Maryland Sportfishing License Fees

Maryland Sportfishing License Fees

The Maryland General Assembly has approved an increase in sportfishing license fees effective July 1, 2007. The legislation was proposed by recreational fishing organizations that recognized the need to restore and maintain sportfishing opportunities, which in Maryland results in an economic output of more than $1 billion.
The revised recreational fishing license fees as of July 1, 2007 are:
* Resident annual non-tidal waters - $20.50
* Nonresident annual non-tidal waters - $30.50 or a fee equal to the fee charged a Maryland resident by the nonresident's home state for a similar license
* Resident annual tidal waters - $15
* Nonresident annual tidal waters - $15
* Annual Consolidated Bay Sport Boat License, which is permanently affixed to a boat registered in any state - $50
The fees for the short term recreational fishing licenses and trout stamp remain the same.
As is the case with all funds received through recreational license sales, additional funds will be dedicated to sportfish restoration and management programs. The Department of Natural Resources plans to seek the advice of fisheries advisory groups to develop an implementation plan for the application of the new funds.
To read entire DNR press release from April 26, 2007 go to www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/pressrelease2007/042607a.html