Lake Fishing in the Kentlands

by Capitol Area Fishing on October 25, 2013

Who would have thought the Kentlands had a good fishing lake? Not I. Located in the middle of suburbia, behind the Kentlands Mansion, there’s a lake called Inspiration Lake. And it’s full of small-mouth bass. Park at the Kentlands Mansion in North Potomac, MD, and it’s a short walk. You can’t miss it.


About 1/4 of the lake is covered with lily ponds, which is a great habitat for the fish. My friend Greg and I first tried top-water “frogs” on the lily pads but that didn’t work out well. Greg had several follow-ups, but was not able to hook up.

Further up the lake, I saw a clearing with low-hanging branches decorated with lost lures. I took my favorite little rapala out of the tackle box, tied it to my braided line, and headed up to the clearing. I figured I would side-cast to avoid landing in the trees, but on the second cast I was in the trees, and lost my lure.

Never one to be discouraged easily, I stayed on, and tried a lead-head lure with a plastic worm. This time, on my second side-cast, I hooked into a decent-sized bass. I knew there was a reason why there were so many lures in the trees – it was a good spot. Calling Greg over for a photo op convinced him to throw a line out there.

Although, we both kept getting hooked up in the trees, losing a plastic worm is not as bad as losing a rapala, and still, in the two hours we fished there, we caught five good-sized bass between the two of us (catch & release). It was a cold, windy day or we’d still be there. Inspiration Lake is a great place to bring kids for an introduction to fishing. It’s easy to get to, easy to walk around, and there are plenty of fish.

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oskar April 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Hello, I would like to know if we need a liscence to go fishing at this place, if so I would like to know if the kids need a special permit.

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