LAWS and REGULATIONS GOVERNING the TAKING of

STRIPED BASS in MARYLAND

1929 - 1998

Explanation of the Table. The table is composed of three primary columns: the governing action, the years in effect, and its codification number. Beneath the codification number in small print are the citations for each action. Code of Maryland (CoM) statutes are referenced from the annual editions of the Laws of Maryland (Year, Chapter). Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) are cited from the Maryland Register (Vol.:No. MdR Page). Regulations from 1972 - 1975 are referenced as Maryland Agency Rules and Regulations (MARR), the immediate predecessor of COMAR. These, along with the uncodified regulations prior to MARR are cited by number and/or date of adoption, since a publication vehicle such as the Maryland Register did not exist at that time. Immediately below the original governing actions are any regulatory modifications that may have been adopted. Often, existing laws are superceded by regulations, while both laws and regulations can be modified by temporary emergency regulations. Within the framework of this referenced regulatory chronology the table is divided into four broad categories: Time for Taking, Size Limits, Harvest and Catch Limits, and Gear Restrictions, which are further subdivided and refined as required.

Symbology: Parenthesis around (years) indicate that the statute may have been adopted prior to that date.

Italicized codification numbers are currently in effect.


Table of Context

  1. Time for Taking
  2. Size Limits
  3. Harvest and Catch Limits
  4. Gear Restrictions

Time for Taking

Hours

COMAR

Possession of Striped Bass Prohibited: Reg. 08.02.15.12B
All fisheries
8 p.m. - 5 a.m 1990 - 1995 17:17 MdR 2077
Recreational
9 p.m. - 5 a.m. 1996 - 1997 23:10 MdR 727
12 a.m. - 5 a.m. 1998 25:9 MdR 674
Commercial(1)
3 hrs. after docking; 1996 - Present 23:24 MdR 1675, effective 11 Nov. 1996. no later than 9 p.m.

May Not Set Gill Nets: All Gill Nets Reg. 08.02.05.02E
Sunset - 1 hr. before sunrise 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278

Drift Gill Nets Reg. 08.02.15.07D
Entire Season
6 p.m. - 6 a.m. 1990 - 1992 17:17 MdR 2077
1 Dec. - 31 Jan.
6 p.m. - 6 a.m. 1992 - 1996 19:18 MdR 1655, adopted 14 Sep. 1992.
1 - 28 Feb.
6 p.m. - 5 a.m. 1992 - 1996 19:18 MdR 1655, adopted 14 Sep. 1992.
Entire Season
6 p.m. - 3 a.m. 1996 - Present 23:24 MdR 1675, effective 11 Nov. 1996.

Commercial Hook and Line Prohibited: Reg. 08.02.15.07E
1 hr. before sunset - 1 hr. before sunrise 1997 - Present 24:13 MdR 927, effective 2 June 1997.

Days - Weekend Restrictions

COMAR

Taking or Selling Striped Bass

May Not Sell Striped Bass: Reg. 08.02.15.08E
6 p.m. Fri. - 6 a.m. Mon. 1990 - 1991 17:17 MdR 2077

Commercial Licensee May Not Take Striped Bass: Reg. 08.02.15.07F
6 p.m. Fri. - 6 a.m. Mon. 1991 - 1997 18:16 MdR 1806
Saturday - Sunday 1997 24:13 MdR 927
6 p.m. Fri. - 5 a.m. Mon. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Gill Nets

May Not Set Drift Gill Net: Reg. 08.02.15.07D
6 p.m. Fri. - 6 a.m. Mon. 1991 - 1992 18:16 MdR 1806
Saturday - Sunday 1992 - Present 19:14 MdR 1272

May Set Drift Gill Net:
Last weekend in Feb. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Striped Bass Spawning Rivers and Areas - Prohibited to Set or Fish Gill Nets: Reg. 08.02.05.02B
15 Mar. - 1 Jun
Sat. - Sun. 1968 - 1984 Reg. No. 159 adopted 12 Apr. 1968.
Sunset Friday - 1 hr. before sunrise Mon. 1985 - 1990 11:26 MdR 2278
1 Mar. - 30 Jun.
Sunset Friday - 1 hr. before sunrise Mon. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

Seasons

Seasonal Area Prohibitions (All Commercial and Recreational Fisheries)

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02B(5)

May Not Catch Striped Bass In:
Spawning rivers of
-Mid & lower Bay,
Potomac R. 26 Apr. - 1 Jun. 1978 5:5 MdR 321; repealed 6:9 MR 725 (emer. reg.), 7:4 MR 347.
-Upper Bay 6 May - 1 Jun.
Spawning reaches 12 Apr. - 1 Jun. 1982 - 1983 9:1 MdR 19
10 Apr. - 31 May 1984 11:2 MdR 112
Maryland waters All Times 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278
Spawning rivers & areas 1 Mar. - 30 Jun. 1990 - 1994 17:17 MdR 2077
1 Mar. - 31 May 1995 - Present 22:10 MdR 701

Note: Area prohibitions for individual fishing gears are presented in the Gear Restrictions section.

