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

CLOSED – until May 15th – details here: http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Documents/PubNotBlackSeaBassRec2018_2-15-18.pdf (new regulations to be announced)

Bluefish 8 inches Open Year Round Daily—10

40 Inches

June 1–September 30, 2018


Up to 3 cobia per vessel per day if there are 3 or more individuals on the vessel.

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 April 1-Dec. 31, 2018 4/person/day

16 inches

CLOSED May 16–June 30


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, shortnose STURGEON, and bivalves/shellfish(mussels and clams) CLOSED