Limited spring rockfish season is expected DNR plans April 25 start, two-part summer session

March 02, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Maryland's spring rockfish season could open April 25 and run through May in the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay south of Brewerton Channel at the mouth of the Patapsco River, if the Department of Natural Resources' proposed regulations are ,X approved.

Under the proposal, which is expected to be approved, the minimum size limit again would be 32 inches and the creel limit one per day.

The upper bay and all tributaries would be closed to fishing for rockfish and the use of live eels as bait also would be prohibited.

Also proposed is a two-part summer season running June 1-15 at 28-inch minimum and June 16-July 6 at a minimum of 26 inches. The creel limit in both cases would be one per day, and the bay and its tributaries would be open to fishing.

Regulations for the fall seasons have not been finalized. Under Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission guidelines, Maryland recreational anglers could have a fall season some three weeks longer than last year. But, the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association and other conservation groups are lobbying for seasons shorter than last year.

The Potomac River Fisheries Commission, which regulates rockfish activity in the Potomac River, has proposed a fall season running Aug. 31-Dec. 7 at an 18-inch minimum and two fish per day.

The PRFC spring season would run April 26-May 11, with a 32-inch minimum and one fish per day and a ban on live eels as bait. The early summer season on the river would run June 16-July 6 with an 18-inch minimum and a limit of two per day.

A to Z on state's fishing

Fishing In Maryland, the popular annual guide to freshwater and saltwater fishing throughout the state, is available in tackle shops and bookstores.

This year's edition includes extensive sections on reservoir, Chesapeake Bay and ocean-side rockfish fishing, as well as information on where to find good fishing for virtually all species available in the state.

The magazine costs $6.95.

Volunteer naturalists

The Irvine Natural Science Center in Stevenson is looking for ** volunteers to work in its Natural Connections outreach program. Activities include leading nature walks for school children and assisting with science activities during the day.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers will work with teams of volunteers and be trained by the center's staff. Call (410) 484-2413.

Safety-at-Sea Seminar

The annual Safety-at-Sea Seminar sponsored by the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron and the Marine Trades Association of Maryland will be held April 5-6 at the academy in Annapolis.

Basic instruction will be on April 5, and advance instruction will be on April 6.

The program, endorsed by the U.S. Coast Guard, was originally designed for Academy midshipmen and is required for racers planning to participate in top regional offshore races.

Tickets are $50 per day or $85 for both days. Call (301) 261-1021.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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