Only those lucky few that have fly-fished in one of the many babbling brooks and running rivers surrounding Deep Creek know the unique serenity and enjoyment that being that close to nature can bring you. Whether you prefer lure or fly-fishing, the Deep Creek area has something to satisfy any angler. You can fish Deep Creek Lake itself along the shore at public areas including Deep Creek Lake State Park’s fishing piers, or any of our lakefront rental houses, and also by boat. The fact that gas engines are permitted on the lake makes it a poplar destination for bass fishing enthusiasts. In fact, smallmouth & Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Bluegill, Rainbow & Brown Trout, and Pickerel can all be found in the fishable waters in and near Deep Creek Lake.
Deep Creek Lake itself is known for great Bass fishing, both large and small mouth are afforded get habitat with the abundance of submerged stumps and floating docks along the shoreline of Deep Creek Lake. Walleye and yellow perch are also common but they don’t give it up easy, it takes a skilled angler’s to land these puppies. The yellow perch are the best game in town for winter ice fishing. You can also find northern pike, bluegill, citation sunfish and brown trout in the lake.
The Savage River is a great place to get a line wet. Located only 20 Minutes from Deep Creek Lake, runs this blue ribbon trout stream packed with trophy wild brown trout, brook trout, rainbow tout and cutthroats. The lower savage river is a great place to go fly-fishing near Deep Creek Lake, despite the fact that the structure and gradient of the river can make it tough. Once you figure out how to fish it, the lower Savage is full of wild browns and brook trout hiding in pools and among the boulders and rock. The secret to not getting skunked here is to keep your cast short and high stick when you’re throwing dry flies. When selecting a fly, keep in mind that any of the dark and small variations of the traditional eastern hatches usually work well for you. Also, don’t forget that Native Brook Trout are protected in the Savage River watershed.
You’ll find an interesting place to fish at the Youghiogheny River. This is a catch and release trout fishing area located in the Youghiogheny Wild and Scenic River Corridor, managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Yough has an interesting story, the name given to the river by the Native Americans translates to “a river that flows in a contrary direction”, because the river flows from south to north. The early 1900’s brought deforestation and coal mining that devastated the river with massive fish kills. Once the Yough gained protected status in 1976 as the state’s first Wild and Scenic River, it began to make a strong comeback, and today you can catch trout and smallmouth bass, beware if you catch one of these suckers on a fly rod, you on in for a fight! Best of all, river otters, mink, and ospreys have returned to this beautiful waterway and are easily seen as you fish.
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