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Maryland or Little America

Maryland is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America. Spread over an area of 12,406 sq miles and borders Virginia on it west, Columbia to its south, Pennsylvania to its north and Delaware to its east. It’s one of the smallest states in the US with twenty-three countries which have a variety of climatic and topographical features that earn her the title of ‘little America’ or ‘America in miniature.’  Other nicknames include Old Line State, Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. 

Sixteen of Maryland’s twenty-three states have the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries running along which is more than 4,000 miles of Shoreline

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With a population of over 6.4 million people, the state has an array of cultural heritage. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the state after English. Other occasional languages include French, Arabic and sometimes Hindi dialect as well. The art and culture of Maryland is a mix of South and North American culture as well as by the historical factor of being an English Colony once upon a time. The Music, Art, Literature, and Sports is embedded in the culture of this state and Marylanders have kept their interests alive by indulging in activities that include jazz festivals, jousting on horseback, crabbing & hunting, Baltimore’s orchestra & theatres, literary exhibits and a plethora of food festivals and cuisines. 

Maryland’s traditional food cuisine revolves around seafood which includes steamed crabs, fried oysters, and fish & crab cakes

Maryland Fishing Industry

The earlier civilizations and communities what settled in the state survived and earned through harvesting fish and shellfish. Thus fishing has been an integral part of the state’s economy for more than 300 years. Maryland is known for its wide variety of fish species that the state locals and relevant authorities are trying to preserve and grow through innovation and technology. Anglers, fishermen, and watermen collaborate with companies while heading towards their favorite spots to experience the best catch of the day.  

Maryland is famous for crabs. During lunch hour, vendors on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, sell almost as many crab cakes as hot dogs and hamburgers’ combined.

Maryland bears more than 100,000 streams, creeks, and rivers. With this abundance of waterways and inlets, it feels justified to say that ‘Maryland’ and ‘seafood’ are synonyms. Anglers and fishermen put their skills to test by fishing with the help of proper gear, also availing Maryland charters and boats, and lodges for this purpose. Maryland licensing is vital for sport and recreational fishing, although license-free fishing spots is also there. Citizens, tourists and locals from the state can get their Maryland licensing done through nearby licensed agents, state parks or online as well. There are around 21 spots where a fishing license is not needed. Recreational fishing in Maryland earns a business of over $1 billion. Maryland licenses revenue also soared as more than 600,000 licensed anglers took part in sport fishing generating revenue of over a billion dollars and providing jobs to the people, thus improving their lifestyle further.  

Fishing Types

The Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean produce various species which are wrapped around in great taste and fashion by the restaurants and eateries;

  • Croaker

  • Black sea bass and striped bass

  • Bluefish

  • Blue catfish

  • Blue crab

  • Eastern oyster

  • Hard clam

  • Sea scallop

  • Black and red drum

  • Northern snakehead

  • Spanish mackerel

  • Spiny dogfish

  • Spotted sea trout

  • Summer flounder and

  • White and yellow perch

Types of Catch Available

Freshwater

raindbow trout

Rainbow Trout

cutthroat trout

Cutthroat Trout

brown trout

Brown Trout

brook trout

Brook Trout

Largemouth Bass

smallmouth bass

Smallmouth Bass

White Bass

White Bass

Striped Bass

northern pike

Northern Pike

walleye

Walleye

Bluegill

yellow perch

Yellow Perch

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

bullhead catfish

Bullhead Catfish

Crappie

Carp

Saltwater

Swordfish

Wahoo

pacific cod

Atlantic Cod

ocean perch

Ocean Perch

Roosterfish

Mahi Mahi

Yellowfin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna

Blue Marlin

Sailfish

c

Mackerel

Halibut

State Fishing Records

Top 10 Fishing Spots Across 

Fishing is a fun activity with family and friends. The following spots are best to drop by whether it’s sport or recreational fishing both.

Assateague Island

Assateague Island

This barrier island is located by the Maryland coast. Anglers turn towards this spot to find black and red drum, striped bass, flounder and bluefish. With charter boats, surf chair, and cast, the fisherman put their skills to test and enjoy the catch.


Chop Tank

Chop tank

Running across a length of 114 km, this is a great spot for fishing and crabbing. There are multiple fishing spots here by the Chop tank river, but the easiest access is through the river bridge that is on the way to the beach. Perch, bass, croaker, sea trout and catfish are some of the species found in the area. It is open 24 hours a day all year round, so anglers find it easy to drop by anytime they want.


Youghiogheny River

Youghiogheny River Reservoir

This massive reservoir or Yough River is a 134-mile long tributary and is spread over an expanse of 28 acres by the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Sport fishing is high during the season as anglers bearing Maryland license head over to find a variety of fish like rock bass, brown bullhead, crappie, pike, yellow perch, catfish, etc although walleye and smallmouth bass are the major names of the game here.


Savage River Reservoir

Savage River and Reservoir

Fishermen and anglers keen to find flying fish, find this spot the best of all. Located in West Maryland, Savage river/reservoir flows between 50 – 100cfs and \ has plenty of wild brook and brown trout.


Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay

It is believed that no fishing experience is complete without this spot. Anglers love the saltwater experience here and long for some rowdy drama with species like rockfish, flounder, croaker, and bluefish. Charter fishing boats help seals the deal while being useful for enjoying surfing and lounging around this beautiful bay with family and friends.


Centennial Lake

Centennial Lake

This man-made 54-acre reservoir is located in Howard County, Maryland. The lake houses largemouth bass and rainbow trout. Sometimes, catfish and tiger muskie have also been caught at the end of the line. This is an outstanding sunfish fishery, and anglers can find quality size bluegill, pumpkinseed, and redear sunfish. Boating permits, licenses are needed to cross the lake, while canoes, rowboats and electric motors are also available for the visitors.


Loch Raven

Loch Raven

The reservoir is stocked with largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike and perch fish. Fishermen and anglers can head to this spot all year round. This 2400 acre reservoir is accessible through boats and kayaks. Anglers must have current season permit to go fishing using their own boats/vessel.


Cassleman River

Casselman River

This tributary of the Youghiogheny River is 57 miles long. For anglers who are looking for a get-away for the most sought after fly fish, then this is the spot. The fast running water with a splash of monster trout complements the attraction of the river as this fish swishing along the top water gives one of a kind competition to the enthusiasts.


Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake

This is the largest freshwater lake in Maryland over an expanse of 3800 acres which provides a fishing playground for largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, rainbow trout and much more. People around the area visit to spend their vacations at this beautiful spot. Even in the winter season, anglers can pick up their ice-ax and rod to find some yellow perch hiding under the ice sheets.


Piney Reservoir

Piney Reservoir

With a surface area of 120 acres and a maximum depth of 35 feet, the piney reservoir provides shelter to some excellent largemouth bass and panfish which includes bluegill, white crappies, yellow perch, pumpkinseeds, rock bass, and brown bullheads. This spot provides anglers with an experience of ice-fishing as well, those who are looking for some action, yellow perch provides that through the ice every winter. Regulators don’t allow boats here while most of the shoreline


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