Antietam Creek anglers can cast for carp, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and brown trout. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service manages most of the creek as a put-and-grow fishery, meaning that although trout may survive and grow, they are unable to naturally reproduce and must be maintained through the annual stocking of fingerlings.
Off U.S. 40, just east of Hagerstown
Maryland's only major limestone-influenced trout stream features a 1 1/2-mile stretch designated for catch-and-release fly-fishing only. Beaver Creek, which runs into Antietam Creek, is home to brown and rainbow trout.
Big Hunting Creek
Frederick County, Md. - www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/recreational/fwhotbighuntingcreek.html
The special regulation area is contained within Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park. Anglers will find varied habitat shaded by large hemlocks and hardwoods throughout. The creek supports one of the strongest populations of wild brown trout in the state.
Blairs Valley Lake
Washington County and Franklin County, Pa. - www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/recreational/fwhotblairsvalley.html
The Fisheries Service of DNR manages the sportfish populations in the lake to provide public angling opportunities. Anglers will find largemouth bass, tiger muskie, bluegill, black crappie, redear sunfish, yellow perch, brown bullhead and carp.
Located in the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Cushwa Basin offers a small, enclosed fishing area that?s perfect for youngsters. Visitors also can tour a nearby lockhouse, re-watered section of the canal and the Conococheague Aqueduct.
Devil's Backbone Park
Md. 68, near Boonsboro - www.washco-md.net/public_works/parks/devils.htm
Anglers love to cast into picturesque Antietam Creek, which meanders through Devil's Backbone Park. The creek does have wheelchair accessibility for anglers
Fort Frederick State Park
Big Pool, Md. 301-842-2155 - Website
Fishing is just one of the amenities offered at this park, which also features a boat launch, cross country skiing, camp sites, flat water canoeing, a hiking trail, a playground and a visitor's center.
Greenbrier State Park
21843 National Pike, Boonsboro 301-791-4767 - www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/greenbrier.html
The 42-acre freshwater lake at Greenbrer is stocked with trout, largemouth bass and bluegill. A Maryland Angler's License is required for all fishermen 16 years of age or older.
In the beautiful Potomac, anglers will find freshwater fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass, tiger muskie, crappie, channel catfish, redbreast sunfish, walleye and carp.
For a list of fisheries, free fishing day events, visit www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries.
This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com