Reel in Your Meal: 6 Local Spots to Catch Dinner

Read next


Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, there are still closures and last minute cancellations due to Covid-19. Some of the destinations below are now open to the public. We highly recommend that you call ahead or check a park or destination’s website before you pack your kids  (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town.Stay safe!

A scenic drive to pick up grub is nice, but an afternoon catching your own dinner is even better. Fishing for food is still allowed in the state of VD and MD, so grab your poles and the kids and enjoy an afternoon outdoors. We soused out the best family-friendly places to reel in a meal. Read on for where to cast off for the best fishing in DC.

photo: The Marylander via FishingBooker

Sandy Point State Park
If you want to dig your toes in the sand, head to this beach tucked under the Bay Bridge. The beach is currently closed to recreational visitors, but if you fish, you’re in luck! You can launch a boat from this beach for a day of fishing or crabbing (you must pay for a fishing license in MD if you are over the age of 16). If you don’t have a fishing license, you can rent a commercial charter that handles all of your needs, from licensing to rods and gear.

Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway
Annapolis MD

photo: Sheri Hooley via Unsplash

Pine Lake
The path around Pine Lake offers an easy hike for little legs. It’s a great place to introduce kids 4 & up to fishing. The pond is stocked with trout and bass; you can also find sunfish, a tiny fish perfect for pint-sized anglers. There are also plenty of turtles and frogs to keep little ones amused while you reel in dinner. Your little one can cast off for free, but those 16 & up must obtain an MD fishing license. If you fish the first two Saturdays in June or July, you don’t need a license.

Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Rd.
Silver Spring, MD

photo: Demond S. via Yelp

Clopper Lake
This reservoir deserves a “Best Kept Secrets” award. Often overlooked by fishermen, fish here are known to be good biters (they haven’t learned to steer clear of lures). You’ll find bass along with catfish and northern pike. Beginners have a pretty good chance they’ll leave with a fish, but even the empty handed will enjoy the view. Clopper Lake is a part of Seneca Creek State Park; MD fishing licensing rules and regulations apply.

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD


photo: Ben Wilkins via Unsplash 

Lake Centennial 
There is a lot to love about this fishing spot, located in Centennial Park in Elliott City. For starters, you don’t have to fish on the shoreline (although you can); boats are available to rent so you and your little ones can find the perfect spot on the water. You can also bring your own boat (the boat launch is free to use, but you must have a boating permit which can be bought on-site for $5).  You’ll find everything from panfish and catfish to rainbow trout and tiger muskies in this body of water. Most of the fish are small here, which makes them safer to handle for the youngest of anglers. This community park also features four playgrounds on site. Some fish are catch-and-release, some are not; for Maryland’s fishing regulations and licensing requirements here.

Centennial Park
1000 Maryland Route 108
Ellicott City, MD

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
Fishing the waters in and around Dyke Marsh offers an opportunity to get up close to the area’s wildlife. You may see eagles and beavers when you set your line in these waters. Head to Belle Haven Marina (off the GW Parkway) to rent a boat. Jon boats seat 2-people; perfect for a parent-child excursion. You must have a VA fishing license (unless you are under the age of 16). Those looking to stretch their sea legs after fishing will enjoy the boardwalks that cover the marshland.

Belle Haven Marina
GW Parkway
Alexandria, VA

photo: Meritt Thomas via Unsplash

Olde Izaak Walton Park  
This pond on the edge of Leesburg, VA boasts a fishing pier but the real fun is stomping over brambles and shrubs to find the perfect spot along the water’s edge. Catching fish here is hit-or-miss, but it makes the list for it’s ample room to socially distance and it’s shallow waters (perfect for little anglers).

Olde Izaak Walton Park
850 Davis Ct SE
Leesburg, VA

—Meghan Meyers


31 Ways to Grow Together As a Family in May

4 Curbside Meals worth the Drive (Plus Ice Cream & Handcrafted Hand Sanitizer!)

11 Easy Ways to Boost the Backyard Fun Factor

Welcome to our Tinybeans family!
Be sure to check your email for new activities, recipes and parenting hacks – and to see if you’ve won!







Spring Giveaway: Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card!

Enter your email and zip code below for a chance to win a Mastercard Gift Card. We’ll pick one winner per month through August 31, 2022 – 5 lucky winners in all!

I agree to the official rules and I agree to receive email communications from Tinybeans. By providing your email address, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service