Spring has sprung and fishing is picking up, especially in freshwater and upper tidal rivers.
According to the folks at Outdoor Life Unlimited, the guide service located in Beltsville, bass fishing is good almost everywhere and perch and crappie fishing is picking up.
Rains at the end of the week will have Eastern Shore waters muddy and Western Shore tributaries high and dangerous.
Eastern Shore hot spots are the Wicomico River at Salisbury, where four-inch ribbed worms are turning up bass around docks and off points, and minnows are taking crappie in deeper water )) upriver; and the Nanticoke near Seaford, where perch are in deep holes on outside channel bends and bass are moving to underwater lilly stems.
On the Potomac River near Washington, docks and sea walls are turning up good-sized bass. Try jigs, crankbaits and salted grubs.
Grass is starting to fill in downriver on the flats near Marshall Hall, where jigs and spinnerbaits worked in 6 to 10 feet of water have done well.
* The Maryland State Forest and Park Service, the Wildlife Department and the Natural Resources Police will hold field days for turkey hunters at Green Ridge State Forest April 13-14. Green Ridge is in Allegany County, on Route 40 about 1 1/2 miles north of the 15-Mile Creek interchange on Route 48.
Hunters can bring the shotguns and ammunition they plan to use. Experts will help determine the choke and pattern of their gun at the forest's shooting range.
In addition to patterning, instruction is available on calls, camouflage, safety, biology, tactics, decoys and field care and cooking of wild birds.
Personnel will be available to answer questions on laws and regulations and on public hunting lands best suited to wild turkey hunting.
The field days are free and open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information call John Mash of the MSFPS at (301) -777-2198.
* David Turnbaugh of Towson won the 1991-1992 Marylan Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest after his oil painting of a pair of shoveler ducks was picked as the best among 94 entries in the annual contest.
His painting will appear on the license stamp required of every waterfowl hunter in Maryland.