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Maryland Announces Free-Fishing Days

Celebrate with Bill Burton Family Fishing Derby June 2

Maryland Announces Free-Fishing Days

Annapolis, Md. (June 1, 2012) ─ Marylanders and visitors, old pros and first-timers ─ everyone is invited to grab a rod, get outside and enjoy Maryland’s excellent fishing opportunities through free-fishing days on June 2, June 9 and July 4. No fishing license, stamp or registration is required to fish in State waters on these days.

“Our free-fishing days are the perfect time for everyone to experience Maryland’s exceptional fishing opportunities,” said Governor O’Malley. “I encourage you to take your family and friends to our abundant streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, bays and ocean to enjoy quality time with one another and our natural world.”

As always, free-fishing anglers must adhere to fishing rules such as size and creel limits. For these rules, or to download a copy of the 2012 Maryland Fishing Guide, anglers can visit or any of the seven DNR Service Centers, listed at

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is kicking off free-fishing days with the 2012 Bill Burton Family Fishing Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park, located adjacent to Rt. 50 near Cambridge on the Talbot County side of the Choptank River. This family-friendly event challenges teams to catch and accurately identify fish species. Participants will be entered in random drawings for the chance to win prizes including $20 gift cards provided by Bass Pro Shops.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages anglers of all ages to share photos and information about the fish they catch by reporting them through the DNR Angler’s Log at

Young anglers can connect with the Maryland Youth Fishing program online at

Everyone is invited to follow DNR Fisheries on Facebook, and Twitter, @mddnrfish.

From the Maryland Park Service to the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, DNR offers countless recreational opportunities, programs and events through which citizens of all ages can enjoy their natural world ─ and enhance their physical and mental well-being while doing so. Celebrate Maryland’s Outdoor Days June 9 to 23 and learn more at

   June 1, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at