The Ultimate Guide to Catfishing in Harford County: Best Spots, Tips, and Food.

Blue and flathead catfish are an invasive species, posing a major threat to Maryland’s native ecosystems. Their rapid reproduction rates and voracious appetites cause concerns among environmentalists and conservationists. On the flip side, catfish is a staple in cuisines worldwide due, providing versatile and delicious options for seafood lovers. Stop by Harford County to fish along our water banks for a chance at catching these delicious yet invasive fish. 

Catch Catfish in Harford County: 

There are several fantastic fishing spots within our part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed here in Harford County. Anglers can cast their lines along the banks where catfish thrive amidst the river currents. With notable fishing spots including the Susquehanna River, Deer Creek, and Gunpowder Falls State Park, let us help you find your ideal fishing spot.

Susquehanna State Park 

4118 Wilkinson Rd, Havre De Grace, MD 21078

Tucked away in Havre de Grace, Maryland, you’ll find Susquehanna State Park. Located on the banks of the lower Susquehanna River, this park is covered in history, natural beauty, and an ideal location for fishermen. Bring your rods, cast out and spend your day fishing for catfish on this historic land which is also a site on Maryland’s Catfish Trail. 

 Photo Credit: Heather Rees


Deer Creek

Lower Deer Creek via Susquehanna State Park 893-899 Craigs Corner Rd, Havre De Grace, MD 21078

Upper Deer Creek via Rocks State Park Wilson's Picnic Area 1213 St Clair Bridge Rd, Street, MD 21154

Named a Maryland State Scenic River in 1973, 80% of Deer Creek’s watershed lies within Harford County. This ecosystem is thriving with many different species of fish including Blue catfish, hickory shad and perch, just to name a few. 


Photo Credit: Jim Thompson

Gunpowder State Park 

2813 Jerusalem R​oad​​​​​​​, Kingsville, MD 21087

Harford County encompasses both the Little and Big Gunpowder ​​​​​​Falls, making it the oldest part of the park. Enjoy the scenic views and miles of water line while indulging in a day of fishing on the Gunpowder.

 Photo Credit: Kaitlin Dunn

Know before you go:

 Anglers 16-years and older must possess a Maryland Non-Tidal Fishing License.

Prepare your Catch:

After a day of fishing on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries, enjoy the delectable flavors of fresh, wild-caught catfish. Here is one of our favorite ways to cook catfish (Maryland style). 

Fried Catfish : Maryland Style 

  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon OLD BAY® Classic Seafood Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick®Parsley Flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick®Garlic Salt
  • 1 pound catfish filets
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • In a shallow dish mix cornmeal OLD BAY parsley and garlic salt.
  • Dip fish filets one at a time in beaten egg. Allow excess egg to drip off. Coat with cornmeal mixture.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil on medium. Pan-fry filets 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels and enjoy your delicious catfish! 
  • Recipe by McCormick.



Don’t feel like cooking? Harford County has you covered. Visit local restaurants to enjoy freshly prepared catfish, some of our favorites with catfish include: 

Richards Fish and Crabs (Wild Caught and Blue Catfish)

Fisherman’s Catch Restaurant 

Edge Crab House 

Rays Caribbean American Food


Check out Visit Harford for more information on fishing in Harford County. We cannot wait to see you in Harford County, Maryland!