Thursday, April 14, 2011

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Spring Rockfish Season

Maryland's spring season for striped bass opens at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16 in the main stem of Maryland’s portion of Chesapeake Bay south of the mouth of the Patapsco River.

The legal fishing areas for striped bass include the waters of the main stem of the Bay stretching from the Brewerton Channel at the mouth the Patapsco River south to the Virginia line, including Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds.

To protect fish that may spawn later, some tributaries to the Bay are closed to striped bass fishing until June 1.

The use of eels as bait is prohibited until May 16. Additionally, DNR fisheries biologists recommend the use of a de-hooking tool to release the striped bass at the side of the boat without lifting the fish from the water. This improves the survival chances of the released fish.

Beginning Saturday, anglers will be allowed one rockfish per day of 28 inches or longer measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail through May 15.

From May 16 through December 15, the limits change to two fish per angler per day measuring 18 inches or more with only one of those fish measuring more than 28 inches.

Possession of striped bass onboard between midnight and 5:00 a.m. is illegal all year.

To view detailed charts and maps detailing what is allowed and where, visit:

Any angler who catches a rockfish measuring 40 inches or longer in Chesapeake or coastal waters or 36 inches or longer in nontidal waters and registers it as a citation award eligible fish will receive free admission to the grand finale of the 2011 Maryland Fishing Challenge during the Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park on September 10.

For details on the Maryland Fishing Challenge, go to

source: MD DNR

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