ANNAPOLIS -- The Department of Natural Resources yesterday announced that it will reopen the rockfish season for recreational anglers tomorrow with split days, revised fishing hours and a new creel limit.
The extended season will run tomorrow and Sunday and close before reopening Nov. 8, 9 and 10. The creel limit will be one fish per person per day, and fishing hours will run from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fisheries managers had projected that an extended season might allow a daily creel limit of two fish from 18 to 36 inches in length. However, a review of catch estimates showed that only 118,000 pounds of the 457,000 pound recreational quota remains.
In the first phase of the rockfish season, from Oct. 9 through Oct. 26, 339,000 pounds of rock were caught.
According to DNR statistics, the weekday catch during the first phase averaged 16,000 pounds. On weekends, the average was 25,000 pounds.
In the opening session, 109,800 rockfish permits were issued to recreational fishermen. In the extended season, rockfish permits will not be required, although all other applicable fishing licenses are mandatory.
The charter boat season, which closed on Sunday, will not be reopened and charter boat captains may not book parties to fish for rockfish. charter boat captains and their guests may, however, fish for stripers as recreational fishermen.