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What’s New

Fishing Regulations Icon Maryland Fishing

  • Catch–and–Return Trout Fishing Area — The upper boundary on the North Branch Potomac River’s upper catch–and–return trout fishing area has been extended to the point where the Senator Sarbanes Trail meets the river.
  • Dividing Line — A new dividing line separating tidal and nontidal waters was established on Barren Creek at the U.S. 50 bridge.
  • Gear — Changes have been proposed for bush bobs, bank poles, dip nets, and gigs. Consult
  • Possession Limits in Nontidal Waters — New limits were established to be consistent with other species and to allow extra possession during overnight fishing trips.
  • Trout Closure Periods — The closure periods have been removed from Accident Pond, Georges Creek, Muddy Creek, and Little Youghiogheny River.
  • Yellow Perch — Changes were made to creel and size limits for conservation and consistency.
  • New State Records:
    • Cobia — Atlantic Division, 94.6 pounds by Emma Zajdel (9 years old).
    • Northern Snakehead — Invasive Division, 18.42 pounds by Emory (Dutch) Baldwin III
    • White Perch — Atlantic Division, 1.65 pounds by Ryan Timmons (10 years old)
    • White Perch — Nontidal Division, 1.74 pounds by James Stiars

Check the online version of this fishing guide for the most up-to-date information—

Fish Consumption Guidelines

Fish are recommended as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Most fish are safe to eat, but some have levels of contaminants which may be harmful.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) monitors Maryland fish and provides consumption advisories with recommended limits about how often certain fish should be eaten to minimize health risks. These advisories are intended for people who eat Maryland fish on a regular basis.

MDE analyzes fish for two contaminants which can pose health risks and are known to accumulate in fish: PCBs and methylmercury. The information included in MDE consumption advisories is of particular importance for women and children because of the potential harmful effect of these contaminants on developing brains.

To see fish consumption advisories and other information which will help you make the best choices about what fish you eat and how often to eat them, visit or contact MDE at 410-537-3906.