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Old February 5th, 2019, 08:56 PM #1
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Fishing license question

My wife and I bought our first boat last year, which we used just for boating. While I was in Bass Pro this afternoon, for the upcoming 2019 season I went ahead and purchased a 365 Bay & Coastal Fishing Boat license. However the guy at Bass Pro wasn't sure whether that just covered my guests and me while actually in the Chesapeake Bay, or whether it also covered fishing while in the rivers / tributaries feeding into the bay, e.g. the Severn, South, and other rivers. The question in his mind was "are these tidal or not?" so he was unable to advise me with certainty. So I went ahead and just purchased the license above, knowing I could go back in and add additional licenses later.

I know this is a newbie question, but when it comes to fishing bay-area waters ... I AM a newbie! What say you, the experts?

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Old February 5th, 2019, 09:02 PM #2
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Tidal only last I recall.. freshwater is additional license
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Old February 5th, 2019, 09:07 PM #3
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Not planning to fish freshwater lakes. But the large rivers feeding into the bay are brackish. Sorta half and half, eh?
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The boat license is for tidal.

Look for the landmarks (namely a road or bridge), that separates tidal and nontidal fishing areas.

Here ya go: http://www.eregulations.com/maryland...ividing-lines/
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Of it flows onto the bay yourcovered.
Coastal bays as well
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you are covered with that license for fishing as far as you can get that boat into any river and creek that is connected to the Maryland part of the bay. I use the same lic on my boat.
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Read and heed what Inigoes posted. Tidal waters are described as "where the tide ceases to ebb and flow" but in reality they go by those landmarks, not what's navigable.
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Old February 6th, 2019, 12:34 AM #8
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Thanks guys. This helps a lot!
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Up to the landmarks as posted in the linked regulations .

But the landmarks are usually farther upstream than lay people would assocate with being tidal ( ie generous to holders of tidal licenses ) .
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I always considered a boat license but I'm usually alone anyhow.
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