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Winners Named in Maryland Volunteer Angler Survey Contest

DNR seeks fishing observations from anglers statewide Two anglers won $100 Bass Pro Shop gift cards for providing fishing trip information to the Maryland Volunteer Angler Survey last year. Taking home the prizes were Alisha Duquin of Hagerstown for reporting her observations to the multispecies freshwater portion, and Matt Stahl of Essex for supplying Yellow Perch information from his outing. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources relies on such anglers to provide data to help with fishery monitoring and management efforts. "The angler survey is an important resource for fisheries science and management," said DNR Recreational Fishing Data Coordinator Dr. Linda Barker. "For some species, this is our only source of information on released fish - an important part of analyzing fish populations and angler trends." This year's winners were randomly selected from anglers who together submitted more than 800 reports. The contest is ongoing, so anyone who participates this year is automatically entered in the 2014 drawing. To enter, an angler must simply log in to the survey and fill in their trip information with location, date, hours, number of anglers, method of fishing, and how many fish were kept and/or released. The more submissions, the better the odds. "With March being the prime time for Yellow Perch fishing, we are calling on anglers to add observations on this species to the survey," said Barker. "We also want to remind participants that reporting an outing with no caught fish is just as important for our studies as sharing days when the fishing was more successful." DNR revamped Maryland's online Volunteer Angler Survey last year with a new look, more user friendly submission process, added fish species and prize incentives. The survey seeks fishing trip information involving Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Yellow Perch, Bluefish, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, Blue Crabs, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, Pickerel and Northern Snakehead. The survey is Iocated at Keep up with DNR Fisheries news on Facebook, Twitter and through email subscription.


Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Spring Striped Bass Season to Open

With the spring season opener kicking off tomorrow, Maryland's iconic striped bass, better known as rockfish, has area anglers preparing to get out on the water in hopes of reeling in a big one. Maryland's Chesapeake Bay spring Striped Bass season opens at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches through May 15. "The third Saturday of April marks the moment Bay anglers await to test their skill and luck in catching a trophy-sized rockfish," said Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service Director Tom O'Connell. "It's a great time to join friends and family in pursuit of our State fish." The Striped Bass regulations for Maryland's Chesapeake Bay are listed below by season dates and fish limit per angler, per day. Size is measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail. April 20 – May 15, one fish, minimum 28 inches Fishing for Striped Bass is restricted to Chesapeake Bay waters from the Brewerton Channel to the Virginia Line, including Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds. Fishing for Striped Bass is not allowed in any other bays, sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers in order to avoid disrupting striped bass spawning activity. May 16 – May 31, two fish, minimum 18 inches, with just one over 28 inches Legal Striped Bass Fishing area expands slightly; click here to check the online Striped Bass Fishing Map. June 1- December 15, two fish, minimum 18 inches, with just one over 28 inches All Maryland Chesapeake Bay and tributary waters open for Striped Bass fishing. DNR reminds anglers to minimize the harm to fish when engaged in catch and release fishing. You should consider all striped bass fishing to be potentially catch and release considering the relatively high size limit and low possession limit. Click here for an overview of prudent catch and release practices. Striped Bass fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland's Coastal Bays and coastal tidal tributaries is open year round with a two fish daily limit and a minimum size of 28 inches. Maryland's reservoirs (Liberty, Piney Run, Tridelphia, Conowingo, Bradford Lake, Jennings Randolph and Rocky Gorge) are also open to Striped Bass fishing all year with an 18-inch minimum size, two fish per day creel limit, with only one of the two being longer than 30 inches. For detailed information on Maryland regulations, sport fishing species and fishing licenses, check out the new digital Maryland Fishing Guide. Anglers who register a Striped Bass of 40 inches or more (36 inches in nontidal waters) at any of the more than 60 Maryland Angler Award Centers across the State will receive free admission and a chance to win prizes at the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. The event will take place at the Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park on September 7. Prizes include tackle packages from Bass Pro Shops and Bill's Outdoor Center, a boat/trailer package from Tracker Marine, a vacation from World Fishing Network, Under Armour gear and other great prizes. DNR invites all anglers to help in the fisheries management process by participating in the online Volunteer Angler Survey. The department is looking for trip information for Bluefish, Blue Crabs, Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass and tournament Largemouth Bass. The Maryland Angler's Log is a family-friendly fishing report page where anglers share what they are catching, fishing hotspots and techniques. For DNR Fisheries Service updates, sign up to receive the Maryland Fisheries News email and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


DNR Revamps Volunteer Angler Survey

Maryland’s online Volunteer Angler Survey now has a new look, an added fish species and great prizes! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) developed the new and improved survey to be more user-friendly, gather additional information and offer incentives to those who participate. “Over the past 10 years the survey has been in place, volunteer anglers have provided information that is crucial in analyzing fish populations. For some species, this survey is the only source of information on released and discarded fish, we really can’t gather this information any other way,” said Dr. Linda Barker, DNR recreational fishing data coordinator. The Northern Snakehead joins Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Yellow Perch, Bluefish, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, Blue Crabs, catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, White Perch and Pickerel in the survey. Angler catch information helps fishery managers make harvest, stocking, conservation and restoration decisions. “We are especially interested in using the survey to track the expanding range of the snakehead population and we want to know the proportion of anglers who like to eat them,” said Dr. Joe Love of the DNR Tidal Bass Program. Anglers who participate in the surveys have the chance to win prizes such as $100 gift cards from Bass Pro Shops. DNR will randomly draw the winners at the end of the year. All participants who submitted a survey starting January 1, 2013 will be eligible. “We are hoping that the prizes will encourage all anglers, including those who get skunked on trips, to participate,” said Dr. Barker. “Information on trips with no caught fish is just as important as reports from days when the fish are plentiful.” Keep up with DNR Fisheries news on Facebook, Twitter and through the DNR Fisheries email subscription.


