Fishing at Deep Creek Lake

Looking for a relaxing, yet exciting, activity the whole family can enjoy? Why not give fishing at Deep Creek Lake a try!

There are a wide variety of fish stocked in Deep Creek Lake. These include Trout, Bass, Yellow Perch, and Walleye. Fishing at Deep Creek Lake is popular among locals and tourists, and is available all four seasons of the year. Some hot spots include McHenry Cove which is located along the northern end of the lake, areas by boat, and additional public access points. Public fishing docks, which are wheelchair accessible, are located at Deep Creek Lake State Park. If you would prefer to leave it to the pros, some of our local fishing shops offer guided fishing tours.


Whether you are adventuring out on your own fishing trip or are using a local guide service, here are some guidelines for planning your next outing on Deep Creek Lake.

Fall Fishing at Deep Creek Lake

Before You Go

Some species of fish in the lake are catch and release only. Make sure to research local fishing regulations or check with DNR to be aware of what types of fish are in season and which are for catch and release only.


A fishing license is required to fish on the waters of the lake. Fishing licenses can be purchased online before your visit, or after you arrive from one of our local vendors. Individuals under the age of 16 are not required to purchase a license.


Free fishing days in Maryland, where no fishing license is required, are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4th.

Summer Kayak Fishing at Deep Creek Lake

Fishing Tips

The best time to fish is early in the morning or evening.


Be sure to bring along basic items such as extra clothing, rain gear, and comfortable shoes. Sunscreen, water, and snacks are also important for your trip. The weather can quickly change, so being prepared for the day is key enjoying your experience.


If you forgot something or need to stock up, live bait and artificial lures can be purchased locally. Some popular lures include jigs, topwater lures, and spinners. Some popular live bait to use includes shiners, crawfish, and nightcrawlers.


Deep Creek Lake is known to have some of the best freshwater fishing in Maryland, so get out and have some fun!

Wanting to explore the surrounding area? Check out some other great fishing spots in Garrett County!

View a full list of Garrett County freshwater fisheries, visit the Maryland DNR website.



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