Eligible Species and Sizes

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Species Division Minimum Size (inches) Comments
 Amberjack Atlantic  45   
 Atlantic Cod Atlantic  36   
 Atlantic Spadefish Atlantic  24   
 Bigeye Tuna Atlantic  60  Use Curved Fork Length Measurements  
 Black Drum Atlantic  48   
 Blackfin Tuna Atlantic  30  Use Curved Fork Length Measurements  
 Bluefin Tuna Atlantic  55  Use Curved Fork Length Measurements  
 Bluefish Atlantic  34   
 Blueline Tilefish Atlantic  25   
 Cobia Atlantic  44   
 Croaker Atlantic  18   
 Dolphin Atlantic  45   
 False Albacore Atlantic  24   
 Golden Tilefish Atlantic  35   
 King Mackerel Atlantic  40   
 Kingfish Atlantic  14  (Northern Whiting)  
 Longfin Albacore Atlantic  36   
 Seabass Atlantic  20   
 Sheepshead Atlantic  20   
 Snowy Grouper Atlantic  32   
 Spanish Mackerel Atlantic  22   
 Spot Atlantic  12   
 Spotted Seatrout Atlantic  24   
 Striped Bass Atlantic  40   
 Summer Flounder Atlantic  24   
 Tautog Atlantic  24   
 Wahoo Atlantic  60   
 Weakfish Atlantic  24   
 Yellowfin Tuna Atlantic  50  Use Curved Fork Length Measurements  
 Mako Shark AtlanticCatch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 American Shad Catch and Release  24  Released Only  
 Blue Marlin Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Blue Shark Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Hammerhead Shark Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Hickory Shad Catch and Release  18  Released Only  
 Red Drum Catch and Release  36  Released Only  
 Sailfish Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Sand Tiger Shark Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Swordfish Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Thresher Shark Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Tiger Shark Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 White Marlin Catch and Release  any size  Released Only  
 Black Drum Chesapeake  48   
 Blue Crab Chesapeake  Carapace  
 Bluefish Chesapeake  34   
 Carp Chesapeake  30   
 Chain Pickerel Chesapeake  24   
 Channel Catfish Chesapeake  30   
 Cobia Chesapeake  44   
 Crappie Chesapeake  15   
 Croaker Chesapeake  18   
 Gar Chesapeake  36   
 Kingfish Chesapeake  14  (Northern Whiting)  
 Largemouth Bass Chesapeake  21   
 Rock Bass Chesapeake  10   
 Sheepshead Chesapeake  24   
 Smallmouth Bass Chesapeake  20   
 Spanish Mackerel Chesapeake  22   
 Spot Chesapeake  12   
 Spotted Seatrout Chesapeake  24   
 Striped Bass Chesapeake  40   
 Summer Flounder Chesapeake  24   
 Tautog Chesapeake  24   
 Walleye Chesapeake  26   
 Weakfish Chesapeake  24   
 White Catfish Chesapeake  20   
 White Perch Chesapeake  13   
 Yellow Perch Chesapeake  14   
 Bluegill Freshwater  11   
 Brook Trout Freshwater  12   
 Brown Trout Freshwater  21   
 Bullhead Catfish Freshwater  15   
 Carp Freshwater  36   
 Chain Pickerel Freshwater  24   
 Channel Catfish Freshwater  30   
 Crappie Freshwater  15   
 Cutthroat Trout Freshwater  20   
 Largemouth Bass Freshwater  21   
 Muskellunge Freshwater  40   
 Northern Pike Freshwater  38   
 Rainbow Trout Freshwater  20   
 Redbreast Sunfish Freshwater   
 Redear Sunfish Freshwater  11   
 Rock Bass Freshwater  10   
 Smallmouth Bass Freshwater  20   
 Striped Bass Freshwater  36   
 Tiger Muskellunge Freshwater  40   
 Walleye Freshwater  26   
 White Catfish Freshwater  20   
 White Perch Freshwater  13   
 Yellow Perch Freshwater  14   
 Blue Catfish* Invasive  40  Invasive - Must be Kept to Receive Award  
 Flathead Catfish* Invasive  34  Invasive - Must be Kept to Receive Award  
 Northern Snakehead* Invasive  30  Invasive - Must be Kept to Receive Award  

* Eligible for Invasive Species Award Only

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