Junior Hunter Field Day set for June 4 at Sudlersville club
Sudlersville Skeet Club will host a free Junior Hunter Field Day on Saturday, June 4. The event is cosponsored by the Maryland DNR, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Mar yland Bowhunters Society.
The event, open to kids from 8 to 16, will offer sporting clays and archery hands-on instruction along with outdoors workshops and dog demonstrations.
All equipment will be provided and participants are asked not bring any equipment. NSCA instructors will oversee all shotgun shooting.
The registration deadline is May 25 and participation is limited to the first 100 applicants, so now’s a good time to register through the DNR’s website under the Wildlife and Education tabs. Call 410-376-3236, ext. 304 if you have any questions or email to chris.keiser@ mar yland.gov.
The event runs from 8:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided for free.
* * * New subcommittee The DNR is creating a subcommittee to advise the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission on questions regarding the long-term sustainability of smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing in the state.
Anyone interested in joining the subcommittee may apply by filling out and submitting the online application prior to 5 p.m., June 3.
The department will assess the applications and make membership recommendations to the commissioners, who will ultimately make the selections. Subcommittee members will be asked to serve for a minimum of four years. The meetings will be open to the public.
Any questions can be directed to Tidal Bass Program Manager Joseph Love at joseph.love@maryland. gov or 410-260-8257.
* * * Fishing report The upper Chesapeake is still producing a few large striped bass along the steep channel edges such as Love
Point, the Triple Buoys, and the edge near Sandy Point. Most anglers are trolling a mix of umbrella rigs, tandem parachutes and bucktails dressed with sassy shads or spoons at various depths. There are quite a few striped bass less than 28 inches and smaller trolling presentations will be in order after May 15. There has also been a lot of floating debris in the upper bay due to extreme high tides, so be careful out there.
The western edge of the shipping channel continues to be a good place to troll, especially when hard-driving westerly winds prevail. With calmer winds, the eastern channel edges near Bloody Point, Buoy 83, the Clay Banks, and CP Buoy are all good places to try.
Recreational crabbers have been reporting worthy catches on our side of the bay in Dorchester and Somerset County tidal rivers and creeks. Most who are running trotlines were reporting as much as a half bushel of good crabs per outing. They are also reporting large numbers of smaller crabs chewing up baits. The recent catches represent the adult crabs that have just come out of
hibernation and it will take a good molt to fill in the gaps in the size structure.
Largemouth bass are now spawning in most regions or are finished and males are guarding the nests. Any female largemouth bass that is post-spawn is hungry and actively feeding to build up body stores from the spawning process. Casting spinnerbaits, suspended jerkbaits, and small crankbaits in the areas adjacent to the spawning shallows is a good bet. Casting soft plastics near cover such as grass and wood is a good tactic in the shallows.
Ocean City area surfcasters are enjoying the first run of post-spawn striped bass heading north along the beaches. The striped bass that lead the northerly migration tend to be some of the larger fish, so now is a great time to be out on the beaches soaking cut menhaden baits. Large bluefish also tend to be part of the mix as well as skates and dogfish.
Boats going out to the wreck and reef sites are catching tautog in good numbers. The much anticipated recreational sea bass season is now open.
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