Commercial Regulations

This is intended as a summary only. Regulations are subject to change. It is the angler's responsibility to know and abide by all current regulations, notices, and law. Please contact NMFS for regulations pertaining to Tunas, Shark, Swordfish, Billfish, Sailfish, and Marlin (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/Compliance_Guide/index.htm).

The EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone)- All waters from the seaward boundary of coastal states (3 miles from shore) out to 200 nautical miles. Maryland waters are from the shore to 3 miles.

This and the Maryland Fishing Guide are only intended as summaries. Regulations are subject to change. It is the angler's responsibility to know and abide by all current regulations, notices, and law. Please contact NMFS for regulations pertaining to Tunas, Shark, Swordfish, Billfish, Sailfish, and Marlin.


Species Gear Type Season Sizes Limits Comments
Coastal
American Eel
All 1/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater

4"X4" escape panel is required if the pot mesh <½" x ½".

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:45 AM.

Coastal
American Eel
Spear, Baited Trap or Eel Pot ONLY 9/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater

4"X4" escape panel is required if the pot mesh <½" x ½".
Closed to all other gear

Last updated on .

Tidal
American Eel
Spear, Baited Trap or Eel Pot ONLY 1/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater

4"x4" escape panel is required if the pot mesh is <½" x ½".
Closed to all other gear

Last updated on .

Tidal
American Eel
All 1/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater

4"x4" escape panel is required if the pot mesh is <½" x ½".

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:50 AM.

Coastal
American or Hickory Shad
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:04:23 PM.

Tidal
American or Hickory Shad
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:03:52 PM.

Coastal
Atlantic menhaden
All 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Unlimited fishery is open until the State-wide quota is met; at that point the fishery will switch to the permitted fishery

Last updated on .

Tidal
Atlantic menhaden
All 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Unlimited fishery is open until the State-wide quota is met; at that point the fishery will switch to the permitted fishery

Last updated on .

Coastal
Black Drum
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater Chesapeake Bay: CLOSED
Coastal Bays: CLOSED
Ocean: 1500 lbs. Annual Limit

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:58 AM.

Coastal
Black Sea Bass
Trawl, Pot, Trap 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

11" or greater Quotas by permit.
Without permit - 50 lbs.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:00 AM.

Tidal
Black Sea Bass
Pot, Trap 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

11" or greater Quotas by permit.
Without permit - 50 lbs.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:01 AM.

Tidal
Blue Crab (Hard)
Trotlines, Scrapes, Pots 4/1/2014 - 12/15/2014
Sun or Mon Off
See Special Conditions
5" - 4/1 - 7/14 5 1/4" - 7/15 - 12/31 or greater Female limits provided by public notice.
Harvest in Bay ends 12/15;
Harvest on Coast ends 10/31.

Trotline floats must be same size, shape and color.
Catch Times:
Trotlines and Scrapes: May - Sept: 1 hour before sunrise to 9 hours after sunrise
Trotlines: Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec: sunrise to 10 hours after sunrise
Scrapes: Apr. & Oct.: sunrise to 10 hours after sunrise
Pots: 1/2 hour before to 7 1/2 hours after sunrise
No minimum size for mature females.
No scrapes: Oct 31 - Apr 14.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:54:05 AM.

Tidal
Blue Crab (Peelers & Soft)
Trotlines, Scrapes, Pots 4/1/2014 - 12/15/2014
Sun or Mon Day off
See Special Conditions
Peelers: 3 1/4" - 4/1-7/14; 3 1/2" 7/15-12/15; Soft: 3 1/2 or greater

Trotline floats must be same size, shape and color. Catch Times - Trotlines and Scrapes: May - Sept: 1 hour before sunrise to 9 hours after; Trotlines: Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec: sunrise to 10 hours after; Scrapes: Apr. & Oct.: 1 hour before sunrise to 10 hours after; Pots: 1 hour before to 7 1/2 hours after sunrise

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:54:54 AM.

