Home to three different types of catfish - white catfish, channel catfish, and blue catfish - Maryland offers a range of opportunities. Novice and avid sportsmen alike can meet their catfish expectations here in Maryland. From reeling in a world-class, 100-plus pound blue catfish, to hooking the small, energetic white catfish, Maryland offers a little something for every skill set.
Catfish season is open year-round for anglers with no size limit or minimum number of fish that can be harvested per day. This allows for anglers to get their fishing fix throughout the year, while maintaining the growing number of catfish through Maryland and its tidal waters.
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Seasoned catfish chasers and fist-time anglers can rest assured that their trip to Maryland will be a hit. Whether you're bringing the kids on their first fishing trip, or taking a weekend trip with friends, there are plenty of options here in Maryland. If finding the best catfish spots Maryland has to offer appeals to you, hiring a guide is the way to go. Without buying your own license you can fish all day next to an experienced guide that knows the waters and where the fish are, ensuring that you get the most out of your trip to Maryland.
If you plan to bring your own boat, there are plenty of access points across the state where a boat can easily be dropped and catfish reeled in. All three species of catfish can be found throughout Maryland’s tidal waters and river systems. The white catfish can be found in some freshwater lakes, ponds, and streams throughout the state.
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.