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Freshwater Seasons, Sizes & Limits

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The following tables summarize rules governing the harvest and possession of fish species that anglers commonly catch in Maryland. This summary does not include all regulated species. Full information and updates are available at dsd.state.md.us/COMAR/ComarHome.html

Nontidal

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American eel

9 inches Open Year Round Daily—25

Possession—25

Baitfish
(Including Madtoms)

None Open Year Round Daily—35 in aggregate

Possession—35 in aggregate

Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

12 inches or as provided for by
special regulations.
CLOSED
March 1–June 15
Daily—5 in aggregate

Possession—10 in aggregate

Catch and Release is permitted at all times.

Carp

None Open Year Round Daily—15

Possession—30

Chain pickerel

14 inches Open Year Round Daily—5

Possession—10

Channel Catfish

None Open Year Round Daily—5

Possession—10

Crappie

None Open Year Round Daily—15

Possession—30

Herring (Alewife and Blueback)

CLOSED Catch and Release is permitted at all times.

Muskellunge and
Tiger Muskie

36 inches Open Year Round Daily—1

Possession—2

Northern pike

30 inches Open Year Round Daily—2

Possession­­—4

Shad
(American/White and Hickory)

CLOSED Catch and Release is permitted at all times.

STRIPED BASS and
HYBRID STRIPED BASS
(lakes and ponds)

18 inches Open Year Round 2 striped bass/hybrid striped bass per day, only one of which may be over 30 inches.

Possession—4, only one of which may be over 30 inches

It is illegal to keep striped bass and hybrid striped bass caught in nontidal streams and rivers.

Suckers

None Open Year Round Daily—30

Possession—60

Sunfish, including Bluegills and Rock Bass (commonly known as Red Eye or Goggle-Eye)

None Open Year Round Daily—15 in aggregate

Possession—30 in aggregate

Trout—statewide
(all species of trout)

None—Except as provided in Special Trout Management Area Regulations. Open Year Round Daily—2 in aggregate

Possession—4 in aggregate

Special rules may apply in certain areas. See Special Management Areas – Trout.

Trout:
Put-and-Take Areas
(all species of Trout)

None Open Year Round Daily—5 in aggregate

Possession—10 in aggregate

See Put-and-Take section for
specific requirements.

Walleye

Minimum Size: 15 inches year round, and during January 1–April 15 the minimum size is 15 inches with a maximum size of 20 inches, in the Potomac River mainstem approximately 0.5 miles upriver from Chain Bridge to the spillway in Cumberland. Open year round—Except on Deep Creek Lake and the Youghiogheny River downstream of Route 42 bridge where it is closed from March 1 through April 15. Daily—5

Possession—10

White Perch

None Open Year Round None

Yellow Perch

Nontidal rivers and streams 9 inches Open Year Round Daily—10

Possession—20

The possession of yellow perch eggs requires prior authorization from the department.
Nontidal lakes and ponds None

Atlantic sturgeon, shortnose STURGEON, and bivalves/shellfisH

CLOSED
Special Closures:

1. Magothy River from the base of Lake Waterford Dam downstream for 3,300 feet is closed to all fishing during February, March and April.
2. Severn River and Severn Run from the Route 3 Bridge downstream for 2,400 feet during February, March and April.

Contact Information for Restricted Areas: Baltimore City Reservoirs—for Prettyboy and Liberty (boat permits required) information, rules, and regulations, call 410-795-6150. For Loch Raven call 410-887-7692. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Lakes—Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge fishing by permit only. For permits, rules and regulations call the information center at Brighton Dam 301-774-9124.