Maryland offers anglers some of the most diverse and high quality fishery resources on the East Coast. Those well-maintained waters that produce healthy populations and provide for excellent hauls are thanks to you! The maintenance and management of fishery resources is funded, in large part, by revenue from fishing licenses.

In fact, revenue from sport fishermen, including the sales of fishing licenses, gasoline sales surcharges and a federal excise tax on sport fishing tackle and related equipment, provides funding for almost half of all fisheries programs in Maryland.

Fishing Licenses

Specifically, license revenue enables Fishing and Boating Service programs in four core areas:

  • Protection, conservation and enhancement of fisheries resources.
  • Providing and enhancing fishing opportunities, including access.
  • Sustainable economic opportunities.
  • Promoting and protecting fisheries resources through public outreach and education.

So, the next time you head out for a day on the water, be sure your license is current and remember that by purchasing a license you are directly helping to make Maryland’s fishery resources some of best in the country!

Fishing Licenses Courtesy of Gary Jackson

Maryland's Freshwater Fishing License remains competitive and a mid-range value compared to nearby states:

  1. New York – $25
  2. Virginia – $23
  3. Pennsylvania – $22.90
  4. New Jersey – $22.50
  5. Maryland – $20.50
  6. North Carolina – $20
  7. West Virginia – $19
  8. Ohio – $19
  9. Delaware – $11
  10. Washington, D.C.­ – $10


To start planning your next fishing trip in Maryland, be sure to visit our Plan Your Trip section for lodging options, fishing charters and guides, outdoor retailers, and marinas. To purchase your Maryland fishing license, be sure to visit Maryland Department of Natural Resources online.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out a few of our blogs below for tips, suggestions, and locations to make the most out of a fishing trip to Maryland:


Images courtesy of Matthew Chism and Gary Jackson via Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Flickr account