Fly fisherman in waders casting in creek
Fly Fishing on Big Hunting Creek

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BIG HUNTING CREEK has played a prominent role in the development of recreational trout fishing in Maryland. The stream has long been popular among fly fishermen. It is the birthplace of the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, an organization dedicated to helping young people understand and appreciate the sport of angling and the resources upon which it depends. Big Hunting Creek was first in the State of Maryland to be designated as a fly-fishing only stream. Later it became Maryland's first catch-and-return trout stream.

The Potomac Valley Fly Fishermen and the Maryland Fly Anglers stock Big Hunting Creek with rainbow and brook trout. Maryland DNR stocks Big Hunting Creek Lake, Frank Bentz Lake, and Owens Creek downstream from the park.

Anglers will find brook, brown, and rainbow trout in Big Hunting Creek. All three species spawn in the stream. No brook trout can be possessed from any stream in the park.

For detailed regulations, closure dates, and stocking schedules, consult the Maryland trout fishing website, view the Maryland sport fishing guide or Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Areas .


  • Maryland fishing license and trout stamp are required.
  • All trout caught must be released.
  • A person may NOT use or possess any natural bait, baitfish, fishbait, scents or natural or synthetic devices capable of catching fish except artificial flies or streamers.
  • Only artificial flies and streamers constructed in a normal fashion using natural and/or synthetic materials on a single hook with the components wound on or about the hook.
  • A person may fish only with conventional fly fishing tackle. The use of spinning, spincast, and casting reels is prohibited.
  • Fly fishing is permitted throughout the year.

Maryland fishing lisence and trout stamp required.
All brook trout must be released.

Along Foxville Deerfield Road
  • No tackle restrictions.
  • Keep only 2 brown trout per day.
Along Rt. 550, down stream of Buck Lantz Road
  • March 1-May 31-Put and take (5 fish a day) with no tackle restrictions.
  • June 1-February 28-Catch and release only, artificial lures only.
A small pond in front of a forest with fall foliage.
The Lewis Pond is a peaceful fishing spot.

NPS Photo/John Zuke

Lewis Area

The Lewis Pond is a peaceful water feature on the southeastern edge of the park in the Lewis Area. Visitors can relax on the water's edge and fish, enjoy the cool shade of the trees, or start out on a hike along the Gateway Trail which leads into the larger park.

Fishing at the Lewis Pond has no tackle restrictions. Statewide regulations for bass and sunfish apply.

Last updated: May 17, 2021

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