Freshwater Program - Western I Region

Inland Western I Region Map Western I Region's fishery responsibilities include Deep Creek Lake, Lake Habeeb, Jennings Randolph Lake, Savage Reservoir, the Youghiogheny River, the Savage River and tributaries, the North Branch Potomac River, and many trout streams. The region includes the following counties: Allegany and Garrett.

Regional Manager: Alan Klotz
1728 Kings Run Road
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone: 301-334-8218

Woman dressed in winter clothes holding a yellow perch.The Western Region District 1 includes Garrett and Allegany Counties. The Inland Fisheries Staff includes Alan Klotz - Regional Manager; Jody Johnson – District Biologist, and Kenneth Wampler – Fisheries Technician. Our main responsibility is to maximize fishing opportunities in Western Maryland by providing public access to waterbodies, applying the best fishery management regulations to optimize the fish populations, improving water quality and preventing water pollution, and to provide diverse fishing opportunities for anglers.

We manage several large lakes and reservoirs including Deep Creek Lake, Jennings Randolph Lake, Savage Reservoir, Lake Habeeb, and the Maryland portion of the Youghiogheny Lake. We also manage several smaller public lakes including Herrington Manor Lake, New Germany Lake, Broadford Lake, Piney Reservoir, and Pleasant Valley Lake.

Biologist holding a largemouth bass at night.Deep Creek Lake is one of Maryland’s top fishing destinations, and here are some recent study results from the 2015 annual survey: Seventeen fish species were collected in 2015, representing six families indicative of a coldwater, coolwater, warmwater fishery. The walleye 2105 year-class strength was considered strong with 84 young of year per hour of electrofishing effort. The walleye electrofishing and tournament samples both indicate that the majority of legal-size walleye are between 15 and 18 inches, with opportunities to catch trophy size fish (> 20 inches). The yellow perch population in Deep Creek Lake is well balanced with stock (> 5 inches), quality (> 8 inches), preferred (> 10 inches), and memorable (> 12 inches) sized fish represented in the population. Smallmouth bass was the third most abundant gamefish fish collected in Deep Creek Lake during 2015, and reproductive success was considered “fair”. Largemouth bass abundance continued to show an increase since the 2010 fish kill event, and reproductive success was considered “excellent”. The bluegill population is characterized by an abundance of quality and preferred size fish as well as memorable size (> 11 inches) fish in the population.

Western Region District 1 staff conduction wild trout population survey.Trout fishing is very popular in Western Maryland. Garrett and Allegany Counties have about 44 streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds that are stocked with rainbow and brown trout​ each spring. There are several different trout fishing areas that all anglers can enjoy including Put and Take; Delayed Harvest; Youth and Blind Persons; Youth, Senior, and Blind Persons; and Catch and Return Fishing Areas. The Western Region also contains some of the larger trout rivers in the State including the North Branch Potomac River, Savage River, and the Youghiogheny River. There are many miles of wild trout streams as well; many of the streams are located on our public state forests. We conduct annual surveys on these streams to ensure the trout populations will provide great fishing for now and for the future generations.

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