Please refer to the Maryland Fishing Guide Book

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
Freshwater
American Eel
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

6'' or greater 25/person/day
25 possession

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:55 AM.

Freshwater
American or Hickory Shad
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:05:42 PM.

Freshwater
Bivalves/Shellfish
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:07:10 PM.

Freshwater
Carp
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None 15/person/day
30 possession

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

Freshwater
Catfish: All Species except Channel
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None None

Last updated on 5/13/2013 1:49:28 PM.

Freshwater
Chain Pickerel
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

14" or greater 5/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:15 AM.

Freshwater
Crappie (White and Black)
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None In aggregate
15/person/day
30 possession

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:17 AM.

Freshwater
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

12" or greater In aggregate
5/person/day
10 possession

Closure Period - March 1 through June 15
Catch and release is permitted during closed seasons
Special size provisions apply in Trophy Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass Areas- see regulation.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:24 AM.

Freshwater
Muskellunge and Tiger Muskie (Hybrid)
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

36" or greater 1/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:28 AM.

Freshwater
Northern Pike
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

30" or greater 2/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:28 AM.

Freshwater
Striped Bass
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

18" to (open areas only) CLOSED except for certain resevoirs and lakes - see regulation for fishing areas
2/person/day(only one over 30")

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

Freshwater
Suckers
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None 30/person/day
60 possession

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:12 AM.

Freshwater
Sunfish (bluegills, rockbass-Red Eye or Goggle-Eye)
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None In aggregate
15/person/day
30 possession

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

Freshwater
Trout (All Species)
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None to see regulation for exception In aggregate
2/person/day (except as provided in special regulation)
Put-and-Take areas - 5/person/day; check closures and stocking schedules for Put-and Take Areas

See regulation for closure information.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:20 AM.

Freshwater
Walleye
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

15" (see comment for exception) or greater 5/person/day

No closed season, except a closed season on Deep Creek Lake and the Youghiogheny River downstream of the Route 42 Bridge, from March 1 through April 15
Size limit exception - 20 inches maximum in the Potomac River mainstem approximately .5 miles upriver from Chain Bridge upstream to the spillway in Cumberland from Jan 1 to Apr 15

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:21 AM.

Freshwater
Yellow Perch
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

9" or greater 10/person/day
No size or creel limit in reservoirs, lakes, ponds, impoundments and waters upstream of them

Deep Creek Lake - 10/person/day
20 possession

Last updated on 1/8/2013 11:00:40 AM.