The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has launched a new award program to celebrate the state’s anglers and the diverse species of fish they catch.
FishMaryland is a multifaceted award program designed to encourage anglers to take advantage of Maryland’s year-round recreational fishing and enjoy the state’s accessible, affordable, and high-quality fishing opportunities.
Anglers can quality for several categories including a species award, a catch and release award, an invasive species award, and multi-species awards. Participants who enter eligible catches will be recognized with a certificate to commemorate their trophy catch.
New to the program are the Milestone Awards, which recognize anglers at various skill levels who catch trophy sized fish of multiple species.
Eligible catches from different calendar years will count towards each milestone as follows:
Angler Award — Catch three different qualifying species, the angler receives a certificate and corresponding sticker.
Expert Angler Award — Catch five different qualifying species, the angler receives a certificate and corresponding sticker.
Master Angler Award – Catch ten different qualifying species, the angler receives a certificate and corresponding sticker.
Fishing licenses can be purchased at local tackle shops or online via the DNR website.
source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources