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Martin O’Malley, Governor

Anthony G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor

John R. Griffin, Department Secretary

Joseph P. Gill, Department Deputy Secretary

Thomas J.O’Connell, Fisheries Service Director

Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission

The Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission advises the Director of Fisheries Service on matters referred to the commission by the Director. This commission is comprised of individuals from across the state who represent the interests of various recreational fishing constituencies. The meeting schedule, agenda, summaries of past meetings, member affiliations and contact information are available online at


James Gracie,
Chair, Trout Unlimited

William Windley, Vice Chair,
Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association

William Goldsborough,
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Greg Jetton,
Upper Bay Charter Boat Association

Valentine Lynch,
Ocean City Marlin Club

Raymond P. Morgan II, Ph.D.,
Appalachian Environmental Lab

Edward O’Brien,
Maryland Charter Boat Association

David Sikorski,
Coastal Conservation Association Maryland

David Smith,
Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association

Herbert Smith, Ph.D.,
Recreational Fishing

Carol Stevenson,
Chesapeake Women Anglers

Roger Trageser,
Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation Nation

Brandon White,

James Wommack,
Recreational Fishing

Maryland Department of
Natural Resources Fisheries Service
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Avenue, B-2
Annapolis, MD 21401-2352
877-620-8DNR, ext 8325
Out of state call: 410-260-8325

The Maryland Fishing Guide is a publication of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Service. Political advocacy ads, ads promoting alcohol or tobacco and ads of a sexual nature will not be accepted. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service is not responsible for advertising claims contained herein. The Department disclaims any liability regarding product pricing, claims, descriptions, availability, or condition. No warranty is expressed or implied concerning product errors, omissions or misprints.

This publication is intended as a guide only. Regulations are subject to change. It is the angler’s responsibility to know and abide by all current regulations and laws. For state laws and regulations, see the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 08. Maryland laws and regulations can be found at the following web sites:

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