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Maryland Fishing Report – August 10

Photo of angler Addison Rowe by Tiffany Rowe

Photo of angler Addison Rowe by Tiffany Rowe

Families are fitting in those last summer vacations and simple relaxing times close to home. From local ponds and tributaries to the waters off Ocean City, Maryland’s waters are ideal places to spend time with children and allow them to experience the joys of fishing.

Remember that hot weather creates tough conditions for undersized striped bass that are caught and released. From now until September, DNR once again will run its striped bass fishing advisory forecast so anglers can better plan their fishing for striped bass to lessen mortalities.

Image of Striped Bass 7-Day Fishing Advisory Forecast, showing a green flag day on Saturday; yellow flag days on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday; and a red flag day on Thursday.

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Secretary’s Message – August 2022

Working to Protect Our Resources for Generations to Come

MCC Graduation 2022

Photo by Luke Terrell, Maryland Park Service

I know we are not supposed to have favorites, but one of my favorite programs at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is our conservation corps. These important programs provide workforce and leadership training to youth and veterans, which is important not just for our department, but for the future of our state. Read more…


Waterfowl Hunting Set at Deal Island and Fairmount Impoundments

Permit Applications for Somerset County Wildlife Management Areas Now Available 

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Deal Island Wildlife Management Area, photo by Anthony Burrows, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the annual schedule and process for waterfowl hunting at the Deal Island and Fairmount Wildlife Management Area impoundments. The current program is being managed to reduce crowding and maintain the quality of waterfowl hunting opportunities during the regular duck season. Read more…


DNR Graduates Maryland Conservation Corps Class of 2022

Program Provides Career Training for Environmental Stewards

Photo of group in a wooded area

Photo by Sara Marcinak, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) honored 35 members of the 2021-2022 Maryland Conservation Corps during their graduation program on August 3. The ceremony commemorated the members’ completion of 10 months of job training, conservation work, and stewardship with the Maryland Park Service.

Members from across the country, all between the ages of 17 and 25, completed at least 1,700 hours of service. This year’s crews planted more than 10,046 native trees, bay grasses and plants; treated almost 7,000 trees against harmful insects and diseases; and taught environmental education programs to more than 21,565 students, youth, and park visitors. Read more…


Conservation Jobs Corps Graduates Class of 2022

Maryland Teens Complete Outdoor Jobs Skills Program 

Photo of group of youths and staff outside

Photo by Luke Terrell, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

More than three dozen young Marylanders celebrated their graduation from the Conservation Jobs Corps August 2 after five weeks of job training, conservation education, hard work, and fun.

The ceremony was held at Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County with former Veterans Conservation Corps crew leader Calvin Ogburn as the keynote speaker. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – August 3

Photo of woman in a boat holding a large fish

Christine Virgin holds up a big red drum for a picture before slipping it back into the Bay. Photo courtesy of Christine Virgin

This is an exciting week for fishing and crabbing in Maryland! The Chesapeake Bay striped bass season has reopened, and more seasonal fish are arriving in the Bay, rivers, and Atlantic Ocean.

Remember that hot weather creates tough conditions for undersized striped bass that are caught and released. From now until September, DNR once again will run its striped bass fishing advisory forecast so anglers can better plan their fishing for striped bass to lessen mortalities.

Image of Striped Bass 7-Day Fishing Advisory Forecast, showing a green flag day on Saturday; yellow flag days on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday; and a red flag day on Thursday.

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Grants Gateway Open for Resilience and Restoration Funds

Department Accepting Grant Applications for Fiscal Year 2024

Aerial photo of shoreline restoration work along a riverside property

Photo by Stephen Badger, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the Grants Gateway application is open for local governments and organizations for Fiscal Year 2024, which begins July 1, 2023. Through this process, funding is available for projects that restore local waterways, increase communities’ resilience to climate change and storm impacts, strengthen local economies, develop the next generation of environmental stewards, and foster sustainable development and use of Maryland waterways with projects that benefit the general boating public. Read more…


June 2022 Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia Report

Chesapeake Bay Dissolved Oxygen Conditions Better than Average

Image of graph comparing hypoxia volumes by monthData collected by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Old Dominion University show that dissolved oxygen conditions in the Chesapeake Bay mainstem of Maryland and Virginia were better than average in June 2022. The hypoxic water volume — waters with less than 2 mg/l oxygen — was 0.51 and 0.98 cubic miles during early and late June monitoring cruises, compared to historical early and late June averages (1985-2021) of 0.87 and 1.31 cubic miles. 

