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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services

New Emergency Regulations for Hooks, Bait, Striped Bass — May 16 through Oct. 12

The Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee has approved emergency regulations pertaining to hooks, bait and striped bass. The committee has approved these regulations on a temporary basis through Oct. 12, 2018.

Effective May 16, 2018, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries:

     1.  Anglers must use circle hooks when live-lining or chumming;

    2.  Anglers must use circle hooks or "J" hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait, or when using processed baits; and

     3.  The minimum size for striped bass is 19 inches.

Additionally, the department is moving forward with the normal regulation process, which would keep these temporary regulations effective through the 2018 and 2019 fishing seasons.

The department is accepting public comment on these regulatory changes through May 29, 2018, and has also scheduled a hearing, which will be held at 6 p.m. May 17, 2018, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House located at 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 . Appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request.

Please visit our Changes to Fishing Regulations page and click on HOOKS, BAIT, STRIPED BASS for detailed information about the hearing and to submit comments.

NOTE: If you haven’t paid your MCBA dues for 2019 ($140) …  Make checks payable to MCBA and mail to:
MCBA C/O Chris Diehl   29 Craig Ct.   Conowingo, MD 21918

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