LET'S GO FISHING in CHARLES COUNTY
Southern Maryland Recreational Complex
Cedarville State Forest
10201 Bee Oak Road
Brandywine, MD 20613
Call 1-888-432-CAMP(2267) for reservations
LICENSE/FEES: The Potomac's main river, as well as its Maryland and Virginia tributaries, can be fished with a Maryland tidal license. MARYLAND Tidal License is $14; Tidal 5-day License is $6. Fishing above the I-95 Bridge requires a D.C. license. WASHINGTON DC Non-Resident License is $10 and 14-day License is $5.
Port Tobacco Marina, Port Tobacco, 301-870-3133
Located in historic Port Tobacco, one of Maryland's oldest towns, this marina offers three ramps, fuel, a boatel, and Mercruiser service. The ramp fee is $7 and hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
You found your home. You settled your contract. You've moved in. The children are enrolled in school. The house is stocked with groceries. What's next??
LET'S GO FISHING ! !
Charles County has one of the best fresh water fishing holes in Maryland. The mouth of Mattawoman Creek at the Potomac River is hot, hot, hot Largemouth Bass fishing water. This is the "JEWEL" of fishing water in Charles County.
Other fish caught in these waters are:
White Perch, school fish that can be caught from the bank with worms and from a boat with small spinners or small minnows. 8-14".
Bluegill - the king of sun fish very popular with children can be caught from the banks with worms or from a boat with worms, small spinners along the banks, or small minnows for large Bluegill. Wonder sport with flies or small poppers and your fly rod. 6-8" (hand size).
Large Mouth Bass, the king of fresh water fish. 9-16" catches are usual, with 9" being more usual than 16". However, in this water, Large Mouth Bass can be measured in pounds, 2-5 lbs. being a good catch. Trophy fish would not be unusual. Use a good strong rod and spinner baits, spinners, poppers, buzz-baits, crank baits, bombers, plastic worms and grubs (I have a favorite) and any good bass baits that you love and in which you have confidence. Watch the seasons and limits.
Yellow Perch (run in early spring), 8-10" school fish that like spinners from the banks or from a boat.
Crappie, 7-12", school fish that love small darts or minnow like lures and small minnows. Catch in any brush near the banks. Or, find a school and have a blast. Great tasting fish.
Striped Bass, don't go out especially for this fish, but they can be caught in these waters in spawning season and throughout the year since the Potomac River has always had a good population of this very popular and tasty fish. 14-30". They love big casting baits, minnow baits and big spinners. Watch the seasons.
To reach the park, travel Rt. 301 to Rt. 225 in La Plata, Maryland. Take Rt. 225 to Rt. 224 and turn left. Follow signs to the park.
Get a license.