Dates for three-part duck season submitted to U.S. wildlife service

On The Outdoors

September 02, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The Department of Natural Resources yesterday submitted its final proposals for waterfowl seasons to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including a 60-day duck season with five-duck bag limit.

Duck hunters will be allowed to take one additional teal during duck season, bringing the total bag to six.

The USFWS has allowed Maryland to extend the snow goose season to 107 days, with the last of three splits ending March 10.

Split dates for snow geese are Oct. 16-Nov. 26, Dec. 6-Jan. 31 and Feb. 2-March 10. The bag limit for snows is 15 a day, but in the final split of the season hunting will be allowed only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The long season and large bag limits for snow geese are intended to reduce damage caused by the birds to agricultural crops, pastures and coastal wetlands.

Duck splits (except for black ducks and canvasbacks) are Oct. 9-16, Nov. 5-26 and Dec. 13-Jan. 20.

Black ducks may be hunted Nov. 22-26 and Dec. 13-Jan. 20.

Canvasbacks will be open from Dec. 2-Jan. 20.

On youth waterfowl day, Oct. 2, black ducks and canvasbacks will be allowed in the daily bag limit.

Fishing updates

Upper Chesapeake Bay -- While rockfish action remains about the same as it has been for several weeks, trollers are starting to do well for bluefish to seven pounds off the mouth of the Chester River, along with some Spanish mackerel. Swan Point Bar remains a good location for rockfish chummers, although many of the fish are under the 18-inch minimum. Bottom fishing for white perch and spot remains excellent over hard bottoms and lumps from Gibson Island to Man O' War Shoals. Breaking stripers and blues as far north as Spesuite Island, and drifted live eels have done well for rock in the cuts north of Sparty's Lump.

Middle Chesapeake Bay -- Breaking blues, rock and Spanish mackerel throughout the area. Bottom fishing continues to be excellent for perch, jumbo spot and some croaker and trout from Holland Point Bar to Hackett's along the Western Shore and from the Diamonds through Poplar Narrows into Eastern Bay along the Eastern Shore. The Diamonds and the Hill have been good bets for chummers.

Lower Chesapeake Bay -- Chumming in the buoy 72A area has been off, but breaking schools of blues, rockfish and Spanish mackerel are abundant. Sea trout have been hitting well at the Richland bell buoy, in the Honga River, at the Mud Leads and in the lower Potomac River, which also is a good bet for flounder, especially in the Cornfield Harbor area. In Tangier Sound, spot and sea trout are good bets at Loon Hill and Kedges Straits. Spotted sea trout moving into the shallows at South Marsh and Bloodsworth islands.

Ocean City -- High winds and rough water have made offshore fishing impossible and inshore fishing dangerous. Once the wind and waves subside, however, spot and small blues can be expected at the inlet piers, and flounder action probably will improve in the back bays.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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