Virginia Salt Water License
Individual Saltwater $12.50
Reciprocal Recreational Saltwater Fishing Licenses
Only freshwater/saltwater combined licenses have differing fees for residents and non-residents; all other saltwater recreational fishing licenses have the same fees regardless of residency.
Chesapeake Bay and Seaside
- Anglers with saltwater licenses from either Virginia or Maryland may fish in any portion of the Chesapeake Bay, or any of the saltwater reaches of its tributary rivers, as well as seaside bays and creeks and the Atlantic Ocean where a Virginia saltwater license is required. Virginia licenses honored include: 1) individual annual licenses; 2) individual temporary licenses; 3) private boat licenses covering all persons fishing on the boat; 4) annual licenses for charter boats, headboats, and partyboats; and 5) annual licenses for rental boats.
- Anglers with saltwater licenses from either Virginia or the Potomac River Fisheries Commission may fish in any portion of the mainstem of the Potomac River to the lower border of D.C.. Virginia licenses honored include: 1) individual annual licenses; 2) individual temporary licenses; 3) private boat licenses covering all persons fishing on the boat; 4) annual licenses for charter boats, headboats, and partyboats; and 5) annual licenses for rental boats.
Virginia saltwater recreational licenses purchased for fishing in ocean waters are the same license used for Bay waters and have the same reciprocity described above.
MD/VA Reciprocity documents: Virginias Coastal Fishery and Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass regulations
Maryland Saltwater License
ANNUAL LICENSE allows licensee to fish in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries from January 1 through December 31.
MaryLand Striped Bass Seasons
Maryland recreational fishery Regulations
Catch and release only
Map 1, Jan 01 - Feb 28
Catch and Release - Closed Areas
Map 2, Mar 01 - Apr 16
Maryland Spring Trophy Season
Striped Bass Season, 2010
Map 3, Apr 17 - May 03
Susquehanna Flats Closed
Map 3a, May 04 - May 15
Map 4, May 16 - May 31
2 fish per person a day 18 to 28" or one < 28" and 1 over 28"
Map 5, Jun 01 - Dec 15
All waters are Catch and Release from Dec 16 - Dec 31
No Eels. Restricted to the mainstem Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the Maryland/ Virginia Line, Tangier & Pocomoke Sounds (no Tributaries)