Yellow Perch Management

Photo of yellow perch.The Yellow Perch Call-In Number is 410-260-8322​

You are no longer required to fax a copy of your permit card when requesting additional tags.

**Please allow for at least 5 business days for process and shipment of tags when making your request. **

Yellow Perch Information

  • Effective January 1, 2012, commercial yellow perch fishermen will be required to attach a paper tag issued by the Department to all containers of yellow perch caught for commercial purposes prior to landing. Fishermen are required to complete the requested information on the paper tags. Individual fish do not need to be tagged until January 20, 2012. The paper tags will satisfy the tagging requirement for yellow perch until January 20, 2012, at which time plastic locking tags will be issued for individual tagging of each commercially caught yellow perch. Yellow perch fishermen are still required to call in their daily harvest and must include the fish dealer they are selling the fish to with the harvest data.
  • Effective January 26, 2009 the new recreational yellow perch regulation states a 9 inch minimum and 10 fish creel limit statewide.
  • Reminder - Though the regulations effective in January, 2009, opened up the previously closed Magothy and Severn Rivers, there are still sections closed within each watershed. In the Magothy, from the base of Lake Waterford downstream for 3300 feet, a person cannot fish for any kind of fish in February, March and April. During February, March and April a person may not fish in the Severn or Severn Run from the Route 3 Bridge downstream for 2400 feet.