Maryland / Virginia / Chesapeake Bay Angler Survey
Conducted By: Maryland Department of Natural Resources at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD.
Objective: To track the changes in angler behaviors in Maryland, Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay area. It aims to find ways to introduce new anglers to the Bay and the outdoors.
Duration: 9-12 minutes
Contact: [email protected]
Virginia Fishing Laws and Regulations
Purpose: Regulations are crucial to protect and conserve fish populations. Regular updates are made, and it's the angler's responsibility to stay informed.
Contribution: By following regulations, anglers contribute to the conservation and preservation of fishing resources.
Fishing License Requirements
Requirement: Everyone fishing in Virginia must have an electronic or printed copy of the license while fishing.
- Online: Go Outdoors Virginia
- In Person: Circuit Courts, license agents, and DWR headquarters.
- Phone: (814) 367-1000 during business hours.
- Mobile App: Go Outdoors Virginia
(Note: These prices are approximate, always check the official website or outlet for the most accurate and current prices.)
- Freshwater licenses range from $23 (one year) to $86 (four years).
- Combination freshwater and saltwater license: $39.50
- Freshwater for 65 and over: $39.50
- Saltwater-only license: $17.50
- County or city-only license: $16
Short Term Licenses:
- Five-day passes: Freshwater ($14), Saltwater ($24)
- Ten-day saltwater-only license: $10
- South Holston Reservoir License: $16
- Veterans with 70% or more disability: $17.50
- Freshwater: $16
- Saltwater: $25
- Combination: $71
- Short-term licenses available.
Special Fishing Areas and Requirements
Trout Fishing: October 1 through June 15. Resident trout fishing license is $23 (one year) or $555 (lifetime).
Tidal Boat License: Allows fishing in both freshwater and saltwater and covers all passengers on board. $126 for residents, $201 for non-residents.
- Daily Permits: Required for specific areas. Fee: $8
- State Forest: Additional permits required.
- National Forest: Permits required, with some age-related exceptions. Fee: $4
- County Dip Permit: For specific fish types. Fee: $4.50
Remember, this is just a brief breakdown. Always consult official sources or websites for the most up-to-date and detailed information.