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Message from the DNR

Dear Anglers,

Maryland is known for our world-class outdoor recreation opportunities. For local residents and for visitors to our state, this includes our unparalleled fishing destinations from the surf of the Atlantic Ocean to the still waters of Deep Creek Lake.

Despite the many challenges of the past two years, Maryland continues to support and improve recreational fishing. For example, through the State Lakes Improvement Fund, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) purchased and deployed 150 concrete reef balls to enhance fish habitat in freshwater impoundments, using the same strategy that’s been employed for many years in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. With improved fish habitat comes better fishing.

Additionally, DNR has been doing extensive work to inspire the next generation of anglers and diversify participation in recreational fishing through stakeholder engagement and development of a recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) plan. We are also reaching anglers through our increasingly popular Maryland Fishing Report which shares tips and observations on fishing conditions across the state. To increase convenience, it is now available on your Amazon Echo device—just ask Alexa to “open Maryland Fishing Report!”

DNR is using innovative approaches to reduce populations of the invasive blue catfish. Last fall, scientists began using an electronic tagging system to track and tag blue catfish throughout the Patuxent River watershed. By gaining insight on lifestyle, habitat, and migration patterns, both recreational and commercial anglers will be able to help target blue catfish and reduce their numbers. Along with flathead catfish and the northern snakehead, these invasive species pose a direct threat to the ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and we encourage your continued help in this fight.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently launched an online cookbook called Wild Maryland. The cookbook includes recipes with ingredients that can be hunted, trapped, fished, or foraged in Maryland’s outdoors. Wild Maryland also showcases our state’s heritage through recipes that can be shared and passed down for generations to come. Feel free to try our recipes or submit one of your own by sending an email to!

Through all of our combined efforts, it has been clear that Maryland’s sportsmen and women play an important role in our efforts to protect fish, wildlife, and their habitats. By participating in the responsible stewardship of our fisheries and waterways, you are not just preserving a time-honored tradition, you are directly contributing to natural resources management. In fact, revenue from sport anglers provides funding for almost half of our fisheries-related programs in Maryland.

Thank you for your contributions and please enjoy a memorable year out on the water!


Larry Hogan, Governor

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources