Similar seasons expected for rock

Outdoors

April 04, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Regulations for recreational and commercial rockfish seasons still are being discussed, but Pete Jensen, head of tidewater fisheries for the Department of Natural Resources, said yesterday that the spring and early summer seasons will be almost the same as last year.

"With a few minor changes, such as dates," Jensen said, "the spring package is basically the same -- except that in the June-July season the minimum size increases."

During the period from June 1 through July 4, the minimum length is proposed to be 28 inches, up from 26 inches last year. The creel limit will remain one per day.

The spring trophy season is proposed to open on April 27, Jensen said, and run through the end of May. Minimum size limit would remain at 32 inches.

Fishing meetings

Later this month, DNR will hold a series of public information meetings to discuss proposed changes in non-tidal fishing regulations for 1997.

Non-trout related changes include increasing the minimum size for tiger muskie from 30 to 36 inches and reducing the creel limit from two to one per day.

The minimum size for striped bass on Conowingo Reservoir would be increased from 15 to 18 inches.

Among the trout changes under consideration are:

Adding Prettyboy and Liberty reservoirs, Stansbury Park Pond, Allens Pond and Lake Artemesia to the list of put-and-take trout areas.

Changing the Deer Creek catch-and-release area to a put-and-take trout area.

Removing the area of Gunpowder Falls from Blue Mont Road to Corbett Road from the put-and-take trout list, discontinuing stocking and reducing the creel limit from five to two trout per day.

Dates and sites for the 7 p.m. meetings are:

April 16, Frostburg State College, Lane Center, Frostburg.

April 17, Cedarville Natural Resources Area, Visitors Center, Cedarville.

April 22, Natural Resources Police office, Routes 209 and 404, Hillsboro.

April 24, Patapsco Valley State Park, Hollofield Headquarters, Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City.

April 25, Rod Rack, 181 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick.

Turkey hunt

This spring, turkey hunters will be allowed to hunt on 2,000 acres of the 3,500-acre Woodmont Rod and Gun Club property, which was acquired by the Department of Natural Resources earlier this year.

The tract, which has been the site of an extensive turkey rearing facility for a number of years, is adjacent to Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area, also a public hunting area in Washington County.

The spring season for bearded turkeys runs from April 18 to May 16.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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