During their respective time periods, the early June volume ranks as the 8th best on record and late June was 12th best. Additionally, a small volume of less than 0.1 cubic miles of anoxia – waters with less than 0.2 mg/l oxygen – was observed during the late June cruise. Hypoxia was essentially zero (0.0002 cubic miles) in May. Read more…


DNR Awards Outdoor Environmental Education Grants for Watershed Studies

Funding Supports Projects Fostering Science and Stewardship

Photo of boy and girl at a streamside education project

Maryland DNR photo

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced $128,000 in awards for student and youth outdoor science, and watershed education in the state. The following schools and nonprofit organizations will receive funding during Fiscal Year 2023. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – July 27

Photo of girl holding a rainbow trout

Eleven-year-old Kierce Thompson shows off a beautiful and large rainbow trout caught recently in a Frederick County trout stream. Photo by Brittany Vance

As we approach the end of July, families are enjoying vacations and anglers of all ages are fishing together. Sometimes the unbounded hope of angling offers up some surprises. 

For those anglers who are also photographers, be sure to enter your best shots in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest. Entries for the 2022 contest are due Monday, August 1, and details are on the DNR website.

Salisbury University, in partnership with DNR, is hosting the Nanticoke River Invasive Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 30 at Cherry Beach Park in Sharptown. There is no fee to enter the tournament. A tournament registration form is available online, and more information is available on the Salisbury University website.

The Bay and its tributaries will reopen for striped bass fishing on August 1. The annual July two-week closure  is to protect striped bass from summer’s warm water and air temperatures that cause unacceptable catch-and-release mortalities. To further help protect the fishery, we resume our striped bass fishing advisory forecast for the reopening of the season.

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Board of Public Works Approves Community Parks and Playgrounds Funding

Governor Hogan’s Budget Supports Outdoor Access Across Maryland

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Maryland DNR photo

The Board of Public Works today approved Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) request to fund the first group of Community Parks & Playgrounds Program for Fiscal Year 2023. 

Overall, Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget included $5 million to 39 local projects statewide, providing greater access to outdoor recreation for all Marylanders. The first round included 16 of the projects. The Board of Public Works will review the funding items during the coming fiscal year.

Once the funding is released, DNR provides flexible grants to municipalities to rehabilitate, expand, or improve existing parks, create new parks, or purchase and install playground equipment.  Read more…


Maryland Awards Climate Resilience Grants to 12 Communities

Funds Support Planning and Design of Green Infrastructure Solution

Photo of shoreline sand and rock jetties

Deal Island’s living shoreline and marsh enhancement work was supported by a 2021 climate resilience grant. Photo by Nicole Carlozo, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the award of more than $2 million to 12 climate resilience projects to help communities prepare for, and recover from, climate-related impacts. These competitive grants are designed to help communities plan and design solutions to withstand flooding and other weather-related events. 

The projects selected will identify and prioritize vulnerable communities, incorporate climate change data and information into existing plans and policies, and develop nature-based or natural solutions to control flooding. Funding is provided by Governor Hogan’s Resiliency Through Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more…


Maryland Underwater Grasses Hold Steady in 2021

Annual Report Shows Overall Improvement in Chesapeake Bay

Photo of underwater grasses

Photo by Brooke Landry, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the 2021 underwater grass abundance in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay remained stable compared to the previous year, with a slight decrease of 1%, or 350 acres. Baywide, underwater grasses increased by 7%.

