Stemmers Run

Cecil County


Physical/ Habitat Description - This area can be characterized as broad, shallow and turbid. The maximum depth is only 6 ft. and almost half of the shoreline is covered in phragmites, an exotic invasive species of reed that is often found in wetlands. Several fish structures have been placed over the past five years throughout the middle section.

Fish Species - Stemmers Run is a standard bass/bluegill area and is managed as such. Good numbers and sizes of bass and bluegills are present. Bass have abundant forage from which to feed and can be finicky as a result. Channel catfish have been stocked to help utilize the abundant forage. Anglers may occasionally catch other species including: pumpkinseed sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, green sunfish, common carp, American eel, brown bullhead catfish, golden shiner, gizzard shad and spottail shiner.

Restrictions - A permit is required to fish this area. Information regarding this permit can be obtained by contacting the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

To obtain a non-hunting/fishing permit you can either visit the Gwynnbrook Office or mail a photocopy of your driver's license, vehicle tag number, day-time phone number, and self addressed stamped envelope to 3740 Gwynnbrook Ave. Owings Mills, MD 21117.

Note: Fishing is prohibited in all areas during waterfowl and firearm deer hunting seasons. Fishing is allowed on Sundays only during those time periods annually. Camping and swimming are prohibited.

History - Stemmers Run (also known as Pearce Creek) is a 90 acre impoundment located in Cecil County. The lake is part of the C&D Canal Lands, the use of which have been granted to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources by the Department of the Army since 1968 and continuing up to 2018.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services, Freshwater Fisheries Division, manages the lake to provide a public angling resource. Fiscal resources for this work and maintenance of the grounds comes from fishing license sales and the Federal Aid and Restoration Fund (Dingell-Johnson Act).​


Contact Us - Any questions, comments or suggestions about Stemmers Run can be directed to:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fishing and Boating Services, Eastern Regional Office
Unicorn Lake Fish Hatchery
110 Fishing Lake Lane, Millington, MD. 21651
Phone 410-928-3643 or customerservice.dnr@maryland.gov