ANNAPOLIS — To improve black bass fisheries management, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Service now requires qualifying black bass tournament directors to obtain free permits and report catch information.
The regulation has been established to increase communication between tournament directors and fisheries managers, and improve the reporting of data from the events.
“With hundreds of tidal and non-tidal tournaments each year, Maryland’s black bass fishery, including largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, is one of the most important in the state,” said Joe Love, Tidal Bass Program specialist. “This permit will help us identify directors and accumulate valuable catch information from them, which will improve black bass fisheries management.”
The regulation went into effect for both tidal and non-tidal waters in October.
The requirement applies to tournaments that have at least 10 boats, offer any reward for winning and feature staged weigh-ins. Application may be made online at www.dnr.state.md.us.