WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

June 02, 1993

Wildlife center to allow fishing at Cash Lake

The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will permit fishing at Cash Lake beginning June 13, the U.S. Department of the Interior has announced.

This year's program will last until Oct. 15. Day permits will be required and applications are now being accepted.

The free permits will allow the holder and another licensed angler, or up to two accompanying children under 16, to fish for bass, pickerel, sunfish and catfish. Cash Lake, located along Maryland Route 197 south of Laurel, will be open from 6 a.m. to sunset.

Only bass and pickerel over 15 inches long can be kept. The total daily sunfish and catfish limit is 1 pound. No live minnows or fish can be used for bait and only nongasoline powered boats will be allowed. Also, sailboats and kayaks and any vessel longer than 14 feet also are prohibited.

Any licensed angler 18 or older may apply for a permit by writing to the Fishing Program, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Gabrielson Lab/Refuge Management, 12100 Beech Forest Road, Laurel 20708-4036.

The application must include name, address, phone number, area code, and dates for which permits are desired.

Applications should be received at least two weeks before requested fishing days.

Twenty-five permits will be is sued for each day.

If necessary, a random drawing will be held to allocate permits. Successful applicants will be notified of the date or dates for which they have been selected. They will then receive their permit, a map and a list of regulations.

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