Maryland Proposed Striped Bass Regulations Seeking Public Comment

Proposed Regulations Striped Bass: Feedback Needed by January 21, 2020

Proposed Regulations (Proposal Published in the Maryland Register)
A regulatory proposal for striped bass has been printed in the Maryland Register.  The department is seeking comments on the proposal. Comments provide the department with additional information and perspectives.

Please visit our Changes to Fishing Regulations page for detailed information.  All comments may be emailed.  Please submit feedback by 11:59 p.m. January 21, 2020.

Hearing to Discuss This Proposal

A public hearing will be held January 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401. Interested persons are invited to attend and express their views.

Anyone needing special accommodations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, or under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, should contact the Department of Natural Resources Office of Fair Practices at 410-260-8058 or at, at least 3 working days (72 hours) prior to the scheduled public hearing.

Information Session for Changes being Considered for the Summer and Fall

Immediately following the hearing for the proposal described above, the department will present and hear comments about additional measures (minimum sizes, seasons, creel limits, etc.) that are being considered for the 2020 recreational summer/fall striped bass fishery.

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Additional measures are needed to reduce mortality/total removals (harvest and dead discards) so that Maryland will be in compliance with the Atlantic States Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Striped Bass. Information about what the department is considering for the summer and fall seasons will be posted by early January.

Proposed Changes To Maryland Striped Bass Fishing Regulations

STRIPED BASS — Recreational Fishery
COMAR; COMAR, 03, .08, .09, .10, and .12; COMAR

The purpose of this action is to: Put the rules (hook requirements, sizes, and seasons) for the recreational fishery that were in place only for 2018 and 2019 into place for future years.
Change the start of the recreational and charter boat spring season (trophy season) to May 1.
Prohibit catch and release or targeting striped bass from March 1 through April 30.

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