Yellow Perch Fishing Kicks Off the New Year

As the days grow longer, yellow perch fishing will start to heat up in the Upper Bay, some of its tributaries and salt ponds. "Maryland hosts an excellent yellow perch fishery, which provides delicious fare for Maryland tables and fine outings for families, especially those with young anglers in need of a break from cabin fever," said Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service Director Tom O'Connell. Over the past several years, DNR fisheries biologists and stakeholders have worked together to improve management of the species and revitalize the yellow perch population. The resulting cooperative management plan has provided ample opportunity for the recreational and commercial fisheries. Each year, DNR biologists assess the status and trends in the yellow perch population. Maryland fisheries managers then use the data to determine the amount of fish that can be safely caught leaving plenty of fish to spawn and thrive. The rest depends mostly on nature. Yellow perch reproduction has been relatively low for a few years. Therefore, DNR has adjusted commercial harvest quotas accordingly and closely monitors the recreational harvest to ensure target fishing levels are not exceeded. Consequently, despite a lull in reproduction, the population has remained strong enough to support a good fishery, but anglers may have to log more time to catch their creel in 2013 "The 2011 year class appears to be quite strong. These two-year-old fish will be undersized for the 2013 season, but the news bodes well for fishing seasons to come. Although reproduction has been lower of late, the recent levels are still higher on average than they were in the late 1970's through early 1990's," said DNR biologist Paul Piavis. Recreational yellow perch fishing is open year round with a nine-inch minimum size and a 10 fish per day limit in tidal waters. Check these DNR webpages to find Eastern Shore and Western Shore yellow perch fishing locations. During these freezing spells, Western Maryland anglers can carefully take advantage of a hole in the ice to fool yellow perch. Maryland has no yellow perch creel or size limit in nontidal lakes except in Deep Creek Lake, where the limit is 10 per day. DNR asks yellow perch anglers to support the agency's goal of sustainable fisheries management by taking part in the online Volunteer Angler Survey. Seafood lovers who enjoy eating local artisan foods should watch for the arrival of fresh yellow perch in the markets and restaurants. The harvest has begun, and it will end when the commercial quota is achieved in late February or early March.

Annual Yellow Perch Run Is Looking Good

Perryville, Md. (February 23, 2012) – The recreational yellow perch fishing season for shoreline anglers is heating up thanks to the mild winter weather and an increased fish population. So far, it looks as though there will be great recreational fishing to come.

“The current abundance of yellow perch is largely a result of stakeholders working together with DNR to develop a prudent management plan,” said Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell. “We have a great fishery that provides delicious fare for Maryland tables while offering excellent fishing for families, especially our young anglers who are ready for a break from cabin fever.”

The yellow perch population and recreational fishing has enjoyed resurgence in the last few years due to management changes forged with recreational fishing groups, commercial watermen and fisheries managers at the DNR. Surveys conducted on yellow perch by the Department in 2009 and 2011 show robust reproduction results, indicating the potential for a high-quality, recreational and sustainable commercial fishery to continue.

In a February 3 post to the DNR Angler’s Log, Mike Dunlap and his boys Tyler, 2 and Aiden, 5 from Chestertown, reported steady action with four plump perch caught from the Sassafras River in less than an hour. According to Dunlap, the hot ticket was a one-eighth ounce jig head tipped with a yellow plastic grub.

“The nice weather was a perfect reason to get out of the house, and more importantly, get the kids out. A day of fishing and catching in February is definitely a day to remember,” he said.

This time of year, anglers will find yellow perch in 10- to 30- foot depths in many rivers of the Bay where the fish prepare for their epic spawning run. Anglers are currently enjoying spectacular fishing for yellow perch in several locations, including the channel edge off the Logan's Wharf condominiums at Perryville on the Susquehanna River, Northeast River, Nanjemoy Creek and the deep holes in the Chester River near Crumpton.

Yellow Perch will begin moving from the deeper staging areas to the shallow waters as the weather warms, giving shoreline anglers their best opportunities. The first locations to kick-off will likely be the southern hot spots. The action will then quickly move north. Anglers can find their local hotspot at these websites:

Eastern Shore Hotspots -

Western Shore Hot Spots -

Yellow perch fishing is open year round with a nine- inch minimum size and 10 fish per day limit in tidal waters. A minimal investment in gear, rod, reel, size-10 hooks, bobbers and a bucket of minnows will provide you with the essentials.

The annual Yellow Perch Appreciation Day will be held on March 3 at the Town of Northeast Park, a Maryland free-fishing area where fishing licenses are not required. The Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland will host a fishing contest as part of the celebration.

A 14-inch or longer yellow perch qualifies as a Maryland Angler Award fish. Catching an award-sized fish will gain a lucky angler a certificate and free tickets to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Grand Finale at Sandy Point State Park in September. Check in angler award fish at one of the more than 60 Maryland angler Award Centers.

DNR asks yellow perch anglers to support the agency’s goal of sustainable fisheries management by joining the online volunteer angler survey at

Young anglers can join the DNR-sponsored Maryland Youth Fishing Club for free at

Keep up with DNR fisheries information through Twitter (@MDDNRFISH) and on Facebook

Check out the latest fishing reports through the DNR Fisheries Angler’s Log, a family-friendly online meeting place where anglers report and show their catches by visiting

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