Plenty of fish­ing boats to pon­der in An­napo­lis

Record Observer - - Sports - CHRIS KNAUSS

The 45th-an­nual U.S. Power­boat Show in An­napo­lis kicks off with its VIP Pre­view Day on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 13. You can board as many boats as your stamina al­lows and com­pare all that they have to of­fer. Hun­dreds of cen­ter con­soles, ex­press cruis­ers, sport­fish­ers, pon­toons, and pad­dle boats will be on dis­play in the wa­ter and on land for side-by­side com­par­isons.

Some 40 man­u­fac­tur­ers of fish­ing boats will be rep­re­sented and more than 100 fish­ing boats. Brands run from A to Y be­gin­ning with Albe­marle and end­ing with Yel­lowfin. The show, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 16, in­cludes acres of ex­hibitors on land with the lat­est in boat­ing ac­ces­sories, gear, and cloth­ing. Op­tions for Colorado elk The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice is ex­pand­ing fish­ing and hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on 13 refuges through­out the Na­tional Wildlife Refuge System.

For ex­am­ple, in Colorado hunt­ing for elk will oc­cur for the first time in des­ig­nated ar­eas of Baca Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, as well as in ex­panded ar­eas of Alam­osa Na­tional Wildlife Refuge and Monte Vista Na­tional Wildlife Refuge.

The ser­vice is also open­ing sport fish­ing of state-reg­u­lated species for the first time at Lake An­des Na­tional Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota, and ex­pand­ing ar­eas avail­able for sport fish­ing at Pa­toka River Na­tional Wildlife Refuge in In­di­ana.

Hunt­ing, fish­ing and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties contributed more than $144.7 billion in eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity across the United States ac­cord­ing to the ser­vice’s Na­tional Sur­vey of Fish­ing, Hunt­ing and Wildlife-Associated Recre­ation, pub­lished ev­ery five years. More than 90 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, or 41 per­cent of the United States’ pop­u­la­tion age 16 and older, pur­sue wildlife-re­lated recre­ation.

Deer in the moun­tains Mary­land’s DNR wants to re­mind hunters that chronic wast­ing dis­ease reg­u­la­tions were up­dated ear­lier this year af­ter five white­tailed deer tested pos­i­tive for the dis­ease in Al­le­gany County. One of the deer was har­vested near Cum­ber­land, ap­prox­i­mately 10 miles west of all pre­vi­ous cases. It was the first doc­u­mented case out­side of the orig­i­nal man­age­ment area.

In re­sponse to this find­ing, the dis­ease man­age­ment area has been ex­panded to in­clude all of

Al­le­gany County and the west­ern por­tion of Washington County. Hunters are re­minded they can­not trans­port whole car­casses or parts of deer har­vested from within the man­age­ment area to lo­ca­tions out­side of its bound­aries, ex­cept as de­scribed be­low:

• Antlers with no meat or soft tis­sue at­tached

• Cleaned hide with no head at­tached

• Deer be­ing trans­ported di­rectly to meat pro­ces­sors taxi­der­mists or land­fills

• Fin­ished taxi­dermy mounts or tanned hides

• Hind quar­ters and front shoul­ders with no spinal col­umn or back­bone at­tached

• Meat with no part of the spinal col­umn, back­bone or head at­tached

• Skull plate cleaned of all meat and brain tis­sue.

The depart­ment has also lifted the ban on bait­ing and feed­ing deer on pri­vate land within the man­age­ment area in an ef­fort to keep hunters en­gaged in the re­gion.

Chronic wast­ing dis­ease is a fa­tal neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease found in deer, elk, and moose. There is no ev­i­dence that hu­mans are sus­cep­ti­ble.

“The pres­ence of this nat­u­rally-oc­cur­ring dis­ease should not con­cern the pub­lic or stop hunters from en­joy­ing the sea­son or any veni­son they may ac­quire or con­sume,” said Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Paul Peditto.

* * * Fish­ing report In the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay re­gion be­tween Bal­ti­more Har­bor and the Bay Bridge, most striped bass are be­ing caught on jigs, top­wa­ter baits, and trolling. Some folks are live-lin­ing spot around the Bay Bridge pil­ings, but this live bait will be less read­ily avail­able as the wa­ter tem­per­a­tures con­tinue to cool down. The chum­ming bite, which was steady all sum­mer, has also slowed down. Break­ing fish have been re­ported any­where from Love Point, south to the Bay Bridge, Po­plar Is­land, and Thomas Point.

Fish­ing for white perch in the lower sec­tions of the up­per bay and mid­dle bay’s tidal rivers is slow­ing down in the shal­lows, but should be bet­ter in the deeper ar­eas over hard bot­tom. Blood­worms and drop­per rigs with small flies or plas­tics and small lead­heads with twister tails work well.

Recre­ational crab­bing con­tin­ues to be good in the rivers with good catches. This is a good time of year to find heav­ier crabs and boat traf­fic is very light.

Fresh­wa­ter fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in west­ern Mary­land are start­ing to in­crease. Ar­eas like the Youghiogheny and North Branch of the Po­tomac River, which has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing his­toric low flows, will be fish­ing bet­ter due to re­cent rain. Smaller streams that hold brook trout are also see­ing the pos­i­tive ef­fects of rain and cooler tem­per­a­tures.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all To see Jack O’ Lantern mush­rooms glow green in the dark, lo­cate a liv­ing clump and sit with them in the woods on a dark night.

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