State to reopen recreational rockfish season

November 13, 1991|By Peter Baker

ANNAPOLIS -- The Department of Natural Resources said yesterday that the recreational season for rockfish will be reopened Saturday and Sunday with a daily creel limit of two fish per person.

Earlier, the DNR had announced that the charter-boat season, which was closed ahead of schedule a few weeks ago, also would be allowed to operate this weekend.

DNR spokesman Francis McFaden said yesterday that the recreational season was being reopened because poor weather last weekend had reduced the number of anglers on the water.

"As a result," McFaden said, "the recreational fishermen have not caught their quota."

Recreational fishermen were allocated 456,000 pounds this season.

The charter-boat season is being reopened because of a discrepancy between catch totals from logbooks kept by boat captains and DNR figures.

Fishing hours will be from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Size limits remain from 18 inches to 36 inches.

No rockfish permits will be required for recreational fishermen.

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