Maryland Rod & Reef Slam

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Angling for Oyster Restoration

Chesapeake Bay and tributaries   (Map)
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Join us for a unique fishing tournament that celebrates the difference restored oyster reefs are making in the return of healthy, diverse populations of Chesapeake Bay reef fish.

Sponsored by CBF, Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, and Coastal Conservation Association Maryland.

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Registration Opens: July 7, 2022.
Fishing Tournament: October 8, 2022 at 6:30 am.-October 16, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
Awards & After Party: October 16, 2022 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at CBF's Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis

See Tournament registration page for entry fees, times, boundaries, divisions, and more.

Note: A Tournament Waiver must be completed for each angler, including youth participants, and submitted to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation prior to fishing. A link to complete the online waiver will be provided in your confirmation email. Any fish caught before the waiver is received will not be recognized and will therefore be ineligible toward the prizes.

Registration Required
Registration runs from June 7 to October 7, 2022

When an estuary loses almost all its keystone oyster reefs like the Chesapeake Bay has, the change causes fundamental damage to water quality and habitat for fish, crabs, and other creatures.

In recent years, many partners have worked together to build these reefs, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, the Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The return of these habitats means a return of healthy populations of popular reef fish.

Help us find out which fish can be caught on restored and enhanced reefs in Maryland's Bay region!

Anglers will have a multitude of reef locations throughout Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers at which to fish.

This tournament is a little different. You don't win just by catching the biggest fish. Prizes will be awarded for how many species you catch, and then how big your fish are. We’re celebrating variety, and the return of some of these great reef species that we’ve been missing. Past angler surveys have shown as many as 12 different species being caught in one day at the Clint Waters Reef at Cooks Point. How many can you catch? Come join us!

The Bay Needs You

The 2020 State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

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