that next trip we would concentrate on a fish fry. We caught walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and a few pickerel to complete a successful fishing adventure. As we head in to call it a day there was a majestic red tail hawk that flew by us that was breathtaking.

On your next visit bring the family or a close friend and get out on the lake with a fishing pole and enjoy some quality down time on the lake. Downshift your busy mind and breathe deeply taking advantage of what a handful of visitors experience ever year. Wonderful Fall fishing.

Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

The 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the fall foliage around the Deep Creek area of Garrett County.  The festival is held from Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 15.
Autumn Glory Festival

Festival Highlights

County-wide events celebrate the area’s beautiful foliage and offers a wide variety of things to do both indoors or outdoors. Highlights of the festival include:

  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception on Wed., Oct. 11
  • Oktoberfest Dinner & Celebration on Wed., Oct. 11
  • Fireman’s Parade at 7PM on Thurs., Oct. 12
  • Grand Feature Parade 1PM on Sat., Oct. 14
  • Banjo Championship on Friday, Oct 13
  • Sundae Eating Contest on Sunday, Oct. 15

Kick off Dinner & Reception

The 2017 Kick-Off Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 6-10 p.m. in the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds with catering by Dutch’s at Silver Tree. You can register for the Kick-Off Dinner HERE.
The Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception features cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a full course dinner including assorted desserts. A presentation follows with an introduction of the Autumn Glory King & Queen, Sponsor recognition presentation, Golden Ambassador presentation and a commemorative photo auction. The evening ends with dancing and live music courtesy of 80’s Enough .

Autumn Glory Festival

Craft Shows

There are several craft shows during the Autumn Glory Festival weekend. The Craft & Gift Show held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds is put on by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at the Ag Heritage Hall is held Saturday, 10am – 6pm, and Sunday,10am – 4pm.
Sixty craft vendors will be on-site showcasing their handicraft items and gifts. Admission and parking is free. Concessions will be available on-site.
This year’s festival also includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more!
Autumn Glory Festival

Popular Festival Gets Noticed Internationally

Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, listed it tops among fall festivals in the world and this year, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. And in 2014, Travel & Leisure listed the Autumn Glory Festival and our own Oakland, MD as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors.
View this Travel Channel video about the annual festival!
The Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by the Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. For more information, or if you have questions, please call 301-387-4386.