The Maryland Fishing Challenge runs annually from 12:01am the day after Labor Day until 12:00am (midnight) Labor Day of the current year. Anyone who catches a fish matching the minimum size requirements and checks it in at a local Award Center will be eligible to enter into the challenge. Registered anglers will receive additional information via regular mail regarding the finale approximately 2 weeks prior to the September event.
*Exceptions will be made for the establishment of a new state record, in which case the fish must be weighed.
The Maryland Catch and Release Program rewards anglers who release alive an Angler Award-sized fish, if the species is in season. An angler who meets or exceeds the minimum size stated in the Size Requirements on the Maryland Fishing Challenge website will receive a Fishing Challenge Award. A photo showing species and length must be submitted to an Awards Center.
The Governor’s Striped Bass Conservation Award recognizes any recreational angler who releases alive a striped bass catch of 40” or more while fishing Maryland waters during the open season.
The rules below apply only to this component and those species designated eligible.
By participating in the Maryland Fishing Challenge, you agree to be mentioned by name in the media (i.e. newspaper, television, radio, internet, etc.) and photographed for use during Fishing Challenge promotions. Each winner is responsible for paying any and all taxes on any prize(s) won. You must provide your contact information (and those of your parent or guardian, if you are under 18 years of age) and your fishing license (if applicable) at the time of the inspection. DNR must certify that you are qualified before your name will be entered into the final prize drawing.
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