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What’s New for 2013

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Black bass tournament directors must obtain permits prior to conducting fishing tournaments in certain instances. See Bass Section for details.

Spanish mackerel must be landed with the head and fins intact in accordance with new Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission rules.

Lion’s Park Pond in Allegany County and Avalon Pond (Lost Lake) in Baltimore County are no longer limited to anglers under 16 years of age, 65 years of age or older, or who are blind. These waters are now Put-and-Take Trout Fishing areas with access for anglers of all ages. However, local restrictions on these areas may apply at the discretion of the local governing authority.

New lobster regulations require the mandatory V-notching and release of egg-bearing female lobsters. Lobsters may not be landed from February 1 through March 31. For more information, please see Coastal Bay & Atlantic Ocean Table.

Catoctin Creek in Frederick County within the boundaries of Catoctin Creek Park has been designated as a Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area.

Governor Bridge Natural Area Pond in Prince George’s County is now a limited harvest area.

New state records going into 2013 include blueline tilefish (20 lbs.), snowy grouper (66 lbs.), Chesapeake Bay Division sheepshead (13 lbs.5oz.), tautog (23 lbs.), scalloped hammerhead shark (266 lbs.) and blue catfish (84 lbs.).

The red drum Catch & Release Angler Award minimum size is now 36 inches.

The new snowy grouper Angler Award minimum size is 32 inches.

The white catfish Angler Award minimum length is 20 inches and the state record benchmark weight is seven pounds.

The redbreast sunfish Angler Award minimum length is now 8 inches, and the minimum weight benchmark for a state record is 14 ounces.


Fish are recommended as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Most fish are safe to eat, but some have levels of contaminants which may be harmful.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) monitors Maryland fish and provides consumption advisories with recommended limits about how often certain fish should be eaten to minimize health risks. These advisories are intended for people like sport fishermen who eat Maryland fish on a regular basis.

MDE analyzes fish for two contaminants which can pose health risks and are known to accumulate in fish: PCBs and methylmercury. The information included in MDE consumption advisories is of particular importance for women and children because of the potential harmful effect of these contaminants on developing brains.

To see fish consumption advisories and other information which will help you make the best choices about what fish you eat and how often to eat them, visit the website or contact MDE at 410-537-3906.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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