Striped Bass Tournaments

Striped bass tournament organizers need authorization in the form of a signed letter from DNR in order to hold a tournament.

Charter Photo If you are considering conducting a sport fishing tournament in Maryland that includes striped bass as an eligible species, you need to first obtain authorization from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Approval is required by State regulation. The purpose is to help DNR monitor fishing effort and characterize tournament catches of striped bass. As a condition of all tournament authorizations, tournament organizers are required to collect and return tournament data to MD DNR within 30 days after the tournament. Approval for future tournaments will be contingent upon tournament organizers supplying this information.

Striped bass tournament organizers should submit their requests to Paul Genovese at paul.genovese@maryland.gov. Please include name of the tournament, date(s), location of check ins, qualifying area, expected number of participants, and charity (if applicable).

The deadline for submitting 2015 striped bass tournament requests is 5 PM January 30, 2015.

You will receive notification regarding your authorization request no later than February 27, 2015. Advertising a tournament prior to receiving authorization is at your own risk.