Open Seasons - Commercial

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07A
Pound Net/Haul Seine 12 Nov. - 7 Dec. 1990 - 1991 17:17 MdR 2077
Hook and Line 12 Nov. - 7 Dec.
Drift Gill Net 2 - 31 Jan.
Pound Net/Haul Seine 2 Sep. - 20 Sep. 1991 - 1992 18:16 MdR 1806
Hook and Line 2 - 31 Dec.
Drift Gill Net 2 Jan. - 28 Feb.
Pound Net/Haul Seine 31 Aug. - 13 Nov. 1992 - 1993 19:18 MdR 1655
Hook and Line 16 Nov. - 31 Dec.
Drift Gill Net 8 - 18 Dec., 4 Jan. - 26 Feb.
Pound Net/Haul Seine 15 Sep. - 12 Nov. 1993 - 1994 20:20 MdR 1554
Hook and Line 15 Nov. - 7 Dec.
Drift Gill Net 1 - 22 Dec., 3 Jan. - 28 Feb.
Pound Net/Haul Seine 29 Aug. - 11 Nov. 1994 - 1995 21:15 MdR 1298
Hook and Line 14 Nov. - 2 Dec.
Drift Gill Net 1 Dec. - 28 Feb.
Pound Net/Haul Seine 28 Aug. - 10 Nov. 1995 - 1996 22:10 MdR 701
Hook and Line 20 - 22 Nov. , 27 Nov. - 1 Dec.
Drift Gill Net 4 Dec. - 28 Feb.
Pound Net 8 Jul. - 8 Nov. 1996 - 1997 23:10 MdR 726
(extended to 29 Nov.) (Unpubl. non-COMAR action.)
Haul Seine 23 Aug. - 8 Nov.
Hook and Line 12 - 27 Nov.
Drift Gill Net 25 Nov. - 28 Feb.
(closed 7 - 13 Feb.) (Unpubl. non-COMAR action.)
Pound Net 2 Jun. - 28 Nov. 1997 - 1998 24:13 MdR 927
Haul Seine 23 Jun. - 28 Nov.
Hook and Line 7 Jul. - 28 Nov.
Drift Gill Net 1 Dec. - 27 Feb.
Pound Net 1 Jun. - 27 Nov. 1998 - 1999 25:9 MdR 674
Haul Seine 8 Jun. - 27 Nov.
Hook and Line 15 Jun. - 27 Nov.
Drift Gill Net 15 Nov. - 28 Feb.

Open Seasons - Recreational and Charter Boat

COMAR Regs. 08.02.15.08, .09, .10
Fall 5 Oct. - 9 Nov. 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
Spring Trophy 11 - 27 May 1991 18:8 MdR 860
Fall Recreational 9 - 26 Oct. 18:16 MdR 1806

Charter boat

9 Oct. - 11 Nov.
Spring Trophy 1 - 31 May 1992 19:7 MdR 745
Fall 1 - 31 Oct.; 6 - 8, 19:18 MdR 1655
13 - 15, 20 - 22 Nov.
Spring Trophy 11 - 27 May 1993 20:6 MdR 580
Fall Recreational 9 - 26 Oct. 20:20 MdR 1554

Charter boat

1 Oct. - 21 Nov.
Spring Trophy 11 - 27 May 1994 21:8 MdR 665
Fall 9 - 26 Oct. 21:21 MdR 1810
Spring 28 Apr. - 31 May 1995 22:10 MdR 701
Summer 1 Jun. - 4 Jul.
Fall 1 Sep. - 19 Nov.
Spring Chesapeake(2) 26 Apr. - 31 May 1996 23:10 MdR 726
Potomac & tribs. 4 - 19 May
Summer All areas 1 Jun. - 4 Jul.
Fall All areas 30 Aug. - 17 Nov.
Spring Chesapeake2 25 Apr. - 31 May 1997 24:8 MdR 613

Potomac & tribs.

26 Apr. - 11 May
Summer Ches. & tribs. 1 Jun. - 6 Jul.
Potomac & tribs. 16 Jun. - 6 Jul.
Fall All areas 24 Aug. - 23 Nov.
Spring Chesapeake2 24 Apr. - 31 May 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Potomac & tribs.

25 Apr. - 10 May
Summer All areas 1 Jun. - 12 Jul.
Fall Ches. & tribs. 30 Aug. - 17 Nov.

Potomac tribs.

