|Enjoy All the County
has to Offer in the Great Outdoors!
"If you want to
fish or hunt - Harford County is the place"
Whether its angling or gunning you seek, you'll find it in Harford
County. For the area, adjacent to the Susquehanna and the upper
Chesapeake Bay, also abounds in fields, streams, and woods, making
it a paradise to (hunters and fisherman alike).
According to the annual
report of the Game and Inland fish commission for the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1952, the following anglers licenses were sold:
3,937 resident (at $1.25 each), 290 Non-resident (at $9.75 each)
and 488 3-day tourist (at $1.50 each) making a total of 4,715 licenses
sold. There were 1,733 county resident hunting licenses issued (at
$1.00 each) and 51 nonresident (at $19.95 each).
in Harford County provides picturesque and profitable background
for this great American escape from too tense living. Except for
a few winter months there are no seasonal restrictions on the saltwater
sport fishing in Maryland. Because of their spawning habits, spring
and fall are the best seasons for migratory fish but for Bay-dwelling
species summer is best. There are more than 200 species of fish
in the Bay and its tributaries. Neither resident nor nonresident
fishing license is required for saltwater sport fishing in Maryland
tidal waters. (Tidewaters include those where there is an ebb and
flow of tide). Pike and Perch abound in winter; stripers, weakfish,
and hardheads in spring. Marylanders have fished in the salt waters
of their state for more than three centuries.
Many unusual fish are
found in these waters; toadfish, for instance, which have large
mouths fringed with tentacles and rabbit fish, which have faces
In Harford County fishing
is possible in both tidal and non-tidal waters. There are no temporary
trout streams in this area. Other trout streams in Harford County
are James Run Watershed to Old Philadelphia Road: Rock Run Watershed
and Mine Branch Watershed. Only the brook trout are native to Maryland.
Bass, crappie, sunfish,
suckers, bullheads, and catfish are also found in these waters as
well as in Atkisson Reservoir, Deer Creek, Little Gunpowder and
Rock Run. The Susquehanna River and Conowingo Reservoir are, perhaps,
two of the most popular fishing spots in Harford County. In the
river yellow perch, pikeperch (also known as walleye pike or Susquehanna
salmon) are abundant, the walleye being one of the best eating fish
found in Maryland.
In Conowingo Dam many
species of catfish leap among the ripples and flick their forked
tails at fishermen who line the shores of this deep, picturesque
water spot. The catfish are divided into three groups, namely: the
catfishes proper: the bullheads: the madtoms. The most commonly
used bait for catching these fish is earthworms, particularly night
Trolling for striped
bass in the upper Chesapeake Bay or the lower Susquehanna is just
a little different. Wire or plastic leads are used; the leads are
from 15 feet in length and using a 4 to 16 oz lead sinkers. For
bait when they are biting any shiny artificial lure will do, even
and ordinary hook with a piece of pork rind will do the trick. 1
1 Harford County
Directory 1953 by the State Directories Publishing Company