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Can you still catch crabs in November? I'm wondering where the best place in Ocean City is to do that. Any experienced Insiders who go crabbing? Thanks! 
Submitted by Kim W, Hagerstown, Maryland November 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 29, 2017

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Crabbing season runs until 31 December, and restarts on 1 April. By this time of year the waters have generally cooled enough that it is tough to catch crabs from the shore. However, if you do catch some, they will likely be heavy as they have been fattening up for winter!

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.


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: November 27, 2017

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During crabbing season, of course! May is a good time, and crabs tend to be most active during the summer months. Some also say that September is a safe time to go crabbing because crabs spawn during the summer and take 1-1.5 years to reach maturity, so early fall is when they would be at their meatiest. 

You can crab year-round (just not in Maryland), but your luck probably won’t be as good when it’s colder outside. Crabs thrive in warm water and when the water is cold, they tend to hide in the mud rather than swim around. 

Maryland’s crabbing season is April 1 to December 31.  I like to try my luck at Northside Park at the pier, or behind the Convention Center on 40th St.   It hasn't been terribly cold yet, so there may still be some good, meaty crabs to be had for a little while longer.  Good luck crabbing!  


Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: November 29, 2017

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I have crabbed in Maryland in November(on a warm day).  The crabs are bigger but less plentiful.  Good luck!


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 28, 2017

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The crabs are less active but heavier in the Fall and Winter.  I would try Northside Park or the area on the bay at 4th Street.   


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: November 28, 2017

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Crabs this time of the year are less active and some look for deeper waters to stay safe. You could ty to crab at Northside Park off the pier but I don't think you'll have much luck. But crabby in the winter is still better than a day at work.