The regs are complicated for sure. Eels are striper candy and they get swallowed. Other favorites are shad and herring, both are in moritorium. Eels are allowed when the regular season starts in May.
Barbless hooks are only required during pre-season C&R. There's also a 6 rod limit during pre-season. Starting April 19 any hooks are legal. Assuming DNR lifts the 3 rod limit. like they say they will do, you can troll all you have.
When the season opens April 19th most tributaries remain closed. The Potomac is open from 301 bridge to the bay, but is C&R from the bridge to Fletchers.
Check out the maps at this link to find out what areas are open to C&R, catch and keep or closed to fishing. I'm sure you'll find it clear as mud.
If you like the striper regs you'll love the license laws. Basically any one of three licenses will cover you in tidal water. MD's Bay Sport, VA's Tidal or the PRFC license. DC doesn't honor any of the three, they have their own.
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