Fish for free in Maryland

Fish for free in Maryland (File photo)

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites anglers to experience the state’s myriad waterways during license-free fishing days on June 1 and 8 and July 4. 

Maryland hosts the opportunity annually on the first two Saturdays in June and on the Independence Day holiday. An individual may catch and possess finfish in any tidal and nontidal waters of Maryland, as long as it’s for recreational purposes.

“We are lucky to live in a state where you can fish in fresh, brackish and salt water — often all in the same day if you want,” Recreational Fishing Outreach Coordinator Erik Zlokovitz said via press release. “This opportunity allows recreational anglers to try their hand at something new before committing to a license.”

All anglers must follow current size and catch limits.

An online guide is available and a printed version can picked up at many service centers or local bait-and-tackle shops.

Anglers are encouraged to submit their catches to the Maryland Angler’s Log or compete in the new  FishMaryland competition. The department also has dozens of other resources to help new or experienced anglers, including angler access mapsClick Before You Cast and fish identification charts

Anglers who decide to get or renew their license can do so either online, on the department’s mobile app, by phone or in person at any Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration licensing center. 

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