Why wait? Crabs are plentiful, if small, and moving up bay
* Although not large, crabs are plentiful -- and they're quickly moving up the Chesapeake and into its tributaries. Larger ones will be available after a couple more sheddings, which should make late-summer activity super productive. But, why wait? Most crustaceans now available are of the legal minimum of 5 inches, point to point. Necks and other fatty chicken pieces are top bait choices whether used on ring traps, collapsible traps or hand lines.
Crabbers now do fairly well at Point Lookout State Park and at the Department of Natural Resources' Point Lookout Fishing Pier. Another good bet down that way is the long fishing pier at Scheible's Fishing Center at Wynne especially early and late in the day. It is possible frequently to scoop up swimmers working by within inches of the surface. There is no charge for use of the pier.
Probably, the best bet of all remains the Wye, where perch also are biting. Many upper bay tributaries also offer some crabbing now.
* Today: Continuing through Sunday's finale is the nine-day Lightning Class World Sailing Championships in Annapolis. Headquarters at Severn Sailing Association, Eastport,
* Tomorrow: Fish 'til Midnight night at Downs Park, on the Chesapeake at Pasadena. Pre-registration required. Call 222-6230.
* Tomorrow: Free trailered boat Coast Guard Auxiliary spring safety checkup, 5 to 8 p.m., parking lot of BOAT/US Towson Marine Center, 6863 Loch Raven Blvd. Call 761-5901.
* Tomorrow: Evening trap shooting, 100 and 50 target events, 6 )) p.m., Carroll County Gun Club off Liberty Road. Also, evening shooting June 14, July 5 and 12. Call John Stevens, 679-4199.
* Saturday: Boating Fun Fest featuring boating exhibits, demonstrations and even a how-to-fix-it program, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sandy Point State Park. Call 974-3017.
* Saturday/Sunday: Trap shoots, 9 a.m., Metro Gun Club near Waldorf. Regular shoot Saturday; first annual Escaline Banks Memorial Shoot on Sunday. Call John Stevens, 679-4199.
Planning ahead ...
* June 15: Opening for fishing through Oct. 15, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 54-acre Cash Lake at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel. Shore or boat fishing free by permit only. Write Fishing Program, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel, Md. 20708. Random drawings will decide who fishes.
* June 15/16: Call 974-3771 to sign on for a weekend canoe trip along the Potomac out of Green Ridge State Forest. Experienced paddlers only; $60 covers canoe rentals, transportation and meals.
* July 8: Loch Raven bass guide John Hauserman will start a week-long fishing course on that reservoir for young and beginning anglers. Sessions will run three hours a day -- covering bass, crappies, carp and bluegills. A good hands-on approach to learning how to fish. Call 882-2307.
Names and places ...
* Still no decision on Maryland's fall rockfish dates, but an announcement is expected by the weekend for Virginia's season. Word is it will be a split affair of 31 days (Oct. 12-27 and Nov. 21-Dec. 5) with a limit of two a day. No decisions yet on minimum length.
* Army Engineers are raising the level of Jennings Randolph Lake, which is on the Potomac, shared by West Virginia and Maryland, and located near Bloomington. Fishing success is always best during and immediately after the filling stage, said Bernie Dowler of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
* The new headboat OC Princess out of Shantytown Pier, West Ocean City, has added nighttime bluefishing to its schedule, and has found 5- to 10-pounders about an hour's run offshore. She sails nightly Wednesdays through Sundays at 7 p.m., returning at 2 a.m. She also sails daily at 7 a.m. for sea bass and other bottom feeders, and on June 16 she will make her first overnight trip for sharks. Call 1-301-289-0926.
* John Pohlmeyer took a mako shark of 59 pounds, and said he lost one of twice that weight while fishing whole mackerel near the Jackspot off Ocean City. The mako run should continue through the month -- and a few blue sharks also have arrived.
* Maryland Fur Trappers Association continues to promote its industry; the latest strategy being the donation of a $7,500 full-length, red fox fur coat to the winner of the Miss Maryland Pageant June 22 (8 p.m.) at the Maryland Theater, Hagerstown. DNR is working with the group in publicizing the fur trade, and handouts will be available on trapping, furs, wildlife management, and river otter, said MFTA president Ron Leggett of Boonsboro. For ticket information, call 1-301-3500.