How To Get A Maryland Fishing License

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How to Get a Maryland Fishing License: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you ready to catch some fish and have a blast in Maryland’s scenic waterways? Well, before you grab your fishing rod and head out, there’s one thing you need to do first: get your fishing license!

But don’t worry, it’s an easy and straightforward process that you can do online in just a few minutes. And once you have your license, you’ll be ready to explore Maryland’s rich fishing opportunities and maybe even reel in a big one.

In this post, we’ll show you how to get your Maryland fishing license step-by-step, so you can spend less time on paperwork and more time on the water. So let’s dive in and get you hooked up with a fishing license!

  1. Visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website at to review regulations and requirements, or go straight to COMPASS to apply.
  2. On the COMPASS front page, under the form, click “Enroll Here.” You’ll be asked to input your ID information, contact information, and more. At the end of the process, you’ll be given a Maryland DNR ID and asked to log in.
  3. Log in with your information, and on the page that appears, click “Purchase New License.”
  4. Click “Sport Fishing” and select the type of license you want: Annual, 7-Day, 3-Day, Non-Tidal, etc. You can also select additional options such as a Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License or a Trout Stamp if you like.
  5. Enter your payment information to complete the transaction. The cost of the license will vary depending on the type of license you choose and whether you opt for any additional options.
  6. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with a temporary license that you can use until your physical license arrives in the mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Maryland Fishing License FAQ

Maryland Fishing License FAQ

How much does a Maryland fishing license cost?

Fees vary, but a typical 365-Day Bay & Coastal fishing license costs $22.50. A 7-Day Bay & Coastal fishing license costs $12.00.

What types of fishing licenses are available in Maryland?

Maryland offers a variety of fishing licenses, including:

  • 365-Day Bay & Coastal License
  • Non-Tidal License
  • 7-Day Bay & Coastal License
  • 3-Day Non-Tidal License
  • Trout Stamp
  • Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License

Where can I buy a Maryland fishing license?

You can purchase a Maryland fishing license online through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website or in-person at various license agents throughout the state.

Do I need a fishing license if I am under 16 years old?

No, children under 16 years old are not required to have a fishing license in Maryland.

Can I fish in Maryland without a license?

No, it is illegal to fish in Maryland without a valid fishing license, except during designated free fishing days.

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