OK...here's the skinny.
IN TIDAL WATERS OF THE STATE IT IS LAWFUL:
4. to use a seine up to 50 feet in length and five feet wide to obtain bait minnows.
5. to use a cast net (up to 10 feet in radius) in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries where nets are permitted.
6. to keep any size white perch if caught by hook and line.
IN TIDAL WATERS OF THE STATE IT IS UNLAWFUL:
1. to have in one's possession aboard any boat on the tidal waters of Maryland any striped bass CUT UP or FILLET during the open or closed season for striped bass. Striped bass must be landed whole.
2. to have in one's possession aboard any boat on the tidal waters of Maryland more than fifteen (15) pounds of any fish CUT UP upon which a size or weight limit is prescribed by law or regulations.
3. to have in one's possession American or hickory shad.
4. to use more than two (2) hooks or two (2) sets of hooks for each rod or line. Artificial lures or plugs with multiple hooks are considered one (1) set of hooks.
5. for a person to use eel as bait except during the recreational summer striped bass season.
7. during striped bass season to fillet a striped bass. Striped bass must be landed whole.
What this boils down to is you can use a cast net to catch your bait. The main bait on the Potomac is the Gizzard Shad. Do not confuse this with the Hickory Shad or the American (White) Shad. If you don't know how to tell the difference, Google it and print out the pictures of each one so you don't get caught with the wrong fish. This time of year, there may be a few American Shad left in the river but most have already spawned and are gone. Same with the Hickory Shad. So, what you have left are the Gizzard Shad and they are very common. Just about any mud flat or creek or marina will have them swimming around in large schools.
Now to confuse you. In Virginia, you can use a "gill net" to catch Shad as long as you have it marked correctly...the Virginia Marine Resources Commission governs that. REGULATION: RECREATIONAL FISHING AND CRABBING IN VIRGINIA TIDAL WATERS
. To use one you need to buy a Gill Net permit...the best place to buy one is on line at Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries Virginia Hunting & Fishing Licenses
. The cost is $9.00 and you must
use in only
in Virginia waters. Get to know the PRFC markers at the entrances to the various creeks and make sure you are on the correct side of them.
You can also use a hook and line to catch Bluegills or White Perch, which are excellent bait...it just takes longer to catch your bait. In my experience, the Gill Net is the way to go...besides, I'm lousy at throwing a cast net. :laugh1:
Now, let the questions begin........
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