Woods & Water
Exelon is sponsoring a Fishermen’s Day at the Conowingo Dam tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several local fishing clubs will be represented, including MD Saltwater Sportsfishing Association, who will put on a demonstration.
It’s worth attending just to find out how to catch local fish, what knots to us, how to rig to catch shad and perch, and a host of other things. Perch, for example, require a small rod like a micro-light or ultralight, yet you see tons of people sporting ocean rods and bay rods to catch a fish that weighs usually less than a pound.
Learn how to use light rods; fishing is for sport. We’re not bullfighting.
To get there from here, cross the Dam, make the first left past the Dam, then take Shures Landing Rd to the dam, park and go where everyone else is. It’s a good place to fish, it’s fishermenfriendly, and somebody will help you out, if you wish.
Last week the MSSA, Lions Club and Exelon members got together to help out our annual clean-up at the Old Conowingo Boat Launch. We got tons of stuff, centered around the old boat launch and bridge that spans Conowingo Creek.
Over the years lots of fish have been taken out of this dinky spot. The most unusual I am aware of occurred when my son, Ken Jr, and his friend Emory caught a pike. They were about 12 years old at the time; I have not heard of another being caught and that’s a long time ago.
However, that recently changed when Tim Ewing caught a muskie at the boat launch. That’s right, a muskie, and not just any muskie, but a 37-inch muskie! When Kurt Guethler showed me this photo, I thought it was photo-shopped, but, no, it’s a real fish.
Tim wasn’t even fishing for muskie, so I’m wondering what a die-hard muskie fisherman could do. Tim released his after taking pix, so there is at least one there, and if there is one, there must be more.
It would be worth looking into.