15 Aug. - 13 Dec.

Size Limits

Minimum Length

Code of Maryland 4-734
10 in. 1902 - 1927 1902, Ch. 358
12 in. 1927 - 1933 1927, Ch. 698
11 in. 1933 - 1957 1933, Ch. 263
12 in. 1957 - 1983 1957, Ch. 528
Upper bay & tribs.(3)
14 in. 1979 - 1983 1979, Ch. 396
Entire bay
14 in. 1983 - Present 1983, Ch. 516

Regulatory Modifications to CoM

Commercial Fishery Reg. 08.02.15.07A
18 in. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

Recreational and Charter Boat Fisheries

Spring Fishery Reg. 08.02.15.08B
36 in. 1991 - 1993 18:8 MdR 860
34 in. 1994 21:8 MdR 665
32 in. 1995 - 1997 22:10 MdR 701
Chesapeake Bay
28 in. 1998 25:9 MdR 674
Potomac & tribs.
32 in. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Summer Fishery Reg. 08.02.15.09B
26 in. 1995 22:10 MdR 701
1st half of June
28 in. 1996 - Present 23:10 MdR 726
Rest of season
26 in. 1996 - 1997 23:10 MdR 726
Rest of season
18 in. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Fall Fishery Reg. 08.02.15.10B
18 in. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

Maximum Size

Code of Maryland 4-734
20 lb. 1910 - 1927 1910, Ch. 255 (p.136)
15 lb. 1927 - 1977 1927, Ch. 698
32 in. 1977 - Present 1977, Ch. 807

Regulatory Modifications to CoM

COMAR Regs. 08.02.15.07B, 09B, 10B
36 in. 1990 - 1994 17:17 MdR 2077
No max. size 1994 - Present Unpubl. non-COMAR actioin.

Code of Maryland 4-734

Oversized Fish (Recreational Hook & Line)

Daily Limit
1 fish 1962 - Present 1962, Ch. 50

Closed Season
1 Mar. - 15 Jun. 1962 - 1968 1962, Ch. 50, effective 1 June 1962.
1 Mar. - 27 May 1969 - 1974 1968, Ch. 107, effective 1 July 1968.
1 Mar. - 30 Apr. 1974 - Present 1974, Ch. 229, effective 9 April 1974.

Regulatory Modifications to CoM

COMAR Regs. 08.02.15.08B

Spring Trophy
No max. size 1991 - Present 18:8 MdR 860

Harvest and Catch Limits

Annual Quotas

Total Quotas (lbs.) COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.04A (1994)
750,000 1990 - 1991 17:17 MdR 2077
1,074,700 1991 - 1992 18:16 MdR 1806
1,636,000 1992 - 1993 19:18 MdR 1655
2,300,000 1993 - 1994 20:20 MdR 1554
2,634,434 1994 - 1995 21:21 MdR 1810
No total quotas. 1995 - 1997 22:10 MdR 701; 23:10 MdR 726
5,526,000 1997 - Present Unpublished non-COMAR quota.

Commercial Quotas (lbs.) Reg. 08.02.15.07A
318,750 1990 - 1991 17:17 MdR 2077
456,747 1991 - 1992 18:16 MdR 1806
695,300 1992 - 1993 19:18 MdR 1655
977,500 1993 - 1994 20:20 MdR 1554
1,000,000 1994 - 1995 21:21 MdR 1810
1,222,000 1995 - 1996 22:10 MdR 701
1,816,000 1996 - 1997 23:10 MdR 726
2,348,500 1997 - Present 24:8 MdR 613; 25:9 MdR 674

Note: Individual fishing gear quotas are presented in the Gear Restrictions section.

Recreational Quotas (lbs.)

Fall Season Reg. 08.02.15.04A (1994)
318,750 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
456,747 1991 18:16 MdR 1806
695,300 1992 19:18 MdR 1655
977,500 1993 20:20 MdR 1554
1,000,000 1994 21:21 MdR 1810
No recreational quotas. 1995 - 1996 22:10 MdR 701; 23:10 MdR 726

Charter Boat Quotas (lbs.)

Fall Season Reg. 08.02.15.04A (1994)
112,500 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
161,206 1991 18:16 MdR 1806
245,400 1992 19:18 MdR 1655
345,000 1993 20:20 MdR 1554
351,696 1994 21:21 MdR 1810
No charter boat quotas. 1995 - 1996 22:10 MdR 701; 23:10 MdR 726

Recreational & Charter Boat Quotas

Spring Trophy Season Reg. 08.02.15.12-1C (1994)
No quota. 1991 - 1993 18:8 MdR 860; 19:7 MdR 745; 20:6 MR 580
5,000 fish 1994 21:8 MdR 665

Spring & Summer Target Harvest Reg. 08.02.15.12A (1995)
25,000 fish 1995 22:10 MdR 701
30,000 fish 1996 Unpublished non-COMAR target harvest.

Spring, Summer, & Fall Combined Quotas
3,177,450 lbs. 1997 - Present Unpublished non-COMAR quota.

