Mow the lawn or head down to virtually any tidal tributary, where fat white perch are being taken from holes along the shoreline. It is an easy choice, really.
The grass will still be there, but once the spawn is complete, the perch will flee downstream.
Warm weather will do that -- make the grass grow and the fish bite.
Fishing is good throughout most of the state in freshwater and tidal tributaries.
Crappie fishing is good at Loch Raven, Rocky Gorge and Liberty reservoirs, as well as at Unicorn and Centennial lakes, the Patapsco valley ponds and Tuckahoe Lake.
At Tuckahoe, above the dam, pickerel also are active -- and legal. Pickerel is closed in tidewater. Below the dam, white perch are hitting.
White perch are in the Susquehanna and at Millington, Red Bridges and along the Blackwater and Transquaking rivers. In fact, white perch are active in the upper stretches of most tidal rivers and creeks.
In Western Maryland, Deep Creek Lake is turning up good catches of smallmouth bass near rocky points and largemouth near submerged wood and drop-offs.
The Upper Potomac River has been high and unsafe, but the lower river is producing some good bass fishing, according to Outdoor Life Unlimited.
The White Marlin Open will be held in Ocean City on Aug. 5-9 with headquarters at the Harbor Island Marina.
Billed as the largest bill-fishing tournament in the world, the White Marlin Open offers a pool of prizes worth approximately $500,000.
Last year, Smitty Gray of Cary, N.C., won $184,268 for a catch of a 563-pound blue marlin. Gray's winnings were the most in the 18-year history of the tournament.
The tournament offers separate competitions for white marlin, blue marlin, wahoo, tuna, dolphin and shark.
The entry fee is $650 per boat. Last year, more than 1,200 anglers on 226 boats entered the tournament.
Anglers fish three of the five days, and the area to be fished is unrestricted, although most boats head for the canyons offshore.
For tournament information, call Jim Motsko at (301) 289-1500.
The House Environmental Matters Committee killed House Bill 1189, which would have eliminated gill netting and eventually made rockfish a game fish. The bill would have allowed commercial hook-and-line fishing for rockfish for five years but would have banned all commercial fishing for rockfish after that.
The Wild Bird Center in Columbia will sponsor a hawk-and-owl show from noon to 4 p.m. April 27 with the assistance of the Department of Natural Resources.
The birds in the show, including hawks, owls and vultures, will be provided by the rehabilitation program at Gunpowder Falls State Park. A ranger from the park will be on hand to answer questions and explain the the life cycles of the birds.
The Wild Bird Center is at the Snowden Center on Oakland Mills Road.