KNAUSS

Record Observer - - Sports -

18, be­gin­ning at 8 a.m. at the Elk’s Lodge at 5464 Elks Lodge Road in Cam­bridge. Fish­ing, hunt­ing (no firearms), and boat­ing gear will be avail­able at flea mar­ket prices. Ven­dor ta­bles are $30. Ad­mis­sion is $3 per per­son; 12 and un­der are free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Bob Geisler at 410-901-9711.

** * Fish­ing re­port Mild win­ter days are of­fer­ing some fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the up­per reaches of Ch­e­sa­peake Bay rivers and creeks or lakes and ponds.

An­glers can find a mix of chain pick­erel, yel­low perch, and a scat­ter­ing of white perch, crap­pie, and large­mouth bass. The yel­low perch in these pro­tected and rel­a­tively shal­lower ar­eas can be tar­geted from shore or small craft such as kayaks. This type of fish­ing is per­fect for ul­tra-light spin­ning tackle.

A small streamer fly such as a Mickey Finn or sim­i­lar pat­tern in pur­ple, worked slow, is a great choice with a split shot or two about three feet in front. A min­now can also be fished this way when hooked through the lips. Small soft plas­tic jigs are also a good choice if fished slow and close to the bot­tom.

Yel­low perch ac­tion has been spotty in tidal rivers such as the Chop­tank and the Nan­ti­coke near Marshy­hope Creek.

Chain pick­erel love cold wa­ter and are very ac­tive this time of the year. The aquatic veg­e­ta­tion is down, which means pick­erel will often be hold­ing near sunken wood struc­ture such as fallen tree tops. They are am­bush preda­tors and lash out at any­thing that comes by. Jerk­baits, crankbaits, spin­ner­baits, spoons, spin­ners, and soft plas­tics will all get their at­ten­tion. They often at­tack with aban­don so try to be care­ful with tre­ble hooks and have pli­ers handy. Torn and bloody gills are usu­ally the kiss of death.

For boat an­glers, the Calvert Cliffs power plant warm-wa­ter dis­charge al­ways holds striped bass dur­ing these cold months. Drift­ing in the dis­charge wash and jig­ging with soft plas­tic or but­ter­fly jigs is usu­ally a good tac­tic for this catc­hand-release fish­ing.

*** Duck blind know-it-all The opah is the only known fish that can heat its en­tire body. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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