Maryland Fishing

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Number of Fish Species (freshwater): 85

Number of Fish Species (saltwater): no data

State Sportfish: Striped Bass

Notable Records:  a 24lb 12oz. northern pike from Deep Creek Lake, a 7lb 4oz. chain pickerel from Johnson Pond, a 74lb 6oz. red drum from the Chesapeake, a 57lb 2oz. striper near Assateague Island.

Fishing Regs:  To download simply right click, save link as here (Maryland fishing regs (all)) or visit the site here.

Fishing License Info:  

*An annual freshwater license for a non- resident will be a minimum of $30.50 or the equivalent of their home state’s fee for a non-resident annual license.  So if an angler is from Alaska they will pay $145.00 for an annual freshwater fishing license in Maryland.

*A 3-day license freshwater license also exists for non-residents only and will cost the equivalent of their home state’s non-resident’s 3-day license.

  Freshwater       Saltwater  
  Residents Non-Residents     Residents Non-Residents
Annual $20.50 $30.50*   Annual $15.00 $22.50
3-day N/A $*   3-day N/A N/A
7-day $7.50 $*   7-day $6.00 $12.00
Trout $5.00 $10.00        

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Quickcast:  Looking first at the inland fishery of Maryland the Northwestern waters will yield large and smallmouth, panfish and tiger muskie but there are also walleye, trout species, perch, crappie and channel cats.  In the Southwestern region fishermen should expect to find largemouth bass, stripers, chain pickerel, crappie, catfish species, perch, bluegill, and carp.  The Southeastern ponds, lakes and reserviors will hide some pumpkinseeds, bullhead cats, black crappie, chain pickerel, carp and American eel.  You can even find chubsuckers, trout species, gizzard shad, green sunfish and spottail shiner in some of the regional lakes and ponds.   The Northeastern waters like the 50 acre Centennial Lake, are known for largemouth bass, rainbow trout, tiger muskie, channel cats and various panfish.  Also in the same region is the Loch Raven Reservoir which is fished for largemouth and smallmouth as well as northern pike, bluegill, perch, catfish, walleye and chain pickerel.

In the salty waters of Maryland’s coast think stripers…everyone else does!  Of course that’s not the whole story because there’s plenty of bluefish, sea bass, mackerel species and sharks.  Farther offshore there’s some exceptional fishing for yellowfin tuna, mahi, wahoo, white marlin, bluefin tuna, blue marlin, tilefish and bonita.