Maryland Fish Facts

Welcome to fish facts, a collection of information about the wide variety of fish you can find in the state of Maryland. Below are listings of fish and aquatic life that are common to Maryland waters. The individual fact sheets provide identification information as well as where you can find the species, what they eat, breeding patterns and resource concerns.

Before you go fishing, make sure you know the rules and regulations for the individual species, so you know if you are allowed to catch them, how big they must be and when it is legal to do so.​

You can find more information on these species and others at the DNR's Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life Guide

Fisheries also has information available online that provides survey data of juveniles of various species from the striped bass seine survey. Please check out the information at: Juvenile Striped Bass Survey

Interested in the Snakehead?
Northern Snakehead

Channa argus
Check out this snakehead page for more information​​