Maryland's  Catfish Trail

Dive into the Maryland Catfish Trail and join the fight against invasive species threatening our waters! From Blue Catfish to Northern Snakehead, these formidable creatures disrupt Maryland's ecosystem, but with your help, we can make a difference. Discover prime fishing spots, expert tips, and tournaments to reel in these giants while preserving the Chesapeake Bay.

Why A Maryland Catfish Trail?

In our waters, the Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, as well as the Northern Snakehead, pose a significant threat particularly in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Of specific concern, these fish play a role in disrupting the ecological balance by consuming copious amounts for Maryland crabs, white perch and rockfish. Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has highlighted this pressing issue, underscoring the need for collective action.

Explore Maryland's Catfish Trail

Catfish TrailTo combat the impact of these invasive species, we invite recreational anglers to join the cause and become a vital part of the solution. These fish aren't just numerous; they can grow to impressive sizes, with the Maryland state record currently standing at a whopping 84 pounds!

Before getting on the water, browse our comprehensive site for valuable insights into these invasive species, tips and tricks for successful fishing, prime fishing locations across the Chesapeake Bay region, and fishing charters and guides that target catfish. 

Additionally, we’ve curated a list of fishing tournaments and events where anglers can compete for prizes.






Dine Deliciously on Maryland’s Catfish Trail

Blue Catfish in particular offer a delectable seafood option for your dining pleasure. You can help "eat our way out of this problem" by indulging in blue catfish. Restaurants and chefs across Maryland are creating inventive dishes, from stuffed blue catfish to catfish and grits, and they're eager for you to savor the flavors. By choosing these dishes, you're not only treating yourself but also supporting local watermen and contributing to responsible sourcing from the Bay. Check out Maryland's Best Seafood for a list of participating restaurants featuring these tasty dishes.

Join us on Maryland's Catfish Trail, where conservation meets culinary exploration, and together, we can make a positive impact on Maryland's waters.


Explore the Regions

Whether you're a seasoned angler towing a boat or a beginner eager to reel in your first catfish, there are plenty of opportunities to test your skills along Maryland’s Catfish Trail. Click on the regions below to delve into a wealth of information. You'll discover prime catfishing locations with accessible public points and connect with expert guides and charters to elevate your angling experience. As you navigate each region, explore local restaurants that showcase the best of catfish culinary creations, making your fishing expedition an immersive and savory adventure. 



Eastern Shore
Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore of Maryland presents catfish enthusiasts with a diverse array of brackish waterways teeming with Blue and Flathead Catfish. Explore this region's tidal rivers, marshes, and estuaries, where these whiskered giants lurk amidst the lush coastal landscapes. From the Chesapeake Bay to its intricate network of tributaries, the Eastern Shore offers some of the best catfishing for anglers of all levels.

Capital Region
Capital Region

In Maryland's Capital Region, anglers can fish the Potomac River and its tributaries, from urban Washington, D.C., to historic sites like National Harbor, targeting Blue and Channel Catfish. With a mix of urban and rural settings, the Capital Region provides a unique catfishing experience.

Southern Maryland
Southern Region

Southern Maryland offers abundant catfishing spots along its rivers, creeks, and tidal marshes, including the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. Anglers can target Blue and Flathead Catfish casting from shore or navigating by boat. With its diverse waterways, Southern Maryland provides ample opportunities for catfish enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite pastime.

Central Maryland
Central Region

Catfish anglers will find a variety of fishing opportunities within the network of lakes, rivers, and reservoirs in Central Maryland. From the Patapsco River to Loch Raven Reservoir, anglers can target various catfish species while checking out some of Maryland’s scenic beauty. Whether fishing from shore or a boat, Central Maryland ensures plentiful spots for catfishing adventures.

Catch Invasives and Win Monthly Prizes

Get ready to reel in more than just fish! Maryland offers exciting opportunities to win monthly prizes and even make some money while helping control invasive species. Turn your fishing hobby into a profitable venture by catching invasive fish and contributing to conservation efforts. Click now to learn more about how you can get involved, earn rewards, and make a positive impact on Maryland's aquatic ecosystems. Don't miss out on the chance to turn your passion for fishing into a lucrative opportunity – click to discover more today!

Fishing Tournaments & Events 

Immerse yourself in the heart of the fishing community as we collectively take on the challenge of invasive species. From fishing competitions to culinary experiences, there's an opportunity for everyone to contribute and make a positive impact. Discover all of the events happening across the state. Engage, participate, and be part of the movement to address invasive species.  Explore the full schedule of events.

Get A License

Purchasing a license is more convenient than ever before. Maryland DNR provides the following quick and easy ways for you to obtain your licenses and registrations.