πŸ¦€ Popular Crabbing Locations Around Chesapeake Bay

Where will you go to catch crabs? It is easier to ask where you cannot go. There are literally hundreds of places to crab in the Chesapeake Bay. Where you go is entirely up to you. You are only limited by your imagination and how far you are willing to travel as to where you crab. Are there any restrictions? Yes. Check the rules and regulations. If you intend to place your traps near a private pier, for example, ask for permission of the owner. If they have traps in the water you could be in violation of the 100 foot rule. Some areas are strictly off limits such as military anchorages. Charts clearly mark these areas. If you cannot read a chart, take a boating course. A good idea, and a legal requirement in Maryland if you were born after July 1, 1972 and intend to operate a boat!

A marine chart will have water depths clearly marked. Get some charts! If you have a depth finder use it. A lot of inexperienced crabbers get stuck in the mud. Check tides and weather before going out.

Trial and error will help you pick your spot. Other crabbers will watch you to see if you are having any luck and you might find them in your spot the next time you go crabbing.

Crabbing in a cove is a great experience. Boat traffic and the resulting wakes are limited and the effects of wind are diminished.

Crabs ride the tide, so you should place your traps or trotline near the mouth of a creek where it empties into a river or the Bay. That way you get both the ebb and flood tides. DO NOT block boat traffic! One final note: crabbing during the week is the best time as most people are at work. If you only have weekends, start early.

Some of the regularly crabbed spots are:

  • ANNEMESSEX RIVER
  • CHESAPEAKE BEACH
  • CHOPTANK RIVER
  • COX CREEK
  • CRAB ALLEY BAY
  • FISHING BAY
  • HART~ MlLLER ISLAND
  • KINGSTOWN
  • LOVE POINT
  • MAGOTHY RIVER
  • MANOKIN RIVER
  • MILES RIVER
  • NORTH POINT
  • PATUXENT RIVER
  • POINT LOOKOUT AREA
  • POPLAR ISLAND
  • QUAKER NECK
  • SEVERN RIVER
  • SMITH CREEK
  • SOLOMONS
  • SOUTH RIVER
  • STONEY AND ROCK CREEKS
  • SWAN POINT
  • TILGHMAN ISLAND
  • WYE RIVER