Murky waters await those eager to catch a few bass

OUTDOORS

April 10, 1994|By LONNY WEAVER

If you can't wait any longer to hit your favorite bass water, plan on confronting water conditions that are less than ideal.

High, muddied water is the order of the day, especially on popular local bass rivers such as the Monocacy, Pipe Creek, Patapsco and Potomac or even your favorite farm pond.

I hit just those conditions last while playing around on the East Branch of the Patapsco, near my home.

You are going to find everything from mud to silt and even trees coming downstream right now.

Most fish, such as bass, rely on vibrations transmitted by their prey as they struggle to make it through the murky water.

They do this via their finely tuned lateral line that allows the fish to hone in on dinner with relative ease, regardless of how cloudy the water may be.

You can take advantage of these types of water conditions by using spinner baits. Spinners send out an extra vibration while traveling through the water, acting something like a dinner bell.

If you want to try to add to the appeal of the spinner bait, try attaching a plastic trailer, such as the Z-Critter Split Tail or Twister-tail to it.

Local shooting events

Trapshooting is quite popular throughout Carroll County.

The North Carroll Rod & Gun Club conducts public trapshooting under the lights every Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. From Westminster, take Route 97 North to right onto Old Hanover Road, then right again onto Deep Run Road.

The Dug Hill Rod & Gun Club opens its trap facilities to the public the third Sunday of each month. Shooting begins around noon. The club also has scheduled a black-powder shooting match on Sunday, April 24 beginning at 9 a.m.

From Westminster take Route 97 North to right onto Bachman's Valley Road (Route 496), then left onto Wine Road to the club's entrance. If you are coming from Manchester, continue north on Route 30, turn left onto 496.

The Carroll County Pistol League shoots twice a week. Monday evening matches begin at 6, while Sunday matches get going around 10 a.m. Sign-up is an hour before the shooting begins. The cost is $4.

All shoots are at the Mayberry Game Protective Association. This year's start dates are May 2 and 15. Call Jerry Bazensky at (410) 833-3430 for details.

From Westminster, travel west on Route 140 to right onto Mayberry Road. Entrance to the club is well-marked on the right.

Be alert for rabies

So far this year, according to information furnished by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Carroll County has had one confirmed case of rabies this year. The infected animal was a raccoon.

Raccoons have been the primary carriers of the disease over the last year, but the disease also has been found in bats, dogs, cats, groundhogs, skunks, foxes, horses, an otter and a muskrat in Maryland. Of the 624 confirmed rabies cases in Maryland last year, though, 501 involved raccoons.

Be alert. Report any animal that is acting strangely, sick or unusually aggressive.

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