Northern QA Catfish Tournament set for April 22
Northern Queen Anne’s County 2017 Catfish Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. Registration begins at 5 a.m. at Deep Landing on the Chester River near Crumpton.
The tournament fee is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 15-and-under, with Lewis Classes available at registration.
All fish weighed must be caught by rod and reel during tournament hours and within the tournament boundaries in the Chester from the Rt. 301 bridge to Southeast Creek. Anglers may fish from land or boat. A Queen Anne’s County ramp permit is required to park and launch.
Catfish must be at least 14 inches in length. No guides, commercial, or professional anglers are allowed to fish in the tournament. Ties will be broken by longest measured fish. Any legal bait is allowed.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish, youth class, and two Lewis classes for longest fish and total weight of three fish.
* * * Shoot for 4-H youth The Mar yland 4-H Foundation 22nd annual Sporting Clays Shoot will be held Saturday, April 1, (rain or shine) at Schrader’s, 16090 Oakland Road, Henderson. Registration will start at 9 a.m. with the clays competition beginning at 9:30 a.m. Participants are welcome to begin the course until 11:30 a.m. The 50-target clays course should be great fun and a real challenge.
Awards will be presented in 3 to 4 Lewis Classes, 4-H & youth, ladies, veteran, super veteran, high overall, and sponsor teams. Extra games will also be available to test your skill and patience.
A pit beef lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Awards, door prizes, and a drawing for a 12-gauge Benelli Nova Shotgun will wrap up the day. Entry fees are: Adults — $70; 4-H & Youth — $50.
The shoot typically draws between 80 to 150 participants. Proceeds benefit Maryland 4-H youth programs. For additional information or to pre-register contact Conrad Arnold at 410-330-5967 or by email at email@example.com.
* * * Fishing report Put-and-take trout management areas (1 and 2) throughout the state are now open, which makes a visit to colder streams a fun option this time of the year.
White perch spawning runs are now replacing the yellow perch runs and good white perch fishing can be found in many tidal rivers in the upper bay. A variety of baits and lures will catch them. Lures such as shad darts and small Mr. Twister plastic tails on a 1/16- or 1/8-ounce lead head usually are effective. A small piece of minnow or your favorite fish juice on the shad dart or lead head jig/twister can help. Anglers can also find channel catfish and crappie in tidal rivers and creeks.
Catch-and-release fishing for striped bass is now an option in the Susquehanna Flats area. Anglers must use non-offset circle or J hooks with less than ½-inch gap when using bait. No more than six lines per boat are allowed when trolling, and eels may not be used as bait. Barbless hooks are required when trolling, same for Chesapeake Bay catchand-release action until April 15; anglers can legally fish from the Brewerton Channel to the Virginia line, including Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds.
The catch-and-keep spring trophy striped bass season
Kent Island’s Sean Mooney had a team-high 50 assists and scored 35 goals last spring to garner a U.S. Lacrosse All-American honor.