ANNAPOLIS -- The Department of Natural Resources' proposed fall rockfishing regulations sailed through their only public meeting with few skirmishes last night. Chances are they will be officially sent to the Administrative, Executive, Legislative Review Committee within a week.
For Chesapeake Bay sports fishermen, the plans call for an Oct 10-26 recreational fishery, with anglers issued two permits for the entire season, and the possibility of a second season if they don't catch their quota of 456,747 pounds.
Bay charterboat anglers will be allowed two fish a day under separate tag system in a season of Oct. 9 through Nov. 11, with no additional season if the charter quota of 161,206 pounds is not met. In the Atlantic, both charter and recreational fisheries will go by the rules of their bay counterparts.