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Deep Creek Lake Fishing Tips

Deep Creek Lake fishing is a favorite pastime – especially during the spring months. We put together some of the basic info on what you might catch and where to go. Before you head out, be sure you get your Maryland fishing license.

What You’ll Catch

Deep Creek Lake supports a variety of species of fish. Bass fishing is especially popular. Smallmouth bass are the most common, but largemouth bass are often caught as well. Walleye are found in the lake too but can be challenging to locate and catch. The yellow perch is also a frequent catch particularly through the ice in winter. Northern pike are less common, and they attract anglers who target the species. Chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, and sunfish are also found in Deep Creek.

Where to Go

Deep Creek Lake fishing habitat varies. You will find steep rocky shorelines near the dam and silt bottomed shallow coves in the southern end. Deeper areas of the lake with consistently cold water have trout year-round. Submerged stumps and floating docks create cover for both largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as sunfish.

Almost all of the lake’s shoreline is owned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and access for fishing is permitted. You must avoid private boat docks. With the exception of a small buoyed area at the lake outlet structure, you can fish the entire lake by boat. Keep in mind that beaching a boat is not permitted unless it is an emergency. See the current Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbing for fishing regulations.

Rudow’s FishTalk put together a selection of more specific “hot spots” to hit via boat. Click here to check them out.

If you don’t have a boat, visit Deep Creek Lake State Park to fish from the shoreline or the docks. This is great if you are with a group as there are other activities like swimming, playgrounds, and hiking trails.

Beyond the Lake

Fishing opportunities abound beyond the lake. Garrett County is home to numerous lakes and rivers (great for fly fishing) where you can cast your line. Here are a few other spots to check out:

Youghiogheny Scenic and Wild River

Savage River

Broadford Lake

Herrington Manor


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