KNAUSS

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en­tries can be found on the ser­vice’s flickr web­site.

The Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­test win­ner re­ceives $1,000. The sec­ond-place win­ner re­ceives $500, the third-place win­ner re­ceives $200 and the Con­ser­va­tion Mes­sage win­ner re­ceives $200.

You can buy Ju­nior Duck Stamps on­line through the U.S. Postal Ser­vice and Am­plex, and at some na­tional wildlife refuges. Pro­ceeds from the sale of Ju­nior Duck Stamps are used for awards and schol­ar­ships to in­di­vid­u­als who sub­mit win­ning de­signs in state or na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, and for awards to schools and other par­tic­i­pants to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the con­ser­va­tion ed­u­ca­tion goals of the pro­gram.

The First Day of Sale cer­e­mony for the 2017-2018 Fed­eral and Ju­nior Duck Stamps will be held June 23 at Bass Pro Shops Out­door World Lit­tle Rock, Arkansas. The event be­gins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the pub­lic. Both the Fed­eral and Ju­nior Duck Stamp artists will be avail­able to sign stamps, and the U.S. Postal Ser­vice will have a spe­cial can­cel­la­tion for col­lec­tors.

* * * Fish­ing re­port The open­ing day of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay’s spring tro­phy striped bass sea­son was slow be­cause most of the post-spawn fish had not yet ex­ited spawn­ing rivers, but fish­ing suc­cess should im­prove in the com­ing weeks.

Tra­di­tion­ally, open­ing day tends to be slow and the best fish­ing usu­ally oc­curs around the last week of April and the first week of May. The best suc­cess on open­ing day was at first light and it ta­pered off as the morn­ing wore on.

Fish have been caught by a few lucky souls along the steep edges near Pod­ick­ory Point, Love Point, and around the Bay Bridge.

Catch-and-re­lease fish­ing for hick­ory and Amer­i­can shad in many of the tidal rivers of the Ch­e­sa­peake has been very good. Re­ports from the up­per Chop­tank near Greens­boro and the Marshy­hope near Fed­er­als­burg have been good. Hick­ory shad tend to dom­i­nate the fish­ery, but there are just enough Amer­i­can shad to cre­ate more ex­cite­ment.

White perch are work­ing their way down the spawn­ing rivers and are begin­ning to spread out into their typ­i­cal late spring/sum­mer habi­tats. Small jigs, spin­ners, and bot­tom rigs baited with blood­worms or grass shrimp are good ways to lure them. Chan­nel cat­fish are ac­tive in most of the state’s tidal rivers and crap­pie fish­ing has been very good.

Large­mouth bass are begin­ning to spawn in some of the warmer wa­ter ponds and im­pound­ments. The pos­ses­sion of large­mouth bass is pro­hib­ited from March 1 to June 15 in non-tidal wa­ters, so bass should be han­dled care­fully. The tidal rivers of our East­ern Shore hold good pop­u­la­tions, and they can be found hold­ing near the shal­lower spawn­ing flats and feeder creeks. Crap­pie and bluegill fish­ing has been very good in th­ese same ar­eas, and the tidal rivers of the mid­dle and lower East­ern Shore hold pop­u­la­tions of north­ern snake­heads.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all Gen. Custer’s 7th Cavalr y lost the Bat­tle of Lit­tle Big Horn pri­mar­ily be­cause of in­ad­e­quate train­ing in marks­man­ship and fire dis­ci­pline.

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Sec­ond place in the 2017 Na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­test went to Daniel Billings, 16, of Gal­latin, Mis­souri, for his oil paint­ing de­pict­ing a wood duck.

Third place in the 2017 Na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­test went to Rene Chris­tensen, 17, of Nekoosa, Wis­con­sin, for her graphite ren­di­tion of a pair of Canada geese.

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