A good sign of spring should be arriving soon: yellow perch run

Outdoors

March 17, 1996|By Lonny Weaver | Lonny Weaver,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Any day now, the annual yellow perch spawning run will be getting under way and we will then be assured that the winter's spell has been broken.

The key to the spawning run is water temperature. Forty-five degrees is the magic number that opens the gate to the greenish-yellow perch as they pour into tidal creeks and streams throughout Anne Arundel County and neighboring shorelines.

In most of the waterways the arrival of spawning perch is marked by the presence of long, ribbon-like strings of eggs. These gelatinous strings are deposited by the females on submerged and semi-submerged tree limbs, stones and banks.

Yellow perch average about 8 inches in length. For maximum enjoyment, arm yourself with a 5- to 6-foot ultralight spinning outfit and 4-pound test mono line. Small, live garden worms, grass shrimp and minnows impaled on No. 1 or 2 snelled hooks are deadly. Just add a split shot about 10 inches in front of the hook and you are set for action.

The artificial lure fan can't beat a 1/32-ounce shad dart under a small bobber. Any combination of red, white or yellow darts are the right choices. I have caught yellow perch with a fly rod rigged with a Mickey Finn in sizes 10 or 12.

Spring turkey hunt nears

The spring turkey hunt will begin April 18 and continue through May 18 in all Maryland counties this year. To get yourself in the right frame of mind, plan to attend the fourth annual fund-raising banquet and auction sponsored by the Central Maryland Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation on Friday, March 29, at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Hall.

Auctions and raffles at the event will feature wildlife paintings, jewelry, taxidermy and sporting goods. The cost of an individual ticket is $40, but a couples ticket goes for $55. The price of the ticket includes dinner, an NWTF membership, a year's subscription to "Turkey Call" magazine and four issues of "The Caller."

All tickets purchased by or before March 19 will be entered into an early bird drawing for a shotgun. To order your tickets call Gene Hyatt (410) 760-8291, Tom Musick (410) 647-8533, or Tracy Ford (410) 551-0682.

Order free bay guide

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Marylanders spent more than $133 million on boats, motors, trailers and other marine accessories last year. Unfortunately, most Maryland boaters do not have direct and easy access to the bay.

The "Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River Public Access Guide," folds out to highway map size and includes more than 500 local places of interest to outdoor and boating enthusiasts.

The free map lists specific information for each site, including boat ramps, swimming areas, bank or pier fishing areas, trails and parking availability. The map is published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program. To get your copy, call (800) 662-2747.

Pub Date: 3/17/96

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