Freshwater Program - Central Region

Freshwater Program - Central Region

Inland Central Region Map Central Region's fishery responsibilities include non-tidal and tidal freshwater of Gunpowder River, Susquehanna River, Patapsco River, Prettyboy Reservoir, Loch Raven Reservoir, Liberty Reservoir, and Little Seneca Lake. The region includes the following counties: Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery.

Regional Manager: Mark Staley
17400 Annapolis Rock Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
Phone: 410-442-2080


Fisheries biologist dumping trout into a river.The Central Region staff consists of three biologists responsible for managing freshwater fisheries in Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Harford, and Baltimore Counties. Baltimore City also falls under the purview of Central Region. Staff are responsible for stocking over 30 separate freshwater streams and ponds with trout every spring. For a list of stocked areas in the Central Region, see the Trout Stocking Schedule.

Surveys on naturally reproducing trout streams are conducted during the summer index period of June 1st through September 30th. These surveys focus on assessing the health of both Brook Trout and Brown Trout fisheries in the region. The Gunpowder Tailwater below Prettyboy Dam is an example of one of these fisheries. It provides 17.5continuous miles of publicly accessible trout fishing. It is one of the best trout fisheries in the state and can be classified as a blue ribbon trout stream. A three day survey on the Gunpowder River is conducted every fall. Staff work closely with other groups including Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and Trout Unlimited.

A rainbow trout on a measuring board.Management of the Tidal Black Bass Fishery in Baltimore and Harford counties is also one of the duties of the Central Region office. The Gunpowder River, Middle River, and Susquehanna River are all sampled by staff every year. In the spring of 2016, staff sampled Middle River to assess the ecological impact of a major fish kill that occurred the previous fall.

Prettyboy, Loch Raven, and Liberty are the three Baltimore City Reservoirs that are managed by Central Region staff. Impoundment management consists of Walleye and Striped Bass stocking, electrofishing surveys, and water quality monitoring. Each of these reservoirs are surveyed on a three year rotation. Each reservoir is sampled over the course of three nights, typically in the month of October. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass are the main focus of these studies, however a thriving Chain Pickerel fishery in Loch Raven Reservoir has also drawn the attention of staff. Other impoundments such as Little Seneca Lake in Montgomery County and Centennial Lake in Howard County are managed and surveyed by Central Region Staff. Both of these impoundments have received two Tiger Muskie stockings in the last four years.

Fisheries biologist electorfishing in the Gunpowder River.   Fisheries biologist electorfishing in the Gunpowder River.