Fishing in Maryland is a safe and fun outdoor activity with universal appeal. Whether you are an avid angler or you want to add fishing to your boating, kayaking, hiking or other outdoor adventure, Maryland has outstanding opportunities for all ages and skill levels. You are equally likely to encounter anglers who are out trying to catch their first fish, proud family members passing down the tradition to children, and seasoned anglers who rarely come home empty handed. The motivations, opportunities, and areas to fish are diverse. The best way to enjoy fishing in Maryland is all up to you.
Maryland has over 500 public water access sites, more than any other jurisdiction in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Your purchase of a fishing license is not just a passport to fun, it also helps to preserve and protect Maryland’s natural resources. License fees associated with purchasing a Maryland recreational fishing license go directly to support state conservation programs, fisheries management, habitat protection, education, and outreach. License fees pay for almost half of all fisheries programs in Maryland. Additional support for fisheries programs comes from a portion of the state sales tax on gasoline, and a federal tax on sport fishing tackle and related items. Only 25% of the fishing and boating services budget for programs comes from state dollars.
So whether you purchase online or visit a license center near you, remember that your purchase of a Maryland fishing license makes a difference. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services would not be able to successfully manage the state’s comprehensive and high caliber fishery resources without revenue generated from fishing licenses and anglers like you. There has never been a better time to get outdoors and go fishing. Fishing is great for your mental health, relieves stress, creates terrific memories, and supports Maryland’s natural resources. When you purchase a fishing license, you do a lot!