Special Fishing Areas: Youth, Senior, and Blind Anglers

Maryland designates specific fishing areas to support youth, senior, and blind anglers, ensuring accessible and enjoyable fishing opportunities for these groups. Below are the designated areas and the applicable restrictions.

Youth, Senior, and Blind Angler Fishing Areas

  • Laurel Run (Moscow), Allegany County
  • Pangborn Pond, Washington County
  • Rising Sun Pond, Cecil County: Restrictions apply from March 1 through May 15. Starting May 16, there are no age restrictions.
  • Boonsboro Pond, Washington County: Located behind Boonsboro Free Library


  • Fishing is exclusively reserved for anglers under 16 years old, those 65 years and older, or individuals who are blind.
  • Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Area regulations are enforced in these areas.

Youth and Blind Fishing Areas

  • Carroll Creek, Frederick County: From 300 yards upstream of Baughmans Lane, downstream to the dam at College Avenue.
  • George’s Creek, Allegany County: Within Town Park in Westernport.
  • Glades Park Pond, Garrett County: On Liberty Street in Oakland.
  • Little Tonoloway Creek, Washington County: Within Weidmeyer Park in Hancock.
  • Little Antietam Creek, Washington County: At Keedysville, from Coffman Farms Road downstream to MD Route 34.
  • Parkview Pond, Garrett County: Off Hershberger Lane in Grantsville.


  • Limited to anglers under 16 years old or those who are blind.
  • Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Area regulations apply.

Impoundments Limited to Catch-and-Return Fishing

In these areas, possession of any fish is prohibited, emphasizing catch-and-release practices to conserve fish populations:

  • Lake Hashawa, Carroll County
  • Upper John Owings Pond, Carroll County
  • Waterworks Park, Anne Arundel County: City of Annapolis

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