FISHING HOLESWith the rockfish season ending this weekend...

Peter Baker's journal

November 12, 1992|By PETER BAKER

FISHING HOLES

With the rockfish season ending this weekend for charter boats in Maryland and the recreational season already closed, the best bets for fishing might well be the Wicomico, Chester and Choptank rivers on the Eastern Shore and the upper and lower Potomac River.

Ken Penrod of Outdoor Life Unlimited, a fishing and hunting guide service, reports that the upper Potomac is very low and clear and the fishing there has been getting tougher. Best bets are to try the deeper pools and rock ledges with ribbed worms worked very slowly and deep. Good spots are above the launch in Brunswick, along the Maryland shore at White's Ferry, just below the launch at Edwards Ferry and along the Maryland shore at Seneca, where the tops of trees that have fallen in the water offer good cover for bass.

In the lower Potomac from Mattawoman upriver to the Washington area, dropoffs on the channel edges have been very good when the weather is unsettled. Grass beds still provide some action, but it is spotty.

In the Shore rivers, try working piers, bulkheads and other wood cover with plastic lures, use jigs near the dropoffs and spinnerbaits on the edges of submerged vegetation.

Trout fishing also is a good alternative. Telephone numbers to call for information on Maryland streams and rivers are: Fisherman's Edge, (410) 719-7999; ; Orvis Sporting Adventure, (410) 465-1112 (Gunpowder and Patuxent); The Rod Rack, (301) 694-6143; or 1-800-626-5706 (Big Hunting Creek).

USER FEE REPEAL

In case you missed it, last week President Bush signed a bill that phases out the federal user fee that has been collected from boat owners for the past two years. By 1994, no boat owners will have to pay the fee. Starting next year, owners of boats from 16 to 21 feet will no longer have to pay the tax.

Also last week, a bill that would have imposed a 20.1 cent tax on marine diesel fuel was vetoed. However, the 10 percent tax on boats costing more than $100,000 is still on the books.

SPORTSMEN PAY THEIR WAY

A survey conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Fund of America has determined that from 1986 to 1991, sportsmen provided a 37.4 percent increase in revenues for state wildlife agencies while general tax revenue funding for those agencies dropped 11.4 percent.

The increase in funds from sportsmen came from federal excise taxes and state and federal license and stamp fees, according to the survey, which was sent to the nation's 50 state wildlife directors.

HUNTER ORANGE

If you are heading to Pennsylvania this fall to hunt small game, birds, turkey or deer during the bucks-only archery season, starting this year you will be required to wear 250 square inches of hunter orange on the head, chest and back that is visible through 360 degrees.

A preliminary report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission indicates that the opening Saturday of small game and turkey season may have been the safest on record.

Only one serious accident was reported -- the wounding of a man mistaken for a turkey -- compared to 15 turkey hunters shot on opening day last year and 12, including three fatalities, in 1990.

CALENDAR

Friday-Sunday: The Waterfowl Festival in Easton. Waterfowl art exhibits, duck and goose calling championships, retriever demonstrations, shooting clays demonstrations, seafood festival. For more information, call (410) 822-4567.

Friday-Sunday: Mid-Atlantic Council of the Federation of Fly Fishermen conclave at the Venice Inn in Hagerstown.

Saturday: Free seminar on preparing your boat for winter at the Boat/U.S. Marine Center, 6651-20 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (410) 761-5901.

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 21, 22: Hunter sight-in days at Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association, 3400 North Wind Road. Saturday sessions begin at 9 a.m. Sunday sessions begin at noon. $3 donation per gun. For more information, call (410) 668-4327 or (410) 256-5581.

Saturday: Mountain Club of Maryland hike in Catoctin Mountain Park, including Cunningham Falls. For more information, call (410) 486-1787.

Sunday: MCM hike at Sugarloaf Mountain in Frederick County. For more information, call (410) 442-5785.

Monday: Opening of Canada goose season. Limit is one bird per day.

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