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Fishing

Visitors fishing on the refuge - USFWS.

Refuge visitors may fish within the North Tract at Lake Allen, New Marsh, Cattail Pond, Rieve's Pond, Bailey Bridge Marsh, and the Little Patuxent River. In addition, at South Tract, visitors may fish at Cash Lake. These areas support predominantly bluegill, largemouth bass, catfish, black and white crappie, pickerel, shad, chub, carp and yellow perch.

Fishing season and hours vary by location as follows: 

North Tract Season 

All Year (during operating hours; some exceptions apply)

Cash Lake Season 

April 1 – October 12, 2014
(Sunrise - Sunset)

Anglers must have a current Maryland non-tidal fishing license and a seasonal refuge fishing/parking pass issued by the refuge. Refuge fishing passes are free and available at the National Wildlife Visitor Center beginning in March (between the hours of 9:00AM and 4:30PM daily except for federal holidays) and currently available at the North Tract Visitor Contact Station (between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:30PM daily except for federal holidays). Anglers are asked to bring their Maryland non-tidal fishing license.

Fresh water fishing and boating laws of the State of Maryland apply except as further restricted in refuge fishing regulations. See refuge fishing regulations (pdf) and fishing harvest limits (pdf). En español - Reglas de pesca (pdf) y especies y limites de la cesta (pdf).

Learn about the annual Kids Fishing Day at the National Wildlife Visitor Center! 

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014
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