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June 10, 1993|By Peter Baker

SAIL FOR SIGHT

Tomorrow evening, more than 600 sailors from the Baltimore-Annapolis area will race in the 5th annual Sail For Sight Regatta on the Inner Harbor in a fund-raiser for the RP (retinitis pigmentosa) Foundation Fighting Blindness.Racing begins at 4 p.m.

SPANISH MACKEREL PLAN

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council have determined that spanish mackerel are in need of conservation and recommend the establishment of comparable fishing limits among member states. Maryland's Department of Natural Resources will hold public hearings June 15 and 22, both at 6 p.m., to begin the process. June 15 meeting will be at the Wicomico County Library, Salisbury. June 22 meeting will be at Department of Agriculture headquarters in Annapolis.

THE FISHING REPORT

**** EXCELLENT *** GOOD ** FAIR * POOR

SALT WATER

Ocean

Inshore *** 1/2 Flounder continue to be good in Ocean City with the channel behind the Convention Center and south to the Route 50 bridge. Flounder in Chincoteague and Wachapreague as well.

Offshore *** Shark fishing is the best bet offshore, with the Fingers a good area for sharks that have exceeded 300 pounds in some cases.

Chesapeake Bay

Lower bay *** Bottom fishing is filling in, but catches of croaker, spot and sea trout are scattered. Good choices are Honga River and Cornfield Harbor.In Tangier and Pocomoke sounds, croaker fishing has been very good in areas ranging from depths of 20 to 40 feet. Flounder fishing also has been good in waters 15 to 25 feet.Sea trout from 3 to 5 pounds have been taken in 4 to 7 feet of water near Crisfield, Smith Island and Cedar Island Marsh. Also in shallow waters, a few red drum to 40 pounds have been taken on the bottom in the evening.

Middle bay *** Black drum to 80 pounds have been taken in the James Island area, the Stone Rock and off Poplar Island. Bluefish scattered here and near Bloody Point, Tilghman, Calvert Cliffs and the mouth of the Patuxent River. Scattered catches of speckled sea trout, croaker and spot reported in the mouth of the Choptank River and the entrance of Eastern Bay.

Upper bay *** Catfish activity continues to be good at Hart and Miller Island, Still Pond, Patapsco, Chester and Susquehanna rivers(see river reports).

Potomac River

Upper tidal *** 1/2 In D.C. waters, a rockfish season opened on Monday, with a limit of one per day between 18 and 36 inches. Best bets for largemouth bass are at Fort Washington area, where Bryans Cove,Greenway Flats and mouth of Pomonkey Creek are excellent choices.

Other rivers

Patapsco *** White perch fishing less than great at the Key Bridge, but catfish catches are increasing as is the size of the catches.

Susquehanna *** 1/2 Below Conowingo Dam, islands and bridge pilings have been turning up smallmouth bass from 1 to 3 pounds and largemouths from 3 to 6 pounds. White perch catches reported good in the Lapidum area. Catfish action continues to be good.

Choptank *** At the fishing pier near Cambridge, white perch and catfish are the best bets.Chester *** Catfish action near Eastern Neck Island and white perch near Langford.

Wicomico *** 1/2 Around Salisbury, try the lily pads, bulkheads, docks and other wood structure for largemouth bass.

Magothy * White perch at the river mouth, although size and numbers have been on the slim side.

FRESHWATER LAKES AND RIVERS

Upper Potomac River *** 1/2 Rains at midweek again might have the river muddied,and the forecast is for thunderstorms today and Friday. But the fishing continues to be good from Brunswick to Edwards Ferry. For river condition,call (301)223-6377.

Deep Creek Lake *** 1/2 Pickerel offer the best action for shoreside anglers. Bluegills also close in shore. Trout active near the dam.

Patapsco River *** Guide Philip Krista reports that bass fishing has been good,but river probably will be muddy and high after rains this week.

RESERVOIRS

Liberty *** 1/2 Largemouth bass have been in the shallows. Occasional walleye from deeper ledges.

Conowingo *** 1/2 Smallmouth and largemouth fishing continues to be very good up the lake from Glen Cove Marina.

Loch Raven *** 1/2 Crappie, bluegill, pickerel and largemouth bass have been holding close to structure along the shorelines.

Prettyboy *** White perch, crappie and bluegills.

Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge *** Brush piles near the Route 29 bridge should turn up some bluegills and crappie. Largemouth, smallmouth and walleye near steeper drops. Also catfish close to shore.

Piney Run *** 1/2 Several catches of 10 to 16 pound stripers reported.

TROUT

L Hunting Creek -- Stream is in good condition. Sulphur hatch.

Savage River -- River is in good condition below the dam, a little low above it. Stone fly hatches.

Gunpowder -- River is in good condition, although water occasionally crests top of dam. Heavy rains might make the river murky.

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