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New for 2014
- The upper boundary of the Owens Creek Put-and-Take/Catch-and-Return Trout Fishing Area has been moved from Raven Rock Road to Buck Lantz Road.
- Crossbows are now legal projectile gears in both nontidal and tidal waters, so long as they are used in accordance with all projectile gear restrictions — see Sport Fishing Regulations.
- Minnow traps are now legal gears in both nontidal and tidal waters. They must be attached to an undocked boat or to private property or a private pier and marked with a buoy or pole and sign. An individual may use one trap and it must be marked with their DNRid number — see Sport Fishing Regulations.
- Up to 25 jugs may now be used for “jugging” so long as each jug is marked with the user’s DNRid number — see Sport Fishing Regulations.
- Finfish trotlines may now be used in both nontidal and tidal waters so long as they are; no longer than 100 feet; they have no more than 25 hooks; are not made of metal; are not baited with scaled fish bait; and, are marked with the user’s DNRid number.
- Recreational crabbers using crab pots from private property must now obtain a free registration prior to setting their crab pots. Anyone using gear other than handlines or dipnets needs a license — Recreational Crabbing Licenses.
- Anyone who catches and keeps a shark must complete and submit a shark catch card and get a tag — see Highly Migratory Species & Sharks.
- New minimum sizes for hammerhead, finetooth and blacknose sharks – see Highly Migratory Species & Sharks.
- An invasive species component has been added to the Maryland Fishing Challenge.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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