Maryland Recreational Crabbing Season for the Chesapeake Bay Opens April 1

Recreational crabbing season for Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area opens on April 1st signaling that the summer season is not just on its way, but here! From catching your own or letting someone else do the work, to fixing and eating this popular crustacean, this is our guide on how to make a meal of the delicious Maryland Blue Crab in Talbot County.

Where to Stay

Vacation rental home in Talbot County, Maryland

Choose a vacation rental that provides crab pots for you to catch your own.

Where to Find Supplies

Catch your own crabs in Talbot County, Maryland

You can find crab pots and equipment at these local stores:
Easton: West Marine
St. Michaels: The Lumber Yard
Tilghman Island: Fairbanks’s Tackle

License Information

Do I need a license for recreational crabbing? It depends on the equipment used and the number of crabs you hope to catch. Check Maryland’s regulations website for more information.

Learn from an Expert

Catch headed to market in Talbot County, Maryland

Charter a crab boat and learn how to catch your own!  Then take home your catch for an Eastern Shore crab feast!

A crab feast in Talbot County, Maryland

Let Someone Else do the Work

Prefer to let someone else do the catching and cooking? Visit any Talbot County Seafood Market for the best steamed crabs on the Eastern Shore.

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