As the largest estuary in the entire U.S., the Chesapeake Bay is home to plenty of fish species. From Maryland’s favorites to some of its lesser-known species, there’s always something biting in the Bay:
- American Shad
- Atlantic Croaker
- Black Drum
- Red Drum
- Summer Flounder
- Hickory Shad
- Alewife and Blueback Herring
- Spotted Seatrout
- White Perch
For information on seasons, sizes and limits for additional Bay species, click HERE.
Looking for the perfect fishing spot? Access Maryland DNR’s Public Fishing Access Map.
License and Regulations
Simple, quick, and at the palm of your hand, DNR’s app is the easiest way to get your Maryland fishing license. Download the app on your smartphone (MD DNR), click Apply for License, and enroll. From the app, you can also register any catches, post photos, and check for regulations updates. Or, you can apply for a license through Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ website.
There are a few instances where registering for a license may not be necessary; visit Maryland DNR for a full list of these exceptions. For more information on fishing without a license – and locations where licenses are not required – visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/Fisheries/Pages/Free-Fishing.aspx.
Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for a complete list of Maryland’s Fishing Regulations.
Money generated from the sale of licenses goes directly to the conservation, protection, and preservation of Maryland’s natural habitat and cherished wildlife. Maryland DNR works tirelessly to maintain a healthy population of fish and game, and the regulations needed to sustain fishing and hunting in Maryland. Changes in regulations, dates, and requirements vary year-to-year. Please check with DNR frequently for the most up-to-date information.