Maryland Striped Bass Trophy Season Opens April 20, Smokem If Ya Got’em

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Maryland’s DNR announced today that the annual Striped Bass Spring Trophy season will open on April 20th. Which is a convenient date because if you think the bass are not in trouble and this isn’t a big contributor you’re high. Virginia is still proposing to shut dow this season in their waters. The argument of the charter groups will be they need to make a living. Not sure how killing off the very fish you need to make a living from is a good or sensible idea, but here we are … Then again the MD commercial crabbers hate striped bass because they say they eat all of their crabs. Another baseless argument to avoid the real issue, overfishing. Crabs proliferate like cockroaches, just leave em alone for a bit and they will bounce back immensely.

Press Release April 15th … MD DNR
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the state’s trophy striped bass season will begin April 20 and last through May 15.

Anglers may catch one striped bass per day, with a minimum size of 35 inches, in the Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the Virginia state line.

Maryland is part of a multi-state governing body, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and works through the management process set by the commission and agreed upon by each member state. Maryland, and other states with a stake in the striped bass fishery, will have a more long-term picture of the fishery after the next commission meeting, which begins on April 30.  

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“With input from our stakeholders and our team of biologists we continue to move forward to preserve, protect and restore the striped bass fishery,” Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer said.  

Current, detailed and localized information on striped bass fishing throughout Maryland is available on the department’s striped bass regulation website.

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