Crabbing with kids in the Chesapeake Bay nets bushels of fun

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crabbingGreat spots to crab around the Bay

Updated June 2017. Check websites before heading out as prices may have changed.

Bill Burton Fishing Piers on the Choptank River

29761 Bolingbroke Point Dr., Trappe

410-221-2290

This lighted pier features crabbing and fishing 24 hours a day. Picnic tables, hiking trails and a bike path make it fun for the whole family.

Bill Burton Fishing Pier on the Patapsco River

Fort Smallwood Park

9500 Fort Smallwood Rd., Pasadena

410-222-6230

Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Recommended by Fishbone's Bait & Tackle in Pasadena, this 380-foot fishing pier is wheel chair accessible. Run by the Anne Arundel County Department of Parks and Recreation, its amenities include picnic areas, walking trails, playground, historic gun battery and old barracks (Battery Hartshorne), horseshoe pits, volleyball courts and beaches (no swimming). Parking $6. Free for military families/veterans.

Flag Ponds Nature Park

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby

410-586-1477

Run by the Calvert County Department of Parks and Recreation, this facility has plenty of parking, a nature center, restrooms, trails, a sandy beach and cliffs. If little crabbers tire from checking the crab pot, they can hunt for sharks' teeth and fossils along the shore. Easy to find off Rt. 4. April—October: $5 county residents, $8 non-residents.

Jonas Green State Park on the Severn River

1990 Governor Ritchie Hwy, Annapolis

410-222-6141

Adjacent to the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge on Route 450. When the new bridge was built, they retained a portion of the old bridge as a fishing pier. The pier and parking lot is located on the northwest side of the new bridge (across the Severn from Annapolis). This spot is popular and can be crowded on weekends; it's ideal for weekday crabbers.

Kings Landing Park

3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown

410-535-2661

Along the shore of the Patuxent River, King's Landing Park features a T-shaped 200-foot pier and crabbing with hand lines or traps is permitted on the inside portions of the pier. Wheelchair accessible. There are restrooms, hiking trails and a picnic pavilion. Free.

Matapeake Fishing Pier

Matapeake State Park

1112 Romancoke Road, Stevensville

410-758-0835

Luckys Tackle in Stevensville recommends this fishing pier because of the friendly atmosphere of the fishers. It was a ferry landing site before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built. This three-acre park offers an excellent panoramic view of the bridge and the pier reaches 100-plus feet out over the water. Restrooms and picnic tables available. Parking $10.

Nans Cove

Broomes Island Road, Broomes Island

410-535-5327

Recommended by Len Kwiatkoski of Len's Marina in Broomes Island, Nans Cove is little more than a boat launch for kayaks and canoes. It's small but not often crowded as it's a little off the beaten path. Open dawn to dusk.

North Beach Pier on the Chesapeake Bay

9032 Bay Ave., North Beach

410-286-3799

Part of the lure of this pier, recommended by Klein, is the nearby offerings for children. There is beach access with an enclosed swimming area, restrooms, a playground, boardwalk, bike and paddleboard rentals, bakeries, candy shops and restaurants nearby. Free for county residents. Up to $8 for crabbing for non-county residents. Plenty of free parking available.

Sandy Point State Park

1100 East College Pkwy., Annapolis

410-974-2149

Fishbone's Bait & Tackle also recommends the fishing and crabbing pier at the south end of the boat launch ramps at Sandy Point State Park. There is also swimming, boat rentals, a marina and restrooms. Weekends/holidays $5 per Maryland resident. Non-holiday weekdays $4 per Maryland resident.

Solomons Fishing Pier

14195 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons

410-326-3899

Crabbing allowed. Restrooms available. Free. There are restaurants within walking distance.

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