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Fishing

Spring 2019 program & class registration opens online at 6pm Mar 6 for Howard County residents!  View dates and details below and click the RP numbers to sign up online! 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 (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!

Send us a picture of your catch!

If you have a picture of your catch, please email it to [email protected]. Be sure to include your name and the date of the catch so we can match to the correct post. Pictures may be posted at the Adventure Shack (www.howardcountymd.gov/adventureshack); stop down for bait, tackle, ice, snacks and much more!

Anglers Log thumbnail   Fill out the Centennial Lake Anglers Log below to share and view what other people have caught on the lake!

Recent catches: The bass were biting Easter weekend!

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Youth

Intro To Fishing
New angler?  Learn how to rig a pole, cast, identify fish, tie knots and much more!  No experience necessary - all equipment and bait is provided for use during the program.  This is a great way to make friends and swap fish stories while learning a new lifelong outdoor skill.
5-13 yrs  /  2 classes, start dates below / $35
RP9153.301    May 9   Centennial Park Fishing Shed   6-8pm    Th

18 yrs+  /  May 22  / $19
RP9156.301    May 22   Centennial Park Fishing Shed   6:30-8:30pm    W

55 yrs+  /  May 9  / $25  (This class is part of the Encore Adventures program)
RP9171.301    May 9   Centennial Park South   9:30am-Noon    Th

Let's Go Fishing! (Parent/Child)
5-12 yrs / 2 classes / $35
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 is provided.  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
RP9152.301    April 6    Centennial Park Fishing Shed   8-9:30am     Sa

RP9152.302    April 23   Centennial Park Fishing Shed   6-7:30pm    Tu

RP9152.303    May 6     Centennial Park Fishing Shed   6-7:30pm     M  CANCELLED

Nite Bite Fishing Clinics
5 yrs+ / 1 class / $10
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.

 

Adult

Let's Go Fishing! (Parent/Child)
5-12 yrs / 2 classes, start dates below / $45
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 is provided.  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.
Centennial Park Fishing Shed

Nite Bite Fishing Clinics
5 yrs+ / Dates below / $10
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.

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 anglers 14 yrs+ can enter the Nite Bite Tournament Series for a chance to win cash prizes over all the Nite Bite dates.  Boaters welcome. 
      Spring Fishing Tournament
A fun recreation tournament at Centennial Lake on the first Saturday in May. Boaters welcome. 
JCH Fishing Derby logo      Jordan Craig Hock Memorial Fishing Derby
FREE Memorial Fishing Derby in August for anglers 15 yrs and under. 

Camps

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

Fishing Camp
7-12 yrs / 4 days
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
11-14 yrs / 4 days
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
9-12 yrs / 4 days
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
10-12 yrs / 4 days
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 more information!

Howard County Recreation & Parks Centennial Lake Angler’s Log
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 along with any pertinent forms.

Don't miss special School's Out Adventures on days when Howard County public schools are closed!  Visit the main Adventure & Outdoors page for details on opportunities for archery, rock climbing, canoeing & kayaking, campfires and much more!

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