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Coverage: Rockfish poaching in Maryland

Read our complete coverage of watermen poaching rockfish, also known as striped bass, in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways.

  • Maryland's new rockfish restrictions spark debate with season opening April 18

    Maryland's new rockfish restrictions spark debate with season opening April 18

    Mother Nature put the brakes on mother rockfish this spring. The harsh winter has slowed the annual migration of striped bass up the East Coast, delaying their arrival in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to spawn. So when rockfish season opens April 18, anglers will likely be catching a number...

  • Maryland rockfish poacher gets 18-month prison sentence

    Maryland rockfish poacher gets 18-month prison sentence

    A Tilghman Island waterman was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison followed by six months of home detention for poaching tens of thousands of pounds of rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett said Michael D. Hayden, Jr., 43, received the longest sentence of...

  • Maryland rockfish poacher could face federal prison sentence

    Maryland rockfish poacher could face federal prison sentence

    On Friday, two men with a fondness for Maryland's Tilghman Island will gather for a hearing in a wood-paneled federal courtroom in downtown Baltimore. Seated at the bench will be Judge Richard D. Bennett, who has a painting of the Knapps Narrows channel in his conference room and speaks of his...

  • Tilghman Island waterman may lose license for rockfish poaching

    Tilghman Island waterman may lose license for rockfish poaching

    State officials are considering whether to revoke the license of a Tilghman Island waterman who entered federal prison this month for his role in a rockfish poaching scheme. Sarah Widman, director of policy and planning for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' fisheries service, said the...

  • On Tilghman Island, law-breaking watermen defended

    On Tilghman Island, law-breaking watermen defended

    On a midwinter afternoon, William "Billy" J. Lednum steered the Kristin Marie into the Knapps Narrows, a channel that separates Tilghman Island from the rest of the Eastern Shore. It was 35 degrees and gusty, but Lednum, a "waterman cowboy" who has won dozens of boat-docking trophies, whipped the...

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