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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 Shore or Private Boat: Daily–3
For-Hire Boat: Daily–5

Cobia

40 inches June 1 – September 30 1 cobia per person per day; or 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=08.02.05.29.htm

Lobster

3 3⁄8–5 ¼ 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

New Rules – See Highly Migratory Species

Sheepshead

None Open Year Round Daily—4

Snapper species (includes many species, please see list)

Subject to change. Refer to online regulations for updates eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/ Snapper species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=08.02.05.29.htm

Spanish Mackerel*

14 inches Open Year Round Daily—15

Spot

None Open Year Round None

Spotted seatrout

14 inches Open Year Round Daily—4

Striped Bass

See Atlantic Striped Bass Section— Striped Bass

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

16.5 inches Open Year Round Daily—4

Tautog

16 inches CLOSED May 16–June 30 January 1–May 15: Daily—4

July 1–October 31: Daily—2

November 1–December 31: Daily—4

Tilefish
(Blueline, Golden, Sand)

Tilefish species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=08.02.05.29.htm
Must follow federal limits and season and permit and reporting requirements.

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