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Spring Rockfish Season Kicks off in Maryland’s Portion of the Chesapeake Bay

Captain Keith Allston Jr. and Junior Abell showcase a rockfish  caught during opening day aboard Rod Bender Charters out of Solomons. Photo by Ashley Abell.

Captain Keith Allston Jr. and Junior Abell showcase a rockfish caught opening day aboard Rod Bender Charters out of Solomons. Photo by Ashley Abell.

The spring recreational fishing season for Maryland’s iconic Striped Bass, better known as rockfish has sport fishing anglers out on the water hoping to reel in a big one. The State’s Chesapeake Bay spring Striped Bass season runs from April 19 through May 15 with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches.

“The spring season offers recreational anglers a great opportunity to enjoy time on the water with friends and family and share the excitement of fishing for trophy-size rockfish,” said DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. Read more »


Invasive Catfish Trigger Public Awareness Campaign in Maryland

The kick-off included a catfish cooking demonstration by Chef James Barrett of Azure in Annapolis.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive Blue and Flathead Catfish – their impact on native species and what anglers can do to help. Partners and stakeholders joined DNR staff at Smallwood State Park on the Potomac River for a catfish cooking demonstration and tasting to kick off the effort. Read more »


DNR Kicks Off the 11th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

Now Accepting Online Submissions

Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more »


Governor O’Malley Announces Innovative Oyster Restoration Partnership with CSX

gov oysterFossilized oyster shell from Florida to become home to Maryland oysters

Governor Martin O’Malley was joined by more than 100 partners and stakeholders at the Port of Baltimore this morning for a first-hand look at approximately 2,750 tons of fossilized oyster shell en route to Harris Creek in the Chesapeake Bay. Today’s barge load was the first shipment of material from a Florida quarry that will be used to rebuild habitat in two Maryland oyster sanctuaries, made possible through an exciting new partnership with CSX. Over the next nine months, CSX will transport 112,500 tons of the fossilized shell by train – at cost – to complete planned reef restoration in Harris Creek and make major progress on similar efforts in the Little Choptank. Read more »


Vessel Excise Tax Cap Offers Financial Incentive to Title Big Boats in Maryland

Docked for Sunset by Adrian James Testa

Photo by Adrian James Testa

Great news for Chesapeake Bay boaters: The Maryland General Assembly this year passed legislation capping the five percent vessel excise tax at $15,000. The new law ─ which offers a financial incentive for boaters to trade-up, or register an out-of-state vessel in Maryland ─ was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley, effective July 1, 2013. Read more »


Waldorf Chef Wins National Oyster Cook-off

The Winning Dish, Oyster and Chipotle Grits, by Debbie Reynolds of Waldorf

The winning dish, Oyster and Chipotle Grits, by Debbie Reynolds of Waldorf

Debbie Reynolds of Waldorf took top honors in the National Oyster Cook-off held on October 19 in Leonardtown. Her Oyster and Chipotle Grits recipe (below) took first place in the main dish category and won the overall grand prize. Read more »


From the Bay, For the Bay is Back, October 5-12!

fromthebaylogoMore than 50 Restaurants Have Signed Up

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the return of the From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out, a week-long celebration of Maryland seafood benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership. More than 50 high-profile restaurants have already signed up, including Ryleigh’s Oyster House, Woodberry Kitchen, Rocklands, and Matchbox. Last year’s inaugural promotion proved a success, raising $20,000 for oyster restoration projects. Read more »


Virginia Woman Wins $25,000 for Striped Bass Catch

$25,000 Diamond Jim Winner, Blair Wheeler

First-ever authentic Diamond Jim captured in Maryland Fishing Challenge history

Today marked an exciting day in the nine-year history of the Maryland Fishing Challenge as Blair Wheeler, 25 of Herndon, Va., became the first person to win a $25,000 cash prize. After confirming her August catch was the real deal –  tagged with the randomly selected winning number – Wheeler walked off stage with a prize package that also included a pair of one-carat diamond earrings from Zachary’s Jewelers of Annapolis, and $6,000 in gift cards from participating Maryland tackle shops. Read more »


DNR Brings the Great Outdoors in at the Maryland State Fair

StateFairCitizens and visitors will once again discover the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors at the 132nd Maryland State Fair, through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) interactive exhibit. DNR Staff and volunteers will be hosting visitors at the fairgrounds in Timonium from August 23 through Labor Day, September 2, Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read more »


$25,000 Diamond Jim on the Loose

Dylan Kimmel and his first ever Rockfish, tagged and ready to release. Photo by Beth Versak

Dylan Kimmel and his first ever Rockfish, tagged and ready to release. Photo by Beth Versak

More than $50,000 in prizes up for grabs during this year’s Fishing Challenge

The Diamond Jim component of the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its final phase today when Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists and teams of young anglers caught, tagged and released around 200 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim worth as much as $25,000 to the angler who catches him between August 1 and midnight September 2, with the other tagged imposter rockfish worth at least $500 each. Read more »