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Spring Striped Bass Season Begins Saturday, April 19
Opportunity for Anglers to Enter 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages anglers to take full advantage of Maryland’s spring striped bass season, which opens this Saturday, April 19 and runs through Tuesday, May 13.
“The striped bass season is an excellent opportunity for adults and children to explore Maryland’s waterways together,” said Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. “I encourage anglers of all skill levels to take advantage of the mild temperatures that spring grants us.”
During this spring season, only one striped bass 28 inches or greater in length may be kept each day. Catches are also limited primarily to the Bay’s mainstem waters, to allow spawning stock to be undisturbed in the tributary reaches where they proliferate. The regulations are intended to preserve precious spawning stock —the same stock that sustains the population of striped bass along most of the Atlantic Coast —while still offering quality fishing days for Maryland anglers and those who visit our shores.
“Striped bass caught during the season will bring anglers closer to winning prizes in the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge which is currently underway,” added O’Connell.
Citation qualifying striped bass catches over 40 inches in length make anglers eligible to enter the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim.
The annual tournament runs through September 1, 2008 and offers anglers the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including a Toyota Tundra 4x4 pick-up truck, a Tracker boat, motor and trailer and over $5,000 worth of prizes from Bill’s Outdoor Center. For more information about the contest, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge/.
For all the latest information on fishing in Maryland, please visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/.
April 18, 2008
Contact: Kara Turner
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