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What’s New for 2018

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An emergency regulation involving hooks, bait and striped bass is now in effect through Oct. 12, 2018 in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.

  1. Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when live-lining or chumming;
  2. Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks or “J” hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait or when using processed baits while not live-lining or chumming (treble hooks are prohibited); and
  3. The minimum size for striped bass is 19 inches.

A proposed regulation to keep these temporary regulations effective through 2018 and 2019 is already in progress.

New State Records:

  • Muskellunge – Nontidal Division, 32.5 lbs. by Tessa Cosens
  • Sheepshead – Atlantic Division, 18.0 lbs. by Robert Martin
  • Sheepshead – Chesapeake Division, 13.73 lbs. by Dave Alveberg
  • White Catfish – Chesapeake Division, 8.27 lbs. by Jacob Vosburgh
  • White Perch – Nontidal Division, 1.90 lbs by George Venker

Check the online version of this fishing guide for the most up-to-date information—eregulations.com/maryland/fishing

5/6/17 Tessa Cosens of Washington County broke the muskellunge record on the Upper Potomac River on May 6 with a 32.5-pound fish.

New South Branch Patapsco River Delayed Harvest Area:

South Branch Patapsco River from West Friendship Rd (Howard County) and Main Street (Carroll County) upstream approximately 1.1 mile to the upper boundary of the Hugg Thomas Wildlife Management Area. 

Did you know that you no longer need to have a signed paper copy of your license with you?

You can now show an officer an electronic copy of your license. Use the pdf that is generated by the licensing system on your phone or other electronic device. You still need to carry a photo ID with you.