Woods & Water
Mystery of the dead herring
A couple of days ago, Herb Benjamin told me that there were dead herring with teeth marks in them in the little creek that flows into North East Isles. So I drove down to see what I could see.
Sure enough, there were at least 40 dead herring (I stopped counting then) laying on the sand and in the water. It did appear that they had teeth marks in at least some of them. (I didn’t look at all of them0).
So the question is, what would kill herring and leave them lay? Herring are federally protected now; nobody can legally catch them. There were footprints in the earth, but several people had come down to inspect them by this time.
Coyotes could easily catch them, but would they leave them lay after killing them? I don’t think so. Dogs? Why would they? Same with rac- coons and opossums, If they would kill them, they would eat them.
If you have a good idea, let me know.
Catch and release closes
Catch and release season for rockfish closes on Wednesday, May 4, and will open for catch and cook on May 16. At that point we may keep one fish 20 inches to 26 inches long. On June 1 the regulations change to a daily catch limit of two, both over 20 inches, and one of which may be over 28 inches. Good luck.
Turkey season is open
Turkey season is now open throughout Maryland. It opened on April 18 and will run until May 23. Turkeys must be bearded; limit is one per day, two per season.
Our chances are much better than they were just a few years ago, for turkeys are making a comeback. I saw a couple in Elk Neck State Park just two weeks ago, so they are there. It’s also kayak time It is warming. I didn’t say the water is warm, I said it’s warming.
It’s great exercise and lots of fun, plus you get to explore places you can’t with a normal boat. Thin water is home to kayaks, same with skinny creeks. Perfect places to go and see wildlife.
There are a couple of good, free places to put in locally. One is behind the Jackson House in North East Town Park. Another is in Perryville at the Town Park.
The first takes you to a creek and to the head of the North East River. The second takes you to the Flats and to Furnace Bay (used to be called Wild Duck). Two different types of paddles, both fun.
Get out and have fun!