Despite record high rainfall and stream flows in 2018 and 2019, long-term monitoring by DNR has identified major reductions in polluted runoff entering the Bay as a result of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay restoration activities. These improving trends in cleaner water provide multiple benefits including being beneficial to the Bay’s underwater grasses.  Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – July 20

Photo of two men in a boat, each holding a Speckled trout

Photo by Bob Bruns

Chesapeake Bay anglers received a welcome surprise this week with the arrival of wonderful numbers of speckled trout, bluefish, and spot. These offer great alternatives during the striped bass closure in the Chesapeake Bay through July 31 and the tidal Potomac River until August 21. 

Elsewhere, the waters off Ocean City are offering excellent fishing for a mix of species including black sea bass, tuna, and white marlin. There is also plenty of great fishing throughout Maryland waters for freshwater anglers. 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is always looking to encourage more Marylanders to take up the exciting sport of fishing. DNR invites college students and adults aged 18 and older to free mentored fishing training and practice sessions in August. The program will comprise four sessions in various locations in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, culminating with a fishing tournament on August 13. Space is limited – check the DNR website for details

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Fishing Mentorship Offered by Maryland Department of Natural Resources

College Students and Young Adults Can Get Free Instruction, Gear

Photo of young woman holding a blue catfish

Photo by Tristan Bapst

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites college students and adults aged 18 and older to free mentored fishing training and practice sessions in August. The program will comprise four sessions in various locations in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, culminating with a fishing tournament on August 13.  Read more…


Maryland 2022 Black Bear Hunt Lottery Now Open

Application Deadline August 31; Drawing Sept. 7

Photo of black bear lurking in the woods

Photo by Bob Geary

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for the 2022 black bear hunt lottery. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the 6-day hunting season, which for the first time includes a Saturday. The hunt will be open October 24-29 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties.

The annual bear hunt, now in its 19th year, is an important management tool used to slow the increase of Maryland’s black bear population and limit expansion of Maryland bears into the eastern suburbs and cities. The department will once again issue 950 hunting permits this year. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – July 13

Photo of boy in a kayak holding up a fish on a line

Photo by Eric Packard

Kayak fishing has gained many converts in the past few years. These small, human-powered watercraft are portable and offer easy access to waters throughout Maryland, and for our younger anglers provide an opportunity to be the captain of their own vessel.
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Waterfowl Blind Site Licensing Process Now Available for 2022-23

Online Lottery, Virtual Appointments to Secure Hunting Locations

Photo of hunter in a duck blind surrounded by water

Photo by Jake McPherson, Ducks Unlimited

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is again offering an online-only process for Maryland hunters to apply for a 2022-2023 waterfowl blind site license. From now through July 26 at 11:59 p.m., hunters may enter the annual lottery for the opening days of blind site licensing through the department’s Compass licensing portal. 

Hunters can register to be entered into a random lottery for a county of their choice. Landowners who would like to license their own property may also enter the same lottery. Read more…


Secretary’s Message – July 2022

Better Days Ahead in Maryland’s Waters

Photo of four women on the gangway leading to a boat

Upgrades at Chestertown Marina were funded by the Waterway Improvement Fund. Photo by Stephen Badger, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Fifty-six years ago, Maryland’s Waterway Improvement Fund was established to fund waterway improvements, promote recreational and commercial boating, and improve the safety and navigation of Maryland’s waterways for the benefit of the general boating public. 

Since its inception this important program has provided more than $300 million in funding for 4,500 projects at public boating access sites across Maryland. If you use a publicly owned boat ramp or marina in our state, there is a good chance that it was funded and is maintained with funding from this program. Read more…


Governor Hogan Announces $18.8 Million for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Supports 22 Projects at 77 Sites 

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Native tree planting figures prominently in many projects funded by the Trust Fund. Maryland DNR photo

Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the award of $18.8 million to 22 ecological restoration projects that will improve water quality and habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, while building local resilience to climate impacts. These awards encompass 77 unique sites that will be restored using best management practices, including riparian buffer and reforestation plantings, stream restoration, stormwater management, and wetland creation.

