DNR Extends Susquehanna Flats Striped Bass Catch & Release Season

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service will extend the Susquehanna Flats catch and release fishery for striped bass by one week. The fishery, originally scheduled to close on May 3, will remain open until midnight on Friday, May 9.

Cold water combined with the forecast of an extended cool weather period will keep water temperatures in an acceptable range for catch and release fishing for striped bass. Maryland anglers and visitors to the top of the Chesapeake Bay will enjoy another week of catch and release fishing for stripers in the unique shallow water expanse that is the Susquehanna Flats

“The experience of responsible catch and release fishing can not be overstated,” said Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. “We hope that this extended season will allow Maryland’s anglers a longer opportunity to enjoy our world-class fishing opportunities under ideal weather conditions.”

Anglers are reminded that any striped bass over 40 inches in length, caught during this period of time in the Susquehanna Flats may be entered into the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge via a catch and release citation form with photo documentation. Photos should be submitted to gherlth [at] dnr [dot] state [dot] md [dot] us. Entrants will qualify for the chance to win a 2008 Toyota Tundra from Central Atlantic Toyota, a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and $5,000 worth of gear from Bill’s Outdoor Center. Smyth Jewelers and Boater’s World will be offering valuable prizes during the Diamond Jim portion of the contest. For more information on the Challenge, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge/.