Seasonal Catch Limits

Recreational

Fall Season Reg. 08.02.15.11B
Per person:
2 fish 1991 18:16 MdR 1806

Recreational and Charter Boat

Spring Trophy Reg. 08.02.15.08C
Per Person:
1 fish 1991 - 1993 18:8 MdR 860; 19:7 MdR 745; 20:6 MR 580
3 fish 1994 21:8 MdR 665
5 fish 1995 - Present 22:10 MdR 701

Daily Catch Limit

Pre-Moratorium Recreational Reg. 08.02.05.02F
Per Person:
10 fish 1982 - 1983 9:1 MdR 19
5 fish 1984 11:2 MdR 112

Post-Moratorium Recreational

Fall Season Reg. 08.02.15.11A (1994)
Per Person:
2 fish 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
1 fish 1992 - 1994 19:18 MdR 1655; 20:20 MdR 1554; 21:21 MdR 1810

Post-Moratorium Charter Boat

Fall Season Reg. 08.02.15.12A (1994)
Per Person:
5 fish 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
2 fish 1991 - 1994 18:16 MdR 1806; 19:18 MdR 1655; 20:20 MdR 1554; 21:21 MdR 1810

Daily Number of Trips Reg. 08.02.15.12H
Per Guide Lic.:
2 trips 1991 - Present 18:16 MdR 1806

Post-Moratorium Recreational and Charter Boat

Fall Season Reg. 08.02.15.10C
Per Person:
1 fish 1995 - Present 22:10 MdR 701; 23:10 MdR 726; 24:8 MdR 613; 25:9 MdR 674

Spring Trophy Reg. 08.02.15.08C
Per Person:
1 fish 1994 - Present 21:8 MdR 665; 22:10 MdR 701; 23:10 MdR 726; 24:8 MdR 613; 25:9 MdR 674

Commercial Daily Overage Allowed Reg. 08.02.15.05D
Per Licensee:
10% 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

Gear Restrictions

Area Restrictions

Chesapeake Bay

Code of Maryland 4-728
Nets in General 1973 - Present 1973, 1st Sp. Sess. Ch.4
      Separation 1,650 ft.
      Length (max.) 1,500 ft.
      or distance across bay
      (whichever is shorter)
Outside Mouth of Patuxent R.
Separation 1,500 ft. 1929 - 1973 1929, Ch. 471
1990 - Present 1990, Ch. 42
Length (max.) 525 ft. 1929 - 1971 1929, Ch. 471
      1,650 ft.
1971 - 1973 1971, Ch. 476
1990 - Present 1990, Ch. 42
or distance across mouth 1929 - 1973 1929, Ch. 471
(whichever is shorter) 1990 - Present 1990, Ch. 42
Nets Prohibited 1973 - 1990 1973, 1st Sp. Sess. Ch.4

County Waters

The individual county and river restrictions on fishing gear are too numerous to include in this table; see the Annotated Code of Maryland, 4-714 to 4-727, 4-730 for specifics.

Prohibited Gear and Methods

General Restrictions

Code of Maryland 4-503
Dynamite 1892 - Present 1892, Ch. 78

Code of Maryland 4-504
Threshing 1916 - Present 1916, Ch. 278

Code of Maryland 4-509
Electronic & electrical devices 1957 - Present 1957, Ch. 547
Except: Depthfinders for sport anglers 1973 - 1975 1973, Ch. 469
Except: Depthfinders for all fishermen 1975 - Present 1975, Ch. 487

Code of Maryland 4-710
Beam trawl, trammel net, troll net 1927 - Present 1927, Ch. 206
Drag net 1929 - Present 1929, Ch. 471
Purse net 1931 - Present 1931, Ch. 175
Buck net 1931 - 1975 1931, Ch. 175; repealed 1975, Ch. 470
Gigging 1931 - Present 1931, Ch. 442
Otter trawl 1941 - Present 1941, Ch. 709
Monofilament gill net webbing 1963 - Present 1963, Ch. 485
Snagging(4) 1966 - Present 1966, Ch. 638; Reg. No. 153, adopted 27 Jun.1966; Reg. 08.02.05.01C (2:5 MdR 338)
Bow and arrow4 1966 - Present 1966, Ch. 638; Reg. No. 154, adopted 27 Jun.1966; Reg. 08.02.05.01B (2:5 MdR 338)
More than 2 hooks (sets) per rod 1991 - Present 1991, Ch. 282

Code of Maryland 4-710, 4-711
Nets cannot exceed distance across a body of water 1929 - Present 1929, Ch. 471

Restrictions for Striped Bass

(Pre)-MARR; COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.01A
Spear gun 1966 - Present Reg. No. 152, adopted 27 June 1966; COMAR 2:5 MdR 338

