Ocean City, Marylands Crabbing Season Is Under Way

 The warm days are approaching and the Maryland Blue Crab will soon shake off it’s sleepiness and be on the move for, well, whatever you put on your handline or in your traps. I think it’s a good time to revisit the rules regarding crabbing Marylands Coastal Bays and Tributaries. The crab season runs from April 1st to December 31st. The crab should be measured from tip to tip of spikes with the sizes as follows; Hard Crabs- 5 inches. Soft Crabs- 3+1/2 inches. Peeler Crabs- 3+1/4 inches from April 1st to July 14th, then 3+1/2 inches from July 15th to December 15th. Mature Female Crab has No minimum size. No license is required. The daily catch limits are 1 bushel per person or 2 bushels per boat if 2 or more people are on the boat. Be aware that the rules for Chesapeake Bay crabbing differ from Maryland Coastal Waters regulations. For more rules and information visit; www.dnr.maryland.gov  #fb

2 Comments on this Post

  1. Good information to know. I’ve never caught more that two or three crabs, so a bushel sounds amazing!  But it’s good to have this info for future referrence.

  2. len bender

    other than the Isle of Wright and Northside Park is there anywhere else to go crabbing in OC???


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