Sunday, January 22, 2017

2017 PRFC Potomac Fishing Sizes and Limits

2017 POTOMAC RIVER FISHERIES COMMISSION

SPORT FISHING IN THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER

LEGAL SIZES, LIMITS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS

PDF link to official PRFC published document

Striped Bass (Rockfish) Spring Season
Season Open: April 15 through May 15
Open Area: Below Harry W. Nice Bridge (Rt. 301)
Minimum Size Limit: 35”
Possession Limit: 1 per person/day (inc. charter capt.)
Bait Restrictions: No live eel. No more than 2 hooks
Special Restriction: When Fishing for Striped Bass During the Closed Season – Barbless Hooks are Required


Striped Bass (Rockfish) Summer/Fall Season
Season Open: May 16 through December 31
Open Area: Below Woodrow Wilson Bridge (I-95)
Minimum Size Limit: 20” with only 1 over 28”
Possession Limit: 2 per person/day
Bait Restrictions: No more than 2 hooks
Special Restriction: When Fishing for Striped Bass During the Closed Season – Barbless Hooks are Required

Black Bass (Largemouth Bass)
Season: 15” March 1 – June 15
Minimum Size Limit: 12” all other times
Possession Limit: 5 per person

Pike (Chain Pickerel)
Minimum Size Limit: 14”
No Possession Limit

Black Drum
Minimum Size Limit: 16”
Possession Limit: 1 per person

Red Drum (Puppy Drum)
Minimum Size Limit: 18”
Maximum Size Limit: 25”
Possession Limit: 5 per person

Black Sea Bass
Season: TBA
Minimum Size Limit: TBA(1)
Possession Limit: TBA
(1) Tail filament is not incl. in total length of the fish

Spanish Mackerel
Minimum Size Limit: 14”
Possession Limit: 15 per person

Bluefish (Taylor)
Minimum Size Limit: 8”
Possession Limit: 10 per person

Spotted Sea Trout
Minimum Size Limit: 14”
Possession Limit: 10 per person

Catfish – Bullhead
Minimum Size Limit: 6”
No Possession Limit

Summer Flounder
Minimum Size Limit: TBA
Possession Limit: TBA

Crappie
No Minimum Size Limit
Possession Limit: 10 per person

Tautog
Minimum Size Limit: 14”
No Possession Limit

Croaker (Hardhead)
Minimum Size Limit: 9”
Possession Limit: 25 per person

Weakfish (Sea Trout)
Minimum Size Limit: 12”
Possession Limit: 1 per person

Eel
Minimum Size Limit: 9”
Possession Limit: 25 per person

Yellow Perch
Minimum Size Limit: 9”
Possession Limit: 10 per person

Catfish – Blue
Season: Year Round Blue catfish are likely causing detrimental impacts throughout
Minimum Size Limit: None their expanding range, potentially creating unbalanced
Possession Limit: Unlimited ecosystems.

Snakehead
No Minimum Size Limit It shall be unlawful to possess a live snakehead fish or to
No Possession Limit return, release, or otherwise discard any living snakehead fish
to the Potomac River.

Shad – American
Season Closed – Moratorium

Sturgeon
Season Closed – Moratorium

Shad – Hickory
Season Closed – Moratorium

River Herring (Blueback, Alewife)
Season Closed – Moratorium


1 comment:

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