| Oct 21, 2013
| 7:00 PM
A group of Maryland watermen has filed suit seeking to overturn the state's catch limit on menhaden, arguing that it violates state and federal law and that the forage fish is not in need of conservation.
In a filing Friday in Dorchester County...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 9:06 AM
A Dorchester County judge has denied a watermen's group's bid to reopen Maryland's menhaden fishery, but ordered a trial scheduled next spring on how the Department of Natural Resources has imposed catch limits on the prized bait fish.
| Oct 22, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Striped bass reproduction in Maryland waters improved this year, but remained well below average, state officials announced.
The Department of Natural Resources said that its 2013 striped-bass juvenile index, a measure of spawning success in the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:00 AM
— On a chilly morning when other watermen on the Patuxent River dredged for oysters, Jimmy Trossbach sought more slippery quarry — American eels.
"I don't know what we'll find here," Trossbach said as he guided his 45-foot workboat,...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:25 AM
By most accounts, this has been a good year for eating Maryland blue crabs — just not by human beings. The Chesapeake Bay crab harvest is down, in part because of predators and cannibalism, but that's not the whole story.
In 2011, Maryland...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Thanks for your excellent reporting on the Charles County growth situation ("State, Charles County at odds over growth plan," Oct. 28).
I am conservation director for the Southern Region of the Maryland Bass Nation, a bass fishing organization.
| Sep 18, 2013
| 10:30 AM
A Tilghman Island commercial fisherman has been charged with witness tampering and intimidation in a federal investigation into alleged poaching of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Michael D. Hayden, Jr., 41,was...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 11:37 AM
It's been five years since the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery was declared a disaster, and despite progress using science-based guidelines for protecting female crabs, the iconic Chesapeake crustacean is still not out of the woods. The Baltimore Sun's...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 10:55 PM
Fred Brungart of York, Pa., caught a Maryland record 38-inch, 24-pound Atlantic cod on May 31 out of Ocean City, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service reported last week.
Brungart hooked the fish aboard the 80-foot headboat...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 3:00 AM
If there's one thing nearly everybody in the Chesapeake Bay region can agree upon, it's that summer isn't summer without blue crabs. Unfortunately, this regional staple has experienced its share of problems over the past few years, impacting supply,...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 3:30 AM
There's new help on the way for what used to be the Chesapeake Bay's most important fish, though how much good it will do remains to be seen.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has enacted a first-ever cap on how many American shad and...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 8:16 PM
It's hard work catching soft crabs, a fickle livelihood in an increasingly precarious part of the world.
Starting before sunup, Smith Island waterman Mark Kitching spends hours repeatedly "scraping" the submerged grass beds that grow abundantly around...