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New State Records:

  • White Catfish (Tidal Chesapeake)
    9.61 lbs, Elk River/Turkey Pt.
    Angler: Brian Dvorak
  • Warmouth (Nontidal Freshwater)
    0.67 lb./10.72 oz, Gilbert Run Lake
    Angler: Dezi Collins
  • Snakehead (Invasive)
    19.90 lbs, Indian Head
    Angler: Andrew D. Fox

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.

New Regulations involving Hooks, Bait and Striped Bass

A regulation involving hooks, bait and striped bass is in effect May 16 through Dec. 15, 2019 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.Note: The department advises that anglers use circle hooks of 8/0 or larger, to reduce the chance of deep-hooking.