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Where to Fish in Washington County and Surrounding Areas

Where to Fish in Washington County and Surrounding Areas

Cunningham Falls Lake (Hunting Creek Lake), Cunningham Falls State Park. Parking available in the William Houck Area and on Catoctin Hollow Road. A boat ramp is located on Catoctin Hollow Road. There will be a service charge in effect for William Houck Area and the boat ramp. Fishing here is suitable for families. There are restrooms and portable water on the premises in the William Houck Area. Species of fish include: Rainbow trout, bass, bluegills, crappie and catfish. Call 301-271-7574 for more information.

Greenbrier State Park- The 42-acre freshwater lake is stocked with trout, largemouth bass and bluegill. A Maryland Angler's License is required for all fishermen 16 years of age or older. All Maryland fishing laws apply. Fishing with live minnow bait is not permitted. Great for families. Call 301-791-4767 for more information.

Blairs Valley Lake, Located in both Washington County, Maryland and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The Blairs Valley Dam was constructed during 1967 and 1968 for the Department of Game and Inland Fish, now two separate agencies, for the purpose of recreation. To permit a five-foot winter drawdown for fish and wildlife management activities, the dam was designed and built with a valve at five feet and one at the bottom to permit draining if necessary.
The lake is thirty-two acres at normal pool, twenty-two acres at winter pool. The drainage areas totals 2,182 acres and includes both Franklin County, Pennsylvania and Washington County, Maryland. A maximum depth of eighteen feet can be found near the dam riser while the upper half of the lake is generally less than ten feet. The Fisheries Service of DNR manages the sportfish populations in the lake to provide public angling opportunities. The lake is managed primarily as a warmwater fishery for largemouth bass, tiger muskie, and bluegill and anglers can expect good fishing for these species. In recent years the bass population has shifted from a population dominated by a high density of nine to eleven inch fish to one with a balanced size structure and a desirable percentage of large bass present. Anglers have landed tiger muskie to forty-four inches from Blairs Valley Lake. Anglers may also catch black crappie, redear sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead and carp. Golden shiners and young panfish species are the primary forage for predator species. Adult rainbow trout are stocked during the spring and fall to provide a popular put-and-take fishery.
A free boat ramp and parking lot are available.
To get to the lake from Hagerstown take Route 70 West to Route 68 North (Clear Spring Exit) to Clear Spring. Proceed straight through intersection on Route 68 North turning right on to Broadfording Road. Make a left on to Blair Valley Road and follow to the Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area. Turn left into parking lot and ramp area.

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