Li­cense-free fish­ing on July 4

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS -

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources of­fers li­cense-free fish­ing days on July 4 — a free op­tion to ex­plore Mary­land’s di­verse and unique fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with­out need­ing a fish­ing li­cense, trout stamp, or reg­is­tra­tion.

Fol­low­ing Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s an­nounce­ment of Stage One of the ‘Mary­land Strong: Roadmap to Re­cov­ery,’ the state has ex­panded op­por­tu­ni­ties for out­door ex­er­cise and recre­ation in the state. An­glers are ad­vised to fol­low so­cial dis­tanc­ing and other pre­cau­tions as out­lined in the de­part­ment’s up­date re­gard­ing Mary­land out­door recre­ation.

Mary­land hosts li­cense-free fish­ing days an­nu­ally on the first two Satur­days in June and on the In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day. On th­ese days, any in­di­vid­ual may catch and pos­sess fin­fish in any tidal and non­ti­dal waters of Mary­land, as long as it’s for recre­ational pur­poses. All an­glers must fol­low cur­rent size and catch lim­its found in the de­part­ment’s fish­ing and crab­bing guide.

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

Aside from th­ese free fish­ing days and cer­tain li­cense-free ar­eas, any­one 16 or older fish­ing in Mary­land must pos­sess a li­cense, which can be ob­tained or re­newed on­line or on the de­part­ment’s mo­bile app. Dur­ing the cur­rent State of Emer­gency, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan has granted a grace pe­riod for any­one whose valid li­cense has ex­pired since March 5, 2020.

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