Chesapeake Bay Fishing Regulations

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Regulations

License Requirements & Fishing Regulations


Maryland and Virginia require fishing licenses to fish in the Chesapeake Bay.  Both states also have established limits on the size and number of fish that may be kept.  These regulations vary according to the species of fish.  Please select from the list below to see Maryland or Virginia’s recreational fishing regulations and licensing requirements.

Maryland Fishing License Requirements

Maryland Recreational Fishing Regulations

Virginia Fishing License Requirements

Virginia Recreational Fishing Regulations