“Our administration’s commitment to environmental stewardship has included making record investments in Chesapeake Bay restoration, including fully funding the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund,” said Governor Hogan. “Each of these projects plays a critical role in improving the quality of the bay, and making our ecosystem more resilient.” Read more…


Maryland Sport Fishing Achievement Awards Presented for 2022

Third Annual Awards from Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission

The Maryland Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are proud to announce Captain Bruno M. Vasta and the late James W. “Jim” Gracie each as recipients of Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Awards for 2022.  Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – July 6

Photo of two people paddling canoes on a lake

Photo by Eric Packard

Maryland is full of outdoor adventures, and getting out on the water is one of the most enjoyable. Being the captain of your own vessel can be a thrill and a learning experience for our younger anglers, under the watchful eye of adults tagging along and capturing those special moments.
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Safety Urged for Maryland Waterway Users This Holiday Weekend

Enhanced Enforcement to Target Impaired Boaters on the Waterways

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Maryland Natural Resources Police patrol the waters off Sandy Point State Park. Photo by Stephen Badger, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland’s waterways are expected to be crowded this weekend, and officials from federal, state, and local law enforcement and water rescue are working to make sure the fun is not mixed with tragedy.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources joined with the U.S. Coast Guard and Anne Arundel County Fire Department to send this message during a news conference June 29 at Sandy Point State Park. The Maryland Natural Resources Police also announced plans for its annual participation in Operation Dry Water, a nationally coordinated effort to educate boaters about the dangers of boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Read more…


Anne Arundel County No Discharge Zone Takes Effect July 1

New Protection in Place for 13 Bodies of Water

Photo of sailboat on river at sunset

Photo by Emily Carter Mitchell

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), along with the Severn River Association, Anne Arundel County, and the City of Annapolis, announce that a federally approved No Discharge Zone (NDZ) designation for 13 bodies of water in Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis Harbor, takes effect July 1, 2022.

After receiving a request for an NDZ from the Severn River Association, Anne Arundel County, and the City of Annapolis, DNR and MDE applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for additional protection of Anne Arundel County waters in May 2020. After significant review and public comment, the NDZ is now final. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – June 29

Photo of young by next to a river, holding a fish on a line

Viyaan Ranjith caught his very first fish while fishing with his dad and it was a bluegill sunfish. Congratulations Viyaan! Photo by Ranjith Kunjayi

Summer is in full swing and we’re going into one of the most popular weekends of the season – Fourth of July! It is a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends enjoying all that Maryland has to offer. The feisty bluegill is one of Maryland’s treasures that entertain anglers young and old in small community ponds to our larger reservoirs. Read more…


Bird-Safe Window Treatments Installed at DNR Headquarters

Protective Applications Help Birds Avoid Glass

Photo of woman applying dot stickers to a window

Photo by Claudia Donegan, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Safe Skies Maryland recently partnered to install special window treatments that reduce and prevent bird collisions with windows at the department’s Tawes State Office Building headquarters in Annapolis. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – June 22

Photo of boy on a dock holding a fish

Dominic Kronk spent Father’s Day fishing for white perch with his dad. Photo by Kenny Kronk

The arrival of summer provides plenty of opportunities for special family time in the great outdoors. This past Sunday was a wonderful Father’s Day for dads, grandads, and other father figures to spend fishing with sons and daughters. 
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Summer Waterway Users Should Be Alert for Marine Wildlife

Citizens Should Report Stranded Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

Photo of dolphin jumping in the Chesapeake Bay

Photo by Dennis Raulin, submitted to the 2018 Maryland DNR Photo Contest.

