Battie Mixon

The Battie Mixon Fishing Pond is a mile-long stretch of fishing inside the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Located at Canal Mile 168, the pond was constructed in 1945 by a volunteer group of Western Maryland sportsmen and was named after the Allegany County game warden that conceived the idea. The fishing hole is stocked annually by the Maryland DNR and is a great place to catch rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, and Channel catfish. There is even a section reserved just for kids, so bring along the family. 

Dan’s Mountain State Park

The park is located on a 16-mile long mountain that takes its name from Daniel Cresap, one of the first settlers in Allegany County. Daniel was known for being adventurous, often hunting with a Delaware Native American named Nemacolin. The park serves as a seasonal recreational facility that covers 481 acres and offers a wide variety of wildlife, mountain streams, overlooks and scenic beauty, including a pond stocked annually with rainbow trout. 

Cumberland Sportsman Complex

The Cumberland Sportsman Complex is one of the boat ramp access points for the Potomac River. At this portion of the river, you are able to put in motorized crafts or personal paddle boats to troll around for fishing. It’s a great spot for large and smallmouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, sunfish, and tiger muskie. 

Spring Gap

Located on the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Spring Gap is rich with history as the spot where George Washington, on his journey through Allegany County as a young surveyor, crossed the Potomac at this location in 1748. The area is popular for canoeists, hikers, bikers, and provides amenities such as camping and restrooms. It’s known for one of the best fishing areas on the Potomac and is great for catching small and largemouth bass, channel catfish, sunfish, and tiger muskie. 

Lake Habeeb

Located in Rocky Gap State Park, Lake Habeeb is one of the locations on Maryland’s Fly Fishing Trail. It is surrounded by hiking trails, giving fishermen access to the lake’s 9.4 miles of shoreline. Lake Habeeb is a great spot to put in a canoe or fishing boat to troll the lake and cast a line. The lake’s artificial fish structures have encouraged the survival of young fish species and its diverse terrain provides an opportunity for various fishing strategies in boats or on the banks. The area is great for fishing large and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, sunfish, and yellow perch. 

Town Creek

Another site on Maryland’s Fly Fishing Trail, Town Creek’s relatively remote location in Green Ridge State Forest means it receives little fishing pressure from other anglers. This stream has great structure provided by tree root balls and small stream falls, all resulting in an ideal habitat for trout and other species. With more than 49,000 acres, Green Ridge State Forest is the largest contiguous block of public land in Maryland and offers 100 designated primitive campsites dispersed throughout the State Forest, making it a perfect spot for a long weekend of camping, fly fishing, hiking and nature sightseeing.

For a full list of places to fish and where to get your bait and tackle, visit our Fish And Hunt section. And if you’re interested in turning your fishing trip into a getaway, you’ll find incredible outdoor activities including more than 200 miles of developed trail systems for hiking, biking, and paddling and attractions like the Rocky Gap Casino, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, and downtown Cumberland. Head to  for info on what to do, what to eat, and where to stay in Mountain Maryland.