Crabs

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Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay are world renowned for their crabs. Crisfield, located in Somerset County, is known as the Crab Capital of the World. These tasty treats are spread throughout the Chesapeake Bay, so you can try your hand at catching some of the best eats in Maryland.

Adult blue crabs can grow up to nine inches. The blue crab is one of the most important species harvested in the Bay, has the highest value of any commercial fishery, and supports a recreational fishery of significant, but undetermined, value. Blue crabs are harvested as hard shell crabs, peeler crabs just prior to molting, and softshell crabs immediately after the molt. Recreational gear includes baited hand lines, mesh rings, collapsible traps, trotlines, and dip nets.

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Recreational crabbing season lasts from the beginning of April to mid-December; however, these dates are tentative and change from year to year. Be sure to check with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the most recent seasonal dates.

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Maryland’s famous blue crabs can be found throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s Atlantic Coast, hiding in the shallows, mud flats, tidal marshes, and rocky outcrops. Bring your own crabbing gear, or find local guides and outfitters to help you catch your own bushel of Maryland’s blue crabs.

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Getting a crabbing license in Maryland couldn’t be easier. Download DNR’s app on your smartphone (MD DNR), click Apply for License, and enroll. From here, you can register any catches, post photos, and check for regulatory updates. Simple, quick, and at the palm of your hand, DNR’s app is the easiest way to get your Maryland fishing license. Or, you can apply for a license online through Maryland DNR’s website.

For current minimum size, harvest limits, and restrictions, see Maryland’s updated regulation page.

Visit MD DNR’s website for a full list of Maryland’s Fishing Regulations.

Money generated from the sale of licenses goes directly to the conservation, protection, and preservation of Maryland’s natural habitat and cherished wildlife. Maryland DNR works tirelessly to maintain a healthy population of shellfish and the regulations needed to sustain shellfish harvesting in Maryland. Changes in regulations, dates, and requirements vary year-to-year. Please check with DNR frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Looking for the perfect fishing spot? Access Maryland DNR’s Public Fishing Access Map.

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