Maryland Black Bass Tournament Permits

A black bass tournament permit is required if all of the following conditions apply:

• The tournament has 10 or more boats participating.

• The tournament has a specific location where fish are weighed, measured, counted or otherwise entered.

• The tournament provides anglers an offer, reward or incentive for catching black bass.

Tournament catch data from these tournaments will be used to assess catch trends, estimate resource usage, and evaluate the value of black bass fishing to state and local economies. Detailed summaries of these data will be provided to registered tournament directors each year.

For tidal bass information and tournament registration, go to The application deadline is either 15 days prior to the tournament if the contest will have between 10 and 50 boats. The deadline is 30 days prior for tournaments with 50 or more boats.