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Fishing Licenses and Fees

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, an annual 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.

Penalties

The department may suspend an individual’s fishing license or privilege if that individual is convicted of, or pays a fine for, violating certain fishing rules. A full copy of suspendable fishing violations can be found in the Code of Maryland Regulations 08.02.13.05. To view this regulation, visit dsd.state.md.us/comar/comarhome.html. Individuals who are suspended for violating fishing rules in Maryland may also be suspended in other states under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

 

Become a Charter Boat Guide

Have you ever been Interested in a charter boat or fishing guide but not sure where to begin?

If you would like to become a guide or want to find out what to expect from your hired fishing guide go to dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/bass/guides.aspx

 

 

License Free Fishing Days!

In Maryland, anyone may fish without a recreational fishing license on June 6, June 13 and July 4, 2020.

All other fishing regulations apply.