Anglers for Clean Water


Karine Aigner/iLCP

Resources to inspire, educate, equip, and mobilize anglers across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to be advocates for clean water.

If sportsmen and environmentalists worked together, they would be invincible"

– Ted Williams, outdoors writer

Fishing on Mattawoman Creek. Krista Schlyer/iLCP

The Zen of 'Careful Catch'

A little TFC (tender fish-handling care) goes a long way toward preserving all species for future anglers. In this Angler's Almanac article, John Page Williams urges, "Let's Be Careful Out There."


Tools and tackle for practicing

Planning Ahead

One key to careful angling is planning ahead. Before putting a line in the water, decide what you will keep for trophy or dinner. Have all the tools and tackle necessary for properly releasing fish.


This fish-eye view of an angler shows a rarely seen perspective from underwater grass beds at Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Photo by Octavio Aburto/iLCP

Catch and Release

Catch-and-release fishing can be an effective way to conserve fish if certain precautions are taken. Check out these tips and tools.

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A northern puffer fish, picked out of crab nets, expands just before it is released back into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Tangier Sound, Maryland. Photo by Karine Aigner/iLCP

Take the Anglers' Pledge

As recreational anglers, we know about tides and currents, bottom characteristics, and the best conditions of both for catching fish. We also know that pollution, loss of habitat, and overfishing reduce the numbers and health of the fish in our waterways. Show your stewardship of our waterways and fisheries-take the Anglers' Pledge.


Photo credits: (from top) Krista Schlyer/iLCP, CBF Staff, Octavio Aburto/iLCP, Karin Aigner/iLCP


Algal bloom encroaching on a waterfront home. Photo by Andrea Moran/CBF Staff Pollution

What causes water pollution? What does water pollution cause? From polluted runoff from land to dead zones and algal blooms in our waters, everything has consequences.  Learn more


MenhadenForage Fish

They are the little fish that big fish eat and they are facing their own challenges. Learn More

Oyster reef ball and fish. Photo c Michael EversmierHabitat

Habitat lost. Habitat restored. Take a look at how land use is compromising marine habitat and how efforts such as oyster restoration are bringing habitat back. Learn More


Rockfish  photo by Yuri HutaMaking Progress

Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint? Learn More



Widgeon grass basks in the sunlight during a period of exceptional clarity in January 2016. Photo copyright Jay FlemingUnderwater Grasses

Underwater grass beds are a keystone habitat for Chesapeake Bay fish and crabs. How close are we to increasing this primary habitat? LEARN MORE

Photo credits: (from top) CBF Staff, CBF Staff, ©Michael Eversmier, Yuri Huta, Jay Fleming 

Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.


Want to learn more and join in?
Well, here we go…

  1. Start Here: What is the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint?
  2. Then check out the other links on the Clean Water Blueprint page, especially the interactive map at Clean Water Works! You'll note multiple projects and success stories related to fish habitat.
  3. Finally, check out "Give Something Back to the Chesapeake," a guide to helping create more clean water success stories and creating better fish habitat in the Chesapeake and its rivers.

Oh, and if your organization isn't already part of Anglers for Clean Water, sign up today!

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