- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2009

Local fishing will be on hold at least until a bit of a thaw arrives next week, but there is some fishing news from the lower Chesapeake Bay and adjacent Atlantic Ocean, although I believe not many boaters will be out on the water Thursday or Friday.

From Virginia Beach, Ken Neill recalled a cold and windy outing as he and some friends looked for striped bass in the ocean waters where the season remains open.

He found small pods of fish moving around, and the trolling lines were put out.

“We had about a dozen bites and caught eight fish,” Neill said. “The largest fish was 45.5 inches long.”

In other fishing news, in Wednesday’s column I passed along that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the daily recreational catch limits for yellow perch from five to 10. However, many sport fishermen were more concerned with what the state will do with the commercial fish netters, the watermen.

According to a specially marked Chesapeake Bay map sent by the DNR, nearly all the waters south of the Bay Bridge on Route 50 will be open to recreational yellow perch fishing and will be off-limits to commercial perch netters. The lone exception is the Patuxent River, all of which will be open to netters. But the other rivers, creeks, streams and bays are set aside for recreational anglers only.

Now let’s clean out the electronic desk drawer and pass along news of upcoming events:

>Trout Unlimited chapter to meet - The National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet Feb. 11, and the public is invited. Jim Cummins, a fisheries biologist with the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, will speak. Cummins has been a prime mover behind the successful restoration of American shad to the Potomac. Go to www.ncc-tu.org for specifics on meeting time and location.

Coastal Conservation banquet - The Greater Washington Chapter of the Maryland division of the Coastal Conservation Association will have its annual banquet and fundraising auction Feb. 26 at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. The event will feature an open bar, shellfish bar, auction, raffles and a sit-down dinner. E-mail [email protected] or call 301/587-4792 for tickets and further details.

TieFest fly-fishing show - The Coastal Conservation Association’s Kent Narrows Chapter will have its annual TieFest at Kent Narrows Yacht Club on Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is free and features nationally known fly-tiers, fishing guides, manufacturers and special guest Lefty Kreh, a famous fly-tier and angler. Kreh will do a casting seminar in the afternoon. For additional details, e-mail Tony Friedrich at [email protected]

Boating safety course - The U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3 will offer a two-day Maryland Boating Safety course March 7-8 and April 11-12. Both classes will run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. each day. The course will do a great deal to help new and experienced boaters who want to refresh their skills. Anyone born after July 1, 1972, who wants to operate a powered vessel, including a personal watercraft, needs to take one of these state-approved courses. This particular one will be taught at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The cost is $25. Preregistration is required. Call Steve, 410/531-3313, or Jean, 301-261-7735.

Angling show - The National Capital Angling Show will be held March 14 at Georgetown Prep’s field house in Bethesda. Lots of free parking, indoor casting, vendors, exhibitors and local fly-fishing experts. Go to www.ncc-tu.org for more information.


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