DNR angles to get people fishing

On The Water

Watersports in Anne Arundel County

April 20, 2005|By Phillip McGowan | Phillip McGowan,SUN STAFF

With the rockfish trophy season upon us, the state Department of Natural Resources wants to lure potential anglers onto the water with a little online bait.

The agency that manages more than 17,000 miles of Maryland waterways has recently completed an enhancement of the fishing content on its Web site: www.dnr.maryland.gov.

One of the principles behind the reorganization is to encourage more people to fish.

"Anyone from an experienced angler to a novice can learn about fishing in Maryland, including how and where to fish," said Gene Deems, the agency's eGov and online services manager.

Officials have created a section called "Fishing in Maryland" that provides information on where to get a fishing license, find a body of water to fish on or learn to catch fish. (Anglers already can purchase their fishing licenses online at www.dnr.state. md.us/service.license.asp)

That section is being created with the help of takemefish ing.org, a nonprofit organization that seeks to expand the ranks of anglers and boaters.

DNR also has revised the section dealing with fish and shellfish, to give Web viewers an understanding of the state's fisheries and how they are managed.

The agency has sought to encourage current anglers to use the site by allowing them to complete a striped bass survey online. The data is used to determine size structure of striped bass caught along Maryland's portion of the bay.

Other items

The Bay Bridge Marina will hold the Bay Bridge Boat Show tomorrow through Saturday in Stevensville, at the east end of the Bay Bridge. Various boats, yachts, inflatables and runabouts will be among the featured craft. Boat test drives will also be available. Admission is $12, and $6 for children younger than 12. Information: 410-268- 8828.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust will hold the seventh annual Treasure the Chesapeake celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Cal Ripken will be the guest. Tickets are $85. Information: 410-643-9688.

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