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Maryland Summer-Fall 2024 Striped Bass Season Begins May 16

During striped bass season in the Chesapeake Bay, anglers may keep one striped bass measuring between 19 and 24 inches per day. Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo by Eric Packard. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced regulations for the summer recreational striped bass fishing season beginning May 16, 2024, which continues existing conservation

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Maryland’s License-Free Fishing Days Provide Access to Angling for All

Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will offer license-free fishing days for all state residents and visitors on June 1, June 8, and July 4. These annual events provide anglers a unique opportunity to explore the state’s diverse fishing without needing a fishing license, trout stamp, or registration.  The

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Secretary’s Message: Maryland State Parks Are Always Worth Celebrating

Staff and volunteers help clean up invasives at Gunpowder Falls State Park for Earth Day 2024, which was the final day of Maryland State Parks Week this year. Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo. In April, the Department of Natural Resources celebrated State Parks Week, an annual acknowledgement of the special significance of our public

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Confirms 52 Deer With Chronic Wasting Disease

The state’s chronic wasting disease management area has expanded to include two additional counties The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that 52 white-tailed deer sampled within Allegany, Baltimore, Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties in 2023 tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a neurological disease found in deer, elk, and moose. Of the positive samples, 49 came from within the existing

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Maryland DNR Biologists Monitor a Critical Year of Striped Bass Eggs, Larvae

An iconic fish begins its life cycle Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologists Marisa Ponte, Jim Uphoff, and Shannon Moorhead traverse the quiet Choptank River, casting out a net to collect samples of striped bass eggs and larvae. Photo by Joe Zimmermann, Maryland DNR. Laughing gulls circled and cawed in anticipation. An osprey hauled an

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21-Year-Old Angler Earns FishMaryland Master Angler Award

Adam Krauss of Baltimore County holds a northern snakehead. Photo courtesy of Adam Krauss. Adam Krauss of Baltimore County has earned a Master Angler Milestone Award under the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) FishMaryland program.  The award recognizes recreational anglers who catch ten different trophy-sized species of fish in Maryland. Krauss, 21, is the

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DNR Biologists’ Study: Older, Larger Female Striped Bass Produce Far More Eggs

A new study looks at the age at which female striped bass mature and how many eggs they produce as they age Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists survey for striped bass in 2018. Photo by Stephen Badger, Maryland DNR. Two of the most important traits to understand fish population growth are the age at

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