Largemouth bass populations are one of the most important resources for sport fish anglers in Maryland tidewater. Approximately half of Maryland freshwater anglers fished for bass in 2008 and 2011 according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Additionally, revenue from competitive bass fishing tournaments provides millions of dollars into Maryland's economy each year. The species is also a keystone predator that affects many species within aquatic food webs. Many actions by the department help protect and improve
tidal freshwater fisheries for Maryland.
Stock Assessments ---->
perform cost effective surveys
and statistics, achieve goals of the Fishery
Management Plan and do studies requested by the general public
Encourage Public Participation in Management
----> support Black Bass Advisory Subcommittee, contribute to Angler's Log and post program guidelines.
Education and Outreach ----> map fishing spots, help lessen confusion on becoming a guide or tournament director, provide educational videos on stewardship, and answer bass questions by email, phone, social media or in person at invited seminars or at the dock
Tournament Assistance ----> support permitting, reporting and other services for directors
Grow Fisheries ----> support habitat protection, stock young bass, manage invasive species
and improve angler access to the fisheries
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)