As summer approaches, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources would like to remind people that marine wildlife — dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, whales, and others – are making their seasonal return to the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, as well as the Atlantic Ocean and coastal bays. Read more…


Maryland Natural Resources Police Report — Spring

Photo of police truck pulling boat on a trailer

Maryland Natural Resources Police photo

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) this spring issued citations throughout the state for waterfowl poaching, deer spotlighting, turkey baiting, illegal fishing and oystering, outdoor fire violations, and more.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website lists all state regulations for hunting and fishing. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – June 15

Photo of man in a creek with a fishing net

Photo by Alan Klotz

We often hear that we should take more time outdoors with family and friends, and fishing is a great way to do that. A dedicated angler never feels they are fishing enough – time is short so grasp every opportunity you can. Read more…


Snakehead Derby Returns to Gunpowder Falls State Park June 25

‘Snakes on the Dundee II’ Invites Anglers to Battle Invader

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Entries are judged during the 2021 Snakes on the Dundee fishing derby. Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host its second annual snakehead derby at Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County. Snakes on the Dundee II will take place June 25 at Dundee Creek Marina

Anglers of all ages are invited to participate in this free event, which features fishing lessons, door prizes, a fileting demonstration, a fish printing activity, and cooking techniques. Prizes will be awarded in two age groups, for anglers 17 and younger or 18 and older. Read more…


Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million for FY2023

Projects Funded Statewide for New and Improved Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety

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Solley Cove Boat Ramp in Anne Arundel County, completed in 2021 with support of the Waterway Improvement Fund. Photo by Carla Fleming, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state.

This funding is awarded to 45 applicants statewide, supporting efforts that include new public boating access, amenities, and facilities; dredging of navigable waterways; emergency vessels and equipment for local first responders; and other important infrastructure and initiatives. Read more…


Nesting Platform Initiative in Maryland Coastal Bays Begins Second Year

Conservation Partnership Again Deploys “Island” for Colonial Nesting Waterbirds

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Tern platform with new solar platform, May 2022. Photo by Archer Larned, Maryland Coastal Bays Program.

The partnership of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Audubon Mid-Atlantic, and Maryland Coastal Bays Program is continuing an innovative conservation project to preserve three of Maryland’s state listed endangered colonial nesting waterbirds — the common tern, royal tern, and black skimmer.

The project, now in its second year, is providing a floating wooden-framed platform as a nesting site for endangered colonial waterbirds, which have declined by a staggering 90-95% since the mid-1980s due to sea level rise and the erosion of their natural barren sand nesting islands in the coastal bays. The initial year of the project was an immediate success. The platform was successfully used for nesting by 23 pairs of common terns, making it the largest breeding colony of this species in the Coastal Bays in 2021. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – June 8

Three separate photos of young kids holding up fish

Young anglers (left to right) Ronae’ Heard, Emily Jackson, and Lincoln Christopher proudly hold up their first catches. Photos by (left to right) Angel Renee Stewart, Adam Jackson, and Kristin Christopher.

Even if it’s not official yet, summertime is here and families are enjoying time fishing together. Bluegill sunfish, white perch, and catfish are some simple species that are easy for our younger anglers to catch and feel the excitement that fishing can provide. Read more…


State Record Common Carp Caught in Susquehanna Flats

Baltimore County Angler Breaks Record Held 44 Years

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Logan Kuhrmann of Essex is the new state record holder for common carp in the state’s Chesapeake Division. Photo by Matt Weber, used with permission.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed Logan Kuhrmann of Essex is the new state record holder for common carp (Cyprinus carpio carpio) in the state’s Chesapeake Division. Kuhrmann, 24, caught the 49-pound carp June 4 while bass fishing in the Susquehanna Flats area of the Chesapeake Bay. Read more…


Secretary’s Message – June 2022

By Land and Water, Maryland is Ready for the Summer

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Fly-fishing at Morgan Run Natural Environment Area, Carroll County. Photo by Patrick Siebert, Maryland State House

June is Great Outdoors Month and we hope to see you out enjoying Maryland’s natural spaces, including our vast system of state parks and forests, and of course the state’s world-renowned waterways

This is peak season for one of Maryland’s favorite pastimes, fishing, from the cold streams and rivers of Western Maryland to the Atlantic surf. If you want to try your hand at fishing in Maryland before deciding on getting your license, you can enjoy one of our license-free fishing days in June and July; and if you already know the joys of fishing in our waters, bring a friend!  Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – June 1

