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FRESHWATER FISHING HOTSPOTS
Unicorn Lake
Queen Anne's

Owner
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Service
Freshwater Fisheries Division

History - Unicorn Lake is located on the Unicorn Branch, a tributary to the Chester River in Queen Anne's County, Maryland, one mile south of the town of Millington. The lake has existed for more than 100 years, formed when a dam was constructed for a woolen mill some time around 1860. In 1961 the lake and surrounding grounds were purchased by the State of Maryland for the sum of one dollar.

Physical/ Habitat Description - Unicorn Lake is a 43 acre impoundment that has a maximum depth of 8 feet, with a mean depth of roughly 4 feet. There are two small islands in the lake which are rather unique for a millpond. Unicorn Branch, the major tributary to the lake provides coolwater year round. In fact, this tributary supports brown trout year round. The shoreline around the lake is about 70% forested lending to some woody debris in the lake which is a preferred fish habitat. Additionally, fish attractors made with discarded Christmas trees have been placed in the lower half of the lake near the dam breast to augment existing habitat. Aquatic vegetation proliferates during late spring and summer. A fish ladder was installed at the dam to allow the passage of migratory fish species to 14.5 miles of tributary upstream of the lake.

Public Access /Facilities - Access to the lake can be gained by utilizing the paved launching ramp and pier behind the main office of the hatchery. Plenty of space is available for bank fishing around both sides of the dam. Additionally, several picnic tables and small shelters are available. There is adequate parking for ten vehicles with trailers and portable restrooms are located between the buildings.

Fish Species - The lake is managed as a largemouth bass and bluegill fishery. Quality fishing for both of these species exists within the lake. Anglers may occasionally catch other species including: chain pickerel, pumpkinseed sunfish, green sunfish, channel catfish, brown bullhead catfish, black crappie, yellow perch, white perch, American eel and creek chubsucker. Other fish species that are found in the lake include: margined madtom, eastern mud minnow, pirate perch and blacknose dace. The Unicorn dam tailrace provides excellent spring fishing for bluegill, white perch, blueback herring, and yellow perch.

Restrictions - There is no horsepower limitations for the lake, however the maximum speed limit is 6 knots. Electric trolling motors are preferred. Swimming and camping are not permitted.

Directions

From Annapolis - Take US Rt. 50 east to US Rt. 301 north, take right onto Rt.544 (Mc Ginnis Rd). Take left onto Rt.313 (Sudlersville Millington Rd), take right into Unicorn Fish Hatchery, boat ramp and small pier located behind office.

From Salisbury - Take US Rt. 50 west towards the Bay Bridge, take right onto Rt. 213 north, make right onto US Rt. 301 north, take right onto Rt.544 (Mc Ginnis Rd). Take left onto Rt.313 (Sudlersville Millington Rd), take right into Unicorn Fish Hatchery, boat ramp and small pier located behind office.

From Elkton - Take Rt. 213 south to Galena, continue onto Rt.313 to US Rt. 301 south. Make a right onto US Rt 301. Make a left onto Rt.544 (Mc Ginnis Rd). Take left onto Rt.313 (Sudlersville Millington Rd), take right into Unicorn Fish Hatchery, boat ramp and small pier located behind office.

Contact Us - Any questions, comments or suggestions about Unicorn Lake can be directed to:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Service
Unicorn Lake Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 326
110 Fishing Lake Lane
Millington, MD 21651
Phone 410-928-3643
Fax 410-928-3097

E-mail: RParson@dnr.state.md.us