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Take a Child Fishing

“To Catch a Fish,” is one of the Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, issued as part of the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, an initiative to ensure all Maryland young people have the opportunity to connect with their natural world and grow to become informed and responsible stewards.

Maryland’s My First Fish Program recognizes an angler that catches his or her first fish in Maryland. A special certificate is available online to an angler for this first fish.

Fishing rodeos are typically held at small ponds or lakes and are aimed at helping beginners successfully catch a fish, visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/youth/rodeo.aspx.

Share your fishing story on the Anglers Log!
http://dnrweb.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/fishingreport/log.asp

The Youth Fishing Club is open to everyone between the ages of 5 and 15. Membership is free.

For more information on youth fishing or to join the Maryland Youth Fishing Club, visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/Fisheries/Pages/youth/index.aspx.

Youth, Senior and Blind Angler
Fishing Areas

Areas:

  • Jones Falls, Baltimore County—Jones Falls and tributaries above Stevenson Road.
  • Laurel Run (Moscow), Allegany County.
  • Pangborn Pond, Washington County.
  • Rising Sun Pond, Cecil County—restrictions in effect from March 1 through May 15. On May 16, the area returns to limited harvest with no age restriction.
  • Boonsboro Pond, Washington County—behind Boonsboro Free Library.

Restrictions:

  • Fishing is limited to anglers who are under 16 years old, 65 years and older, or blind.
  • Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Area regulations apply in these areas.

Youth and Blind Fishing Areas

Areas:

  • Carroll Creek, Frederick County—from the red post located 300 yards upstream of Baughmans Lane, downstream to the dam at College Avenue.
  • George’s Creek, Allegany County—within Town Park in Westernport.
  • Glades Park Pond, Garrett County—on Liberty Street in Oakland.
  • Little Tonoloway Creek, Washington County—within Weidmeyer Park in Hancock.
  • Little Antietam Creek, Washington County—at Keedysville, from Coffman Farms Road downstream to Maryland Route 34.
  • Parkview Pond, Garrett County—off Hershberger Lane in Grantsville.

Restrictions:

  • Limited to anglers who are under 16 years old or blind.
  • Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Area regulations apply in these areas.

Limited Harvest Fishing Areas

Areas:

  • Allens Pond, Prince George’s County.
  • Bowie Town Center Pond, Prince George’s County.
  • Cosca Lake, Prince George’s County.
  • Farm Museum Pond, Carroll County.
  • Governor’s Bridge Natural Area Pond, Prince George’s County.
  • Greenbelt Lake, Prince George’s County.
  • Hughesville Pond, Charles County.
  • Hutchins Pond, Calvert County.
  • Lake Artemesia, Prince George’s County.
  • Merkle Wildlife Management Area, Prince George’s County—all ponds located within the Merkle WMA area boundaries.
  • Milltown Landing Pond, Prince George’s County.
  • Myrtle Grove Pond, Charles County.
  • Pemberton Pond, Wicomico County.
  • Rising Sun Pond, Cecil County—age restricted March 1 through May 15.
  • Roberts Field Pond, Carroll County.
  • Robert’s Mill Pond, Carroll County.
  • South Germantown Park Pond, Montgomery County, in South Germantown Park.
  • Tucker Pond, Prince George’s County.
  • Westminster Community Pond, Carroll County.

Restrictions:

  • You may not possess more than 10 fish.
  • You may not possess more than one largemouth bass, not to exceed 15 inches in length.
  • For areas that are also on the Put-and-Take Trout Fishing list, only 5 fish of the 10 fish limit may be trout species.
  • There is no minimum size for largemouth bass in these areas.

Impoundments Limited to Catch-and-Return Fishing

You may not possess any fish in these areas:

  • Lake Hashawa, Carroll County.
  • Upper John Owings Pond, Carroll County.
  • Waterworks Park, Anne Arundel County—City of Annapolis.