(Pre)-MARR; COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.12A
Gaff: Above Bay Bridge 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
Gaff: All waters 1991 - Present 18:16 MdR 1806

(Pre)-MARR; COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.01G
Eel bait on hook & line (except during striped bass season) 1992 - Present 19:1 MdR 24

Permitted Commercial Gear

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07A
Pound net, haul seine, hook & line, (drift) gill net(5) 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077
Fyke net, hoop net, fish pot 1990 17:17 MdR 2077

Pound Net Restrictions

Code of Maryland 4-701
License Required for Nets:
Of any length (1929) - 1941 1929, Ch. 471
Longer than 40 yd. 1941 - 1970 1941, Ch. 709
Of any length 1970 - Present 1970, Ch. 588

Code of Maryland 4-710
Mesh Size (Min.)
2 in. 1932 - 1974 1929, Ch. 471
1 in. 1974 - Present 1974, Ch. 397

Code of Maryland 4-711
Length in General
Cannot exceed across body of water (1929) - Present 1929, Ch. 471

Dimensions
Length of Net Stake Line (Max.)
All waters 1,000 ft. 1929 - 1941 1929, Ch. 471
Mid & lower Chesapeake south of Love Pt. 1,500 ft. 1941 - Present 1941, Ch. 709
Upper Chesapeake from Love Pt. to Worton Pt. 1,200 ft 1941 - Present 1941, Ch. 709
Head of Bay above Worton Pt. 1,000 ft. 1941 - Present 1941, Ch. 709
Chesapeake tributaries & Potomac R. 1,200 ft 1941 - Present 1941, Ch. 709
Lower Choptank R. 1,500 ft. 1941 - Present 1941, Ch. 709
Lower Honga R. 1,500 ft. 1955 - Present 1955, Ch. 642
Hoopers Straights 1,500 ft. 1955 - Present 1955, Ch. 642
Lower Fishing Bay 1,500 ft. 1955 - Present 1955, Ch. 642
1,650 ft. 1973 - Present 1973, Sp. Sess., Ch. 4
Lower Nanticoke R.

1,500 ft. 1955 - Present 1955, Ch. 642
1,650 ft. 1973 - Present 1973, Sp. Sess., Ch. 4

Other Dimensions (Min.)

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.02B
Net body (crib)
15 ft. x 15 ft. 1993 20:20 MdR 1554
20 ft. x 20 ft. 1994 - Present 21:21 MdR 1810
Leader or hedging
200 ft. 1993 - Present 20:20 MdR 1554

Separation Between Nets

Code of Maryland 4-711
Distance Between Pound Nets
All waters 1,200 ft. (1929) - 1949 1929, Ch. 471
Chesapeake Bay 4,500 ft. 1949 - Present 1949, Ch. 551
Tributaries 1,500 ft. 1949 - Present 1949, Ch. 551
Interval Between Nets Within a Row
200 ft. (1929) - Present 1929, Ch. 471

Prohibited Area of Chesapeake Bay 4-728
Headwaters outside of 2,400 ft. from shore (1929) - Present 1929, Ch. 471

County Waters

The individual county and river restrictions on fishing gear are too numerous to include in this table; see the Annotated Code of Maryland, 4-714 to 4-727, 4-730 for specifics.

Seasons for Taking Striped Bass

Code of Maryland 4-711

Closed Season
Must release rockfish: 1 Mar. - 31 May 1984 1984, Ch.5

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02F
Must release rockfish: All times (moratorium) 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07A

Open Season
12 Nov. - 7 Dec. 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
2 Sep. - 20 Sep. 1991 18:16 MdR 1806
31 Aug. - 13 Nov. 1992 19:18 MdR 1655
15 Sep. - 12 Nov. 1993 20:20 MdR 1554
29 Aug. - 11 Nov. 1994 21:21 MdR 1810
28 Aug. - 10 Nov. 1995 22:10 MdR 701
8 Jul. - 8 Nov. 1996 23:10 MdR 726
2 Jun. - 28 Nov. 1997 24:8 MdR 613
1 Jun. - 27 Nov. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Allocations of Commercial Quota
All gear types except gill nets and commercial hook & line 3% 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
Gill nets, pound nets, haul seines 98% 1991 - 1994 18:16 MdR 1806; 19:18 MdR 1655; 20:20 MdR 1554; Unpubl. non-COMAR allocation in 1993.
Pound nets, haul seines 25% 1995 - Present Unpubl. non-COMAR allocations.

