Any angler fishing legally in Maryland may catch and report a trophy sized fish by landing any of more than 60 eligible species in five categories (Atlantic Coast, Chesapeake
Bay, Nontidal, Catch and Release and Invasive) at or above a certain minimum size. If you catch a fish that meets or exceeds the official award size, when appropriate, lay the fish on a tape measure and photograph so that the species and size can be verified. Submit your catch through our online registration process. Once your catch is verified, you will receive your award certificate within 45 days. Please review proper Catch and Release techniques before submitting your photo (horizontal photos strongly recommended).
The Invasive Species Award Component recognizes anglers for reporting their harvest of certain eligible invasive fish species. "Invasive" describes a species that, when introduced into an ecosystem, aggressively establishes itself and has the potential to negatively affect native plants, animals or habitat. Currently there are three invasive fish species which naturally reproduce in Maryland or migrate into Maryland waters: blue catfish, northern snakehead and flathead catfish. Fish
must be kept to qualify. Submit your catch through our online registration process. Once your catch is verified, you will receive your award certificate within 45 days.
recognize those skillful anglers who catch trophy sized fish of multiple
species. Each milestone is marked with a certificate and a colored sticker.
Starting January 1 2019, eligible catches from different calendar years will
count towards each milestone.
In addition to a striped
bass Species Award, those who catch and release an award sized striped bass
will also be recognized with a Governor’s Striped Bass Conservation Award at
the end of the fall fishing season. The award recognizes any recreational
angler who releases alive a striped bass catch of 40” or more while fishing
Maryland waters. The catch must occur at a location and time period when the
catch is permitted to be kept.
Nontidal: All freshwater ponds, lakes, impoundments and nontidal waters.
Chesapeake Bay: The entire Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, including the tidal Potomac River and its Maryland tributaries.
Atlantic Coast: Atlantic Ocean, Ocean City Inlet, Chincoteague Bay, Sinepuxent Bay, Isle of Wight Bay and Assawoman Bay (and their tributaries) bounded to the north by the Maryland-Delaware Line and to the south by the Maryland-Virginia Line and Federal waters off the coast of Maryland provided the trip embarked from Maryland.
For more information about
the FishMaryland award program contact Keith.email@example.com. or Erik.Zlokovitz@maryland.gov.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401