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VIRGINIA SPEAR FISHING RESTRICTIONS

ALL REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE MONTHLY


Anyone fishing with a spear or gig in Virginia's portion of the Chesapeake Bay or in the saltwater, tidal tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay needs a saltwater fishing license [Code 28.2 - 302.1].

It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest fish for commercial purposes by any method of spear fishing. [Regulation 4 VAC 20-995-40].

It shall be unlawful for any person to take, catch or possess any sturgeon [28.2 - 303].

It shall be unlawful to possess a lobster that has an outer shell that has been speared [4 VAC 20-110-30].

It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to take any shark using any gear other than handline or rod and reel [4 VAC-20-490-30].

For all other species of finfish, recreational possession and size limits shall apply.


Revised 4/25/13

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