Haul Seine Restrictions

Code of Maryland 4-701
License Required for Nets:
Of any length (1929) - 1941 1929, Ch. 471
Longer than 40 yd. 1941 - 1970 1941, Ch. 709
Of any length 1970 - Present 1970, Ch. 588

Code of Maryland 4-710
Mesh Size (Min.)
2 in. 1932 - 1974 1929, Ch. 471
1 in. 1978 - Present 1978, Ch. 581

Code of Maryland 4-713
Dimensions (Max.)
Length 1,800 ft. 1941 - Present 1941, Ch. 709
Brail line: Chesapeake B. 1,500 ft. 1951 - Present 1951, Ch. 647
Tributaries 750 ft. 1951 - Present 1951, Ch. 647
Depth: Front 15 ft. 1951 - Present 1951, Ch. 647
Back or bunt 22 ft. 1951 - Present 1951, Ch. 647
Length of bunt 100 ft. 1951 - Present 1951, Ch. 647
Minnow Seine 1965 - Present 1965, Ch. 735


Length 50 ft.
Width 5 ft.

Prohibited Methods

Code of Maryland 4-710
Distance for Hauling Seines
Cannot exceed across body of water (1929) - Present 1929, Ch. 471

Code of Maryland 4-713
Emptying Seines
Illegal on shore or depths less than 12 in. (1929) - Present 1929, Ch. 471
Dragging by Vessels
Any vessel 1941 - 1951 1941, Ch. 709
Prohibition removed(6) 1951 - 1953 1951, Ch. 647
2 or more vessels 1953 - Present 1953, Ch.775
Hauling Seines on Leased Oyster Ground (1929) - Present 1929, Ch. 471

Prohibited Days
Weekends (Midnight Fri. - Sunrise Mon.) 1954 - Present 1954, Ch. 1

Seasons for Taking Striped Bass

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07A
Open Season
12 Nov. - 7 Dec. 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
2 Sep. - 20 Sep. 1991 18:16 MdR 1806
31 Aug. - 13 Nov. 1992 19:18 MdR 1655
15 Sep. - 12 Nov. 1993 20:20 MdR 1554
29 Aug. - 11 Nov. 1994 21:21 MdR 1810
28 Aug. - 10 Nov. 1995 22:10 MdR 701
26 Aug. - 8 Nov. 1996 23:10 MdR 726
23 Jun. - 28 Nov. 1997 24:8 MdR 613
8 Jun. - 27 Nov. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Seasonal Area Restriction- Choptank R..

Code of Maryland 4-729
Closed Season
21 May - 31 July (1929) - Present 1929, Ch. 471

County Waters

The individual county and river restrictions on fishing gear are too numerous to include in this table; see the Annotated Code of Maryland, 4-714 to 4-727, 4-730 for specifics.

Allocations of Commercial Quota

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.04B (1994)
All gear types except gill nets and commercial hook & line 3% 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
Gill nets, pound nets, haul seines 98% 1991 - 1994 18:16 MdR 1806; 19:18 MdR 1655; 20:20 MdR 1554; Unpubl. non-COMAR allocation in 1993.
Pound nets, haul seines 25% 1995 - Present Unpubl. non-COMAR allocations.

Gill Net Restrictions

License Required for Nets:

Code of Maryland 4-701
Of any length (1929) - 1941 1929, Ch. 471
Longer than 40 yd. 1941 - 1970 1941, Ch. 709
Of any length 1970 - Present 1970, Ch. 588

Types Allowed for Taking Striped Bass

Code of Maryland;4-709, 4-710;

COMAR Regs. 08.02.15.07A, .13A (1994)
Anchor, Staked, Drift (1929) - 1985 1929, Ch. 471
Restricted (non-commercial) 1970 - 1985 1970, Ch. 588
Moratorium 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278
Attended Drift 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

Personnel Allowed

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07E
Licensees per Boat
5 1992 - 1993 19:18 MdR 1655
4 1993 - Present 20:20 MdR 1554

Code of Maryland 4-710
Mesh Size (Min.)
2 in. 1932 - Present 1929, Ch. 471

Regulatory Modifications to CoM Reg. 08.02.05.02D
Spawning Rivers or Areas (All gill nets)
15 Mar. - 1 Jun. 3 in. 1982 - 1983 9:1 MdR 19
and Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries North of Bay Bridge (Drift & stake gill nets only)
1 Mar. - 31 May 3 in. 1984 11:2 MdR 112, effective 30 Jan. 1984
4 in. 1984 11:2 MdR 112, effective 1 Nov. 1984.
Chesapeake Bay Excluding Tributaries South of Kent Pt. (All gill nets except below)
1 Jun. - 30 Sep. 4 in. 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278
15 Jun. - 30 Sep. 4 in. 1990 - 1992 17:17 MdR 2077

Attended Drift Gill Nets

Regulatory Modifications to CoM Reg. 08.02.05.02B
General Fishing
All times 2 in. 1985 - 1997 11:26 MdR 2278
1 Jan. - 15 Mar. 3 in. 1997 - 1999 24:21 MdR 1446
1 Jan. - 15 Mar. 3 in. 2000 - Present 24:21 MdR 1446

Striped Bass Fishery

Regulatory Modifications to CoM Reg. 08.02.15.07D
Open Season 5 in. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

Mesh Size (Max.)