Coastal
Blue Crabs
Pot, Trotline 4/1/2014 - 10/31/2014

5" hard; see comments for others or greater 25 bushels per commercial boat

Cannot remove crabs from commercial gear in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries between 2 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
Cannot set or retrieve crab pots in the coastal bays of the Atlantic Ocean and their tidal tributaries between 2 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
Scrapes prohibited.
3 1/4" Peelers - 4/1-7/14
3 1/2" Peelers - 7/15-10/31
3 1/2" Soft

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:56:11 AM.

Tidal
Bluefish
Net, Hook & Line, Pot, Troline 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

8" or greater A coastwide quota and daily catch limit to be shared by Atlantic states will be established and published by National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:06 AM.

Tidal
Catfish: Flathead, Blue, Channel or White
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
None

Last updated on 5/13/2013 1:46:52 PM.

Coastal
Conch
Trawl, Gill Net, Fyke Net, Pound Net, Hand 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
6" or greater

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:16 AM.

Coastal
Croaker
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 3/16/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:00:14 AM.

Tidal
Croaker
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 3/16/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:00:23 AM.

Tidal
Diamondback Terrapin
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:14:18 PM.

Coastal
Grouper
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None 175 lbs of species listed under comments

Includes: (a) Black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci); (b) Coney (Cephalopholis fulva); (c) Gag grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis); (d) Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara); (e) Graysby (Cephalopholis cruentata); (f) Misty grouper (Epinephelus mystacinus); (g) Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus); (h) Red grouper (Epinephelus morio); (i) Red hind (Epinephelus guttatus); (j) Rock hind (Epinephelus adscensionis); (k) Scamp (Mycteroperca phenax); (l) Snowy grouper (Epinephelus niveatus); (m) Speckled hind (Epinephelus drummondhayi); (n) Tiger grouper (Mycteroperca tigris); (o) Warsaw grouper (Epinephelus nigritus); (p) Wreckfish (Polyprion americanus); (q) Yellowedge grouper (Epinephelus flavolimbatus); (r) Yellowfin grouper (Mycteroperca venenosa); and (s) Yellowmouth grouper (Mycteroperca interstitialis).

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:21 AM.

Coastal
Hard Clam
Rake 9/15/2014 - 5/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
Sunrise to 4pm
Transverse 1" or greater

Hydraulic Dredge use in Coastal Bays prohibited.
Handheld Gear Only.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:00:42 AM.

Tidal
Hard Clam
Hydraulic Dredge, Rake 9/15/2014 - 5/31/2014
Mon thru Sat
Sunrise to Sunset
Transverse 1" or greater Pocomoke Sound & Tangier Sound

Hydraulic Dredge: Sunrise to 4pm

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:00:51 AM.

Tidal
Herring
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:16:09 PM.

Coastal
Horseshoe Crab
Trawl, Gill Net, Pound Net, Fyke Net, Hand [SEASON CLOSED]
6/8/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Fri
None 1 Mile off Atlantic Coast-150/person/day with permit

Female harvest prohibited

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:01:18 AM.

Coastal
Horseshoe Crab
Trawl, Gill Net, Pound Net, Fyke Net, Hand [SEASON CLOSED]
7/13/2014 - 11/30/2014
Mon thru Fri
None Quota on permit
25/person/day without permit

Female harvest prohibited.
Permittee catch limit based on the ratio of landings reported during 1996 as applied to the annual total allowable landings for the present year.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:01:35 AM.

Tidal
Horseshoe Crab
Trawl, Gill Net, Fyke Net, Pound Net, Hand 7/13/2014 - 11/30/2014
Mon thru Fri
None Quota on permit
25/person/day without permit

Female harvest prohibited.
Permittee catch limit based on the ratio of landings reported during 1996 as applied to the annual total allowable landings for the present year.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:01:46 AM.

Coastal
Lobster
Trap 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

3-3/8" Carapace to 5¼" Carapace May not sell, catch possess, or transport a lobster whose outer shell has been speared.

V-notched females prohibited.
Must v-notch and release egg bearing females according to COMAR 08.02.08.10
No egg bearing, scraped or scrubbed lobsters.
Contact National Marine Fisheries Service (978) 281-9278 for updates in EEZ.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:26 AM.

