Nite Bite Fishing

All ages

Dates Below / $5*

Centennial Park South

Boat Ramp/Launch

(* $5 fee for each date is for after-hours access to the park to fish only.  To enter the Nite Bite TOURNAMENT Series and have your fish weighed and measured, you must register for the Tournament Series and pay the $100 fee for the season - more information below).

Learn to fish for the first time or brush up on your skills using our equipment at a Nite Bite Fishing Clinic! See tabs below for more information.

Night Bite Final Logo without rule

General Information

Ever wanted to fish Centennial Lake at night?  Now's your chance!

Join Howard County Recreation & Parks for a unique opportunity to fish the lake after hours on select dates.  Bring your own fishing pole, tackle, bait, bug repellent, flashlight or lantern, chair or boat*.  Advance registration is encouraged but on site registration available.  Under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.  Just $5 to fish each night, or anglers 14yrs & up can pay just $100 once and enter the Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series (see tab below for complete details).  More information:  Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or

Know before you go - Call the program status line at 410-313-4451 (option 1 then option 4) to see if the event is still running as scheduled.

* All boats must meet Maryland DNR requirements and must have the proper lights - see Rules tab for more information.


2019 Nite Bite Fishing Dates:

Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP numbers to sign up online!  Registering by date does NOT enter you in the Nite Bite Fishing Tournament or Nite Bite Fishing Clinics - see the tabs for more information on the Tournament Series (anglers age 14 & up) and Clinics.  Visit for a complete list of fishing classes and events!

RP9154.501       Apr 6       6-11pm      Sa

RP9154.502       Apr 26     6-11pm      F  POSTPONED to Jun 21

RP9154.503       May 24    6-11pm      F

RP9154.502       Jun 21     6pm-Midnight      F

RP9154.504       Jun 29      6pm-Midnight     Sa

RP9154.505       Jul 6         6pm-Midnight      Sa  RESCHEDULED to Aug 10

RP9154.506       Aug 9      6pm-Midnight      F

RP9154.505       Aug 10     6pm-Midnight      Sa  NEW DATE!

RP9154.507       Sep 13    6-11pm      F

RP9154.508       Oct 12     6-11pm      Sa


Regulations for Nite Bite Fishing: 
1.  Bring your own fishing pole, bait, tackle, bug repellent, flashlight or lantern, chair or boat.
2.  All anglers must be checked in and/or registered by 8pm on the night of the event.  ALL participants (including spectators) must be checked in and pay the $5 fee to remain in the park after hours (exceptions may be made for non-fishing parents/guardians).
3.  All anglers must follow all Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rules & regulations. More Information:
4.  Boaters are subject to all Maryland DNR boating regulations for Centennial Lake.  ELECTRIC MOTORS ONLY!!  Please make sure you have the proper lights in use: a stern light, red port light and green starboard light.
5.  All boats must be back to the boat launch by 11pm and all vehicles must be out of the park by 11:30pm (12am/12:30am for June/July/August dates).
6.  Only registered Nite Bite Tournament Series anglers will be allowed to enter fish for weighing and cash prize.
7.  Only live fish may be weighed and registered for prize. Fish must be in a bucket.
8.  The largest fish caught during the Nite Bite Tournament Series as determined by the Tournament Official will be declared the winning catch on the basis of weight.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by length (inches).
9.  Coolers and live wells of tournament participants will be inspected to make sure fish are not being brought in prior to the tournament. Violators will be disqualified.
10.  Download a PDF of the Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series Rules HERE.

All anglers 16 yrs or older must have a valid fishing license for all fishing programs and events.  Click here to purchase a license online!

Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series

Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series

14 yrs+  / All Nite Bite dates  / $100
Join the Nite Bite Tournament Series for your chance at catching the Nite Bite Beast!  $100 one-time fee allows anglers ages 14 yrs+ to fish at any or ALL of the 2019 Nite Bite Fishing dates.  Prize money awarded at series conclusion in October.   Register at any time during the Nite Bite year for your chance to win!  Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP number below to sign up for the tournament online!  Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or  Download a PDF of the Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series Rules HERE.
RP9154.550     Centennial Park South Boat Launch/Ramp


Congratulations to Jason Brugh, 2018 Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series winner with his 6.98 lb bass!

Nite Bite Tournament Series Winner

Nite Bite Fishing Clinics

Available most Nite Bite Fishing dates except the first and the last:

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.  This is bare bones instruction - 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.  Fee includes entry to Nite Bite Fishing (not the Tournament Series).  Advance registration strongly encouraged - these Clinics fill quickly and on site registration may not be available.  Under 16 years must be accompanied by a participating and registered adult. Meet Nite Bite Fishing staff at the Centennial Park Boat Ramp the day of the event.  Information:  Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or

Visit for complete details on fishing classes and events!

Call 410-313-7275 to register or click the RP numbers to sign up online!  Clinic participants do not need to register for the $5 Nite Bite Fishing entry separately but registration in the clinic does NOT enter you in the Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series for prize money - see the "Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series" tab for more information (anglers age 14 & up).

RP9154.522       Apr 26     6:30-11pm      F   POSTPONED to Jun 21

RP9154.523       May 24    6:30-11pm      F

RP9154.522       Jun 21     6:30-11pm      F

RP9154.524       Jun 29     6:30-11pm     Sa

RP9154.525       Jul 6        6:30-11pm      Sa   RESCHEDULED to Aug 10

RP9154.526       Aug 9     6:30-11pm      F

RP9154.525       Aug 10        6:30-11pm      Sa   NEW DATE!

RP9154.527       Sep 13    6:30-11pm      F

Visit the main fishing page for additional fishing opportunities with Recreation & Parks!