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
Coastal
American Eel
Eel pot 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

6'' or greater 25/person/day

If pot mesh is <" x ", an escape panel is required made of " x " mesh measuring at least 16 sq. in.
With a recreational crab license-10 pots for bait for personal use.

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:54 AM.

Coastal
American or Hickory Shad
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

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

Coastal
Black Drum
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Mon thru Sun
16'' or greater 1/person/day and not more than 6/boat/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:59 AM.

Coastal
Black Sea Bass
Hook & Line 5/20/2014 - 10/14/2014

12 1/2" or greater 20/person/day

Last updated on 5/29/2013 1:40:25 PM.

Coastal
Black Sea Bass
Hook & Line 11/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

12 1/2" or greater 20/person/day

Last updated on 5/29/2013 1:44:31 PM.

Coastal
Blue Crab (Hard, Soft & Peeler)
Trap, Ring, Handline, Trotline, Dip Net, Seine, Pot (private) 4/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

See to Comment 1 bu (mixed)/person/day (max of 2 bushels on a vessel with 2 or more people on board)

5" - Hard
3 1/2" - Soft
3 1/4" - Peeler April 1 - July 14
3 1/2" - Peeler July 15 - Dec 31
See regulation for limit on trotline length

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:54:41 AM.

Coastal
Bluefish
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

8" or greater 10/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:08 AM.

Coastal
Croaker
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

9'' or greater 25/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:19 AM.

Coastal
Grouper
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None 1/person/day of any of the 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 10:49:22 AM.

Coastal
Hard Clam
Rake, Tong 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Transverse 1'' or greater 250/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:23 AM.

Coastal
Herring
[SEASON CLOSED]
-

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:17:29 PM.

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

3-3/8" to 5-1/2" (see comments) 100/person/day or
500/person/trip for 5 day or longer trip.

V-notched females prohibited
Spearing prohibited
Measure from rear end of eye socket along center line of body shell to rear of the body shell
Contact National Marine Fisheries Service (978) 281-9278 for updates in EEZ

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:27 AM.

Coastal
Red Drum
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

18'' to 27" 1/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:33 AM.

Coastal
Scup
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

8" or greater 50/person/day

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

Coastal
Sharks
Handline, Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

See comments or greater SHORE FISHING:
1/person/day of the species listed in comments
VESSEL LIMIT:
1/vessel/trip of the species listed in comments regardless of the number of people on board
IN ADDITION TO THE LIMITS ABOVE, a person may catch:
1 additional Smooth Dogfish and
1 additional Atlantic sharpnose and
1 additional Bonnethead

No finning
Head, tails and fins attached

Closure Period (applies to species with minimum fork length): May 15 - July 15

No fork length:
(1) Smooth Dogfish; (2) Atlantic sharpnose; (3) Finetooth; (4) Blacknose; (5) Bonnethead

54" fork length:
(6) Tiger; (7) Blacktip; (8) Spinner; (9) Bull; (10) Lemon; (11) Nurse; (12) Scalloped hammerhead; (13) Great hammerhead; (14) Smooth hammerhead; (15) Shortfin mako; (16) Porbeagle; (17) Common thresher; (18) Oceanic whitetip; and (19) Blue

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:42 AM.

Coastal
Snapper Grouper Complex
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None 20/person/day of any species or combination of species listed in comments

Includes: (a) Queen snapper (Etelis oculatus); (b) Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus); (c) Gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus); (d) Mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis); (e) Lane snapper (Lutjanus synagris); (f) Cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus); (g) Dog snapper (Lutjanus jocu); (h) Schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus); (i) Mahogany snapper (Lutjanus mahogoni); (j) Vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens); (k) Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus); (l) Silk snapper (Lutjanus vivanus); (m) Blackfin snapper (Lutjanus buccanella); (n) Black snapper (Apsilus dentatus); (o) Red porgy (Pagrus pagrus); (p) Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus); (q) Knobbed porgy (Calamus nodosus); (r) Jolthead porgy (Calamus bajonado); (s) Whitebone porgy (Calamus leucosteus); (t) Saucereye porgy (Calamus calamus); (u) Grass porgy (Calamus arctifrons); (v) Longspine porgy (Stenotomus caprinus); (w) White grunt (Haemulon plumieri); (x) Black margate (Anistotremus surinamensis); (y) Margate (Haemulon album); (z) Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum); (aa) Sailor's choice (Haemulon parra); (bb) Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus); (cc) Bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus); (dd) French grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum); (ee) Cottonwick (Haemulon melanurum); (ff) Spanish grunt (Haemulon macrostomum); (gg) Smallmouth grunt (Haemulon chrysargeryum); (hh) Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili); (ii) Crevalle jack (Caranx hippos); (jj) Blue runner (Caranx crysos); (kk) Almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana); (ll) Banded rudderfish (Seriola zonanta); (mm) Bar jack (Caranx ruber); (nn) Lesser amberjack (Seriola fasciata); (oo) Yellow jack (Caranx bartholomaei); (pp) Gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus); (qq) Ocean triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen); (rr) Queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula); (ss) Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus); (tt) Puddingwife (Halichoeres radiates); and (uu) Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber).

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

Coastal
Spanish Mackerel
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

14'' or greater 15/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:23 AM.

Coastal
Spiny Dogfish
Hook & Line -

See comments or greater See Federal Rules

See Federal Rules
Finning is prohibited

Last updated on 4/12/2011 12:45:42 PM.

Coastal
Spotted Sea Trout
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

14" or greater 10/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:43 AM.

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

28" or greater 2/person/day
No area restrictions

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:05 AM.

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

Harvest Prohibited

Last updated on 10/4/2012 1:38:52 PM.

Coastal
Summer Flounder
Hook & Line 3/28/2014 - 12/31/2014

16'' or greater 4/person/day

Last updated on 5/17/2013 8:40:53 AM.

Coastal
Tautog
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 11/26/2014

16'' or greater 4/person/day: Jan 1 thru May 15 and Nov 1 thru Nov 26

2/person/day: May 16 thru Oct 31

Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:54:44 AM.

Coastal
Tilefish
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

None 7/person/day of any species or combination of species listed in comments

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

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:19 AM.

Coastal
Weakfish
Hook & Line 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

13" or greater 1/person/day

Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:24 AM.