Stay strong anglers! Rockfish season is coming despite all this icy cold of March.
Officially, they’re striped bass. But here in the Chesapeake Bay, we use their hip-hop name of “rockfish.” Maryland’s 2017 spring season begins 5am, April 15. The Spring season switches to the Summer/Fall season in mid-May. That’s when slightly different rules go into effect.
Fishermen (that includes women & kids) can catch one fish per person each day. They have to be at least 35 inches in length.
“Nothing says spring is here like the first day of trophy rockfish season,” Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services Director Dave Blazer said. “For many Marylanders, it’s a tradition that spans generations.”
Here are the Maryland DNR requirements:
Regulations for the combined summer/fall season, running May 16 through Dec. 20, will remain the same as last year. Anglers can keep two fish per day greater than 20 inches, with one required to be less than 28 inches. Size is measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.
Striped bass fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and Maryland’s coastal bays and tributaries is open year-round with a two-fish daily limit. Striped bass on the coast must be between 28 and 38 inches or larger than 44 inches.
Maryland reservoirs such as Liberty, Piney Run, Triadelphia, Conowingo, Broadford Lake, Jennings Randolph and Rocky Gorge are also open to fishing year-round with an 18-inch minimum size, two-fish per day possession limit, with only one of the two fish being longer than 30 inches.
More information on Maryland fishing opportunities, seasons, regulations and catch limits is available here.