Rules on Conowingo catwalk change 3-month ban set on some lures, baits

May 24, 1992|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Starting June 15, fishermen using the catwalk at Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River will be allowed to use only doughballs, scent baits, chicken livers and worms, according to new regulations formulated by the Department of Natural Resources.

The use of artificial lures, bloodworms or fish baits will be prohibited through Sept. 15.

The restrictions are intended to reduce the bycatch mortality of striped bass.

Shore or boat fishermen are not to be restricted.

Boat fishermen will be prohibited from fishing the river from the base of the dam downstream to the overhead power lines closest to the dam at Rowland Island.

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted, 339-78, to repeal the federal boat user fee tax that went into effect 18 months ago. The legislation (H.R. 2056) would phase out the tax in three steps -- eliminating boats 21 feet and less in length on Oct. 1; 37 feet and less on Oct. 1, 1993; and all remaining boats by Sept. 30, 1994.

The repeal effort goes to the U.S. Senate, where a bill similar to the House bill has been introduced by Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., chairman of the Commerce Committee.

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fTC The annual Governor's Youth Fishing Derby will be held June 6 23 locations throughout the state. The theme of the derby is to get hooked on fishing, not on drugs.* Maryland's free fishing days will be June 6, June 7 and July 4. On Cthose days, Marylanders will be allowed to fish without a license.

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The field for the BASS Masters Classic in Birmingham, Ala., will headed by angler of the year Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich. Other pros who made the cut are:

Shaw Grigsby, Gainesville, Fla.; Ron Shuffield, Bismark, Ark.; Rick Clunn, Montgomery, Texas; Jay Yelas, Jasper, Texas; Robert Kilby, Hot Springs, Ark.; Lonnie Stanley, Huntington, Texas; Lendel Martin, Nacadoches, Texas; Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark.; Joe Yates, Barling, Ark.; Gary Klein, Montgomery, Texas; Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark.; Jim Bitter, Fruitland Park, Fla.; Ken Cook, Meers, Okla.; Mickey Bruce, Buford, Ga.; Peter Thliveros, Jacksonville, Fla.; Randy Blaukat, Joplin, Mo.; Robert Hamilton, Jacksonville, Miss.; Denny Brauer, Camdenton, Mo.; Guido Hibdon, Gravois Mills, Mo.; Tom Mann Jr., Buford, Ga.; Tom Biffle, Waggoner, Okla.; Zell Rowland, Montgomery, Texas; Stacey King, Reeds Spring, Mo.; George Cochran, North Little Rock, Ark.; Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss.; Randy Mosely, Osage Beach, Mo.; Jerry Guest, Royston, Ga.; Guy Eaker, Cherryville, N.C.; Bob Pastick, Westport, Mass.; Stanley Mitchell, Fitzgerald, Dion Hibdon, Stover, Mo.; Woo Daves, Spring Grove, Va.; Larry Lazoen, Port Charlotte, Fla.; Chet Douthit, Clewiston, Fla.

The five amateur divisional champions who will fish are: David O'Neal, Vine Grove, Ky., northern; Larry Jacobs, Cedar Grove, Pa., southern; Jeff Miller, James Creek, Pa., eastern; Roland Zielke, Sandy City, Utah, western; Robert Beardon, Huntington, Ark., central.

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On June 5, the Sail for Sight Regatta will be held at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club, starting at 4 p.m. The race, which benefits the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness, is open to PHRF boats as a sanctioned race of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, and to cruising boats that wish to participate.

Chesapeake Hobie Cat Fleet 54 also will sponsor a race on a separate course in the Inner Harbor.

Honorary chairman is blind sailor Jim Dickson, who attempted to sail alone across the Atlantic in 1987. For more information or to register, call (410) 225-9400.

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