Officials of the Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation and the American Bass Association have formed a coalition they hope will be able to assist in solving the problems of boat fishermen at Prettyboy, Liberty and Loch Raven reservoirs.
Prettyboy and Liberty reservoirs have been closed to boat fishing since the season opened March 1. Loch Raven Reservoir, which is scheduled to open on April 3, might allow only rental boats from its fishing center.
The Baltimore City Department of Public Works, which controls the fishing permits boaters must have in order to fish the reservoirs, recently decided not to issue permits this year until it can find a way to ensure the reservoirs will not be infested with zebra mussels.
Liberty, Prettyboy and Loch Raven provide water supplies for some 1.5 million people in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
"This is not an issue of fishermen vs. water supply," said Duke Nohe, director of the newly formed Maryland Aquatic Resources Coalition. "It is an issue of joint cooperation to protect what we have."
The MARC hopes to meet with Public Works Director George Balog and Brandt Hartley, watershed manager for the Bureau of Water Supply, in the near future.
Among those joining Nohe are: Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation president Bruce Jones, American Bass Association president Ed Lohr, Clem Luberecki, Don Roberts and Jim Scarborough.
Gurney Godfrey Day: Noted fly fisherman and author Gary Borger will be the keynote speaker for the 26th annual Gurney Godfrey Day at Towson State University April 4.
Gurney Godfrey Day is sponsored by the Maryland Fly Anglers and includes dozens of exhibitors who will display graphite and bamboo rods, reels, antique tackle, flies and other paraphernalia.
During the day there also will be demonstrations on tying flies for bass, salmon, trout and saltwater patterns. All events during the day, starting at noon, are open to the public free of charge.
The Gurney Godfrey dinner will follow at 7 p.m., followed by Borger's presentation of "Four Seasons of Fly Fishing." Dinner tickets are $28 each.