Coastal
Lobster
Anything other than traps 4/1/2014 - 1/31/2015

3-3/8" Carapace to 5¼" Carapace May not land more than 100 lobsters per day for a 24-hour period, or 500 lobsters per trip for a 5-day or longer period
May not sell, catch possess, or transport a lobster whose outer shell has been speared.

V-notched females prohibited.
Must v-notch and release egg bearing females according to COMAR 08.02.08.10
No egg bearing, scraped or scrubbed lobsters.
Contact National Marine Fisheries Service (978) 281-9278 for updates in EEZ.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:25 AM.

Coastal
NonSandbar Large Coastal Shark Group
See Regulation 7/16/2014 - 5/14/2014

None Creel -33 sharks

A person may not harvest, possess, or land sharks for commercial purposes in State waters when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closes the fishery in federal waters.
Includes: Silky; Tiger; Blacktip ; Spinner; Bull; Lemon; Nurse; Scalloped hammerhead; Great hammerhead; and Smooth hammerhead

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:03:14 AM.

Tidal
Oysters
Shaft Tong, Patent Tong, Dive 10/1/2014 - 3/31/2015
Mon thru Fri
Oct:Sunrise-3pm; Nov-Dec.: Sunrise-Sunset; Jan-Mar: Sunrise-3pm
3" or greater Several Areas CLOSED - Consult Shellfish Closure Book
15 bu/person/day not to exceed 30 bu/boat/day

Cannot land or possess more than 2 hours after sunset or anytime before sunrise.

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:24:39 PM.

Tidal
Oysters
Power Dredge 11/1/2014 - 3/31/2015
Mon thru Fri
Sunrise-3pm
3" or greater Power Dredge Nov 1 thru Mar 31 in designated areas of Calvert, Dorchester, Somerset St. Mary’s, Talbot and Wicomico Counties.
12 bu/person/day not to exceed 24 bu/boat/day

Cannot land or possess more than 2 hours after sunset or anytime before sunrise.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:04:27 AM.

Tidal
Oysters
Sail Dredge 11/1/2014 - 3/31/2015
Mon thru Fri
Nov-Dec: Sunrise - Sunset; Jan.- Mar: Sunrise - 3pm
3" or greater 150 bu/boat/day

Declare 2 push days per week with NRP.
Cannot land or possess more than 2 hours after sunset or anytime before sunrise.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:03:57 AM.

Coastal
Red Drum
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
18” to 25" 5/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:29 AM.

Tidal
Red Drum
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
18” to 25" 5 fish/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:32 AM.

Coastal
Scup
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater Federal trip limits announced annually.
Mesh restrictions and trap escape panel.
Federal permit required.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:35 AM.

Tidal
Scup
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater Federal trip limits announced annually.
Mesh restrictions and trap escape panel.
Federal permit required.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:36 AM.

Coastal
Smooth Dogfish, Small Coastal, and Pelagic Shark Groups
See Regulation 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

A person may not harvest, possess, or land sharks for commercial purposes in State waters when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closes the fishery in federal waters.
For list of prohibited sharks, see regulations.
Includes:
Smooth Dogfish
Small Coastal: Atlantic sharpnose; Finetooth; Blacknose; and Bonnethead.
Pelagic: Shortfin mako; Porbeagle; Common thresher; Oceanic whitetip; and Blue.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:45 AM.

Tidal
Snapping Turtles
Hand, Trap 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
11" or greater Charles County closed Apr 15 thru May 31.

May not pierce a turtle to capture.
Nets must have airspace.
Permit required.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:46 AM.

Tidal
Soft Clam
Hydraulic dredge, Rake 11/1/2012 - 4/14/2014
Mon thru Sat
Sunrise to Sunset
2" or greater 8 bu/boat/day from 11/1 - 5/14
15 bu/boat/day from 5/15 - 10/31

Must be landed by 1 hour after sunset

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:29:41 PM.

Tidal
Soft Clam
Hydraulic dredge, Rake 4/15/2014 - 10/31/2014
Mon thru Sat
½ hr before Sunrise to 1pm.
2" or greater 8 bu/boat/day from 11/1 - 5/14
15 bu/boat/day from 5/15 - 10/31

Must be landed by 3pm

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:05:36 AM.

