Rockfish season opens May 1 with a three-fish limit

OUTDOORS

April 17, 1994|By LONNY WEAVER

Maryland's spring trophy striped-bass (rockfish) season has passed through the approval process, and now all that remains is for area anglers to get out on the Bay, beginning May 1, and have a ball.

During the monthlong season each fisherman is allowed up to three rockfish, each measuring no less than 34 inches.

To participate in the trophy season, anglers will need a current Chesapeake Bay sport-fishing license, plus a $2 striped-bass permit stamp.

Stamps are available from these Carroll County locations: ACE Hardware or True Value in Hampstead; Fish Maryland, Eldersburg; Fritz's Radio-TV, Taneytown; and K mart in Westminster and Sykesville.

Along with a permit stamp, you will receive three numbered plastic lock tags. The numbers will be recorded on the stamp. Each tag is to be affixed to the gill or lower jaw of a legal-size rockfish.

The Department of Natural Resources also is asking successful anglers to call (800) 999-2800 the day a striped bass is caught to report the date and location of the catch and the fish's tag number and length.

Fishing is limited to the main portion of the Chesapeake Bay from the northern span of the Bay bridges, south to the Maryland-Virginia line, including Tangier and Pocomoke sounds.

No rockfishing is allowed in any rivers or north of the Bay bridges to protect spawning areas. Gaffing of striped bass and the use of whole eels are prohibited throughout the season. Fishing hours are: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fishing report

Liberty Reservoir is producing the occasional striped bass near the Route 140 bridge and carp fishing is good above the bridge. Crappie fishing is picking up at the Nicodemus Bridge area -- use cut bait on shad darts.

Loch Raven anglers are picking up whopper crappies in the area of Hampton Cove. There is scattered bass action at both reservoirs.

Prettyboy is the place for perch; look to the shallow coves for some interesting bass action. White's and Edward's ferries on the upper Potomac are producing some nice smallmouths on plastic grubs.

Try Pennsylvania's trout

Pennsylvania's trout season opened yesterday. It offers some of the finest trout fishing in North American in its famous limestone streams.

A non-resident license costs $25, plus $5 extra for the required trout and salmon stamp. On all put-and-take streams, the limit is eight fish per day, and the minimum-size is seven inches.

Bearded turkey time

Maryland's spring bearded turkey season kicks off tomorrow and will continue through May 16 in all or parts of 14 counties.

The general limit is one bird per person each season. But, if no turkey was taken last fall, two birds may be taken per season.

Open counties are: Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester (south of route 50), Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Somerset, Queen Anne's, Washington, Wicomico (east of Route 13) and Worcester.

In Caroline, Dorchester, Howard, Kent, Somerset, Queen Anne's and Wicomico counties, no more than one bird may be taken per hunter.

Carroll County hunters will not have to travel far from home for next spring's turkey hunt. That's when Maryland has its first statewide turkey season.

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