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Rockfish season starts April 15

Posted at 6:01 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 18:16:38-05

Spring is around the corner and for fishing enthusiasts that means rockfish season.

The 2017 spring season for striped bass, known locally as rockfish kicks off April 15 at 5 a.m. and goes until midnight May 15. The catch limit is one fish per person per day, 35 inches or longer.

"Nothing says spring is here like the first day of trophy rockfish season," Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services Director Dave Blazer said. "For many Marylanders, it's a tradition that spans generations."

Regulations for the combined summer/fall season, running May 16 through Dec. 20, will remain the same as last year. Anglers can keep two fish per day greater than 20 inches, with one required to be less than 28 inches. Size is measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.

Striped bass fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and Maryland's coastal bays and tributaries is open year-round with a two-fish daily limit. Striped bass on the coast must be between 28 and 38 inches or larger than 44 inches.