Information about Fishing in Ocean City
Here’s what you need to know before going fishing in Ocean City, Maryland.
Fishing License Fees
A valid fishing license is required for the Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays. Fishing licenses, stamps and registrations are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase, unless otherwise specified.
- Resident Trout Stamp: $5
- Non-Resident Trout Stamp: $10
- Resident Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License: $15
- Non-Resident Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License: $22.50
- Resident Seven-Day Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License: $6
- Non-Resident Seven-Day Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Fishing License: $12
- Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Sport Boat License: $50
Click here to read more about purchasing a Maryland Fishing License.
Ocean City Fishing Sizes and Seasons
Species Minimum Size Limit Season
American eel 9 inches Jan. 1–Aug. 31
Black Drum 16 inches Open Year Round
Black sea bass 12.5 inches May 15–Dec. 31
Bluefish 8 inches Open Year Round
Croaker (hardhead) 9 inches Open Year Round
Grouper species None Open Year Round
Lobster 33/8–51/4 inches Closed Feb. 1–March 31
Mahi-mahi None Open Year Round
Red drum 18–27 inches Open Year Round
Spanish Mackerel 14 inches Open Year Round
Spotted seatrout 14 inches Open Year Round
Summer Flounder 16.5 inches Open Year Round
Tautog 16 inches Closed May 16–June 30
Wahoo None Open Year Round
Weakfish 13 inches Open Year Round
Cobia and Striped Bass have special guidelines that vary throughout season. For more information, visit eRegulations.com
For more information, visit DNR.Maryland.gov
Boater Safety Tips: Be Courteous on the Water
You’ll find an array of boats and boaters while in Ocean City. There are approximately 212,000 registered boats in the state of Maryland. Be aware of other boaters by being courteous and following these tips from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
- Be especially cautious of smaller vessels, such as canoes or kayaks, that may be less stable.
- When overtaking a slower vessel in open water, do so with as much room as depth conditions allow and slow your speed.
- Avoid creating an excessive wake in narrow confined areas.
- Operate slowly when in the vicinity of marinas and launch ramps.