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Nontidal 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.

Nontidal Hook & Line

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Closed Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American eel

6 inches

 

Daily – 25
Possession – 25

Eels may not be taken by gig in any Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Areas or Special Trout Fisheries Management Area.

Baitfish
(Including madtoms)

 

 

Daily – 35 in aggregate
Possession – 35
in aggregate

 

Bass (largemouth & smallmouth)

12 inches or as provided for by
special regulations.

March 1– June 15

Daily – 5 in aggregate
Possession – 10 in aggregate

Catch & Release is permitted at all times.

Bivalve/shellfish (mussels & clams)

 

No Open Season

 

 

Carp

None

 

Daily – 15
Possession – 30

 

Chain pickerel

14 inches

 

Daily – 5
Possession – 5

 

Channel catfish

None

 

Daily – 5
Possession – 10

 

Crappie

None

 

Daily – 15
Possession – 30

 

Herring
(alewife & blueback)

 

No Open Season

 

 

Muskellunge & Tiger muskie

36 inches

 

Daily – 1
Possession – 1

 

Northern pike

30 inches

 

Daily – 2
Possession – 2

 

Shad (American/white & hickory)

 

No Open Season

 

Catch & Release is permitted.

Striped bass (rockfish & hybrid striped bass)

18 inches

 

2 striped bass/striped bass hybrid per day, only one of which may be over 30 inches.

Striped bass and hybrid striped bass in nontidal waters may be taken only from Liberty Reservoir, Piney Run Reservoir, Triadelphia Reservoir, Conowingo Reservoir, Broadford Lake, Jennings Randolph Reservoir and Rocky Gorge Reservoir. See table footer for contact information.

Suckers

None

 

Daily – 30
Possession – 60

 

Sunfish, including bluegills & rock bass (commonly known as red eye or goggle-eye)

None

 

Daily – 15 in aggregate
Possession – 30
in aggregate

 

Trout – statewide
(all species of trout)

None — Except as provided in special trout management area regulations.

Open Year Round – Except as provided in special trout management area regulations.

Daily – 2 in aggregate Possession – 2 in aggregate — Except as provided in special trout management area regulations.

 

Trout –
Put-and-Take Areas (all species of trout)

None

 

Daily – 5 in aggregate
Possession – 5
in aggregate

See Put-and-Take Section for specific requirements.

Walleye

Minimum Size: 15 inches year round, and during January 1–April 15 the minimum size is 15 inches with a maximum size of 20 inches, in the Potomac River mainstem approximately 0.5 miles upriver from Chain Bridge to the spillway in Cumberland.

There is no closed season for Walleye, except on Deep Creek Lake and the Youghiogheny River downstream of the Route 42 bridge from March 1–April 15

Daily – 5
Possession – 5

 

White perch

None

 

None

 

Yellow perch –statewide except
as noted

9 inches

 

Daily – 10
Possession – 10

The possession of yellow perch eggs requires prior authorization from DNR.

Deep Creek Lake

None

 

Daily – 10
Possession – 20

Nontidal lakes and ponds

None

 

None

Special Closures:

1. Magothy River from the base of Lake Waterford Dam downstream for 3,300 feet is closed to all fishing during February, March, and April.
2. Severn River and Severn Run from the Route 3 Bridge downstream for 2,400 feet during February, March, and April.

Contact Information for Restricted Areas: Baltimore City Reservoirs — For Prettyboy and Liberty (boat permits required) information, rules, and regulations, call Watershed Control Division 410-795-6150 or Loch Raven Fishing Center 410-887-7692. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Lakes — Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge fishing by permit only. For permits, rules and regulations call the information center at Brighton Dam 301-774-9124.

 

Special Fishing Area — Youghiogheny Reservoir

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American eel (as bait fish)

8 inches

Open Year Round

50 per day

 

Baitfish, fish bait
(except mud bugs)

None

Open Year Round

50 in aggregate per day

 

Bass –
largemouth,
smallmouth
& spotted

Open Season

15 inches

Jan. 1 through the day before opening day of
regular trout season and Nov.1Dec. 31

4 in aggregate per day

 

No Harvest Season

The opening day of regular trout season through
the first Friday after June 11.

None

Catch and immediate release only, no tournaments permitted.

Summer/ Early Fall Season

12 inches

The first Saturday after June 11–Oct. 31

6 in aggregate per day

 

Gizzard shad

None

Open Year Round

50 in aggregate per day

 

Mud bugs
(dragonfly nymphs)

None

Open Year Round

Unlimited if taken from lakes, ponds, swamps and adjacent areas. 50 per day if taken from rivers and streams.

 

Muskellunge & Tiger muskie

40 inches

Open Year Round

1 in aggregate per day

 

Northern pike

24 inches

Open Year Round

2 per day

 

Paddlefish

 

Closed Year Round

 

 

Pickerel

18 inches

Open Year Round

4 per day

 

Sauger

12 inches

Jan. 1–March 14 and the first Saturday in May through Dec. 31.

6 per day

 

Striped bass &
Hybrid Striped bass

20 inches

Open Year Round

2 in aggregate per day

 

Sunfish, Yellow perch, White perch, Crappies, Catfish, Rock bass,
Suckers, Carp & White bass

None

Open Year Round

50 in aggregate per day

 

Trout & Salmon
(all species)

Regular Season

7 inches

8 a.m. the first Saturday after April 11 to midnight Labor Day.

5 in aggregate per day

 

Extended Season

7 inches

Jan. 1 through the last day of February,
and the day after Labor Day through Dec. 31.

3 in aggregate per day

Walleye

15 inches

Jan. 1–March 14 and the first Saturday in May through Dec. 31.

6 per day

 

 

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

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