Chesapeake Bay Pound Nets

The department is waiving the pound net activation requirements under until 30 days after the governor lifts the emergency COVID-19 status. During this time period, you may set and harvest from a pound net at your registered pound net site without notifying the department of activity at the site.

Pound net sites in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay must be registered with the Department of Natural Resources. The following map will assist you in viewing all pound net sites currently registered with the Department. 


  • All locations are for registered pound net sites. Not all registered sites have nets set in that location. Therefore, there are more sites illustrated here than you will actually see out in the Bay. However, a commercial waterman does have permission to set a net at these coordinates.
  • Pound net sites are represented by colored lines on the map below. Grey lines are sites which are not currently activated. Orange lines are sites which the Department has been notified are currently active. You may need to zoom in on the map to see any potential sites in your area. This map is updated daily.
  • Locations should not be used for navigational purposes and are subject to change.
  • If you have questions on understanding the points, please go to our DESCRIPTION OF A POUND NET SITE page.
  • For ques​tions about pound net sites in the Potomac River, please call the Potomac River Fisheries Commission at 800-266-3904.