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Tidal Seasons, Minimum Sizes, Daily Creel & Possession Limits

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The following tables summarize rules governing the harvest and possession of fish species that anglers commonly catch in Maryland. This is an abridged summary and does not include all regulated species. Full information and updates are available at: www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/regulations/regindex.asp.

CHESAPEAKE BAY & ITS TIDAL TRIBUTARIES

Species

Minimum Size Limits

CLOSEd Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

Black drum

16 inches

 

Daily – 1
Daily boat limit – 6

 

Black Sea Bass

12.5 inches

October 15 – 31

Daily – 20

 

Bluefish

8 inches

 

Daily – 10

 

Catfish

None

 

 

 

Chain pickerel (pike)

14 inches

March 15 – April 30

Daily – 10

 

Croaker (hardhead)

9 inches

 

Daily – 25

 

Eels

6 inches

 

Daily – 25

 

Summer Flounder (fluke)

16 inches

 

Daily – 4

 

Bass (largemouth & smallmouth)

15 inches
March 1–June 15

 

Daily – 5 in aggregate

 

12 inches
June 16 through last day
in February

Red drum (channel bass or puppy drum)

18–27 inches

 

Daily – 1

 

Spanish mackerel

14 inches

 

Daily – 15

Must be landed with head and fins intact.

Spotted seatrout

14 inches

 

Daily – 10

 

Striped bass

 

 

 

See Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass section — page 40

White perch

None if caught with hook & line; 8 inch minimum if caught with other gear

 

 

 

Walleye

15 inches

 

Daily – 5

 

Weakfish

13 inches

 

Daily – 1

 

Yellow perch

9 inches

 

Daily – 10

 

The taking of American shad, hickory shad, alewife herring, blueback herring, Atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon is prohibited.

Areas Closed to Fishing — February, March and April:
1. Magothy River from Lake Waterford dam downstream for 3,300 feet.
2. Severn River and Severn Run from the Route 3 Bridge downstream for 2,400 feet.

 

Coastal Bays, Coastal Bay Tributaries & Atlantic Ocean

Species

Minimum Size Limits

CLOSEd Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American eel

6 inches

 

Daily – 25

 

Black drum

16 inches

 

Daily – 1
Boat limit – 6

 

Black sea bass

12.5 inches

October 15 – 31

Daily – 20

 

Bluefish

8 inches

 

Daily – 10

 

Croaker (hardhead)

9 inches

 

Daily – 25

 

Dolphin (fish)

None

 

Daily – 10
Boat limit – 60

 

Summer Flounder (fluke)

16 inches

 

Daily – 4

 

Grouper species

None

 

Daily – 1

 

Lobster
*Please see additional recreational lobster information below

3385¼ inches
carapace length

Feb. 1–Mar. 31

100 lobster/person/day or 500 lobster/trip
for a 5-day trip when using gear other than
lobster traps.

Must be landed whole. Spearing is prohibited.

Red drum (channel bass or puppy drum)

1827 inches

 

Daily – 1

 

Scup (porgy)

8 inches

 

Daily – 50

See www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/
regulations/regindex.asp
for a list of species.

Snapper COMPLEX species

None

 

Daily – 20 in aggregate

Snapper complex species list — www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations/regindex.asp

Spanish mackerel

14 inches

 

Daily – 15

 

Spotted seatrout

14 inches

 

Daily – 10

 

Striped bass (rockfish)

28 inches

 

Daily – 2

Striped bass may not be caught, harassed or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which stretches from three to 200 miles off the coast.

Tautog

16 inches

Nov. 27–Dec. 31

Jan. 1–May 15 and Nov. 1– Nov. 26, 4 per day

 

May 16–Oct. 31, 2 per day

Tilefish species

None

 

Daily – 7 in aggregate

 

Weakfish

13 inches

 

Daily – 1

 

Wahoo

None

 

Daily – 2

 

The taking of American shad, hickory shad, alewife herring, blueback herring, Atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon is prohibited.

*Gear: A lobster trap shall have:

  • A minimum of one rectangular escape vent which shall be a minimum of 2 inches by 5¾ inches; or
  • A minimum of two circular escape vents which shall have a minimum diameter of 258 inches

It is unlawful to catch, land, possess, sell, offer to sell, or transport any:

  • Lobster that is egg-bearing or from which eggs have been intentionally removed;
  • Female lobster bearing a V-shaped notch which is:
  • A straight-sided triangular cut with or without setal hairs, at least 1/8 inch in depth and tapering to a sharp point
    in the flipper next to the right of the center flipper as viewed from the rear of the female lobster; or
  • Mutilated in a manner which could hide, obscure, or obliterate such a mark.

An individual who catches an egg bearing female lobster that measures 338 inches to 5¼ inches in length from the
rear end of the eye socket along a line parallel to the center line of body shell (carapace) to the rear of the body shell shall:

  • Mark the lobster to the right of the center flipper as viewed from the rear of the female lobster when the underside of the lobster is down with a v-shaped notch that:
  • Is made by means of a sharp bladed instrument;
  • Is at least ¼ inch in length;
  • Is not greater than ½ inch in depth; and
  • Tapers to a sharp point; and

• Immediately release the lobster.

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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