FishMaryland

​​​​FishMaryland is Maryland’s new recreational fishing award program and is a fun way to explore year-round recreational fishing and enjoy Maryland’s affordable, accessible, diverse and high quality fishing opportunities.​
 
Recreational fishing offers opportunities for families and friends to spend quality time together while enjoying the abundant natural resources Maryland has to offer.
 
Keep reading below to learn more about all that FishMaryland has to offer or follow these directions to submit your catch for FishMaryland.
          

FishMaryland features these components:

  • Species Award (includes Catch and Release)

    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.​ Then email your photo to fishingreports.dnr@maryland.gov, as instructed on the registration form. Next, 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)​.

  • Invasive Species Award

    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 hab​itat. 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. 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.​Then email your photo to fishingreports.dnr@maryland.gov, as instructed on the registration form. Next, Submit your catch through our online registration process. Once your catch is verified, you will receive your award certificate within 45 days.​

  • Milestone Award

    Milestone awards recognize those skillful anglers who catch trophy-sized catches of different species caught after January 1, 2019. Each milestone is marked with a certificate and a colored sticker.

    1. Angler Award - Catch three different species, meeting the minimum length. Angler receives certificate and yellow sticker.
    2. Expert Angler Award - Catch five different species, meeting the minimum length. Angler receives certificate and red sticker.
    3. Master Angler Award - Catch ten different species, meeting the minimum length. Angler receives certificate and black sticker.
 
 
 
​Governor’s Striped Bass Conservation Award

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.

 

​Geographic Categories
 

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.


By participating in FishMaryland, you agree to be mentioned by name in the media (i.e. newspaper, television, radio, internet, etc.) and photographed for use during promotions.

 

For more information about the FishMaryland award program
contact 
Keith.lockwood@maryland.gov. or Erik.Zlokovitz@maryland.gov. ​​​​​​​​​​​​