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Maryland Fishing Challenge

Fishing Regulations Maryland Freshwater Fishing

2016 Maryland Fishing Challenge

The Maryland Fishing Challenge is a free, year-round fishing contest, which showcases Maryland’s affordable, accessible, diverse, and high quality fishing opportunities.

Recreational fishing offers opportunities for families and individuals to spend quality time together, enjoying the wonderful natural resources which Maryland has to offer.

The Maryland Fishing Challenge would not be possible without the businesses, individuals, and fishing organizations who donate prizes and fishing trips. The contest is funded by fishing license revenue, a marine fuel sales surcharge, and a Federal excise tax on sport fishing tackle and related equipment. Therefore, the Maryland Fishing Challenge also depends on anglers. Thank you all for your generous support!

Contest Components:

The Maryland Fishing Challenge has three components:

  • Angler Award ProgramAny angler fishing legally in Maryland may catch and record an award-winning fish by landing any of more than 60 eligible species in three categories above a certain minimum size. If you catch a fish that meets or exceeds the official award size, simply submit your catch to an official award center to receive your entry ticket and instructions on how to complete the required online registration process. You will receive your award certificate within 45 days. Catch and Release anglers may participate by bringing a clear photograph of their fish to an award center. Lay the fish on a tape measure to photograph so that the species and size can be verified. Submit your photo at an official award center to receive your entry ticket.
  • 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 only for Invasive Species Awards: blue catfish, northern snakehead, and flathead catfish. Fish must be kept to qualify and there are three ways for anglers to enter their catch:
    1. Angler Award—fish (must be kept) meeting minimum award size are eligible—snakehead, 30″; flathead catfish, 34″; blue catfish, 40″;
    2. State Record—fish (must be kept) exceeding the existing state record weight are eligible;
    3. Angler’s Log—fish (must be kept) harvested at any size are eligible if posted on the DNR Angler’s invasive Log—dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fishingreport/invasive.asp.
  • Maryland Youth Fishing Club—In 2016, randomly selected members of DNR’s Maryland Youth Fishing Club (MYFC) who have submitted posts to the Youth Angler’s Log (dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/fishingreport/kids.asp) will be awarded guided fishing trips. Visit the web page for additional information on how to become a member—
    dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/keepfishing.

For complete Maryland Fishing Challenge rules and online registration go to—dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/challenge.

 

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, Mako1

54 inches

Shark, Sand Tiger*

any size

Shark, Thresher1

54 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

Angler Award Centers

ALLEGANY

Bassin Box, Lavale

Orleans Grocery, Little Orleans

ANNE ARUNDEL

All Tackle, Annapolis

Angler’s Sport Center, Annapolis

Bass Pro Shops, Hanover

Cobe Sport & Marine Center, Pasadena

Fishbone’s Bait & Tackle, Inc.,Pasadena

Marty’s Sporting Goods, Edgewater

Tri-State Marine, Deale

BALTIMORE

Bluefin’s Bait & Tackle, Dundalk

Bowley’s Bait & Tackle, Baltimore

Clark’s Sports Shop, Baltimore

Clyde’s Sport Shop, Baltimore

Deer Park Garden Center

Fearls Bait and Tackle, Baltimore

Set’s Sport Shop, Towson

Tochterman’s, Baltimore

Trophy Bait & Tackle, Baltimore

CALVERT

Bay Pro Shop, Dunkirk

Breezy Point, Chesapeake Beach

Bunky’s Charter Boats, Solomons

Rod n’ Reel Dock, Chesapeake Beach

Tyler’s Tackle Shop, Chesapeake Beach

Tiki Bar, Solomons

CAROLINE

Tuckahoe Sportsman, Denton

CARROLL

Piney Run Park, Sykesville

CECIL

Herb’s Tackle Shop, North East

Sarge’s Market, Elkton

CHARLES

Shymansky’s Marina, Cobb Island

DORCHESTER

Taylor’s Island Campground, Taylor’s Island

Taylor’s Island Campground @ Slaughter Creek,
Taylor’s Island

FREDERICK

Fox’s Sport and Bait Shop, Frederick

GARRETT

Bill’s Outdoor Center, Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Outfitters, Deep Creek Lake

KENT

Millington Hardware, Millington

Hook, Line & Sinker, Rock Hall

MONTGOMERY

WSSC Watershed Police, Brookeville

QUEEN ANNE’S

Chesapeake Outdoors, Chester

Kentmoor Harbour, Stevensville

SOMERSET

Dave’s RV, Crisfield

L.E.Hitch & Sons, Eden

ST. MARY’S

Kellum’s Seafood, Ridge

The Tackle Box, Lexington Park

Bob’s Sunoco, That Fishing Place, Calloway

TALBOT

Harrison’s Chesapeake House, Tilghman

Shore Sportsman, Easton

WASHINGTON

Battleview Market, Sharpsburg

Dugan’s Sporting Goods, Hancock

WORCESTER

All Tackle, Ocean City

Assateague Market, Berlin

Atlantic Tackle, Ocean City

Bahia Marina, Ocean City

Buck’s Place, Berlin

Lucky Angler Bait & Tackle

Ocean City Fishing Center, Ocean City

Ocean City Fishing Pier, Ocean City

Ocean Pines Provisions, Ocean Pines

Oceanic Pier, Ocean City

Oyster Bay Tackle, Ocean City

Sea Hawk Sport Center, Pocomoke City

Talbot Street Bait& Tackle, Ocean City

Sunset Marina, Ocean City

White Marlin Marina, Ocean City

DELAWARE

Eastern Marine, Newark

VIRGINIA

R.W.’s Sport Shop, Callao

Smith Point Marina, Reedville