Yellow perch fishing has been as fickle as the weather this year, with sporadic activity during the warm spells and virtually no activity when the cold weather returns.
But perhaps by next weekend, if the weather runs to more normal patterns this week, the yellow perch will begin running in concentrations to and from their spawning grounds near the heads of tidal tributaries.
For several years, fishing for yellow perch has been a changing business, depending on which body of water was being fished.
The Severn, Magothy, South and West were among 11 rivers closed for yellow perch in 1989, and even this year there are different size limits for yellow perch taken in different tributaries.
But if a proposal by the Department of Natural Resources is enacted for next year, yellow perch will be subject to one tidewater size limit (9 inches), and closed tributaries will be opened to fishing.
The creel limit would remain at five per day.
According to fisheries biologists, yellow perch have rebounded from a severe decline in the 1980s, and upper bay stocks have been stable for several years.
Reopening the closed tributaries and implementing a statewide size limit in tidal waters are not expected to have an adverse impact on yellow perch populations.
Fly fishing introductions
The Patapsco Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited has scheduled a program Thursday evening to help novice and intermediate fishermen improve their fly fishing skills through fly tying, casting, knots and increased knowledge of where to fish in Maryland.
The program, to be held at 7 p.m. at the Bear Branch Nature Center on John Owings Road in Westminster, is open to the public and admission is free. Call (410) 442-5747.
Black bass sentencing
The final defendant in the Potomac River black bass case, Dennis Patrick Woodruff, was sentenced recently to one year in prison, and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution for his part in a scheme that illegally caught and marketed more than 40,000 pounds of bass.
Woodruff's payment of $100,000 will go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fund and the Lacey Act Reward Fund. The Lacey Act is a federal law that prohibits illegal interstate transportation or sale of wildlife.
Good hunting at Fair Hill
The managed deer hunt at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in January produced a kill of 318 deer by 301 hunters. Of those deer, 62 were donated to people in need through Harvestshare or individual contacts.
The blizzard that hit the area on Jan. 7 caused the four-day hunt to be postponed to Jan. 23-25.
Pub Date: 3/10/96