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POSTPONED: The March and April dates of Nite Bite Fishing season. Check back soon for more details.

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 Drop-in TOURNAMENTS and have your fish weighed and measured, you must sign up for the tournament at each Nite Bite date - see tabs below for complete details on the new 2020 Tournament format).

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

Click the image below to download a PDF of the Nite Bite Fishing flier!

Nite Bite Fishing Flier

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 can enter the Nite Bite Drop-in Tournaments for only $15 at each Nite Bite date (new format for 2020!).  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.


2020 Nite Bite Fishing

RP9154.101   Mar 28    6-11pm   Sa  POSTPONED

RP9154.102   Apr 24     6-11pm   F  POSTPONED

RP9154.103   May 22    6-11pm   F

RP9154.104   Jun 27     6pm-Midnight   Sa

RP9154.105   Jul 25      6pm-Midnight   Sa

RP9154.106   Aug 7      6pm-Midnight   F

RP9154.107   Sep 12    6-11pm   Sa

RP9154.108   Oct 10    6-11pm   Sa

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!


Regulations for Nite Bite Fishing: See Drop-in Tournament tab for tournament rules.
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 16 yrs or older must have a valid fishing license during fishing programs and events. Click here to purchase a license online!
4.  All anglers must follow all Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rules & regulations. More Information:
5.  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.
6.  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).
7.  Only registered Nite Bite Drop-in Tournament anglers will be allowed to enter fish for weighing and prize money.

Nite Bite Drop-in Tournaments

NEW FORMAT for 2020! Nite Bite Drop-in Tournaments

All Nite Bite Fishing dates
SIgn up on-site at any Nite Bite Fishing event for the Nite Bite Drop-in Tournaments! $15 entry fee includes Nite Bite Fishing entry for that evening. Half of your $15 fee goes to the event, half goes into the pot for the biggest catch of the night! All fish must meet Tournament minimum size requirements.
Download a PDF of the Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series Rules HERE.

No winner that evening? The pot rolls over to the next Nite Bite Fishing date! Prize monay paid out by check mailed to the winner.

Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 or

Don't miss the Spring Fishing Tournament in May!
Spring Fishing Tourn logo

Congratulations to returning champion Jason Brugh, 2019 Nite Bite Fishing Tournament Series winner with his 18" 2.85 lb bass, weighed in October 12!

Nite Bite catches

Nite Bite Fishing Clinics

Available most Nite Bite Fishing dates except the last of the season.

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

2020 Nite Bite Fishing

RP9154.121   Mar 28    6:30-11pm   Sa   POSTPONED

RP9154.122   Apr 24     6:30-11pm   F   POSTPONED

RP9154.123   May 22    6:30-11pm   F

RP9154.124   Jun 27     6:30-11pm   Sa

RP9154.125   Jul 25      6:30-11pm   Sa

RP9154.126   Aug 7      6:30-11pm   F

RP9154.127   Sep 12    6:30-11pm   Sa

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).

Please note: Under 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian who MUST also be registered for the class.

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