If you were planning to hit Prettyboy or Liberty reservoirs for some fishing Sunday, you probably know by now that the reservoirs have been closed to boat traffic because of potential problems with zebra mussels.
BSo, what to do? It's too early to get interested in the NBA -- the season doesn't really get started until the playoffs anyway. The Olympics are over, and, besides, who wants to be indoors?
BOne might try yellow perch fishing, which is going well in all the tidal tributaries that are open. Remember, barb-less hooks are required through March 15.
There also is a nine-inch minimum size limit in the Patuxent and Wye rivers and Tuckahoe Creek. In other open waters, the minimum size limit is 8 1/2 inches. The creel limit is five per person per day.
The yellow perch fishery is closed in the Chester, Choptank, Magothy, Miles, Nanticoke, Patapsco, Severn, South, West and Rhode rivers. One cannot possess yellow perch in those rivers.
EIn freshwater, there are no restrictions on size limit, and there are no closed areas.
Another option might be to try some of the tailwater fisheries close to town, below Loch Raven and Prettyboy on the Gunpowder, for example.
Trout fishing has been challenging but enjoyable in the catch-and-return areas below the Prettyboy dam, and, below the Loch Raven dam, the trout and smallmouth bass fishing has been decent as well.
you are taking the boat out, the Department of Natural Resources has a bit of news that may clear some of the gloom: Marina and slip owners cannot prohibit fishermen in boats from fishing their pilings or even entering empty slips without tying up.
An ad hoc committee studied the matter of fishing boaters' access to marinas after some marinas were declared closed to fishing during the Bass Masters Classic last summer.
summary, the advice of Assistant Attorney General Sean Coleman to the committee was:
The public has a right to navigate the waters of the state and to fish these waters. These rights cannot be lost as a result of the state permitting piers to be built over the waters of the state. Therefore, generally, pier owners may not preclude a person in a vessel who is fishing from approaching or even entering unoccupied pier slips."
Remember that if you are going fishing for bass in tidal waters, starting Sunday and through June 15, there is a 15-inch minimum size and a creel limit of five per day. In freshwater, from March 1 through June 15, bass fishing is catch-and-release only.
Stocking of some trout put-and-take areas was to begin last week and there are a about a dozen ponds and lakes throughout the state that may have been stocked and do not have closures. Check the Maryland Freshwater Fishing Guide for details.
Feb. 28-29: National Outdoors Show, South Dorchester County School K-8 in Golden Hill. This is a major show that includes the National Muskrat Skinning Championship as well as competitions in duck and goose calling in addition to hunting and fishing demonstrations and exhibits. The show opens at 5 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Call (410) 397-3517 or (410) 397-3738.
AFeb. 29: As part of a leap year celebration, a hike to help plant seedlings in the Hereford area is being organized out of Gunpowder Falls State Park. The hike will take place at Camp Wood and begins at 9 a.m. Call 592-2897.
March 4: Monthly meeting of Free State Fly Fishers. Scheduled speaker is Joe Bruce, owner of the Fisherman's Edge tackle shop, 7:30 p.m., Hillsmere Elementary School in Annapolis.
March 7: Harford Hooksetters annual flea market at American Legion Post 39, 500 Hickory Avenue, Bel Air. New and used fishing tackle, motors, boats, handmade lures, electronics, etc. Admission is $1.50 for those 12 and older. Call (410) 838-2603.
March 8: Mountain Club of Maryland hike through Catonsville, Ellicott City and Illchester. For more information, call 744-7943 or 377-6266.
March 10: Monthly meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1010 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 7:30 p.m. Scheduled speakers are Al Engler on marine electronics and Oscar Paquette on wreck fishing.
March 10: Monthly meeting of Northwest Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association, featuring the chapter's first annual flea market, 6 p.m., St. Lawrence Church, 5801 Security Boulevard, Woodlawn. Call 747-5886.
March 16: DNR Wildlife Division public meeting on proposed 1992-93 hunting and trapping seasons, bag limits and regulations for upland game, furbearers and forest game, 7 p.m., Mount Savage Fire Hall, Foundry Row, Mount Savage.
March 17: DNR Wildlife Division public meeting on proposed 1992-93 hunting and trapping seasons, bag limits and regulations for upland game, furbearers and forest game, 7 p.m., Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Avenue, Towson.