Fishing & Crabbing
For all patrons wishing to Fish or Crab while onboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River or Navy Recreation Center Solomons.
You will need a State of Maryland Fishing Permit to fish/crab at any designated fishing or crabbing area on NAS Patuxent River or NRC Solomons. While NAS Pax River & NRC Solomons do not sell Maryland Fishing Permits, there are numerous vendors just outside the bases or you can purchase a fishing permit online at https://compass.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal
The US Navy Environmental Department Conservation Division requires anyone planning to fish or crab have a NAS Patuxent River/NRC Solomons fishing permit in addition to a Maryland State Fishing Permit. NAS Patuxent River/NRC Solomons Fishing Permits can be obtained online at https://naspaxriver.recaccess.com.
- For more information contact the Environmental Department Conservation Division at 301-342-3670.
- Children 12 years of age or younger are not required to have a permit. Children 12-15 years of age are required to have a permit; however, there is no fee. All others, age 15 and older, are required to have a permit and must pay the fee.
Policies are set forth by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and are enforced by their agency and NAS Pax River / NRC Solomons management. All violators are subject to penalty in accordance with state regulations.