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Maryland has a rich fishing and crabbing heritage and offers everything from trophy trout in mountain streams to highly migratory gamefish cutting through the Gulf Stream. Freshwater and saltwater opportunities abound for everyone from family's and their children's first catch to the expert looking to hook up with a fish-of-a-lifetime or that fish species which has alluded them for years.
If you are new to Maryland or even an experienced angler, click on some of the links provided on this page to learn all about the different fishing experiences available throughout the State.
The Maryland Fishing Challenge is a free, year-round tournament sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services, recreational fishing organizations, and generous donors across the state. The purpose of the Challenge is to showcase Maryland as a great destination for sport fishing, with many fishing opportunities for Maryland's residents and visitors alike, and to help increase the number of youth and families participating in the sport of fishing.
The Challenge includes three main components: Angler Awards, Invasive Species Awards, and Youth Fishing Club. There is also a Governor's Striped Bass Conservation Award. Visit the
Fishing Challenge website
for eligible species, official award centers and other information.
Anglers of all ages are encouraged to submit their stories and pictures about their experiences fishing in Maryland for inclusion in the department's
Youth Angler's Log.
Check out some of the great photos we have received by visiting our
Angler's Log Galleries (Flickr)
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