The Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee has approvedemergency regulationspertaining to hooks, bait and striped bass. The committee has approved these regulations on a temporary basis throughOct. 12, 2018.

EffectiveMay 16, 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 thenormal regulation process, which would keep these temporary regulations effective through the 2018 and 2019 fishing seasons.

The department is acceptingpublic commenton these regulatory changesthroughMay 29, 2018,and has also scheduled a hearing, whichwill be held at6 p.m. May 17, 2018,at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House located at351 Dubois Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request.

PleasevisitourChanges to Fishing Regulationspageand click onHOOKS, BAIT, STRIPED BASS for detailed information about the hearing and to submit comments.