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Striped Bass

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Reservoirs

Season

Fishing Locations Allowed

Creel and Size Limits

Regulations

Restrictions and Remarks

Reservoirs

All nontidal reservoirs, lakes, and ponds. 18 inch minimum size; 2 fish per person per day—
only 1 of those fish may be larger than 30 inches
Open Year Round

It is Illegal:

  • To possess any cut up or filleted striped bass at any time aboard any boat on the tidal waters of Maryland. Striped bass must be landed whole.
  • To use more than two hooks or two sets of hooks for each rod or line. Artificial lures or plugs with multiple hooks are considered 1 set of hooks.
  • To use eels as bait while fishing for striped bass with hook and line from Dec. 16–May 15, inclusive, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.
  • To cull striped bass.
  • To possess striped bass while fishing in the Chesapeake Bay or its tidal tributaries from midnight to 5 a.m.
  • To use a gaff to land striped bass.
  • To take or shoot striped bass with a spear gun and spear in the tidal waters of the state.
  • To fish for striped bass by any means or practice catch-and-release of striped bass in designated spawning areas from March 1–May 31.
  • To intentionally snag a striped bass.

Striped bass may not be caught, harassed or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches from
3–200 miles off the coast.

Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Tributaries (excluding the Susquehanna Flats, Lower Susquehanna River and Northeast River)

Dates and rules in the table below are likely to change for 2020. For an explanation as to why the changes are necessary, the timeline for these changes and how to participate and provide public comment click on the link below.

Striped Bass Management Questions and Answers

SUSQUEHANNA FLATS, LOWER SUSQUEHANNA RIVER and NORTHEAST RIVER

Dates and rules in the table below are likely to change for 2020. For an explanation as to why the changes are necessary, the timeline for these changes and how to participate and provide public comment click on the link below.

Striped Bass Management Questions and Answers

Atlantic Ocean, COASTAL BAYS and THEIR TRIBUTARIES

Dates and rules in the table below are likely to change for 2020. For an explanation as to why the changes are necessary, the timeline for these changes and how to participate and provide public comment click on the link below.

Striped Bass Management Questions and Answers

Be on the Lookout for Tagged Fish!

The success of tagging studies relies on anglers like you. If you catch a tagged fish, please follow the instructions printed on the tag, or call Fishing and Boating Services at 800-688-3467. Please record the tag number, capture date, fishing location, and total length.