WASHINGTON - Steamed crabs are a summertime tradition in Maryland and the season for crabbing has officially begun! Maryland's 2019 recreational crabbing season opened on April 1 for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries -- as well as the Atlantic Ocean, coastal bays and their tributaries.
The season runs until December 15.
The state's Department of Natural Resources says recreational crabbing in Maryland can be done in a variety of ways -- with or without a license -- depending on the equipment and location.
Maryland's DNR says a license is not required for anyone using handlines or dip nets. They say waterfront property owners, lessees, or tenants of private shoreline property can register to crab license-free using up to two crab pots.