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General Fishing Regulations
Fishing or taking fish and other aquatic organisms for commercial purposes is prohibited.
Except as otherwise permitted by these rules: a person shall fish only with a rod, hook, and line, not to exceed three lines in number and not having more than two hooks to each line.
Artificial lures or plugs with multiple or gang hooks are considered one unit.
The use of dip nets shall be prohibited, except for capturing baitfish, gizzard shad, shiners and other cyprinids and in the landing of fish taken by angling, provided the net does not exceed 24 inches in diameter and nine cubic feet in overall volume.
It Is Unlawful
It shall be unlawful to do any of the following:
|Striped Bass (Rockfish)||Prohibited**|
|Channel Catfish||Min. Length: 12 inches; Creel limit: 3 per day|
|Largemouth Bass||Min. Length: 12(*) inches; Creel limit: 5 per day|
|Smallmouth Bass||Min. Length: 12(*) inches; Creel limit: 5 per day|
|Walleye||Min. Length: 14 inches; Creel limit: 1 per day|
|Yellow Perch||Min. Length: 8 inches; Creel limit: 3 per day|
**Unless season is posted *15 inches, March 1 thru June 15
For more information, call (202) 535-2272
Any person who violates fishing license rules and regulations shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined:
Additional Regulations for Rock Creek Park
Moratorium on Shad and River Herring
In accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for shad and river herring, the possession of these species is prohibited. For more information please contact the Fisheries and Wildlife Division by phone at 202.535.2260 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You may also email the Associate Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, there are no bait restrictions, however, there is a coast-wide moratorium on the possession of American Shad (Alosa sapidissima), Hickory Shad (Alosa mediocris), blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), and alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus).
Striped Bass (Rockfish)
Anglers, please be advised that striped bass regulations will change in 2015. Anglers may expect changes to the season, minimum size, creel limits, or some combination thereof. Please continue to consult the DDOE website for updates.
The Alabama Rig
The District Department of the Environment considers the Alabama Rig and the umbrella rig to be a collection of individual lures. While using an Alabama Rig, an angler may employ the following.