Three areas will be opened for recreational yellow perch

January 20, 1991|By Peter Baker

The Department of Natural Resources is making a few changes in the regulations governing recreational yellow-perch fishing this year. The changes will take effect tomorrow.

Fishing for yellow perch has been closed for a few years in 11 Chesapeake tributaries because of long-term decline in the population of the species.

This year, however, the DNR will open Tuckahoe Creek, the Wye River and the Patuxent River for yellow-perch fishing because stocks have shown an increase in numbers and size.

The Chester, Choptank, Magothy, Miles, Nanticoke, Patapsco, Severn, South and West rivers will remain closed.

In the newly opened areas, the minimum size will be 9 inches, and a creel limit of five per day will be enforced.

Fishermen will be required to use single, barbless hooks from Feb. 1 through March 15 to reduce hooking mortality to yellow perch during the spawning season. The use of single, barbless hooks is expected to have the most effect in the open river systems, where an 8 1/2 -inch limit will be in effect.

* The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced that it intends to adopt new safety regulations for fall turkey season, including reduction of shot sizes, the exclusion of rifles and requiring hunters to wear some form of daylight fluorescent orange.

The commission is making the changes because too many hunters are being shot.

A study presented to the commission indicated that the mortality rate in accidental shootings was 17 times higher with rifles than with shotguns.

* Proposed 1991-92 hunting seasons in Pennsylvania are:

Archery, Oct. 5-Nov. 1; early grouse and squirrel opener will be Oct. 19; general small game, Nov. 2-30; bear, Nov. 25-27; buck, Dec. 2-14; antlerless deer, Dec. 16-18; post-Christmas deer, Dec. 26-Jan. 11; spring turkey, May 2-May 30, 1992.

* The Department of Natural Resources Boating Administration, Anne Arundel County and trade and citizens groups are developing vessel management plans for the Magothy and South rivers with a focus on environmental protection, recreational opportunities and user safety. In February, the DNR will mail a questionnaire to citizen advisory board members and to other interested parties. To be included on the mail list, call 974-7616.

* Brad Dysinger of Cambridge has been named to the Amateur Trapshooting Association's All-America team for the 14th time. Dysinger was named after an exemplary season that included four perfect scores during the association's national championships recently in Dayton, Ohio.

* The 1991 Annapolis-to-Newport Race will start June 15. This year, the 473-mile sailing race in IMS and PHRF classes will include a non-spinnaker PHRF class for the first time. One-design classes with sufficient entries also will be included. Entrants will be required to equip their boats to meet the requirements of Category 2 of the Offshore Racing Council 1991 Special Regulations. Information and entry forms are available from the Annapolis-to-Newport Race Committee, P.O. Box 908, Annapolis, Md. 21404. Entries must be received by May 28.

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