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

World-famous fishing.

/files/assets/images/oceancitymarylandfishing.jpgFor 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.

But that's just the beginning. Ocean City offers hundreds of square miles of opportunity for anglers of all ages and skill levels. A fishing license is required.*   

With the Gulf Stream literally on our doorstep, bigeye and yellowfin tuna are just a short sail from shore, as are bluefish and wahoo. You'll find abundant mako, mahi-mahi, white marlin, blue marlin and even the occasional sailfish. Flounder, trout and sea bass are plentiful in the bay.

/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!

If you prefer a public pier, try any of these locations:

If you do have a boat, we have convenient ramps. You'll find public boat ramps at:

  • 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 visithttp://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.