Summer Flounder Regs Loosened

OCEAN CITY — The summer flounder season opened last weekend with new, relaxed regulations on keeper sizes and season lengths, although the restrictions on tautog have been enhanced.

“Because Maryland anglers have remained under the summer flounder target harvest levels for the past two years, we are able to lower the minimum size limit and extend the season lightly to provide anglers more opportunity,” said DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. “As with other states along the coast, Maryland’s tautog regulations are more restrictive this year.”

The minimum keeper size for flounder this year will be 17 inches with three per angler per day and the season will run from April 14 to Dec. 16.

The tautog season will run from April 2 to Nov. 14 with a minimum keeper size of 16 inches and varying creel limits throughout the season.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.