After reviewing data from the previous season, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently tightened regulations for tautog. According to DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell, Maryland is one of several Atlantic states that are restricting tautog harvests.
2012 Maryland Tautog Regulations:
Minimum size limit: 16-inches
Season dates and fish limit per angler:
April 2- May 15, four fish
May 16 - October 31, two fish
November 1-14, four fish
DNR may extend the Tautog November season if late breaking developments in the Atlantic Coast stock assessment warrant. However, under current regulations the season will close from November 15 through December 31, reopening on New Year’s Day 2013 with a four fish limit.
Recently, a new Maryland state record was set for tautog when an angler landed a 23-pound fish on a charter trip out of Ocean City.
Recreational anglers who register tautog measuring 24 inches or longer at Maryland Angler Award Centers will receive free admission and a chance to win prizes at the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge Grand Finale.
source: MD DNR