Top Places for Bass Fishing in Maryland

Top Places for Bass Fishing in Maryland
Photo Courtesy of Steve Carpenteri

The Old Line State offers an excellent variety of options for bass fishermen including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers where largemouths and smallmouths abound. Dawn and dusk are the best times to be on the water because the fish are most active during these periods and recreational activity is minimal. Here are your best bets for bass fishing in Maryland.

Loch Raven Reservoir


Anglers looking for a mixed back of largemouths and smallmouths would do well to check out Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County. Visiting anglers may bring their own personal watercraft or boats may also be rented dockside.


Stemmers Run Reservoir


Covering 90 acres in Cecil County, Stemmers Run can be characterized as broad, shallow and turbid.  The maximum depth is 6 feet and almost half of the shoreline is covered in phragmites, an exotic invasive species of reed that is often found in wetlands. Bass have abundant forage from which to feed and can be finicky as a result.


Potomac River

The North Branch Potomac River forms the border between Maryland and West Virginia from its origin at the Fairfax Stone downstream to its confluence with the South Branch Potomac. A 2001 regulation established a 25-mile catch and release area for bass from Keyser, West Virginia, to Cumberland. The area supports some of the best smallmouth bass fishing, and the largest smallmouths, to be found anywhere in the Potomac watershed.


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