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    Chain Pickerel have a daily bag limit of 10 but I can't find the possession limit for them. Where I'm from you could have two times the bag limit in your possession as a general rule. Is that the same in MD?

    Typically I don't need so many in the freezer but I'm going to have several family members visiting over the holidays who love CP as much as I do. And I don't know if it's just me or not but the CP seem to be even better here than back home. I suppose the Severn's brackish water has to do with it. Back home it's just fresh water.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Chain Pickerel have a daily bag limit of 10 but I can't find the possession limit for them. Where I'm from you could have two times the bag limit in your possession as a general rule. Is that the same in MD?

    Typically I don't need so many in the freezer but I'm going to have several family members visiting over the holidays who love CP as much as I do. And I don't know if it's just me or not but the CP seem to be even better here than back home. I suppose the Severn's brackish water has to do with it. Back home it's just fresh water.




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    This site is generally negative on keeping CP.....I doubt there is a man on here that has ever even bothered to look at CP bag limits. I food fish for just about everything but CP myself...LM bass I rarely keep but will on occasion....but have never kept a pickerel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinfry View Post
    This site is generally negative on keeping CP.....I doubt there is a man on here that has ever even bothered to look at CP bag limits. I food fish for just about everything but CP myself...LM bass I rarely keep but will on occasion....but have never kept a pickerel.

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    Why is that? Population? I've been hammering them on the Severn. I assumed the stocks were high. Where I'm from they're considered a nuisance fish.


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    jon veil has several posts on here about the precarious pickerel population in the Severn.....just do an archive search for pickerel
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    First, keep what you want to use that is legal. While many don’t, it is up to you to know what you need. There is nothing wrong with a great holiday feast for friends and family. I’m sure the DNR set the necessary limits to preserve the fishery. As far as limits, it’s 5 for freshwater and 10 for tidal. I can’t seem to find any limits listed for pickerel. I would suggest calling DNR to get them to show you the reg stating the possession limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinfry View Post
    jon veil has several posts on here about the precarious pickerel population in the Severn.....just do an archive search for pickerel
    Wow, there are a lot of posts about Pickerel. In particular, tournaments for them, lol. Honestly, I couldn't find anything other than anecdotal info about populations. I suspect the daily bag limit is a more reliable indicator.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Memory Maker View Post
    First, keep what you want to use that is legal. While many donít, it is up to you to know what you need.
    Completely agree.

    I respect a persons position who doesn't like to keep fish. I don't keep fresh water trout because of an affinity for them so I get it.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Chain Pickerel have a daily bag limit of 10 but I can't find the possession limit for them. Where I'm from you could have two times the bag limit in your possession as a general rule. Is that the same in MD?

    Typically I don't need so many in the freezer but I'm going to have several family members visiting over the holidays who love CP as much as I do. And I don't know if it's just me or not but the CP seem to be even better here than back home. I suppose the Severn's brackish water has to do with it. Back home it's just fresh water.




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    It is a little confusing but I'll do my best to explain. The same rule applies here, total possession limit is 2 times the daily creel limit... But there is a catch. In non tidal water the daily creel limit is 5 and the total possession limit is 10. In tidal water the daily creel limit is 10. So total possession is 10 and one good day on the Severn fills your total possession limit. I'm glad you asked and wanted to also give you this link to the COMARS it is the state reg.
    http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/com...8.02.11.04.htm
    So there are options, you can store some of those pickerel in my freezer if you want?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyjake237 View Post
    It is a little confusing but I'll do my best to explain. The same rule applies here, total possession limit is 2 times the daily creel limit... But there is a catch. In non tidal water the daily creel limit is 5 and the total possession limit is 10. In tidal water the daily creel limit is 10. So total possession is 10 and one good day on the Severn fills your total possession limit. I'm glad you asked and wanted to also give you this link to the COMARS it is the state reg.
    http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/com...8.02.11.04.htm
    So there are options, you can store some of those pickerel in my freezer if you want?!?
    Thatís exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Jake!
    Appreciate the offer to use your freezer. Youíll need to fillet them though. ;-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Wow, there are a lot of posts about Pickerel. In particular, tournaments for them, lol. Honestly, I couldn't find anything other than anecdotal info about populations. I suspect the daily bag limit is a more reliable indicator.






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    The DNR's daily bag limit for pickerel goes back a long time. I am not sure why the limits were set that high. About a decade ago several of us avid tidewater pickerel anglers met with DNR fisheries to see about tightening up that limit to protect the somewhat stressed pickerel populations in the Severn. After some consideration the DNR elected to let that limit alone. From a fisheries population perspective, the bag limit has no relevance on actual pickerel populations.

    Until early November of last year, pickerel could be found fairly easily in many Severn tributaries during the cold winter months. I personally practice 100% catch and release on pickerel. Most of the guys with whom I fish feel the same way. When there are no other local fishing options during the coldest months, I hate to see any pickerel removed from the limited populations either by taking them home to eat or by poor handling before release.

    You are correct that there have been several pickerel tournaments over the past decade. I often participated in the one sponsored by the Severn River Rod and Keg Club and generally did well in the tournament. I no longer fish in any tournaments -- my personal choice.

    That is the old story. The new pickerel story is that something happened to the Severn pickerel populations starting about a year ago. I joked at the time that pickerel liked Hollywood movie stars. When Trump won the election, some of them announced they were moving to Canada. The pickerel took off immediately to swim to Canada.

    All joking aside, the reduction in pickerel catch from Nov 2016 through the present is very obvious to me. See my recent post that shows my pickerel catch statistics for the past few years. http://www.snaggedline.com/showthrea...ng-suggestions I fished the same locations using the same tactics last winter and again this fall. Last Thurs, I fished in four different Severn creeks that historically held lots of pickerel. In over three hours of casting live minnows, I had only one bite. I did not catch any pickerel during the spring and summer while perch fishing in the same areas -- that is not the normal pattern either.

    Something has caused numbers to drop. Some possible factors are: a) disease, b) salinity or other environmental condition is too high, c) a toxic pollutant, d) poor catch and release handling techniques, or e) excessive catch and keep in areas that have limited populations. While I support each angler's right to keep a legal limit of fish, I strongly question the practice of keeping a lot of fish from individual modest populations that are already somewhat stressed by other factors.

    If you want pickerel to eat, I hope you will consider fishing in some freshwater lakes that are loaded with pickerel. I encourage you to release any tidewater pickerel you catch.
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