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Can you crab anywhere in OC or are there restricted areas? 
Submitted by Dennis C, Baltimore, Maryland October 3, 2017
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 8, 2017

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Hey Dennis, one of my favorite places to crab is behind the Convention Center. I've never had any bad luck back there and seem to have caught some. I'd try that or Northside Park on 125thy for crabbing. Happy crabbing!


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 5, 2017

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Hand lines are allowed on any public waters in Ocean City - bays or ocean.  Your best crabbing is at North Side Park or on 2nd Avenue though.


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: October 4, 2017

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As far as I know, there isn't anywhere  you aren't allowed to try your hand at crabbing in OC.  Two of our favorite spots are behind the Convention Center on 40th St. and at Northside Park at the pier on 125th St. 


Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 3, 2017

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You can crab in any from almost any public property or area of the coastal bays in MD. Any restricted areas will be marked (I don't know of any). Obviously you cannot crab or trespass on private property, docks, or piers. Some good places to crab are the bulkhead along the bay between 2nd and 4th Street along Chicago Avenue (you can also fish from here without a license), the 9th Street Pier, and the Pier at Northside Park (125th Street, you can also fish here without a license), and from the bulkhead behind the Convention Center at 40th Street. You can also crab from the pier at the Isle of Wight Recreation area between the two Route 90 bridges.

You do not need a license to crab, but in most places you do need one to fish if you are 16 or older. While you don't need a license, there are restrictions on how you can crab and the quantity and size of crabs recreational crabbers can keep. Find out more general information about crabbing regulations in MD here; you can find MD's specific requirements and regulations related to crabbing in the Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Bays here.