Self-Guided Opportunities
 
Fishing
Location Put and take trout fishing on the Little Gunpowder Falls
Gunpowder Falls State Park central area, Harford and Baltimore counties, 410-592-2897
From Route 165 to Route 40. Trout are stocked between Route 165 and Jericho Road.
Access Parking is located along the Little Gunpowder Falls where the following roads cross the stream: Pleasantville Road, Bottom Road, Harford Road and Jerusalem Road. Use designated trails to access the river.
Suitable For Families? Yes
Difficulty Easy
Hazards/Restrictions Anglers aged 16 and over need a freshwater fishing license and trout stamp. There are no tackle restrictions. Check the Maryland Freshwater Fishing Guide for current creel limits and size. Check for ticks upon returning. Be sure to access the stream from park property and avoid private property.
Potable Water Water and restrooms are available at Jerusalem Mill on Jerusalem Road.
Natural Features The Little Gunpowder Falls meanders through forested hills covered in hickory, oak, beech and tulip poplar among other species.
Historic/Cultural Features The 1772 merchant gristmill, Jerusalem Mill, renovated as the park headquarters and visitor center is on the national register of historic places. Other historic buildings in the village include a blacksmith shop, gun shop, country store, tenant home and mansion. The Jericho Covered Bridge is one of six remaining covered bridges in Maryland. The bridge (1865) is burr-truss construction and spans the Little Gunpowder Falls.
Rentals/Services None available in the immedate area. Food, bait and tackle are available in the town of Bel Air.
Camping Organized youth group camping is available at Camp Cone off Harford Road.
Other Points of Interest Put and take fishing is also available on the Big Gunpowder Falls nearby. Within an hour's drive are several other streams with put and take fishing, including Little Falls, Deer Creek, Big Elk Creek and Principio Creek. Scenic hiking trails wind throughout the floodplains and hills following the stream. The Jerusalem Mill Museum and Visitor Center is open on weekends from 1-4 p.m. and displays milling artifacts and village memorabilia. The Jericho Covered Bridge is a short walk from the mill.
Other Accommodations Hotels/motels are available in Edgewood and Perry Hall.
Service Charges or Permits A fee is required for the Maryland Freshwater Fishing License and the trout stamp. Both can be purchased at the Bel Air Regional Service Center or some area sporting goods stores.
Description The Little Gunpowder Falls is a medium-sized stream that meanders through wooded hillsides and farm fields with shallow riffles and pools. Easy access from park trails along the banks make this suited for families. The water is warmer than the upper Big Gunpowder Falls and can be wet waded in late spring and summer. Trout (mostly rainbows) are stocked in the spring as far south as Jericho Road. Other species of fish that are not stocked can be caught, including large mouth bass, small mouth bass and sunfish.


This put and take fishing opportunity for trout is available using bait, flies or artificial lures. Check the current Maryland Freshwater Fishing Guide for creel limits and special regulations. Fishing is permitted year-round, except during closure periods for stocking. Check current fishing regulations for specific dates.


Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Bait, fly and spin casting tackle are all suitable
  • Wear shoes suitable for wading
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and a hat when fishing from the grassy bank area to provide protection from ticks
  • First aid kit
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen