Plenty of fishing boats to ponder in Annapolis
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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