FISHING BLUE CATFISH
Blue catfish are abundant, even in the winter months. You can enjoy a great day of fishing while also doing good for the Chesapeake Bay!
Things to Know Before You Go Fishing
Blue catfish cannot be over-fished. They are invasive and harmful to the Chesapeake Bay region - catch as much as you want!
Catch and release is discouraged; please remove and kill all blue catfish you catch.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources is conducting a research study and tagging blue catfish. If you catch a tagged fish, please throw it back. All other blue catfish you catch should be removed and killed.
Fish over 30" in length should not be eaten. Please remove and kill these fish, but do not consume them.
Fish under 30" in length are ideal for eating; see our recipe collection for ideas!
Resources & Info for Fishing Blue Catfish
Consumer demand for blue catfish is on the rise. As the market grows, blue catfish represents a great opportunity for watermen and commercial fishermen. Blue catfish is active all year long, including the winter months.
Resources & Information
How One Waterman is Supplementing His Crabbing Income with Blue Catfish (Whats Up? Media)
Maryland General Assembly Passes Resolution Opposing Burdensome USDA Regulation
Video highlighting commercial fishing techniques for blue catfish: