Maryland Striped Bass Season Opener

Striped bass are known as rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay and are very popular targets for anglers on Maryland’s portion of the bay. April 15 marks the opening of that state’s spring trophy striper season that continues through May 15.

"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."

The stripers are returning from their spawning runs up freshwater tributaries at this time of year, thus showing up in the brackish to saltwater portions of the bay.

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