Photo of woman holding a large snakehead fish next to a trailered boat

This happy angler is all smiles with this massive northern snakehead. Photo by Josh Trenary

Maryland anglers are adjusting to some unexpectedly changing fisheries and are targeting invasive species. Northern snakeheads, blue catfish, and flathead catfish populations are expanding rapidly in Maryland waters, and anglers are taking up the challenge to reduce their populations. The old adage of making lemonade out of lemons comes to mind, since they all taste so good.

The next two Saturdays, June 4 and June 11, are license-free fishing days in Maryland waters, so don’t let them pass without taking someone out who has not been fishing in a while, or someone who has never fished before. The last free fishing day of the year will be July 4.

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Horseshoe Crabs Begin Migration onto Atlantic Coast

Citizens Can Help Scientific Survey of Ancient Creature

Phot of horseshoe crab in the water on a beach

Maryland DNR photo

The annual spawning migration of horseshoe crabs – Limulus polyphemus – is now returning to Maryland beaches. The peak of the horseshoe crab spawn depends on late spring and early summer high tides, culminating on or around each full and new moon in June. Dating back an estimated 350 million years, this yearly event along the Atlantic coast is thought to be the world’s oldest and largest wildlife migration. 

Biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) monitor the returning horseshoe crab population for ecological and scientific research purposes. The department encourages the public to report any spawning activity and sightings of horseshoe crabs to DNR’s Horseshoe Crab Volunteer Angler Survey. Read more…


Maryland’s Spring 2022 Turkey Harvest Sees 8% Increase

Hunters Bag 4,208 Turkeys; Five Counties Set Records

Photo of group of turkeys in a field

Photo by Stephen Badger, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland hunters harvested 4,208 wild turkeys during the spring 2022 regular and junior turkey seasons, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported. This year’s harvest was 8% higher than the 2021 harvest and just 2% below the record harvest of 4,303 set in 2020. Read more…


Maryland Urges Waterway Safety as Boating Season Hits Full Throttle

Safe Practices Can Help Avoid Tragedy 

Photo of group of officers in two boats

Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo

The outdoor temperature is rising, and Maryland’s waterways are about to get a lot busier. The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) reminds anglers, boaters, swimmers, and all waterway users to take proper precautions. 

In 2021, Maryland had 145 reportable boating accidents; 51 of those accidents caused injuries, and six were fatal. These numbers are down from the previous year when Maryland saw 155 reportable boating accidents, 64 injuries, and six fatal accidents resulting in seven deaths.  Read more…


Three License-Free Fishing Days Scheduled for 2022

Dates in June and July Opportune Time to Try Fishing

Photo of people fishing on a beach at sunset

Photo by Jeff Swartzendruber, submitted to the 2020 Maryland DNR Photo Contest.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces its 2022 license-free fishing days will be held on Saturday, June 4, Saturday, June 11, and Monday, July 4.  Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – May 25

Photo of woman on a boat holding a large fish

Emily Salada gets a quick hug and picture before sliding this beautiful red drum back into Tangier Sound waters. Photo courtesy of Hunter Smith

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with it the traditional start of summer activities. The three-day weekend offers some wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

If you have a friend you’d like to introduce to fishing, Maryland offers license-free fishing days the first two Saturdays in June and also on July 4. Make some plans and take advantage of this offer from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The 2022 baywide blue crab winter dredge survey results are available on the DNR website

Since May 16. much of the Chesapeake Bay has been open to fishing for striped bass measuring 19 inches or more. Some areas of the upper Bay and tidal rivers are still closed to fishing for striped bass. All areas of the Chesapeake Bay and the tidal rivers will be open to striped bass fishing on June 1 – be sure to check the DNR website for seasonal regulations in your area of the Bay.

