See details for current & upcoming classes & programs in the tabs below; custom programs available for Scouts and other groups.

All Anglers age sixteen (16) and older must have a current freshwater fishing license for all programs and events (Non-tidal freshwater fishing). For more information on fishing in Maryland, check out the Maryland Fishing Guide from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources!

All classes are catch & release; detailed information emailed to class participants within a week of the start date (summer camp information is mailed approximately two weeks prior to the start of camp).

Want some tips on fishing for beginners? Visit the Take Me Fishing page from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation!

For more information on fishing programs and camps, contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.

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Click here to download a PDF of our fishing program trifold brochure!

Classes for Youth and Adults

Click the RP number for current class dates and to sign up online! Contact us for information on custom programs for families and small groups.

Let's Go Fishing! (Parent/Child)
This fishing class for beginners focuses on rigging a pole, casting, fish identification, knot tying and much more! No experience necessary - all equipment and bait provided for use during the program. This class is a great way to spend quality family time together while learning a new lifelong skill. Fee is for one parent and one child - in case of siblings, we ask that an adult accompany each child.
5-12 yrs / 2 classes, start dates below  / $45
RP9152.101   Centennial Park Fishing Shed   Sep 14   5:30-7pm   Mondays

RP9152.102   Centennial Park Fishing Shed   Sep 24   5:30-7pm   Thursdays

Youth Fishing Club
New and experienced anglers, make friends and swap fish stories lakeside! Learn or review how to rig a pole, cast, identify fish, tie knots and more! No experience necessary - all equipment and bait is provided for use during the program.
5-13 yrs / 4 weeks starting Sep 15  / $70
RP9153.101   Centennial Park Fishing Shed  Sep 15   5:30-7pm  Tuesdays

Nite Bite Fishing Clinics
Want to fish but not sure how to get started? Wondering which bait and rod to use? Join Rec & Parks staff and learn to fish during Nite Bite Fishing events. Fee includes entry to Nite Bite Fishing. First hour is instruction and instructor will remain on site for assistance until 11pm. All fishing equipment and bait provided for use during the clinic; bring your own flashlight or lantern. Under 16 years must be accompanied by a participating and registered adult.  Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/nightfishing for complete details. Click the age range below for available dates:
Centennial Park South Boat Launch  / $10 individual
5yrs+ with an adult


Intro to Fly Fishing
Learn to fly fish for the first time or improve your skills! Discover how to choose the right gear, tie common fly fishing knots and the keys to selecting the right fly. Practice the mechanics of casting with experienced local Trout Unlimited instructors. No experience necessary and all equipment provided for use during the program.
18 yrs / 2 classes
RP9157   Centennial Park Fishing Shed   $35

Freshwater Fishing Trip
18 yrs+
Intermediate and experienced anglers, come take a trip to Zett's Tristate Fish Farm & Hatchery!  Eight freshwater fishing ponds stocked with an assortment of freshwater fish. Catch and release, or each angler may keep up to six fish - bring your own cooler. Rod, tackle and some natural bait provided - additional bait available for purchase on-site.  Bring your lunch - feel free to bring your own rod & tackle.
Contact us if interested in this trip - custom group trips available.

Tournaments & Events



Nite Bite Fishing logo     Nite Bite Fishing
Fish Centennial Lake at night! All ages and boaters welcome. 
      Spring Fishing Tournament
A fun recreation tournament at Centennial Lake on the first Saturday in May. Boaters welcome. 


Fish during summer camps!  Visit the Adventure & Outdoor Camp page for more information on these exciting fishing opportunities: 

Fishing Camp
Enjoy the sport of fishing while learning why and when fish bite. Discover when to use natural and artificial bait, and prepare to go after the biggest fish out there! Bring your rod and artificial lures; natural bait is provided. Bring a snack and beverage (no nut products).

Ultimate Fishing: Shore & Boat Adventure
Calling all intermediate and advanced anglers! Enjoy the sport of freshwater fishing on lakes across Maryland. Go fishing in and on Centennial Lake on the first day. The real excitement begins on Tuesday while traveling to Western Maryland, hitting fishing hot spots along the way.  Shoreline fish Deep Creek Lake and Herrington Manor State Parks on Wednesday and conclude this fishing adventure by boat on Thursday, fishing Deep Creek Lake. Bring your rod and artificial lures; natural bait is provided. Fee includes most meals, transportation (bus or van), two nights tent camping, supervision and activities.

Archery & Fishing Camp
Try your hand at two lifelong outdoor activities in this beginner camp!  Discover and practice new skills in casting, fish identification and knot tying.  Learn the essentials of target archery such as range safety, equipment use and technique from USArchery certified instructors.  Camp includes trips to some special fishing spots where the fish are definitely biting!  Bring a non-perishable lunch and beverage each day (no nut products). Schedule is subject to change; camp will be held rain or shine. Fee includes van or bus transportation, supervision, equipment and activities.

Padding & Fishing Camp
Paddle your way through a fun and exciting introduction to two lifelong outdoor activities.  Discover and practice skills in casting, knot tying and a variety of fishing techniques.  Earn a flatwater basics paddling certificate from an ACA certified instructor, then combine those skills as you fish Centennial Lake by canoe! No experience necessary. Bring a non-perishable lunch (no nut products) and beverage. Camp is held rain or shine; schedule is subject to change. Fee includes van or bus transportation, supervision, equipment and activities.

Visit the Adventure & Outdoor Camp page for complete details!

Additional Information

Have a scout group, school group or just a bunch of friends that want to learn to fish?  Contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754, to set up a custom program just for you!

Many Fishing CLASSES meet at the Fishing Shed in Centennial Park!  The Fishing Shed is located in Centennial Park South in the parking lot adjacent to the maintenance shop; once in the park off Rt 108, make the first right and continue past the boat ramp and Pavilions E, F & G.  Park in the last lot on the left before the employee parking area.  All participants should check their email in the week prior to the start of the class - a program letter with directions and details will be emailed alon