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Recreational fishing offers opportunities for families and friends to spend quality time together, enjoying the abundant natural resources Maryland has to offer. FishMaryland is Maryland’s 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.

Components:

  • Angler 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 three categories at or above a certain minimum size. If you catch a fish that meets or exceeds the official award size, simply 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.
  • Invasive Species Award—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 impact native plants, animals, or habitat. Currently there are three invasive fish species which naturally reproduce or migrate into Maryland waters and are eligible for the Invasive Species Award: blue catfish, northern snakehead and flathead catfish. Fish must be kept to qualify.
  • Governor’s Striped Bass Conservation Award—In addition to the Angler Awards, those who catch and release an award sized striped bass during the open season will be recognized with a Governor’s Striped Bass Conservation Award at the end of the fishing season. The award recognizes any recreational angler who releases alive a striped bass catch of 40 inches or more while fishing Maryland waters during the open season.
  • Youth Angler’s Log—Members of the Maryland YouthFishing Club who submit their fishing reports to the Youth Angler’s Log will be entered into a random drawing for prizes. Winners names will be posted online. Visit the Maryland Youth Fishing Club web site for additional information on how to become a member.

For information on FishMaryland, including rules and registration go to—dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/challenge/rules.aspx.

Angler Award Minimum Sizes

Nontidal DIVISION

Bluegill 11 inches
Brook Trout 12 inches
Brown Trout 21 inches
Bullhead Catfish 15 inches
Carp 36 inches
Chain Pickerel 24 inches
Channel Catfish 30 inches
Crappie 15 inches
Cutthroat Trout 20 inches
Largemouth Bass 21 inches
Muskellunge 40 inches
Northern Pike 38 inches
Rainbow Trout 20 inches
Redbreast Sunfish 8 inches
Redear Sunfish 11 inches
Rock Bass 10 inches
Smallmouth Bass 20 inches
Striped Bass 36 inches
Tiger Muskie 40 inches
Walleye 26 inches
White Catfish 20 inches
White Perch 13 inches
Yellow Perch 14 inches

CHESAPEAKE BAY DIVISION

Black Drum 48 inches
Blue Crab 8 inches
Bluefish 34 inches
Carp 30 inches
Chain Pickerel 24 inches
Channel Catfish 30 inches
Cobia 44 inches
Crappie 15 inches
Croaker (Hardhead) 18 inches
Gar 36 inches
Largemouth Bass 21 inches
Northern Whiting (Kingfish) 14 inches
Red Drum* (Puppy Drum, Channel Bass, Redfish) 36 inches
Rock Bass 10 inches
Shad, American* 24 inches
Shad, Hickory* 18 inches
Sheepshead 24 inches
Smallmouth Bass 20 inches
Spanish Mackerel 22 inches
Spot 12 inches
Spotted Seatrout 24 inches
Striped Bass 40 inches
Summer Flounder 24 inches
Tautog 24 inches
Walleye 26 inches
Weakfish 24 inches
White Catfish 20 inches
White Perch 13 inches
Yellow Perch 14 inches

Invasive Species Division

Blue Catfish** 40 inches
Flathead Catfish** 34 inches
Northern Snakehead** 30 inches

ATLANTIC COAST DIVISION

Amberjack1 45 inches
Atlantic Cod 36 inches
Atlantic Spadefish 24 inches
Black Drum 48 inches
Black Sea Bass 20 inches
Bluefish 34 inches
Blueline Tilefish 25 inches
Blue Marlin* any size
Cobia1 44 inches
Croaker (Hardhead) 18 inches
Dolphin Fish (Mahi-Mahi)1 45 inches
False Albacore1 24 inches
Golden Tilefish 35 inches
Grey Triggerfish 18 inches
King Mackerel1 40 inches
Northern Whiting (Kingfish) 14 inches
Red Drum* (Puppy Drum, Channel Bass, Redfish) 36 inches
Sailfish* any size
Shad, American* 24 inches
Shad, Hickory* 18 inches
Shark, Blue* any size
Shark, Hammerhead* any size
Shark, Shortfin Mako1 90 inches
Shark, Sand Tiger* any size
Shark, Thresher1 80 inches
Shark, Tiger* any size
Sheepshead 20 inches
Snowy Grouper 31 inches
Spanish Mackerel 22 inches
Spot 12 inches
Spotted Seatrout 24 inches
Striped Bass 40 inches
Summer Flounder 24 inches
Swordfish2 47 inches
Tautog 24 inches
Tuna, Albacore (Longfin)3 36 inches
Tuna, Bigeye3 60 inches
Tuna, Blackfin3 30 inches
Tuna, Bluefin3 55 inches
Tuna, Yellowfin3 50 inches
Wahoo1 60 inches
Weakfish 24 inches
White Marlin* any size
Winter Flounder 17 inches