If you love fishing, you need to drop your line in Ocean City ASAP.

World-famous fishing.

/files/assets/images/oceancitymarylandfishing.jpgWant to put your angling skills to the test? Or maybe you just like relaxing by the water, rod in hand? However you like it, Ocean City is a fisherman's paradise, providing wonderful fishing opportunities over hundreds of square miles. A fishing license is required.*

For starters, Ocean City is the White Marlin Capital of the World. Every year, the world's best fishermen compete for huge cash prizes in the White Marlin Open. The event isn't just fun for the fishermen, but the spectators too. Every evening during the tournament, hundreds rally to show their support and get a glimpse of that day's top fish at the free, public weigh-ins.

There's something for everyone here, no matter your age or experience. With the Gulf Stream right on our doorstep, the waters here host countless numbers of large fish.

A short sail from shore will put you in prime spots for fishing mako, mahi-mahi, wahoo, bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna. Sticking to the bay will net you tautog, flounder, croaker and blue crabs. Ocean City surf fishing is excellent, with ten miles of beach to reel in bluefish, sea trout and kingfish.

Surf fishing in OC, Maryland is allowed, but only between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and you must stay at least 50 yards away from swimmers and other beach patrons. Surf fishing is also allowed on Assateague Island, except on guarded beaches and in designated surfing zones. Please visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for more information.

/files/managed/images/oceancitymarylandfishing2.jpgIf you don't have a boat, don't worry. “Head boats” (boats that charge individuals per head) are easy to find. They do fill up quickly, however, so call ahead to reserve your place. Or just pick out a spot on a bridge, beach or pier. The Route 50 Bridge, for example, is a favorite. Surf cast from Ocean City and Assateague beaches for bluefish, sea trout, kingfish and more. Fishing rods and equipment can be rented from area bait and tackle shops - stop in also to get good advice on fishing!

Public Piers

Public Boat Ramps

  • Assateague Island Park (Rt. 611 at Assateague Island Bridge)
  • Gum Point Road (off Route 589)
  • Ocean City Commercial Harbor (Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City)

Check ahead with your hotel, motel or condo about parking space for your boat trailer. Most marinas have space available for a modest fee. Or if it's a last-minute getaway, and you don't have time to hitch up your boat, rentals are plentiful at Ocean City marinas.

Please note that boat trailer parking is prohibited in:

  • The Little Salisbury area (87th St., Bering Road)
  • Public streets and municipal parking lots.

*Effective 1/1/11 Fishing License Required for Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays. Call 410-656-9526 or visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp for more information.

**However, there are now two free fishing areas on the coast, as of August 20, 2012.  Northside Park, town-owned pier and park at 125th Street, and Chicago Avenue, bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets do not require fishing licenses to fish in those areas.  However, anglers must still register with the state for free by phone 1(855)-855-3906 available 7 AM to 7 PM every day, or online here:https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal.