by Patrick McDougall
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
Is there any better way to spend a Spring or Summer day than with rod and reel in hand, the fish biting, and dreams of a nice, fat catch at the end of your line? Not in my experience. Fishing is a great way to spend some quality family time, have a day out with the buddies, or just get away from it all for a few hours.
Did you know that there are a multitude of opportunities for great fishing available not far from your own back door? If you want to grab the fishing tackle, set up on a pier, and try your luck along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, or a stocked pond, then Baltimore County is the place for you.
We are home to over a dozen public fishing piers where everyone can bring their rod and reel and see what’s biting. How about a day on the reservoir, trying to hook a trout, walleye, crappie, catfish, or bass from a rented rowboat or electric motor boat? Head to Loch Raven Fishing Center and take advantage of their affordable boat rentals. Have your own trailered boat and need access to the Bay, Middle River, Bear Creek, Patapsco River, or other tidal waterways to spend a day trolling for the big one? Take advantage of Baltimore County’s FREE public boat ramps. Shoreline fishing is also available at most of our waterfront parks, but the best spots are well-guarded secrets that you’ll just have to discover on your own!
If you need information on how to get a fishing license or fishing regulations, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ licensing page. Another great resource for fishing and waterfront information is the Baltimore County Marine Trades Association’s 2012 Waterfront Guide. So grab your fishing rod, gather your tackle, stop at a local bait shop for some fish-enticing victuals, and head out to your soon-to-be-favorite Baltimore County fishin’ spot!