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DNR Encourages Comments On Proposed 2009 Inland Fisheries Regulations
ANNAPOLIS, MD – After holding a series of five public meetings, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has formally proposed inland fisheries regulations for the 2009 season.
“We hope that the convenience of providing comments through our user-friendly website encourages more anglers to become involved in fisheries management by submitting feedback online,” said Don Cosden, Inland Fisheries Acting Director.
Notable changes within the proposed inland fisheries regulations include:
- Changing the lower boundary on the Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area on the Youghiogheny River;
- Increasing the creel limit on Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas from two to five trout per day;
- Consideration of three opening date options for Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas;
- Changing the Put-and-Take Trout Fishing Closure period on Savage River in Garrett County;
- Changing the Maximum Size Bass Fishing Area on the Potomac River from Dam 3 to Dam 4 to statewide bass size regulations of minimum size of 12 inches;
- Adding Catoctin Creek and Little Catoctin Creek to the list of Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas; and
- Establishing a tidal / non-tidal dividing line on Gray’s Run in Harford County.
Individuals may comment on the proposed regulations online until May 30, 2008 at www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations/draftregulations.html.
DNR’s Fisheries Service is grateful for the financial support from the federal Sportfish Restoration Program, and anglers purchase of freshwater fishing licenses and trout stamps.
April 18, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
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