Coastal
Spanish Mackerel
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
14" or greater 3,500lbs/vessel/day or trip, whichever is longer

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:03 AM.

Tidal
Spanish Mackerel
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
14" or greater 3,500lbs/vessel/day or trip, whichever is longer

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:16 AM.

Coastal
Spotted Sea Trout
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
14" or greater 150 lbs/day or trip whichever is longer

Trawl mesh min. 3-3/8" square or 3-3/4" diamond stretched
Gill net mesh min. 3" stretched

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:36 AM.

Tidal
Spotted Sea Trout
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
14" or greater 150 lbs/day or trip whichever is longer

Trawl mesh min. 3-3/8" square or 3-3/4" diamond stretched
Gill net mesh min. 3" stretched

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:40 AM.

Coastal
Striped Bass
Trawl, Drift Gill Net 1/1/2014 - 4/30/2014
Mon thru Fri
24'' or greater Atlantic Ocean

Permit required
Allocation determined annually

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:07:20 AM.

Coastal
Striped Bass
Trawl, Drift Gill Net 11/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Fri
24" or greater Atlantic Ocean

Permit required
Allocation determined annually

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:07:51 AM.

Tidal
Striped Bass
Hook & Line - ITQ 6/1/2014 - 11/30/2014
Mon thru Thur
1 hour before sunrise to sunset
18" to 36" Chesapeake Bay

Permit and flag required
Fish must be checked in no later than 9 am the day immediately following harvest.

Last updated on 6/6/2013 1:00:05 PM.

Tidal
Striped Bass
Hook & Line - Common Pool 6/1/2014 - 11/30/2014
See public notice
1 hour before sunrise - 1 hour before sunset
18" to 36" Chesapeake Bay
See public notice for catch limits

Permit and flag required
Fish must be checked in no later than 9 pm on the day of harvest or 9 am the day immediately following harvest.
A total of 2 crew members may assist a licensee
A maximum of 4 individuals, including crew members may be present on a vessel engaged in the Chesapeake Bay common pool hook-and-line fishery

Last updated on .

Tidal
Striped Bass
Haul Seine 6/1/2014 - 11/30/2014
Mon thru Fri
18" to 36" Chesapeake Bay

Permit required
Must have a DNR sealed haul seine
Fish must be checked in no later than 9 am the day immediately following harvest.

Last updated on 6/6/2013 2:26:40 PM.

Tidal
Striped Bass
Pound Net 6/1/2014 - 11/30/2014
Mon thru Sat
12 am to 6 pm
18" to 36" Chesapeake Bay

Permit required
Fish must be checked in no later than 9 am the day immediately following harvest.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:10:48 AM.

Tidal
Striped Bass
Drift Gill Net - ITQ 12/1/2014 - 2/28/2015
Mon thru Fri
3:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
18'' to 36'' Chesapeake Bay

Permit required
Fish must be checked in no later than 9 am the day immediately following harvest.
Stretched mesh 5" min, 7" max
No more than 3500 yards on a vessel in no more than 10 boxes

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:35:22 PM.

Tidal
Striped Bass
Drift Gill Net - Common Pool 12/1/2014 - 2/28/2015
See public notice
3:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
18'' to 36'' Chesapeake Bay
See public notice for catch limits

Permit required
Harvest must be checked in within 3 hours of completing trip and not later than 9:00 pm day of harvest.
Stretched mesh 5" min, 7" max
No more than 3500 yards on a vessel in no more than 10 boxes

Last updated on .

Tidal
Sturgeon (Atlantic and Shortnose)
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:38:19 PM.

Coastal
Summer Flounder
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater Quotas by permit
Without a Permit: 100 lbs/person/day

Last updated on 5/17/2013 8:38:51 AM.

Coastal
Summer Flounder
All gear other than hook and line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
14" or greater Quotas by permit
Without a Permit: 100 lbs/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:15 AM.

Tidal
Summer Flounder
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater Quotas by permit
Without a Permit: 50 lbs/person/day

Last updated on 5/17/2013 8:39:16 AM.

Tidal
Summer Flounder
All gear other than hook and line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
14" or greater Quotas by permit
Without a Permit: 50 lbs/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:17 AM.

