The state’s spring rockfish season begins Saturday, April 18, and anglers are encouraged to set out for the Chesapeake Bay from the shores of Calvert County. Home to the bay’s largest charter boat fleet, the county’s experienced boat captains are standing by to help fishing enthusiasts reel in “the big one.”
Also known as rock, striped bass and stripers, the rockfish is Maryland’s official state fish and is widely known for its size and fighting ability. The rock can grow as long as 6 feet and weigh as much as 125 pounds. The record for a striped bass holds at 67 pounds, 8 ounces for a fish caught off Bloody Point in 1995.
During the 2015 trophy season that runs through May 15, anglers may catch one striped bass per day measuring between 28-36 inches or 40 inches or larger. From June 1 through December 20, the season reopens on the bay with a two fish limit and a 20-inch minimum length (with only one of the two longer than 28 inches).
Are you ready to set a new record for the largest rockfish caught in the Chesapeake Bay? Then learn more about Calvert County’s charter boat opportunities, or where to launch your own boat by visiting www.choosecalvert.com/water. For more information, contact the Calvert County, Maryland, Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or via email at email@example.com. Visit online at www.ecalvert.com.
Those who catch a striped bass 40 inches or above and would like to keep it will continue to be eligible for Angler Awards and prizes in the Maryland Fishing Challenge. Anglers must follow the Angler Award rules, which also provide detailed information on how to register.
The short Susquehanna Flats and Northeast River spring keeper season runs from May 16 through May 31 with a one-fish limit of 20 to 26 inches. In other areas, the size and creel limits change to two fish per person, per day, 20 inches or longer with only one of the two fish being over 28 inches.
On June 1, the entire Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries open up with a 2-fish limit, 20-inch minimum size (with only one of the two over 28 inches), and an extended season through December 20. Anglers fishing Maryland’s Atlantic Coast, Coastal Bays and their tributaries also have a new limit: one fish per day 28 inches or longer in a year-round season.