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Striped Bass

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It is Illegal:

  • To possess any cut up or filleted striped bass at any time aboard any boat on the tidal waters of Maryland. Striped bass must be landed whole.
  • To use more than 2 hooks or 2 sets of hooks for each rod or line. Artificial lures or plugs with multiple hooks are considered 1 set of hooks.
  • To use eels as bait while fishing for striped bass with hook and line from Dec. 16 through May 15, inclusive, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.
  • To cull striped bass.
  • To possess striped bass while fishing from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • To use a gaff to land striped bass.
  • To take or shoot striped bass with a spear gun and spear in the tidal waters of the state.
  • To fish for striped bass by any means or practice catch-and-release of striped bass in designated spawning areas from March 1 through May 31.
  • To intentionally snag a striped bass.

To view maps of open catch-and-release and spring trophy season areas go to www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/sbmaps.

Why Eels for Bait are Prohibited in the Spring
The use of eels as bait is prohibited during the Pre-season Catch & Release and Spring Trophy seasons because striped bass engulf eels and swallow the hooks. Deep hooked fish experience about 50% mortality. Shallow hooked fish have about 3.5% mortality over the course of the year and about 0.8% mortality in March and April.

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The following tables summarize striped bass fishing, harvest and possession regulations.
This is an abridged summary. Full information and updates are available at:
www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations.

Chesapeake Bay & Tidal Tributaries(excluding the Susquehanna Flats,Lower Susquehanna River & Northeast River)

Season

Fishing Locations Allowed

Creel & Size Limits

Regulations

Restrictions & Remarks

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28

All MD portions of Bay and Potomac are open to
catch and release fishing only

No harvest

Catch and release only

  • Directed catch and release of striped bass in the Potomac requires barbless hooks.
  • Eels may not be used as bait.

Spring Catch & Release Season

March 1 –
April 19

Chesapeake Bay from the Brewerton Channel to the Virginia line including Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds.

No harvest

  • Stinger (trailing) hooks are prohibited.
  • Barbless hooks are required when trolling.
  • Non-offset circle hooks or J hooks with a gap of less than 1/2 inch are required when using natural bait.
  • No more than 6 lines may be employed while trolling regardless of the number of anglers on board.
  • These restrictions apply in all open catch and release areas from March 1 until 5:00 a.m., April 19
  • Spawning rivers and the Upper Bay spawning area are off limits until June 1 to striped bass fishing.
  • Eels may not be used as bait
  • See maps at: www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/sbmaps.

Spring Trophy Season
April 20 – May 15

Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the MD-VA Line, excluding all bays, sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers, except Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound

One fish per person per day 28 inches or longer.

 

May 16 – May 31

Chesapeake Bay downstream from a line drawn from the south corner of Hart-Miller Island Dike to the end of MD Route 21 at Tolchester and south to the MD/VA line, excluding all bays, sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers. EXCEPT: Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound; Chester River and its tributaries downstream of a line drawn from Hail Point to Long Point to Ferry Point; Patuxent River and its tributaries downstream of a line drawn from Point Patience to the west point of land at the entrance of Little Kingston Creek; and Choptank River and its tributaries downstream of a line drawn from Holland Point to a point of land at the west entrance of Chapel Creek are open.

2 fish per person per day between 18–28 inches OR 1 fish between 18–28 inches and 1 fish over 28 inches

 

Summer/Fall Season
June 1 – Dec. 15

All Maryland Chesapeake Bay waters and tributaries open to fishing

2 fish per person per day between 18–28 inches OR 1 fish between 18–28 inches, and 1 fish over 28 inches per person per day

 

Dec. 16 – Dec. 31

All MD portions of Bay and Potomac are open to
catch and release fishing only

 

 

 

 

SUSQUEHANNA FLATS, LOWER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER & NORTHEAST RIVER

Season

Fishing Locations Allowed

Creel & Size Limits

Regulations

Restrictions & Remarks

Dec. 16 – May 3

Susquehanna Flats, upstream of a line from Sandy Point to Turkey Point and the Susquehanna River downstream from a line connecting the Susquehanna State Park boat ramp at Lapidum to Twin Rocks to Tomes Wharf in Port Deposit; and the Northeast River

No harvest

Catch and release only

  • Stinger hooks are prohibited.
  • Barbless hooks are required when trolling.
  • Non-offset circle or J hooks with less than ½ inch gap are required when using bait.
  • No more than six lines per boat are allowed when trolling.
  • Eels may not be used as bait.

May 4 – May 15

Susq. Flats closed to
striped bass fishing

Closed

Closed

No catch and release fishing

May 16 – May 31

Susq. Flats reopen to
striped bass fishing

1 striped bass 18–26 inches per person per day inclusive

 

Eels may not be used as bait

June 1 – Dec. 15

Susquehanna Flats and all Bay waters including tributaries open to striped bass fishing.

2 striped bass per person per day between 18–28 inches OR 1 fish between 18–28 inches and 1 fish over 28 inches inclusive

 

 

 

ATLANTIC COAST, COASTAL BAYS & THEIR TIDAL TRIBUTARIES

Season

Fishing Locations Allowed

Creel & Size Limits

Regulations

Restrictions & Remarks

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

No area restrictions

28 inches or larger; 2 per person per day

 

 

 

RESERVOIRS

Season

Fishing Locations Allowed

Creel & Size Limits

Regulations

Restrictions & Remarks

Reservoirs—
No Closed Season

Liberty Reservoir, Piney Run Reservoir, Tridelphia Reservoir, Conowingo Reservoir, Broadford Lake,
Jennings Randolph Reservoir,
and Rocky Gorge Reservoir

18 inch minimum size; 2 fish per person per day — only 1 of those fish may be larger than 30 inches

 

No closed season

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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