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Atlantic Seasons, Sizes, & Limits

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ATLANTIC OCEAN, COASTAL BAYS and TRIBUTARIES

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American eel 9 inches January 1–August 31, except open year round for spears and baited traps or pots Daily—25
Black Drum 16 inches Open Year Round Daily—1 Boat limit—6
Black sea bass 12.5 inches May 15–Dec 31 Daily—15
Bluefish 8 inches Open Year Round Daily—10
Cobia Refer to online regulations for updates eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/
Croaker (Hardhead) 9 inches Open Year Round Daily—25
Dolphinfish (Mahi-Mahi) None Open Year Round Daily—10 Boat limit—60 Only applies to federal waters.
Grouper species None Open Year Round Daily—1 Grouper species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=08.02.05.29.htm
Lobster 33⁄8–5¼ inches
carapace length
CLOSED Feb. 1–March 31 100/person/24 hour period or 500 for a 5-day or longer trip when using gear other than lobster traps Must be landed whole. Spearing is prohibited. No egg-bearing females.
Red drum (Channel Bass or Puppy Drum) 18–27 inches Open Year Round Daily—1
Scup (Porgy) 8 inches Open Year Round Daily—50
Sharks See Highly Migratory Species Section
Snapper Species
(includes many species, please see list)
Snapper species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=08.02.05.29.htm
Subject to change. Refer to online regulations for updates eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/
Spanish Mackerel* 14 inches Open Year Round Daily—15
Spotted seatrout 14 inches Open Year Round Daily—4
Striped Bass See Atlantic Striped Bass Section
Summer Flounder (Fluke) 16.5 inches Open Year Round 4/person/day
Tautog 16 inches CLOSED May 16–June 30 January 1–May 15, 4 fish/person/day

July 1–October 31, 2 fish/person/day

November 1–December 31, 4 fish/person/day

Tilefish species Tilefish species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=08.02.05.29.htm
Subject to change. Refer to online regulations for updates eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/
Wahoo None Open Year Round Daily—2 Only applies to federal waters.
Weakfish 13 inches Open Year Round Daily—1
Alewife Herring, American Shad, Atlantic sturgeon, Blueback Herring and shortnose STURGEON CLOSED

Summer Flounder Hook Recommendations

Undersized summer flounder must be released and there are two things anglers can do to maximize survivability.

  • Use a size 3/0 or larger hook. A lot of mortality associated with hooking is caused by the fish swallowing the hook and being lodged in the gills or organs. Larger hooks can help to prevent this from happening.
  • Be ready to release a fish once it is caught. Having the right tools such as a wet rag, pliers and a measuring board will enable you to return the fish to the water quickly. Which will improve the odds of survival.