* The latest extension of the fall rockfish season is...

Outdoor Journal

November 14, 1991|By Bill Burton

* The latest extension of the fall rockfish season is tomorrow and Sunday, not today and Saturday as indicated in yesterday's Outdoor Journal. The Evening Sun regrets the error.

This weekend ...

* Presumably this is the last weekend for rockfishing, after all how many reopenings can we have? Many outdoorsmen have switched to waterfowling, which is good throughout much of the Eastern Shore. Unfortunately many skippers have put up their boats for the season, figuring the rockfishing was over.

Friday and Saturday, the extended season will be open for bot charter and recreational craft, with a limit of two fish a day for both. Some suggestions:


* UPPER BAY: Bay Bridge, Love Point, Belvedere Shoals, nort end of Pooles Island, Swan Point, deeper waters near the Dumping Grounds, the Bay Bridge, Kent Island Shore, and Thomas Point.

* MID-BAY: Mouth of the Choptank to the Diamonds, West River Kent Narrows, Winter Gooses, False Channel, Radar Station, and off Calvert Cliffs.

* LOWER BAY: Point No Point, Cedar Point, mouth of th Potomac, the mouth of the Honga River, and Tangier and Pocomoke sounds.

Calendar ...

* Tomorrow: Opening of the rabbit, quail and pheasant seasons. The outlook is good for rabbits, fair at best for bobwhites, and poor for pheasants. A rundown on pheasant woes tomorrow.

* Saturday/Sunday: Sight in your deer rifle at NRA hunter's rifl sight-in at Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association, noon to 4, 3400 Northwind Road. $3 donation. Another sight-in chance, Nov. 23-24.

* Wednesday: Organizational meeting of Trout Unlimited chapte for Carroll County, 7:30 p.m., Iriquois Building of Hashawha Environmental Center, Westminster. Lefty Kreh will be the speaker; admission is free. Call Brian Kaltrider, 1-848-5005.

Planning ahead ...

* Nov. 22: Kent Island Chapter of Ducks Unlimited annual dinner-fund raiser, Washington College, Chestertown. Call 1-301-778-2860.

* Nov. 28: Second two-day early Maryland duck season, and th first opportunity for black ducks.

Names and places ...

* Fish like trout dinners, too. While fishing the chilling waters of Deep Creek Lake, Edmund McFadden of Westminster caught on a minnow a 3-pound pickerel. Upon cleaning it, he found a 13-inch trout in its stomach. Why was that saw-tooth still hungry? Too bad McFadden didn't get that pickerel before the annual Deep Creek contest ended last month. The season's winner was a 2-pound, 15-ouncer, taken by Paul Pasqual of Pittsburgh.

Some other winners: Wesley Grice, McKeesport, Pa., largemouth bass, 6 pounds 6 ounces; Gary Nickelson, Connersville, Pa., smallmouth, 3 pounds 3 ounces; Scott Wetzel, Greenbelt, crappie, 1 1/2 pounds; Brownlee Armstrong, Cumberland, walleye, 9 pounds 10 ounces.

Also, Jerry Twigg Jr., Deer Park, yellow perch, 1 pound 5 ounces Roy Bittinger, McHenry, northern pike, 20 1/2 pounds, which was the best in the state in '91, Bill Frankhouser, Oakland, brown trout, 6 pounds 5 ounces (also tops in the state), and Joe Broner, Cumberland, bluegill, 1 pound 1 ounce -- an 11 1/4 -incher. This reservoir deserves serious consideration in angling plans in '92.

* One of the strangest fish stories of the year really doesn't involve a fish. Biologist Sue Bruenderman of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is asking anglers to report sightings of a misplaced alligator in the Chickahominy in the vicinity of Providence Forge. Kevin Ferguson of Richmond said he definitely saw the 3 1/2 -foot reptile last week.

* The long-awaited National Marine Fisheries Management Plan for Atlantic sharks scheduled to go into effect last month didn't, and won't until March 2 because of the tremendous response to the program -- with most comments aimed at weakening it, much as it is needed at the earliest.

Federal managers are reviewing the comments, but hopefull won't water it down. Provisions call for commercial quotas, recreational bag limits, and a ban on finning to protect overfished coastal and large pelagic species.

* Everyone laughed when federal and New England states fisheries scientists started their shad restoration program on the Connecticut River complex more than a decade ago. Well, recently the first spawning pair of salmon -- both of about 30 inches -- were observed in Connecticut's Salmon River. He who laughs last laughs best.

* Bass guide Ken Penrod, who is conservation and environment chairman of the Maryland BASS Federation, has warned DNR secretary Torrey Brown that the membership will bring the Potomac River fishing license controversy into the political arena unless Maryland pushes successfully for equity in fishing license fees. There has been talk of reciprocity for ages, but it still costs Marylanders $42.50 to fish throughout the tidal Potomac (which we own), while a Virginian can do so for $24.50.

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