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Maryland

Fishing

Atlantic Seasons, Sizes, & Limits

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Season

Creel Limit

Remarks

American Eel

9 inches

January 1–August 31, except open year round for spears and baited traps or pots

Daily—25

Black Drum

16 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—1 Boat limit—6


Black Sea Bass

13 inches

May 15 - December 11

Daily—15


Bluefish

8 inches

Open Year Round

Shore or Private Boat: Daily—3
For-Hire Boat: Daily—5


Cobia

40 inches

June 15–September 15

1 cobia per person per day; or up to 2 cobia per vessel per day if there are 2 or more individuals on the vessel


Croaker (Hardhead)

9 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—25


Dolphinfish (Mahi-Mahi)*

None

Open Year Round

Daily—10 Boat limit—54

Only applies to federal waters.

Grouper Species

None

Open Year Round

Daily—1

Grouper species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=08.02.05.29.htm

Lobster

33⁄8–5¼ inches
carapace length

CLOSED Feb. 1–March 31

100/person/24 hour period or 500 for a 5-day or longer trip when using gear other than lobster traps

Must be landed whole. Spearing is prohibited. No egg-bearing females.

Red Drum (Channel Bass or Puppy Drum)

18–27 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—1


Scup (Porgy)

9 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—50


Sharks

See Highly Migratory Species

Sheepshead

None

Open Year Round

Daily—4


Shrimp (brown, white)

None

Open Year Round

None

Must use authorized gear.

Snapper Species (includes many species, please see list)

None

Open Year Round

Daily—20

Snapper species—www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/getfile.aspx?file=08.02.05.29.htm

Spanish Mackerel*

14 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—15


Spot

None

Open Year Round

Daily—50


Spotted Seatrout

14 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—4


Striped Bass

See Atlantic Striped Bass Section— Striped Bass

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

16.5 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—4

To maximize summer flounder survivability, use a 3/0 or larger hook and be prepared to release undersized fish (pliers, wet rag, and a ruler).

Tautog

16 inches

CLOSED May 16–June 30

January 1–May 15: Daily—4

July 1–October 31: Daily—2

November 1–December 31: Daily—4

Tilefish (Blueline, Golden, Sand)

Must follow federal limits and season, permit and reporting requirements– https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-VI/part-648/subpart-N/section-648.296

Wahoo*

None

Open Year Round

Daily—2

Only applies to federal waters.

Weakfish

13 inches

Open Year Round

Daily—1


Alewife Herring, American Shad, Atlantic Sturgeon, Blueback Herring, Hickory Shad and Shortnose Sturgeon

CLOSED