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Maryland Conservation Corps Recruiting Young Adults for 2022-23

Award-Winning Program Provides Practical Experience and Skills Training

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting members for the Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults aged 17-25 in extensive conservation, environmental, and natural resources management projects across the state.

The department seeks to hire 35 full-time members who will work on eight teams for an 11-month period, beginning in late September 2022. Read more…


Maryland State Parks Invite Public to Support Our Pollinators

‘Project Butterfly & Bumblebee’ Includes Activities and Donation Opportunities 

Image of flower with bee and butterfly logoThis spring, the Maryland Park Service has launched Project Butterfly & Bumblebee, an ongoing slate of programs and activities to educate the general public about the role pollinators play in maintaining diverse ecosystems and the nation’s food supply.

Pollinators are any insect or animal that transfers pollen from one plant to another in order to facilitate the fertilization to form fruits or seeds. They include a number of species of bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, wasps, flies, ants, and even birds. Maryland State Parks are committed to the protection of these vital creatures. Read more…


Tagging Study Offers Money for Harvesting Northern Snakeheads

Snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay or Blackwater River Worth up to $200

Photo of two young women holding snakeheads next to a river

Northern snakeheads caught in the Blackwater River. Photo by Stephen Badger.

In an effort to monitor invasive northern snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay and Blackwater River, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces a new tagging program in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 

Both agencies are placing yellow or blue tags on up to 500 northern snakeheads. Each tagged northern snakehead caught and harvested from now until 2024 could be rewarded with a gift card of $10 or $200 depending on the tag. Read more…


Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey Results Released

Maryland and Virginia to Review Survey Results, Decide Management Approach

Photo of juvenile crab held in a gloved hand

Staff examine a juvenile blue crab as part of the annual winter dredge survey; photo taken in 2017. Photo by Stephen Badger, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the results of the 2022 Baywide Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, a cooperative effort with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), which annually estimates the number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more…


Maryland Natural Resources Police Award Officers for Achievement

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Maryland NRP Superintendent Col. Adrian Baker and Deputy Superintendent Lt. Col. Robert Kersey, with the NRP Color Guard, open the awards ceremony. Maryland DNR photo

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) held its annual award ceremony to recognize the achievements made by conservation law enforcement officers in 2021. The annual event was held May 14 at Anne Arundel Community College.  Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – May 18

Photo of man and woman holding up a fish

Glenn Simpkins and his daughter with a nice-sized crappie at a pond in Harford County. Photo by Glenn Simpkins

Warm and sunny weather returned to Maryland and fishing conditions are getting back to normal, with lighter winds and less rain this week. 

The shad run is winding down, but should continue until the end of May. With the warmer weather, fishing for invasive snakeheads is starting to improve in the shallow waters of Blackwater and in other river systems, along the shorelines and weed beds. 

Summer striped bass season regulations started May 16 and the entire Bay will be open to fishing starting on June 1 – be sure to check the DNR website for seasonal regulations in your area of the Bay

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Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in 53 Deer in Western Maryland

Positive Samples Were Entirely Within Existing Management Area

Map of chronic wasting disease management area in Allegany and Washington countiesThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that 53 white-tailed deer sampled within Allegany and Washington counties in 2021 tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a neurodegenerative disease found in deer and elk. All of Maryland’s positive samples were found within the existing Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area. Read more…


Maryland Fishing Report – May 11

Photo of young boy holding a fish caught on his line

Angler Alonzo Magee caught his first fish — a bluegill — in a Gaithersburg pond. Photo by Leroy Hyson

The big story recently was a major storm system with heavy rains and northeasterly winds, which brought flooding conditions to the Potomac, Susquehanna, and other rivers and streams across Maryland. Fishing conditions should slowly get back to normal with a stretch of warmer sunny days and lighter winds. The shad run should continue until late May, and the 2022 striped bass trophy season will run through May 15. Summer season regulations start on May 16 – be sure to check the DNR website for seasonal regulations in your area of the Bay

With the weather improving the next few days, don’t forget to take your kids out on the water and introduce them to the great sport of fishing!

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