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Fish Identification

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n Coastal Bays & Atlantic Oceann Nontidaln Chesapeake Bay

browntrout.psd

Brown Troutn

No minimum size*, creel 2* in aggregate
Angler Award Size 21

brooktrout.psd

Brook Troutn

No minimum size*, creel 2* in aggregate
Angler Award Size 12

black-crappie_opt.jpg

Black Crappie n

No minimum size, creel 15
open year round
Angler Award Size 15

blackseabass.psd

Black Sea Bassnn

Check website for updates
Angler Award Size 20

blackdrum.psd

Black Drum nn

16 minimum, creel 1
Angler Award Size 48

AmericanEel.psd

American Eel nnn

6 Minimum creel 25

muskellunge.psd

Muskellungen

36 minimum, creel 1
Angler Award Size 40

channelcatfish.psd

Channel Catfish nn

No size limits,
nontidal creel limit – 5; no tidal creel limit
Angler Award Size 30

chainpickeral.psd

Chain Pickerelnn

14 minimum, creel 5 (nontidal); 10 (tidal)
Angler Award Size 24

rainbowtrout.psd

Rainbow Troutn

No minimum size*; creel 2* in aggregate
Angler Award Size 20

largemouthbass.psd

Largemouth Bass nn

12 minimum*, creel 5**
except 15 3/1–6/15
Angler Award Size 21

northernpike.psd

Northern Piken

30 minimum, creel 2
Angler Award Size 38

smallmouthbass.psd

Smallmouth Bassnn

12 minimum, creel 5**
except 15
3/1-6/15
Angler Award
Tidal & Nontidal Size 20

stripedbass.psd

Striped Bass (rockfish)nnn

See striped bass section for size,
creel and season regulations
Angler Award Nontidal Award Size 36
Angler Award Chesapeake & Coast Size 40

yellowperch.psd

Yellow Perch nn

9 minimum, creel 10 (tidal); no minimum size or creel in nontidal lakes except creel of 10 in Deep Ck. Lake.
Angler Award Size 14

bluefish.psd

Bluefishnn

8 minimum, creel 10
Angler Award Size 34

walleye.psd

Walleye nn

15 minimum, (20 max from Jan. 1–April 15), creel 5
Angler Award Size 26

whiteperch.psd

White Perchnnn

No minimum size or limit if caught hook & line; 8 minimum if caught with any other gear
Angler Award Size 13

reddrum.psd

Red Drumnn
(channel bass,puppy drum)

18 minimum & 27 max slot limit, creel 1
Angler Award Size 36, Catch & Release Only

atl.croaker.psd

Croaker (hardhead)nn

9 minimum, creel limit 25
Angler Award Size 18

summerflounder.psd

Summer Flounder (fluke)nn

Check website for updates
Angler Award Size 24

scup.psd

Scup (porgy) n

8 minimum, creel 50

spottedseatrout.psd

Spotted Seatroutnn

14 minimum, creel 10
Angler Award Size 24

tautog.psd

Tautog n

Check website for updates.
Angler Award Size 24

spanishmackerel.psd

Spanish Mackerelnn

 

14 minimum, creel 15
Angler Award Size 22

weakfish.psd

Weakfishnn

13 minimum, creel 1
Angler Award Size 24

* except where otherwise indicated in nontidal limits

** smallmouth & largemouth bass in aggregate

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