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Maryland Offers License-Free Fishing Days in June and July

Statewide Opportunity to Give Angling a Try

Photo of young men fishing from a jettyThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites new or experienced anglers to enjoy Maryland’s License Free Fishing Days June 2, 9 and July 4.

This is a unique opportunity for Marylanders to test their fishing skills without the need to obtain a fishing license, trout stamp or registration. 

“Free fishing days are the perfect opportunity to give the sport a try before deciding whether to get a license,” Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer said. “Fishing is open from the surf of the Atlantic Ocean to the mountain streams of Western Maryland.”

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.  The department also has dozens of other resources to help new or experienced anglers, including angler access maps, Click Before You Cast and fish identification charts

Anglers who decide to get or renew their license can do so online, by phone or at a licensing and registration service center