Code of Maryland 4-710
7 in. 1978 - 1979 1978, Ch. 581
6 in. 1980 - Present 1979, Ch. 396

Attended Drift Gill Nets

Regulatory Modifications to CoM Reg. 08.02.05.02B
General Fishing
3 in. 1985 - Present 11:26 MdR 2278

Regulatory Modifications to CoM Reg. 08.02.15.07D
Striped Bass Fishery
7 in. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

Length

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07D
Commercial License
Per licensee 400 yd. 1991 - 1992 17:17 MdR 2077
600 yd. 1992 - Present 19:18 MdR 1655
Per boat 1,200 yd. 1991 - 1992 17:17 MdR 2077
2,400 yd. 1992 - Present 19:18 MdR 1655

Non-Commercial Restricted Gill Net

Code of Maryland 4-709
100 yd. 1970 - 1986 1970, Ch. 588
50 yd. 1986 - 1994 1986, Ch.460

Area Restrictions - Upper Bay

Anchored Gill Nets Prohibited
Turkey Pt. south to Fairlee Cr. 1931 - 1980 1931, Ch. 165
Turkey Pt. south to Grove Pt. 1980 - Present 1980, Ch. 672

Area Restrictions - County Waters

The individual county and river restrictions on fishing gear are too numerous to include in this table; see the Annotated Code of Maryland, 4-714 to 4-727, 4-730 for specifics.

Seasonal Area Restrictions-

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02B
Prohibited to Set or Fish Gill Nets in:
Striped Bass Spawning Rivers and Areas on Weekends
15 Mar. - 1 Jun. Sat. - Sun. 1968 - 1984 Reg. No. 159 adopted 12 Apr. 1968.
Sunset Friday - 1 hr. before sunrise Mon. 1985 - 1990 11:26 MdR 2278
1 Mar. - 30 Jun. Sunset Friday - 1 hr. before sunrise Mon. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02E
Striped Bass Spawning Rivers and Areas with Net Mesh Smaller than 3 in.
All gill nets 15 Mar. - 1 Jun. 1982 - 1983 9:1 MdR 19
Drift & stake gill nets 1 Mar. - 31 May 1984 11:2 MdR 112

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02E
Striped Bass Spawning Rivers and Areas -
Anchor Gill Nets 1 Mar. - 31 May 1984 11:2 MdR 112

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02B
Striped Bass Spawning Reaches
12 Apr. - 1 Jun. 1982 - 1983 9:1 MdR 19
10 Apr. - 31 May 1984 11:2 MdR 112
All times 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278
1 Mar. - 30 Jun. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02B
Upper & Middle Bay from Howell Pt. south to Kent Pt. (excluding tributaries)
1 Jun. - 31 Oct. 1980 - Present 7:4 MdR 347

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02E
Middle & Lower Bay south of Kent Pt.(excluding tributaries)
1 Oct. - 31 May 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278
1 Oct. - 14 Jun. 1990 - 1992 17:17 MdR 2077

Code of Maryland; COMAR 4-728; Reg. 08.02.05.02B
Within 1,200 ft. of the Bay Bridge(7)
1 Jun. - 30 Sep. 1978 - 1979 1978, Ch. 581
1 May - 31 Oct. 1979 - Present 1979, Ch. 396; 7:4 MdR 347

Seasons for Taking Striped Bass

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07A
Open Season
2 - 31 Jan. 1991 17:17 MdR 2077
2 Jan. - 28 Feb. 1992 18:16 MdR 1806
8 - 18 Dec.; 4 Jan. - 28 Feb. 1992 - 1993 19:18 MdR 1655
1 - 22 Dec.; 3 Jan. - 28 Feb. 1993 - 1994 20:20 MdR 1554
1 Dec. - 28 Feb. 1994 - 1995 21:21 MdR 1810
4 Dec. - 28 Feb. 1995 - 1996 22:10 MdR 701
25 Nov. - 28 Feb. 1996 - 1997 23:10 MdR 726
1 Dec. - 28 Feb. 1997 - 1998 24:8 MdR 613
15 Nov. - 28 Feb. 1998 - 1999 25:9 MdR 674

Hours Prohibited to Set Gill Nets:

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02E
All Gill Nets
Sunset - 1 hr. before sunrise 1985 - 1989 11:26 MdR 2278

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07D
Drift Gill Nets - Striped Bass Fishery
Entire Season 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. 1990 - 1992 17:17 MdR 2077
1 Dec. - 31 Jan. 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. 1992 - 1996 19:18 MdR 1655, adopted 14 Sep. 1992.
1 - 28 Feb. 6 p.m. - 5 a.m. 1992 - 1996 19:18 MdR 1655, adopted 14 Sep. 1992.
Entire Season 6 p.m. - 3 a.m. 1996 - Present 23:24 MdR 1675, effective 11 Nov. 1996.

