2017 Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Season

The 2017 Maryland striped bass (rockfish) season kicks off on Saturday April 15th with BIG trophy fish averaging 10-40lbs. During trophy season (April 15 - May 15) rockfish have to be 35" or over and each person can keep (1) one rockfish. After May 16th the rockfish size and limit will change to 20" or over and each person can keep (2) two rockfish. We look forward to a great 2017 fishing season in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Fish marked in RED have the best chance of being caught.

Dates Types of Fish Rods/Reels & Bait
April
May
BIG TROPHY ROCKFISH
Average 20lbs - 40lbs
No extra charge
June
July
Rockfish
Bluefish
Croaker
Spot
Perch
No extra charge
August
September
Rockfish
Bluefish
Spanish Mackerel
Croaker
Spot
Perch
No extra charge
October
November
December
Bigger Rockfish No extra charge