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Fishing in the Deep Creek Area is popular for both visitors and locals to the area. Because of the four distinct seasons we experience in Maryland, fishing in Garrett County is available all year round. From fishing off the dock in the summer to ice fishing in the winter, we've got it all here at the lake!

There are a wide variety of fish stocked in Deep Creek Lake including Bass, Trout, Perch, and Walleye. On the lake, you'll find favorite spots are located on the nothern end of the lake along McHenry Cove, other areas by boat, and at public access points like Deep Creek Lake State Park. A public fishing dock with picnic area is also available at the State Park. If you would like to bring a "pro" along with you, some local outdoor shops even offer guided fishing tours!

Things to Know

Some types of fish located in the lake are catch and release only and cannot be kept. Make sure you research local fishing regulations or check with DNR to be aware of what types of fish are in season during that time of year and which are for catch and release only. This will also help you know what fish are stocked around Garrett County and when they will be stocking so you have the best chance of having a successful day of fishing!

In order to fish on the waters of Deep Creek Lake, and in other areas of Garrett County, a fishing license is required. Fishing licenses can be purchased online before your visit, or from a local vendor after you arrive in town. Anyone under the age of 16 is not required to buy a fishing license.

There are free fishing days in Maryland where no fishing license is required for fishermen. These dates are typicallu the first two Saturdays in June and the 4th of July.

Local's Tips for Fishing

If you've arrived in town and realized you've forgotten something, or you want to stock up on a little more bait, there are local fishing and outdoor shops that sell all kinds of live bait and different lures. The best live bait to use here is typically nightcrawlers, shiners, or crawfish. If you're looking to use artificial lures, we recommend using topwater lures, spinners, and jigs.

The best time to go fishing is earlier in the morning or in the evening when the lake isn't so busy.

The weather here in Garrett County can be unpredictable and has been known to quickly change throughout the day. We recommend bringing extra items with you to be prepared. An extra set of clothes, rain gear, comfortable shoes, and sunscrean can help you be prepared for any weather that day.

Deep Creek Lake is known to have some of the best freshwater fishing in Maryland, so get out there and have some fun!

There are other great fishing spots in Garrett County, outside of the Deep Creek area. Check out some of these hotspots!

For a full list of Garrett County freshwater fisheries, visit the Maryland DNR website.