Days Prohibited to Set Gill Nets (Weekends)

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02B
Striped Bass Spawning Rivers and Areas
15 Mar. - 1 Jun. Sat. - Sun. 1968 - 1984 Reg. No. 159 adopted 12 Apr. 1968.
Sunset Friday - 1 hr. before sunrise Mon. 1985 - 1990 11:26 MdR 2278
1 Mar. - 30 Jun. Sunset Friday - 1 hr. before sunrise Mon. 1990 - Present 17:17 MdR 2077

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07D

Striped Bass Fishery
May Not Set Drift Gill Net:
6 p.m. Fri. - 6 a.m. Mon. 1991 - 1992 18:16 MdR 1806
Saturday - Sunday 1992 - Present 19:14 MdR 1272
May Set Drift Gill Net:
Last weekend in Feb. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Allocations of Commercial Quota
Gill nets and commercial hook & line
97% 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
Gill nets, pound nets, haul seines
98% 1991 - 1994 18:16 MdR 1806; 19:18 MdR 1655; 21:21MdR 1810; Unpubl. non-COMAR allocation in 1993.
Gill nets
73% 1995 - 1996 Unpubl. non-COMAR allocations.
60% 1997 Unpubl. non-COMAR allocations.
Gill nets and commercial hook & line
75% 1998 Unpubl. non-COMAR allocations.

Commercial Hook and Line Restrictions

Prohibited Methods

Code of Maryland 4-710
Snagging3 1966 - Present 1966, Ch. 638; Reg. No. 153, adopted 27 Jun.1966; Reg. 08.02.05.01C (2:5 MdR 338)
More than 2 hooks (sets) per rod 1991 - Present 1991, Ch. 282

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.12A
Gaff(8): Above Bay Bridge 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
Gaff: All waters 1991 - Present 18:16 MdR 1806

Reg. 08.02.05.02B
Treble Hooks within 1,200 ft. of Bay Bridge 1980 - Present 7:4 MdR 347

Personnel Allowed

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07E
Crew Assistants (unlic.) 2 1997 - Present 24:13 MdR 927
Total Onboard 4 1997 - Present 24:13 MdR 927

Restricted Area for Commercial Hook & Line

COMAR Reg. 08.02.05.02B
Within 1,200 ft. of Bay Bridge 1980 - 1994 7:4 MdR 347; repealed 21:19 MdR 1634

Seasons for Taking Striped Bass

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07A
Open Season
12 Nov. - 7 Dec. 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
2 - 31 Dec. 1991 18:16 MdR 1806
16 Nov. - 31 Dec. 1992 19:18 MdR 1655
15 Nov. - 7 Dec. 1993 20:20 MdR 1554
14 Nov. - 2 Dec. 1994 21:15 MdR 1298
20 - 22 Nov. , 27 Nov. - 1 Dec. 1995 22:10 MdR 701
12 - 27 Nov. 1996 23:10 MdR 726
7 Jul. - 28 Nov. 1997 24:13 MdR 927
15 Jun. - 27 Nov. 1998 25:9 MdR 674

Prohibited Hours

COMAR Reg. 08.02.15.07E
1 hr. before sunset - 1 hr. before sunrise 1997 - Present 24:13 MdR 927, effective 2 June 1997.

Allocations of Commercial Quota
Gill nets and commercial hook & line 97% 1990 17:17 MdR 2077
Commercial hook & line 2% 1991 - 1996 18:16 MdR 1806; 19:18 MdR 1655; 21:21MdR 1810; Unpubl. non-COMAR allocation in 1993, 1995, 1996.
Commercial hook & line 15% 1997 Unpubl. non-COMAR allocation.
Gill nets and commercial hook & line 75% 1998 Unpubl. non-COMAR allocation.

1. Previously (1990 - 1996), catch was to be checked in within 1 hr. of docking.

2. Allowed south of Brewerton Channel and Swan Pt. to the Virginia line, including Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds but excluding all tributaries and shoreline embayments (Reg. 08.02.15.08F).

3. 14 in. limit in effect 1 June - 31 Oct.

4. Allowed for carp, garfish, skate, bullfish, shark, oyster toads, swelling toads, sting rays, or any other ray fish.

5. Although gill nets are listed as permissible, only drift gill net seasons have been established.

6. Although Ch. 647, Acts of 1951 removes the prohibition on dragging haul seines by boat, it specifically allows the use of only one power boat for setting the net. The ambiguous wording was clarified in 1953, Ch. 775, which prohibits dragging with two or more vessels.

7. William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge

8. Specifically prohibited for retrieving striped bass.


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