News from the DNR Office of Communications

Maryland Announces Free-Fishing Days

Annapolis, Md. (June 2, 2011)─The State of Maryland welcomes new anglers and visitors to enjoy the State’s excellent fishing opportunities through free-fishing days on June 4, June 11 and July 4. No fishing license is required to fish in State waters on these days.

“Our free-fishing days are an excellent opportunity for anglers and their families to experience the outstanding fishing that Maryland has to offer,” said Governor O’Malley. “I encourage you to take your family and friends to our abundant streams, lakes, rivers, ponds and bays for some quality time.”

As always, free-fishing anglers must adhere to minimum size and creel limits for the 62 species that are managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  For fishing regulations and to download a copy of the 2011 Maryland Fishing Guide, visit or any of the seven DNR Service Centers,

Anglers fishing on Maryland’s free-fishing days do not need to register with the National Saltwater Angler registry. For information on the National Saltwater Angler Registry go to

DNR encourages anglers of all ages to share photos of and information about the fish they catch, by reporting through the DNR Angler’s Log— Keep up with the Maryland Fisheries Service by following @MDDNRFISH on Twitter.

   June 2, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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