Fishing at Deep Creek Lake

Fishing

Looking for a leisurely, yet exciting, outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy? Why not give fishing a try?

Deep Creek Lake supports a wide variety of stocked fish including Trout, Walleye, Bass and Yellow Perch.  There are many areas to fish at Deep Creek Lake and fishing is available all four seasons of the year. If you are renting one of our lakefront homes, feel free to fish along the shoreline. Other Deep Creek Lake fishing hot spots include McHenry Cove (located in the northern section of the lake), additional marked public access points, and by boat. There are also public fishing docks, which are wheelchair accessible at Deep Creek Lake State Park. Some of our local fishing outfitters offer guided fishing tours if you would prefer to leave it to the pros. Whether you are planning your own fishing excursion or utilizing one of our guide services, there are some general guidelines for fishing Deep Creek Lake:

Before you go out on your fishing excursion:

A fishing license is required to fish the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Licenses can be purchased prior to your visit or locally from one of our local vendors. Individuals under 16 are not required to purchase a license.

Some species of fish are catch and release only. Research local fishing laws or check with DNR to know what species are in season and which ones are catch and release only.

Free fishing days (no license required) in Maryland are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4.

Here are some Deep Creek Lake Fishing Tips:

Early morning or evening is the best time to fish.

Being prepared for all weather conditions is important for enjoyable experience. Bring along basic items such as extra layers of clothing, raingear, and comfortable shoes as well as sunscreen, water and snacks.

Live bait and artificial lures can be purchased locally. Popular live bait to use includes nightcrawlers, shiners, and crawfish. Popular artificial lures include jigs, topwater lures and spinnerbaits.

Whether you are new to fishing or a seasoned pro, Deep Creek Lake provides some of the best freshwater fishing that Maryland has to offer. You could be the next Deep Creek Lake fishing record holder! So get out and cast out!

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