Fee Fishing Lake Permit
General Info - Statewide Permit
The Fee Fishing Lake Permit, as issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, allows
permission to provide fishing opportunities for pay on privately-controlled
lands and waters. The permit allows paying customers to catch and keep fish (to
the limits of the pond or lake rules) without needing to obtain a Maryland Recreational Fishing License.
Homeowner associations may also utilize the
Fee Fishing Lake Permit to allow association members to fish their common lake
or pond without needing to obtain individual recreational fishing licenses.
Valid until December 31
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
New applications must include site maps.
A map showing the location of the facility with directions from the nearest major roadway (initial application only).
A description of the fee fishing operation and a sketch of the facility, ponds, etc., including any inflow or effluent from the facility.
If employing one or more persons, a certificate of compliance with state workmen’s compensation laws pursuant to §1-401 of the natural resources article, annotated code of Maryland.
An employer-applicant may provide, as evidence of insurance, a workmen’s compensation insurance policy number or binder number, in lieu of submitting a certificate of compliance.
Apply for the Permit
Ready to apply?
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal and maintenance - Valid until December 31
Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)
Maintain shipping and receiving records by species of stocks on hand at the facility, and the distribution of fish or aquatic plants to or from the facility. All records shall be maintained at the facility, or at a specified location other than the facility and be made available to the department for inspection upon request.
Notify the department immediately upon discovery of any disease affecting the fish or plants at the facility that has the potential to contaminate native or naturalized plants or animals.
Submit an annual report of activities under the permit.
Why the Permit is required?
Manage aquatic resource introductions and permission.
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?
Natural Resources Article, §4-11A-20, Annotated Code of Maryland