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Bass/Trout – Pocomoke River/Shad Landing Pond Fishing (MD)

Approximate Boundary: 
38.139561,-75.438847 to 38.139999,-75.439695 (less than 1 acre)

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Shad Landing State Park, along with its neighbors Milburn Landing State Park and the Pocomoke River State Forest, borders the convoluted, lazily flowing Pocomoke River. Shad Landing Pond is a sideshow compared with the superior fishing available in the river. The lake is inconsequentially small, with less than 900 trout planted in the typical Spring season—a trivial number in the grand stocking scheme of things.

If you have a canoe, kayak or a “real boat,” you would not pay the pond a second thought as you plop your craft into the water in your eagerness to attack the vibrant population of largemouth bass hunkered in the still and quiet backwaters. Since the cool months of the Spring and the Fall, overlapping exactly on top of the trout season, are the best times to pursue Pocomoke bass, it is not surprising that the pond may be a second choice. Paddle 500 feet north from the boat launch to enter the Pocomoke River complex. Fishing in the Pocomoke River requires a tidal license, while the pond demands a freshwater permit.

While tiny, the pond features the standard easy accessibility that anglers expect in Maryland. The bank is gentle and rolls easily down to the shoreline, where the bottom drops off quickly to an uncertain depth. Three small fishing piers enable disabled anglers and children to fish without dodging the small amount of vegetation that grows along the bank. Clusters of large trees break up the monotony created by the wide, sandy path that facilitates movement. After the season warms up, grass grows with abandon to the edge of the mowed section.

Getting There:

From US 13 on the east side of Salisbury, take MD 12 S/Snow Hill Road. Turn right onto US 113 Business/W Market Street. Turn right to enter the park and follow the road to the right to reach the boat launch and pond. There are no directional signs for the boat launch near the entrance.

Access Point: Parking lot to the west of the pond (38.140472,-75.439814)

Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented on the Maryland DNR stocking plan.

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Pond looking south

Access pier

Boat launch complex

Pocomoke backwater near launch

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

Articles on this site are out of date since some go back to 2006. Regulations and property ownership may have changed since publication. It is your responsibility to know and obey all regulations and not trespass on private property.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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