Atlantic Ocean & Coastal Bays Seasons, Sizes & Limits

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Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Bay sand Tributaries


Minimum Size Limits


Creel Limit


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

40 Inches

June 1–September 30, 2018


Season is currently closed.

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=
*Please see additional recreational lobster information below
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
(includes: sheepshead and spadefish)
None Open Year Round Daily—20 in aggregate Snapper species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=
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

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 None Open Year Round Daily—7 in aggregate Tilefish species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=
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, and Shortnose sturgeon CLOSED