Freshwater Fisheries Program

Freshwater News

Maryland Department of Natural Resources is asking trout anglers to temporarily stop fishing Big Hunting Creek downstream of Cunningham Falls reservoir.  Recent heavy rain has caused elevated water temperatures in the area, due to warm water. Catching trout during these conditions would put additional stress on the fish and potentially increase mortality. We are working to help restore safe temperatures and will advise anglers when it's safe to fish again.

We greatly appreciate the cooperation of the trout-fishing community to help preserve and protect this resource for the enjoyment of all. 

08.09.2018 - Freshwater Fisheries July Monthl​y Report​​. 


Mission of the Freshwater Fisheries Program

Manage Maryland's freshwater resources using scientifically valid assessments to provide high quality, diverse, and accessible fisheries for anglers, Maryland residents and visitors.

Please CLICK on a region for specific information, or contact headquarters in Annapolis with general questions by calling 1-877-620-8367.



About Freshwater Fisheries Program

Freshwater fishery management is focused on tidal and non-tidal freshwater fisheries. This includes the management of impoundments (lakes, reservoirs, and ponds), coldwater streams, warm-water streams and rivers, and tidal freshwater streams. Management objectives include:

  1. protection, restoration and expansion of fish habitat,
  2. enhancement of sport fish populations,
  3. stocking to improve angling opportunities,
  4. invasive species management, and
  5. maintenance and creation of public access.

Freshwater fisheries management focuses on: largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, crappie (white and black), channel catfish, chain pickerel (pike), muskellunge/tiger muskie, northern pike, walleye, and trout. Invasive species management primarily includes minimizing impacts of blue catfish, flathead catfish, and northern snakehead. Management strategies are based on a populations' age and size structure, reproductive success, and habitat and environmental conditions. Typically, freshwater fisheries are managed according to geographic areas. Management of Maryland's freshwater fisheries is divided into 5 regions, the tidal black bass program, and the brook trout program​.

Key Leaders in Freshwater Fisheries:

Bass Tournament Angler

Bass Tournaments

Trout Stocking Photo

Trout Stocking Program

Largemouth Bass Conservation

Tidal Black Bass Program

Brook Trout Logo

Brook Trout Program

Public Fishing Access Map

Anglers Log Logo

Angler's Log

Youth Fishing Club

Youth Fishing Club