ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday the size and catch limits for the spring 2017 trophy striped bass season in the Chesapeake Bay.
Natural Resources officials say the season opens on April 15th at 5 AM and will run through midnight on May 15th. Anglers are allowed to keep one fish per person a day with a minimum size of 35 inches long. Up until April 15th, it is illegal to keep striped bass caught in the Chesapeake Bay or its tidal tributaries.
"Nothing says spring is here like the first day of trophy rockfish season," DNR Fishing and Boating Services Director Dave Blazer said. "For many Marylanders, it's a tradition that spans generations."
After May 16th and running through December 20th, the striped bass regulations will stay the same as last year's summer and fall limits: two fish per day longer than 20 inches, with at least one of those fish measuring under 28 inches. DNR reminds anglers that official lengths are measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.
Anglers fishing the Atlantic Ocean or the coastal bays behind Ocean City and Assateague Island can keep striped bass year round, with a two fish per day limit. Each coastal rockfish must be between 28 and 38 inches or be larger than 44 inches.
A full list of Maryland fishing regulations can be found in the state's online fishing guide.
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