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Nontidal Seasons, Minimum Sizes, Daily Creel & Possession Limits

Fishing Regulations Maryland Freshwater Fishing

Nontidal hook & line

Nontidal Hook & Line

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American eel

9 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—25

Possession—25

Eels may not be taken by gig in any Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Areas or Special Trout Fisheries Management Area.

BaitFISH
(Including Madtoms)

None

Open Year Round

Daily—35 in aggregate

Possession—35 in aggregate

Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth)

12 inches or as provided for by
special regulations.

CLOSED
March 1–June 15

Daily—5 in aggregate

Possession—10 in aggregate

Catch & Release is permitted at all times.

Bivalve/shellfish (mussels & clams)

CLOSED

Carp

None

Open Year Round

Daily—15

Possession—30

Chain pickerel

14 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—5

Channel Catfish

None

Open Year Round

Daily—5

Possession—10

Crappie

None

Open Year Round

Daily—15

Possession—30

Herring
(Alewife & Blueback)

CLOSED

Muskellunge & Tiger Muskie

36 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—1

Northern pike

30 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—2

Shad (American/White & Hickory)

CLOSED

Catch & Release is permitted.

STRIPED BASS & HYBRID STRIPED BASS

18 inches

Open Year Round

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

Striped bass and hybrid striped bass in nontidal waters may be taken only from Liberty Reservoir, Piney Run Reservoir, Triadelphia Reservoir, Conowingo Reservoir, Broadford Lake, Jennings Randolph Reservoir and Rocky Gorge Reservoir. See table footer for contact information.

Suckers

None

Open Year Round

Daily—30

Possession—60

Sunfish, including Bluegills & 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—Except as provided in Special Trout Management Area Regulations.

Daily—2 in aggregate

Possession—2 in aggregate—Except as provided in Special Trout Management Area Regulations.

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

None

Open Year Round

Daily—5 in aggregate

Possession—5 in aggregate

See Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Areas for more information.

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

White Perch

None

Open Year Round

None

Yellow perch:
statewide except
as noted

9 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—10

The possession of yellow perch eggs requires prior authorization from DNR.

Deep Creek Lake

None

Open Year Round

Daily—10

Possession—20

Nontidal lakes and ponds

None

Open Year Round

None

The taking of American shad, hickory shad, blueback herring, alewife herring, Atlantic sturgeon, and shortnose sturgeon is prohibited.

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 Watershed Control Division 410-795-6150 or Loch Raven Fishing Center 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.

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

Youghiogheny RIVER LAKE (Reservoir)

YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER LAKE (RESERVOIR)

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American eel

9 inches

Open Year Round

Daily–25

American Shad

None

Open Year Round

Daily–3

Baitfish, fish bait

None

Open Year Round

Daily–50 in aggregate

Bass –
Largemouth,
Smallmouth
& Spotted

15 inches

January 1–April 15 and November 1–December 31

Daily–4 in aggregate

CLOSED all other dates; No tournaments during closure.

12 inches

June 18–October 31

Daily–6 in aggregate

Crayfish

None

Open Year Round

Daily–50

Head must be immediately removed behind the eyes upon capture unless used as bait in the water from which taken

Gizzard shad

None

Open Year Round

Daily–50

Mud bugs (dragonfly nymphs)

None

Open Year Round

None

Muskellunge & Tiger Muskie

40 inches

Open Year Round

Daily–1 in aggregate

Northern pike

24 inches

Open Year Round

Daily–2

Pickerel

18 inches

Open Year Round

Daily–4

River herring

None

Open Year Round

Daily–50 in aggregate

Sauger

12 inches

January 1–March 14 and May 7–December 31

Daily–6

Striped Bass &
Hybrid Striped Bass

20 inches

Open Year Round

Daily–2 in aggregate

Sunfish, Yellow perch, White perch, Crappies, Catfish, Rock bass,
Suckers, Carp & White bass

None

Open Year Round

Daily–50 in aggregate

Trout & Salmon (all species)

7 inches

8 a.m. April 16–September 5

Daily–5 in aggregate

January 1–February 29 and September 6–December 31

Daily–3 in aggregate

Walleye & Hybrids

15 inches

January 1–March 14 and May 7–December 31

Daily–6 in aggregate

PADDLEFISH, MUSSELS, CLAMS, & THREATENED & ENDANGERED SPECIES

Closed