Southern Maryland is a fisherman's paradise. Fish the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, and the Patuxent River for: Blue Fish, Striped Rock Bass, Sea Trout, Flounder, White Perch, Hard Head (Croaker), Norfolk Spot, Spanish Mackerel, Black Sea Bass, and Channel Bass. Fishing starts in late April and continues through December.
The 2nd Annual $1,000,000 Fishing Challenge - Diamond Jim Returns! This year's Maryland $1,000,000 Fishing Challenge (June 3-September 4) marks the return of that Chesapeake Bay favorite, Diamond Jim, the lucky striped bass from the legendary tournaments of the 1950s. The contest has been expanded to include the state's nontidal lakes and streams as well! Grand prizes include $1,000,000 cash, motorboats and trailers, and two 2006 Toyota Tacoma trucks! In addition many of the tagged fish will be instant prize winners. Catch the excitement at
Find Out Where the Big Fish are Biting: Dial 1-800-ROCKFISH Don't plan a day on the Bay in hot pursuit of stripers without consulting DNR's Rockfish Hotline (1-800-ROCKFISH) first! Updated weekly with first hand information from fisheries experts from the Susquehanna River to Pocomoke Sound and everywhere in between, get tips on where the fish are biting, what baits to use, and how the competition is stacking up. For more information visit


Local Charter and Head boats for fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.

Gear for sport fishing.