'Beautiful Day on the Potomac Near Monocacy Aqueduct' by Steph Clement Pogonowski

Fly Fishing in Maryland's Capital Region

Stretching from Frederick County through Montgomery County and into Prince George's County, the Capital Region’s Trail sites offer a multitude of fly fishing experiences. You can find yourself casting for trout on Big Hunting Creek, angling for largemouth bass on Clopper Lake or kayaking along the marshes of Jug Bay on the Patuxent River. Or you could choose to explore the Monocacy River with your sights on smallmouth bass, wade along Seneca Creek or try each of the ponds at Governor's Bridge Natural Area. And all of these fishing adventures are conveniently located within about an hour of each other.



FLY FISHING Trail SITES In Maryland's Capital Region

Kirks Kitchen

Kirk’s Kitchen: Perch Chowder

Gather round, we’re whipping up a fresh batch of Perch Chowder. While this recipe features white perch, fear not if they aren’t available in your area – any white-fleshed, mild fish will do. I’ve experimented with various panfish species and yellow perch in the past, all . . .

White Perch

Fly Fishing for White Perch

About White Perch Ask anyone in Maryland to tell you the first fish they caught, and the most likely answer will be a white perch. (Morone americana). Close cousins to striped bass, they’ll take an artificial lure quicker than a whipstitch on a shad dart. They’re prolific in . . .

Fly Fishing on Big Hunting Creek in Frederick County

Big Hunting Creek

Called the "Stream of the Presidents" because of its proximity to Camp David, Hunting Creek is the most accessible trout stream in Maryland with natural trout populations as fly fishers can use the many pull-out parking areas located along Route 77 which parallels the creek . . .

Clopper Lake

Clopper Lake

In addition to being a public recreation area encompassing more than 6,300 acres along 14 miles of the Seneca Creek in Montgomery County which features trails for hiking, cycling and horseback riding, Seneca Creek State Park is also home to Clopper Lake. More than 90 acres . . .

Governor Bridge Natural Area

Governor Bridge Natural Area Ponds

At one time, the property was an active sand and gravel mining operation, now it is restored to its natural environment. Governor Bridge Natural Area offers a unique fishing experience in Prince George’s County right off Route 301 in Bowie. Today, largemouth bass flourish in . . .

Patuxent River

Jug Bay

The tidal Patuxent River flowing through Prince George’s County has a wide variety of fish which readily strike at fishing flies. As the river widens at Jug Bay, fly fishers can choose from bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, chain pickerel . . .

Stone Bridge over the Monocacy River

Monocacy River

From its headwaters in Pennsylvania, the Monocacy River flows 58 miles through Frederick County into the Potomac River. With river access via multiple bridge crossings and several riverside parks, much of the river can be wade-fished with about half of the river navigable by . . .

Seneca Creek

Seneca Creek

Protected by Seneca Creek State Park during its 14-mile journey between Clopper Lake and the Potomac River, Seneca Creek provides a great medium-sized creek fly fishing experience right in Montgomery County. Spring stocking of rainbow trout starts three seasons of fly . . .