Mattawoman Creek

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Location:
Indian Head, MD
United States United States
Coordinates:
38.5655, -77.1957
Depth (average):
3-6 Feet
Description:

Smallwood State Park is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Parks Division. It covers 628 acres and is named after General William Smallwood, the fourth Governor of Maryland and a Revolutionary War officer. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the site of his home and surrounding area. The plantation home is open on Sundays with limited hours so call the park first if the plantation house is your destination. The park was dedicated in 1958 and hosts a marina, seasonal concession stand, boat ramps, picnic and camping areas, pavilions, a playground and nature trails.

Some shore fishing from Park property is allowed in Mattawoman creek and there are several piers located at Sweden Pt. Marina that are also open to fishing. Please inquire at park office as to areas open to fishing. The marina has accommodations for large boats and six boat ramps (fees apply). Small boat rentals are also available.

Mattingly Park and Boat Ramp (Upper Mattawoman Creek)

History and Water Access - Mattingly was formerly known as Slavens Ramp. It is now run by the Town of Indian Head and is adjacent to Mattingly Park on the upper end of Mattawoman Creek. A small pier is available for fishing and there is limited shore access. The boat launch is best suited for small bass boats or similar watercraft. A launch fee applies.

Mattawoman Creek is primarily a shallow tributary to the Potomac River, but does have a defined channel for most of its navigable length. There is a 6 mph speed limit on the north side of the creek where the channel is close to the US Naval Surface Warfare Center. Boat speed is enforced by the military.

Largemouth bass is the most sought-after species, but Mattawoman also has catfish, carp, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish, white and yellow perch, pickerel, crappie and longnose gar. An occasional striper is not out of the question either.

Directions to Smallwood State Park

From Rt. 301 south off the Beltway - Take Rt. 225 west in LaPlata, then take a left onto Rt. 224 to the Smallwood State Park Entrance on your right.

From Rt. 210 (Indian Head Highway) south of the Beltway - Take Rt. 225 east in Indian Head, then make a right onto Rt. 224 and follow the signs to the Smallwood State Park Entrance on your right.

Directions to Mattingly Park Ramp - Take Rt 210 (Indian Head Highway) south of the Beltway. In the town of Indian Head make a left onto Mattingly Ave. just before the base gates. The ramp is at the end of the road.

Aquatic vegetation:

Vegetation is thick at certain times of the year in Mattawoman with both SAV and lily beds being abundant throughout much of the creek.

Cover/Structure:

Good fishing structures include downed trees, overhanging brush, concrete rip-rap, old barges and pilings. While dominated by emergent and more recently, submersed vegetation, fallen trees, feeder creeks, old man made wooden structures, excavated coves, marsh grass, boat docks, rocky bottoms and deep water near shore offers options to aquatic inhabitants and causes anglers to choose there fishing spot.

Tips/Tactics:

Eddy pools are your best bet!

Mattawoman Creek is the most productive tributary of all the fine Potomac River branches. Electro shocking studies by MDNR biologists reinforce my statement as does my 30-some years of

fishing this estuary, the past 20 years as a full time, professional guide. No other Potomac tributary, no other Chesapeake Bay river, receives as much fishing pressure. Just last summer during the Bassmasters Top 150 Tournament, first, second and third place weights came from Mattawoman, totaling approximately $150,000 in prize money to the proud participants.

During the spring of 1997 Bill Nearhoff and I caught (and released) five bass that weighed a little more than 31 pounds.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Shore fishing access, Playground, Camping, Restrooms, Fly Fishing
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Fishing Reports

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 04.30.12

Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report For Week Ending April 29, 2012 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 Ken’s Cell: 240-447-2206. E-mail: kenpenrod@comcast.net. Office: 301-937-0010 www.penrodsguides.com   www.fishdeepcreek.com Captain Brent Nelson: Webmaster Licensed Guide; VP Of Deep Creek Lake Operations; Editor/Chief: LOU Magazine Office @ 410-799-9326. captainbrentnelson@gmail.com SUSQUEHANNA & JUNIATA RIVERS, PA: **1/2;...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 04.26.11

Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report   Week Ending April 24, 2011 Office @ 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 (Not a Retail Store) Ken’s BlackBerry: 240-447-2206 & kenpenrod@comcast.net Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010 www.penrodsguides.com     www.fishdeepcreek.com   Captain Brent Nelson Webmaster; Licensed Guide; VP of Deep Creek Lake.com Editor in Chief: LOU Magazine bbnelson@comcast.net 410-799-9326 ...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 04.11.11

Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report   Week Ending April 10, 2011 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 Ken’s Cell (best way) 240-447-2206. Email via BlackBerry at kenpenrod@comcast.net. Office Answering Device: 301-937-0010 www.penrodsguides.com     www.fishdeepcreek.com   Captain Brent Nelson Webmaster, VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations & EIC of LOU Magazine. bbnelson@comcast.net Office: 410-799-9326    ...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 04.04.11

Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report   Week Ending April 3, 2011 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 Since 1982 kenpenrod@comcast.net. Cell @ 240-447-2206, Office @ 301-937-0010 www.penrodsguides.com. www.fishdeepcreek.com   Captain Brent Nelson Webmaster, VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations and EIC of LOU Magazine bbnelson@comcast.net. 410-799-9326     In the MATTAWOMAN CREEK vicinity, the wood cover within the “6-MPH” zone--and...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 03.28.11

Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited Fishing Report   Week Ending March 27, 2011 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 Ken’s Cell: 240-447-2206 (best way). Office: 301-937-0010 kenpenrod@comcast.net www.penrodsguides.com     www.fishdeepcreel.com   Captain Brent Nelson; VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations and Webmaster. Publisher of Live Outdoors Unlimited Magazine. bbnelson@comcast.net. 410-799-9326     In MATTAWOMAN CREEK a...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 03.21.11

  4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705   Office: 301-937-0010 Fax: 301-931-2040. Cell: 240-447-2206 E-mail: ken kenpenrod@comcast.net Websites: www.penrodsguides.com www.fishdeepcreek. com   Captain Brent Nelson: LOU Guide, Webmaster & VP of Deep Creek Operations: bbnelson@comcast.net   NOTES: Please click on LOU MAGAZINE on the front page of our website at www.penrodsguides.com. This is a new magazine focused on educating local anglers...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 03.16.11

Ken Penrod’s L.O.U. Fishing Report   Week Ending March 13, 2011 4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 kenpenrod@comcast.net. Office AD 301-937-0010. Ken’s Cell: 240-447-2206 www.penrodsguides.com. www.fishdeepcreek.com     NOTES: this will our first report for 2011 and it may seem more like a weather alert than a fish report. We have been providing weekly fishing reports since 1982 and our information is from the water—never from rumor. Mucho rain is the the...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 11.02.10

  Fishing Report October 30, 2010   4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 Office: 301-937-0010 Fax: 301-931-2040. Cell: 240-447-2206 E-mail: ken kenpenrod@comcast.net Websites: www.penrodsguides.com www.fishdeepcreek. com   Captain Brent Nelson: LOU Guide, Webmaster & VP of Deep Creek Operations: bbnelson@comcast.net   NOTES:   This will be the last regularly scheduled fishing report of the year but check our site every week f...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 10.11.10

Week Ending October 10, 2010   4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 Office: 301-937-0010. Ken’s Cell: 240-447-2206 kenpenrod@comcast.net www.penrodsguides.com    wwwfishdeepcreek.com Captain Brent Nelson Webmaster, Guide, VP of Deep Creek Lake Operations, Columbia Design & Graphics. bbnelson@comcast.net     UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: **1/2; 62 degrees; clear; 1.8 @ Point of Rocks   There is no evidence at all that the river was hig...

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 10.04.10

  MATTAWOMAN CREEK and vicinity was red-hot a few days when the sky was cloudy and the barometer was under 30. The creek will be stained most of the week but that’s not a bad thing. Look for increased activity in this area as the water chills and the bass eat well. Other areas that were exceptional include grass beds between the Park and the river where the “frog bite” was off the chart. Nearby Chickamuxen and grass between the Marine air strip and Arkindale Flats were “turned-on...
joe
almost 4 years ago (09/27/2010)

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 09.27.10

I had see ppl telling me there are spots in this creek,  I did not believe them but I caught them....

Mattawoman Creek Fishing Report 08.24.10

    Fishing Report August 22, 2010   4708 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 Office: 301-937-0010 Fax: 301-931-2040. Cell: 240-447-2206 E-mail: ken kenpenrod@comcast.net Websites: www.penrodsguides.com www.fishdeepcreek. com   Captain Brent Nelson: LOU Guide, Webmaster & VP of Deep Creek Operations: bbnelson@comcast.net   The Maryland Department of Natural Resources intends to do away with the full time catch and release regulation t...

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Stripedbass-240-fwsw

Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Carpcommon-219-fwsw

Carp, Common (Cyprinus Carpio)

Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Garlongnose-240-fwsw

Gar, Longnose (Lepisosteus osseus)

67
Whiteperch-240-fw

Perch, White (Morone americana)

Freshwater
480
Yellowperch-240-fw

Perch, Yellow (Perca flavescens)

Freshwater
Chainpickerel-240-fw

Pickerel, Chain (Esox niger)

Freshwater
Pumpkinseed-240-fw

Sunfish, Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)

Freshwater
919

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