Fishing licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.
2015 Licenses, Stamps , Fees & Registration
Resident Nontidal Sport Fishing License $20.50
Resident 7-Day Nontidal Sport Fishing License $7.50
Resident Trout Stamp $5.00
Resident Senior Consolidated Sport Fishing License $5.00
(65 years or older. License includes tidal, nontidal, & trout stamp.)
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 $5.00*
*Or the same fee charged to visiting Maryland anglers by a non-resident’s home state, whichever is higher—http://dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishingcost_bystate.asp
Non-Resident Trout Stamp $10.00
Resident Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License $15.00
Resident 7-Day Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License $6.00
Non-Resident Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License $22.50
Non-Resident 7-Day Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License $12.00
Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Boat License $50.00
Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration Free Registration Unless individually licensed, a free registration is required for:
1) Passengers on boats with Bay & Coastal Sport Boat License.
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.
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 laws. 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 www.dsd.state.md.us/COMAR. Individuals who are suspended for violating fishing laws in Maryland may also be suspended in other states under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Who Needs A Maryland License or Trout Stamp?
Anyone 16 years of age or older.
Some anglers are exempt from the license requirement—see License Exemptions section.
A trout stamp is required for anyone 16 years of age or older to fish in a Special Catch-and-Return Trout Management Area or possess trout taken from nontidal waters.
How Do I Know Whether I Need A Tidal or Nontidal Maryland Fishing License?
To see whether the area you are fishing requires a nontidal or tidal fishing license, please see Tidal/Nontidal Dividing Lines section.
Who Needs A Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration?
Anglers fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Bays, Chesapeake Bay or tidal tributaries must be licensed or registered with the state unless one of the following applies:
To Obtain A License or Saltwater Angler Registration:
Go to dnr.maryland.gov/service or call the License Call Center–855-855-3906.
Any American veteran residing in Maryland who is 100% service-connected disabled or who is a former POW may apply for a free lifetime fishing license, which includes tidal, nontidal and trout stamp privileges. This license must be obtained at a DNR Service Center and cannot be obtained at independent retail locations. Locate your nearest Service Center by visiting dnr.maryland.gov/service or by calling the License Call Center—855-855-3906.
Maryland Sport Fishing License Exemptions
General Exemptions—you may fish for finfish without a license if:
Maryland Nontidal Sport Fishing License Exemptions
A person may fish for finfish without a license in Maryland‘s nontidal waters if the person is:
Trout Stamp Exemptions
A trout stamp is not required for possession of trout taken from privately owned lakes and ponds or licensed fee fishing lakes and ponds stocked with trout artificially propagated by, or purchased from, persons licensed by the state to sell fish.
Maryland Tidal Sport Fishing License Exemptions
You may fish for finfish without a license in tidal waters of the state if you:
A resident of Virginia possessing a valid Virginia nontidal fishing license issued in that resident’s name may fish in nontidal waters of the mainstem of the Potomac River opposite the shore of Virginia.
A resident of Virginia possessing a valid Virginia saltwater fishing license issued in that resident’s name may fish any portion of the tidal waters of Maryland, so long as they have obtained a Maryland Saltwater Angler Registration.
A resident of Maryland possessing a valid Maryland Nontidal Sport Fishing License issued in that person’s name can fish from the Virginia banks of the Potomac River opposite the shore of Maryland without a Virginia fishing license.
Residents of Maryland possessing a valid Maryland Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License may fish in Virginia tidal saltwater, so long as they have obtained a Virginia Saltwater Angler Registration.
A resident of West Virginia possessing a valid West Virginia fishing license issued in that resident’s name may fish in nontidal waters of the Potomac River (mainstem only) opposite the shore of West Virginia, including the North Branch of the Potomac River and the Jennings Randolph Reservoir (opposite the shore of West Virginia).
A resident of Maryland possessing a valid Maryland Nontidal Sport Fishing License issued in that resident’s name may fish the West Virginia banks of the Potomac River, including the North Branch of the Potomac River and the Jennings Randolph Reservoir, without a West Virginia fishing license.
A resident of Pennsylvania possessing a valid Pennsylvania fishing license issued in that resident’s name may fish in the portions of the Conowingo and Youghiogheny Reservoirs lying within the boundaries of Maryland without a Maryland fishing license.
A resident of Maryland possessing a valid Maryland Nontidal Sport Fishing License issued in that resident’s name may fish on the portions of the Conowingo and Youghiogheny reservoirs lying within the boundaries of Pennsylvania without a Pennsylvania fishing license.
Reciprocal fishing privileges extend from waters’ edge to waters’ edge. It does not include tributaries or fishing from shore.
The Maryland-Pennsylvania dividing line in the Conowingo Reservoir is from the Railroad Tunnel white marker in Cecil County to Michaels Run in Harford County.
A Potomac River Fisheries Commission recreational fishing license holder may fish any portion of the tidal waters of Maryland.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.