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New Striped Bass Regulations Effective May 16

Enhanced Conservation Rules on Use of Bait and Hooks; Minimum Size Reduced to 19 Inches The opening of regular striped bass season May 16 coincides with new conservation-minded regulations pertaining to the use of bait, gear and hooks. The Maryland General Assembly Joint Committee Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee recently approved Maryland Department of Natural Resources regulations, which will  Read the Rest…


Maryland Offers License-Free Fishing Days in June and July

Statewide Opportunity to Give Angling a Try The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites new or experienced anglers to enjoy Maryland’s License Free Fishing Days June 2, 9 and July 4. This is a unique opportunity for Marylanders to test their fishing skills without the need to obtain a fishing license, trout stamp or registration. 



New Volunteer Angler Surveys Encourage Citizen Input

Reporting Helps Manage State’s Fishing Resources The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is launching new mobile-friendly volunteer angler surveys, making it easy to turn a fishing trip into scientific research by submitting catch data right from a phone. The survey is a simple tool where volunteers provide valuable information to department biologists such as species caught,  Read the Rest…



Maryland Crabbing Season Begins April 1

Full Steam Ahead for Catching State’s Favorite Crustacean  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that the blue crab season officially opens April 1 in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries as well as the Atlantic Ocean and coastal bays. “The beginning of blue crab season is a Maryland tradition,” Fishing and Boating Services Director David  Read the Rest…



Maryland Warming up for Spring Trout Fishing

Crews Stocking Waters with 300,000 Fish in 2018 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources anticipates releasing more than 300,000 brown, golden and rainbow trout in lakes, rivers and streams over the next few months, as 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for trout fishing in Maryland. The department’s hatchery team began preseason trout  Read the Rest…


Preseason Trout Stocking Begins in December

Over 300,000 Fish Being Raised for Stocking The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin preseason stocking for the spring 2018 trout season as early as the end of December. The early trout stocking will now include several impoundments that will receive their annual allotments in a single stocking, which will provide greater fishing opportunities  Read the Rest…


Striped Bass Survey Shows Healthy Population Growth

Annual Young-of-Year Survey Tracks Spawning of State Fish Results of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2017 young-of-year striped bass survey in the Chesapeake Bay shows the fish is reproducing in strong numbers. The annual survey’s index is 13.2, above the 64-year average of 11.7. Striped bass, popularly known as rockfish, is Maryland’s state fish. The  Read the Rest…


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AccessDNR June 2018

The June 2018 edition of a monthly video newsletter hosted by Anna Lucente-Hoffmann.

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