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Recreational Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Season Runs Through December 20, 2016

Reminder! The summer/fall Chesapeake Bay & Tributaries recreational striped bass season is open through December 20, 2016. Then, beginning December 21 through the end of the year, all Maryland portions of the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries are only open to catch and release of striped bass. The printed version of the 2016 Maryland Fishing Guide has the old regulation, please disregard. Always check the online digital version for the most up-to-date fishing regulations, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The Fishing and Boating Services appreciates the Natural Resource Police and their efforts on enforcing the conservation laws of the state.

The recreational 2017 striped bass spring season will kick off April 15, all regulations, including dates, lengths and catch limits will be posted at www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/striped-bass/.

Recreational Fishing

​​Trout FishingFishing on the BaySurf Fishing

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 Angler's Log and Youth Angler's Log. Check out some of the great photos we have received by visiting our Flickr Page.

Angler's Log Galleries (Flickr)

Chesapeake Bay

Blue Crab
Chain Pickerel
Chain Pickerel​
Channel Catfish
Channel Catfish​
Striped Bass
Striped Bass​

​Nontidal (Freshwater)

Largemouth Bass
Largemo​uth Bass​
Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout

Atlantic Coast

Black Sea Bass
Black Sea Bass
Red Drum
Red Drum

​​Fishing in Maryland
Fishing in Maryland State ParksWater Access in Maryland

​​​Anglers Log  

Anglers Log 


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