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Fishing

Addresses & Phone Numbers

Licensing and Registration Service Centers

  • Licensing and Registration Service Centers offer the following: boat dealer licenses, commercial fishing licenses, hunting licenses, off-road vehicle permits, recreational fishing licenses, vessel registrations, vessel titles, state park/forest information and safety class information for hunters and boaters. Public hours are 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except state holidays. Licensing and Registration Service Centers are open by appointment only. For more information, please visit dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/licensing.aspx or call 866-344-8889 (toll free in MD)
  • Annapolis Service Center
    160 Harry S. Truman Pkwy.
    Mailing address: P O Box 1869 Annapolis, MD 21401
    410-260-3220 / 410-260-3281 (fax)
    Annapolisrsc.dnr@maryland.gov
  • Bel Air Service Center
    501 West MacPhail Rd. #2
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    410-836-4550 / 410-836-4562 (fax)
    Belairrsc.dnr@maryland.gov
  • Centreville Service Center
    120 Broadway Ave. Ste. 5
    Centreville, MD 21617
    410-819-4100 / 410-819-4110 (fax)
    Centrevillersc.dnr@maryland.gov
  • Cumberland Service Center
    13300 Winchester Rd. SW
    Cumberland, MD 21502
    301-777-2134 / 301-777-5865 (fax)
    Tuesday & Thursday
    no mail-in applications
    Cumberlandrsc.dnr@maryland.gov
  • Essex Service Center
    1338 Eastern Blvd. A
    Essex, MD 21221
    667-401-0760 / 667-401-0765 (fax)
    Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    no mail-in applications
    Essexrsc.dnr@maryland.gov
  • Frederick Service Center
    1601-A Bowmans Farm Rd.
    Frederick, MD 21701
    240-236-9950 / 240-236-9953 (fax)
    Frederickrsc.dnr@maryland.gov
  • Salisbury Service Center
    251 Tilghman Rd., Room #2
    Salisbury, MD 21801
    410-713-3840 / 410-713-3849 (fax)
    Salisburyrsc.dnr@maryland.gov
  • Solomons Service Center
    14175 Solomons Island Rd. S
    Mailing address: P O Box 1309
    Solomons, MD 20688
    410-535-3382 / 410-535-4737 (fax)
    Solomonsrsc.dnr@maryland.gov

Natural Resources Police Offices

24 Hour Assistance:

800-628-9944 or 410-260-8888

Use these phone numbers for emergencies, to report natural resources violations or ask questions on fisheries regulations.

All offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Somerset, Wicomico
    and Worcester counties
    32144 Mt. Olive Road
    Salisbury, MD 21804
  • Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties
    3001 Starr Road
    Queen Anne, MD 21657
  • Anne Arundel and
    Prince George’s counties
    1070 East College Parkway
    Annapolis, MD 21409
  • Calvert, Charles
    and St. Mary’s counties
    2160 Old Washington Road
    Waldorf, MD 20601
  • Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties
    3738 Gwynnbrook Avenue
    Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • Frederick and Washington counties 2011 Monument Road
    Myersville, MD 21773
  • Allegany and Garrett counties
    11701 Mountain Road N.E.
    Flintstone, MD 21530

Law Enforcement Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

410-573-4514

Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Safety and Environmental 24-Hour Hotline

877-224-7229 (toll free in Maryland)

Emergencies on Boats

VHF-CH 16

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline

800-628-9944

Fisheries

Fisheries Information

410-260-8300 or 800-688-3467

Trout Stocking Information

800-688-3467, press 1
(updated weekly during stocking season), or daily during stocking season at
dnr.maryland.gov/pages/trout/stocking.aspx

  • Albert Powell State Trout Hatchery
    Hagerstown, 301-791-4736
  • Bear Creek State Trout Hatchery
    Accident, 301-746-8148

Fisheries Work Centers

  • Cooperative Oxford Lab
    Oxford, 410-226-0078
  • Matapeake Work Center
    Stevensville, 410-643-6776
  • Ocean City Work Center
    Ocean City, 410-213-1531

Freshwater Fisheries Regional Offices

  • Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties
    Millington, 410-928-3604
  • Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles,
    Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties
    Brandywine, 301-888-2423
  • Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties
    Woodbine, 410-442-2080
  • Frederick and Washington counties
    Thurmont, 301-898-5443 or 9724
  • Allegany and Garrett counties
    Oakland, 301-334-8218

Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers

The Maryland Natural Resources Police has partnered with Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers to prevent poaching of our fish and wildlife resources. You can report poaching and wildlife crime while remaining anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward. You can call or text Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers at 1-443-433-4112 or email mwc.dnr@maryland.gov. You can also report violations from your phone using the Maryland DNR App!

TO REPORT A Fish Kill

800-285-8195 or 877-224-7229

Become a Charter Boat Guide

Have you ever been interested in becoming a charter boat captain 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

What is APAIS?

The Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) is an in-person survey that collects information from anglers as they complete their fishing trips. Specially trained samplers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are stationed at marinas, boat ramps, beaches and other publicly accessible fishing sites to collect information that is used to estimate total recreational catch. During an interview, samplers measure and weigh fish that were harvested and collect information about fish that were released. A typical interview takes only about 5 minutes. Samplers play no role in enforcement, and have nothing to do with limits, rules, or regulations. These interviews are confidential, and the information samplers collect is protected under the Privacy Act of 1974.

Learn More. Go Fish.

dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/apais/apais.aspx
Tel (410)-260-8250 E-mail: apais.dnr@maryland.gov

Private Property Rights

We urge anglers to respect property rights and seek permission before attempting to park, fish or enter private property. The privilege of fishing and right of entry to private property is at the owner’s discretion. Respect for landowners and their property helps to ensure continued fishing access. Poor behavior encourages landowners to post their property to prevent access. Remember that every angler pays for the improper actions of a few. Always be courteous and respectful.

Bowfishing

Bowfishing has become increasingly popular. Species that are often targeted with a bow include carp, gar and snakeheads. It is illegal to use a bow to hunt some popular sportfishes, such as largemouth bass, striped bass, trout and all sharks. Please review other rules in the Recreational Gear section of this Guide (Freshwater Fishing Regulations).

Turtle Reduction Devices Are Required By Law

Turtle reduction devices are required in recreational crab pots in Maryland. These devices reduce the number of terrapins entering a crab pot without hindering blue crab entry. Without turtle reduction devices, terrapins can enter crab pots and drown. To get instructions for making or attaching a turtle reduction device, visit
dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/regulations/crabpot.aspx

Help Save Maryland's Endangered Hellbenders—Please Do Not Kill

The hellbender is a large, dark, aquatic salamander that can live for more than 30 years and grow to over two feet long. Hellbenders can bite, and their protective coating of slime makes them difficult to handle. If you catch a hellbender on your fishing line, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and let the animal go.

If you have seen or caught a hellbender, we would like to hear from you. Please call the department's Wildlife and Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.

Take a Child Fishing!

  • My First Fish Certificate: Recognize a child with a certificate for their first fish.
  • Youth Fishing Rodeos: Events which enable and encourage kids to catch a fish.
  • Youth Angler’s Log: Share Your Catch!
  • Youth Fishing Club: Membership is free and open to ages from 5 to 15. All members receive a newsletter and gifts for joining.

Learn more about these and other youth fishing programs at: dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/pages/youth/index.aspx.

Be on the Lookout for Tagged Fish!

The success of tagging studies relies on anglers like you. If you catch a tagged fish, please follow the instructions printed on the tag, or call Fishing and Boating Services at 800-688-3467. Please record the tag number, capture date, fishing location, and total length.