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2020 State Records:

  • Big Scale Pomfret (Atlantic, 2019)
    22.1 lbs., Norfolk Canyon 12/28/2019,
    Angler: Jeff Rosenkilde
  • Gray Triggerfish (Atlantic)
    6.0 lbs., shipwreck 14 miles off the coast of Ocean City 10/25/2020, Angler: Logan Liddick
  • Florida Pompano (Chesapeake)
    5.0 lbs., Black Walnut Point Fishing area, Tilghman Island 09/06/2020, Angler: David D. Shrock
  • Sheepshead (Chesapeake)
    14.1 lbs., Target Ship,
    Lower Bay 08/09/2020,
    Angler: Daniel Mastronardi, Jr.
  • Longnose Gar (Chesapeake)
    18.3 lbs., Marshyhope Creek 03/02/2020,
    Angler: Samson Matthews
  • Flathead Catfish (Invasive)
    57.0 lbs., Lapidum Boat Ramp, Susquehanna River 12/27/2020,
    Angler: Joshua Dixon


Did you know?

  • Changes are coming for striped bass? Keep up to date with the changes at eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/striped-bass/.
  • You don’t have to have a paper copy of your license with you? Make sure you have an electronic copy (phone or another device) and a photo ID with you when you’re fishing.
  • You have to register your crab pot every year? See Recreational Crabbing Licenses & Crab Pot Registration for details.
  • You have to have a license or be registered to fish in the Chesapeake Bay, its tidal tributaries, the Atlantic Ocean, or its coastal bays? See Licenses & Fees for details and exemptions.
  • You could get your fishing or crabbing privileges suspended if you break the law.
  • There are new rules for brook trout? See Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Areas for more information