Recreational crabbing is allowed from April 1 to December 31.
There are no license requirements or time of day restrictions.
Minimum Size Limits
(measured from tip to tip of spikes)
Recreational Crabbing Daily Catch Limits
The daily catch limit in the waters of the Coastal Bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries is:
It is Legal
To crab in the Coastal Bays of Maryland’s Atlantic Ocean and coastal tributaries using:
For waterfront property owners to set a maximum of two crab pots at their property that:
Turtle Excluders Are Required
Turtle excluders are required in recreational crab pots in Maryland. These devices prevent terrapins from entering a crab pot without hindering blue crab entry. Without turtle
excluders, terrapins can enter crab pots and drown. To get instructions to make your own turtle excluder visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/regulations/crabpot-trd/crabpot.asp
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.