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DNR Launches Potomac River Smallmouth Bass Angler Survey

Participants could win $50

Smallmouth Bass

Annapolis, Md. (May 30, 2012) - Beginning in June, Maryland Department of Natural Resource (DNR) will begin asking anglers along the Potomac River between Harpers Ferry and Seneca Breaks near Darnestown for smallmouth bass fishing information.

DNR, in cooperation with the Potomac River Smallmouth Club and the Maryland Bass Federation, will conduct the survey, which will be help improve DNR’s catch rate data. The information will help biologists track smallmouth bass population trends and gauge the effects of regulations.

“If you’re approached by a creel clerk, please consider participating,” said DNR Fisheries Biologist, John Mullican. “You will be helping the smallmouth bass fishery, and might even win some money.”

The survey will collect basic fishing information from anglers via postage prepaid survey cards, which will be distributed to anglers on the river and at bass clubs. In November, DNR will randomly draw 10 winners from the survey submissions who will each receive a $50 prepaid debit card. The 2012 survey ends on October 31.

DNR asks anglers to understand that this is a useful and cost-effective way of collecting important information, which will help shape prudent fisheries management decisions.

For more information please contact Mullican at 301-898-5443 or jmullican@dnr.state.md.us.


   May 30, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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