While some of the best trout fishing opportunities can be found in Maryland’s western quarter, there are great, accessible fishing areas throughout the state. There are nearly 100 streams that support native, self-supporting, world-class populations of brook trout. Concentrations of brook trout streams are found in central and northern Baltimore County, the Catoctin Mountains of Frederick County, and in far western Maryland, mainly in Garrett County.
Rainbow trout are stocked in well over 100 streams and lakes across the state. A naturally reproducing population is also found in Garrett County’s North Branch Potomac River downstream of the Jennings Randolph Lake Dam.
Some of the best wild brown trout fishing is found in Baltimore County in the Gunpowder River watershed, including Bee Tree Run, Little Falls, Western Run, and the entire mainstream of the Gunpowder Falls between Prettyboy and Loch Raven Reservoirs. Other fine naturally reproducing brown trout fisheries include Jones Falls in Baltimore County, Hunting Creek in Frederick County, and the lower Savage River in Garrett County.
If finding the best spots in Maryland appeals to you, hiring a guide is the way to go. Without buying your own license, you can fish all day next to an experienced guide that knows the waters and where the trout are, ensuring that you get the most out of your trip to Maryland.