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DNR Releases 2012 Recreational Summer Flounder And Tautog Regulations

4/18/2012  |   Posted by jdavidsburg

Tags: recreational  

Maryland anglers gear up for spring fishing

Annapolis, Md. (April 18, 2012) – After reviewing last year’s numbers, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is easing regulations for summer flounder and tightening them up for tautog. The changes in regulations are designed to allow for ample recreational opportunity while taking a conservative approach to protecting the populations.

“Because Maryland anglers have remained under the summer flounder target harvest levels for the past two years, we are able to lower the minimum size limit and extend the season lightly to provide anglers more opportunity,” said DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. “As with other states along the coast, Maryland’s tautog regulations are more restrictive this year.”

The new regulations are as follows:

Summer flounder Regulations

Minimum size limit: 17 inches
Season dates and fish limit per angler per day:
April 14 - December 16, three fish

Tautog Regulation

Minimum size limit: 16 inches
Season dates and fish limit per angler per day:
April 2- May 15, Four fish
May 16 - October 31, Two fish
November 1-14, Four fish

DNR may extend the tautog November season if late breaking developments in the Atlantic Coast stock assessment warrant. However, under current regulations the season will close from November 15 through December 31, reopening on New Year’s Day 2013 with a four fish limit.

“Tautog provide unique fishing experiences on Maryland’s shore near reefs and wrecks,” said DNR Coastal Fisheries Program Manager Carrie Kennedy. “We are working with our partner states in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to provide adequate conservation for tautog stocks, while maintaining ample fishing opportunity.”

Earlier this year, Charles Donohue of Philadelphia set a Maryland state record with the catch of a 23-pound ‘tog’ on a charter trip out of Ocean City.

Recreational anglers who register summer flounder and tautog measuring 24 inches or longer at any of the more than 60 Maryland Angler Award Centers across the State will receive free admission and a chance to win prizes at the 2012 Maryland Fishing Challenge Grand Finale. The event will take place at the Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park on September 8. Prizes include excellent tackle packages from Bass Pro shops and Bill’s Outdoor Center, a boat/trailer package from Tracker Marine, a vacation trip from World Fishing Network, Under Armour gear and other great prizes. More information on the Maryland Fishing Challenge, which this year honors fishing legend and author Lefty Kreh, lists of eligible fish species, sizes and Angler Award centers are available at dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/challenge/index.asp

DNR invites all anglers to assist in the fisheries management process by participating in its onlineVolunteer Angler Survey. DNR is looking for trip information for bluefish, blue crab, striped bass, summer flounder, yellow perch and tournament largemouth bass.

DNR’s Angler’s Log is a family-friendly fishing report page where anglers can share what they are catching, fishing hotspots and techniques. Anglers may sign up to receive updates on Maryland fisheries news at dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/emailcontact.asp Anglers may also follow DNR Fisheries on Facebook and Twitter

Related Information
    April 2 – May 15, four fish May 16 – October 31, two fish November 1 – 14, four fish