6 spots to take the kids fishing in Maryland

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Updated May 2016

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Kinder Farm Park, Anne Arundel County
There's not just one, but two ponds available for catch-and-release fishing at Kinder Farm Park — Cattail Pond and Bunks Pond. The ponds are surrounded by shade trees and have a variety of fish for kids to catch. When the kids tire of fishing, check out the shaded playground, working farm with animals and trails to keep them happy.
Fish: Chain pickerel, sunfish and brown bullhead
1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville
aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/kinder-farm

Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Prince George's County
This 38-acre lake features a picturesque pier and gazebo — and the opportunity to combine a fishing trip with bird watching. The lake is stocked by the DNR with trout, which you can catch-and-take with a trout stamp. When fishing gets old, there is a birding trail nearby.
Fish: Bass, bluegill, trout
Berwyn Road and 55th Avenue, Berwyn Heights
www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Lake_Artemesia_natural_area.htm

Lost Lake, Patapsco State Park, Baltimore County
Lost Lake or Avalon Pond is in the Avalon area of the park and is a good start for kids because it is shaded, close to parking and not far from bathrooms. It is stocked with trout by the DNR and, until recently, was only open to children and seniors. It is close to a paved trail that leads to a swinging bridge and there is a playground nearby. The Patapsco River also has good fishing spots and is great for wading.
Fish: Largemouth bass, bluegill, a few bullheads, trout
5120 South St., Halethorpe
dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/patapscoavalon.aspx

Centennial Park, Howard County
Try fishing from a boat at Centennial Lake. Rent a rowboat from the boathouse and, once on the water, kids can try for a variety of fish available in the lake. You can also fish on the shoreline, which is easily accessed from the main path around the lake. For a break, there are four playgrounds situated around the lake.
Fish: Largemouth bass, tiger muskie, panfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout.
1000 Maryland Route 108, Ellicott City
centennialmd.org/index.php?dove=fishing

Calvert Cliffs Park Pond, Calvert County
Foraging for fish as well as fossils can make a trip to Calvert Cliffs worthwhile. With the right license, you can fish on the beach at Calvert Cliffs, but with inexperienced fishermen, it may be easier to start with the park's small fishing pond. The pond is just 1 acre and is located in the picnic area and close to a playground.
Fish: Largemouth bass, bluegill, also a few redear sunfish
10540 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby
dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/calvertcliffs.aspx

Tuckahoe Lake, Queen Anne's County
There are plenty of bass and bluegill in this 19-acre lake, but if you fish near stumps and roots you will also find chain pickerel, a predator fish that might thrill the kids. When fishing gets old, head to the recycled tire playground or hike a nature trail. Also check for free family activities during the summer.
Fish: Bass, bluegill, chain pickerel, white and black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, perch, brown bullhead and carp
13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne
dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tuckahoe.aspx

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