Coastal
Tautog
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 5/15/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater 4/person/day

A pot and trap shall have hinges on one panel/door made of untreated hemp or jute string 3/16" diameter or smaller, magnesium alloy fasteners or ungalvinized/uncoated iron wire of 0.094" diameter.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:52:38 AM.

Coastal
Tautog
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 5/16/2014 - 10/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater 2/person/day

A pot and trap shall have hinges on one panel/door made of untreated hemp or jute string 3/16" diameter or smaller, magnesium alloy fasteners or ungalvinized/uncoated iron wire of 0.094" diameter.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:52:53 AM.

Coastal
Tautog
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 11/1/2014 - 11/26/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater 4/person/day

A pot and trap shall have hinges on one panel/door made of untreated hemp or jute string 3/16" diameter or smaller, magnesium alloy fasteners or ungalvinized/uncoated iron wire of 0.094" diameter.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:53:03 AM.

Tidal
Tautog
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 5/15/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater 4/person/day

A pot and trap shall have hinges on one panel/door made of untreated hemp or jute string 3/16" diameter or smaller, magnesium alloy fasteners or ungalvinized/uncoated iron wire of 0.094" diameter.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:53:13 AM.

Tidal
Tautog
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 5/16/2014 - 10/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater 2/person/day

A pot and trap shall have hinges on one panel/door made of untreated hemp or jute string 3/16" diameter or smaller, magnesium alloy fasteners or ungalvinized/uncoated iron wire of 0.094" diameter.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:53:26 AM.

Tidal
Tautog
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 11/1/2014 - 11/26/2014
Mon thru Sun
16" or greater 4/person/day

A pot and trap shall have hinges on one panel/door made of untreated hemp or jute string 3/16" diameter or smaller, magnesium alloy fasteners or ungalvinized/uncoated iron wire of 0.094" diameter.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:53:36 AM.

Coastal
Tilefish
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None 300 lbs of species listed under comments (excludes individuals with federal Golden Tilefish Quota)

Includes:
(a) Blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps);
(b) Golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps); and
(c) Sand tilefish (Malacanthus plumieri).

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:18 AM.

Tidal
Walleye
Hook & Line 3/15/2014 - 11/30/2014
Mon thru Sun
15" or greater 5/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:55:17 AM.

Coastal
Weakfish
Trawl, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Fri
12" or greater Atlantic Ocean and coastal bays: 100 lbs/day or trip whichever is longer
The weight of the weakfish may not exceed the weight of the catch of the other species on board the vessel

Trawl mesh min. 3-3/8 inches square or 3-3/4 inches diamond stretched mesh
Gill net mesh min. 3" stretched
Harvest with hook & line prohibited

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:56:09 AM.

Tidal
Weakfish
Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Fri
12" or greater Chesapeake Bay & tidal tribs
50 lbs/day or trip whichever is longer
The weight of the weakfish may not exceed the weight of the catch of the other species on board the vessel

Trawl mesh min. 3-3/8 inches square or 3-3/4 inches diamond stretched mesh
Gill net mesh min. 3" stretched

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:23 AM.

Tidal
Weakfish
Hook & Line 8/1/2014 - 9/30/2014
Mon thru Sun
12" or greater Chesapeake Bay & Tidal Tribs
50 lbs/day or trip whichever is longer
No bycatch outside of season

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:57:01 AM.

Tidal
White Perch
Hook & Line, Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
8" or greater

No minimum size if using hook and line

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:25 AM.

Tidal
Yellow Perch
Net, Pot, Trap, Trotline, Seine 1/1/2014 - 3/10/2014
Mon thru Sun
8½" to 11" Fishing allowed in Bay, north of bridge excluding Magothy, and in the Patuxent.
Fyke nets are prohibited in certain areas of tributaries in February and March.

Must have permit and tags
Daily phone reporting required.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:57:51 AM.

Tidal
Yellow Perch
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 3/10/2014
Mon thru Sun
9" or greater 10/person/day

Fishing allowed in Bay, north of bridge, excluding Magothy, and in the Patuxent.
Must have permit and tags
Daily Phone Reporting Required.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:57:39 AM.