Deep Creek Lake fishing is a popular spring activity. As the snow melts and the weather warms up, this is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Because it requires no experience, anyone can have fun casting a line surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Deep Creek Lake Fishing License
Anyone over the age of 16 must have a valid Maryland license. You can purchase one online through the Department of Natural Resources. Local sports shops also sell them. If you are only in the area for a short time, you can buy a three or seven day license. The DNR also offers “free” fishing days when no freshwater fishing license is required. They are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4.
Places to Go Fish
Broadford Lake – This 140 acre lake is located in Oakland. Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and panfish. Because fishing from the shoreline is easy, this is a good spot to take the kids.
Deep Creek Lake – Offers 67 miles of shoreline and over 3900 acres. Fish species: bass, trout, Walleye and panfish. If you don’t have a boat, you can fish from your dock or at Deep Creek Lake State Park.
-Some of the best fishing is April through June is when most fish are in 1 – 2 feet of water to spawn.
-You will have the best luck early in the morning or evening.
-Fish around stumps, large rocks and grass beds.
Herrington Manor State Park – Located just ten minutes from Deep Creek Lake. Herrington Lake is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring. Other species include large mouth bass, bluegill and catfish.
Savage River Tailwater Trophy Trout Fishing Area – Located in the beautiful Savage River State Forest. Fish species: Brook Trout and Brown Trout.
Casselman River Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area – This scenic spot is in Grantsville. Fish species: Rainbow and Brown Trout. While you are in this area, stop by Cornucopia Cafe for lunch or dinner.
New Germany State Park – The park is located just outside of Grantsville. Fish species: large mouth bass, catfish, bluegill and trout. Trout stocking begins each spring. A trout stamp is required to possess trout.
Youghiogheny Reservoir – The Maryland access point is reached from the ACOE Mill Run Campground access point on Mill Run Road. Fish species: Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.
Youghiogheny River Catch and Release Trout Fishing Area – Fish species: Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Due to varying water levels, call 301-334-8218 for release information.
Guided Deep Creek Lake Fishing
You can take a guided fishing tour with Bill’s Outdoor Center. You will head out on a pontoon boat for a four hour cruise. In addition to instruction, they provide tackle and gear. It is a great option for beginners!
Deep Creek Lake fishing is just one of the ways to spend quality time with family and friends. The Deep Creek Lake lifestyle is all about making special memories as you explore the outdoors.