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Fishing Regulations Icon Maryland Fishing

Purchase your license or obtain a free registration from Maryland’s Online Licensing Service, COMPASS. https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/

Fishing licenses, stamps and registrations are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase, unless otherwise specified.

Resident Nontidal Sport Fishing License $20.50

Resident 7-Day Nontidal Sport Fishing License $7.50

Resident Trout Stamp $5

Resident Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License $15

Resident 7-Day Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License $6

Resident Senior Consolidated Sport Fishing License $5

(65 years or older. License includes tidal, nontidal, and trout stamp. It may be purchased at any time in the calendar year in which you attain the age of 65)

Non-Resident Nontidal Sport Fishing License $30.50*

Non-Resident 7-Day Nontidal Sport Fishing License $7.50*

Non-Resident 3-Day Nontidal Sport Fishing License $5*

*Or the same fee charged to visiting Maryland anglers by a non-resident’s home state, whichever is higher—dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/service_fishing_license.aspx

Non-Resident Trout Stamp $10

Non-Resident Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License $22.50

Non-Resident 7-Day Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License $12

Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Boat License $50

  1. Passengers onboard licensed boats do not need a license. However, they must have a free Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration (see below).
  2. An individual Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License and a complimentary individual crabbing license are included for the person who purchases this license.

Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration Free Unless individually licensed, a free registration is required for:

  1. Passengers on boats with Bay and Coastal Sport Boat Licenses.
  2. Anglers fishing in designated License Free Fishing Areas.
  3. Waterfront property owners and family fishing on private property.
  4. Anglers in possession of a Virginia saltwater recreational fishing license or on a Virginia-licensed boat.