Maryland Recreational Crabbing Season for the Chesapeake Bay Opens April 1

March 29, 2022 by Krista Boothby

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, to fixing and eating this popular crustacean, here’s 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 or AirBnB 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? Check Maryland’s eregulations 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 quarry!

Let Someone Else do 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.

Get Cracking!

A crab feast in Talbot County, Maryland

Make your meal a whole feast for your family and friends! Here’s how to prepare a real Maryland Crab Feast and where to find all the ingredients!


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