Land ac­qui­si­tion will pro­vide pub­lic ac­cess on the Bo­hemia

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I was pleas­antly sur­prised this week to see that Mary­land’s Board of Pub­lic Works has ap­proved the ac­qui­si­tion of 460 acres in Ce­cil County for the devel­op­ment of a new state park with pub­lic ac­cess on the Bo­hemia River.

In a news re­lease, Di­vi­sion of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sec­re­tary Mark Belton said: “This unique ac­qui­si­tion ac­com­plishes two im­por­tant ob­jec­tives: eco­log­i­cal and re­cre­ational. It con­serves a large ri­par­ian for­est on Mary­land’s Eastern Shore and pro­vides a new pub­lic ac­cess point, right on the wa­ter. We en­vi­sion that Bo­hemia River State Park will pro­vide nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­ser­va­tion and recre­ation.”

Fea­tur­ing 14,000 lin­ear feet of frontage on the Bo­hemia River, the grad­ual slopes de­scend­ing to the wa­ter are ex­pected to pro­vide mul­ti­ple ac­cess points for ca­noe­ing, fish­ing, kayak­ing, and other out­door pur­suits. Shaded open mead­ows, over­look­ing the con­flu­ence of creeks, will pro­vide a scenic lo­ca­tion for bird­ing, hik­ing, pic­nick­ing and gen­eral na­ture­based ob­ser­va­tion and recre­ation.

Once the ac­qui­si­tion is com­plete (prob­a­bly by this fall), the DNR will de­velop an in­terim pub­lic ac­cess plan for the prop­erty, which will en­able vis­i­tors to en­joy pas­sive, na­ture­based ac­tiv­i­ties un­til a master plan can be de­vel­oped. Some pub­lic ac­cess to the new park should be­gin next spring or sum­mer. The pub­lic will have op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­ment on the master plan as it is be­ing drafted.

The ac­qui­si­tion was made pos­si­ble through a part­ner­ship with the Eastern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy and was fully funded by Pro­gram Open Space, which pre­serves nat­u­ral ar­eas for pub­lic recre­ation and wa­ter­shed and wildlife pro­tec­tion across Mary­land.

* * * Kent Nar­rows winners Congratulations to the winners of the 14th an­nual CCA MD Kent Nar­rows Fly & Light Tackle Tour­na­ment held on Satur­day, June 3.

Nick Lom­bardi caught the long­est striped bass at 41 inches to win the Light Tackle di­vi­sion. Timothy Deane took sec­ond with a 37-incher and Matt Boomer took third (36.25).

Sean Fitz­patrick caught a 31.6-inch rock­fish to win the Fly fish­ing di­vi­sion. Mike Dun­lap placed sec­ond with a 24-incher and Moran Kupfer took third (22.6).

Chuck Cham­ber reeled in a 27.7-incher to win the Kayak di­vi­sion. He was fol­lowed by Mike Rada (26.5) and Nathan Oaks (26).

James Boc­ca­bello caught a 31.3-incher to win the Youth di­vi­sion. Car­son Sloat took sec­ond (30.1) and Ni­cholas Long third (29.3).

The team with the best 3-Fish Stringer (110.7) was com­posed of Shawn Kim­bro, Rich Jenk­ins, Jamie Clough and Lom­bardi.

* * * Fish­ing re­port Drift­ing live eels along the deeper edges near Pooles and Hart Miller Is­lands, where striped bass can be found sus­pended, has been pro­duc­tive in the up­per Chesapeake Bay. The bridge piers of the Fran­cis Scott Key Bridge have also been a good place to drift live eels.

The char­ter fleet has been an­chor­ing up at Swan Point as well as Love Point. There is a lot of sub-le­gal striped bass in the chum slicks but enough le­gal-sized fish to make fish­ing worth­while. Some of the best suc­cess catch­ing larger stripers has come from an­glers al­low­ing baits to drift to the back of the chum slick and rest on the bot­tom.

Be­low the Bay Bridge, the 30-foot out­side edge of Hack­ett’s Bar has been a pop­u­lar and pro­duc­tive place to chum for striped bass. An­glers have also been hav­ing luck in the same gen­eral re­gion trolling a mix of buck­tails, swim shads, and spoons. Break­ing fish are be­ing spot­ted at times and most an­glers are find­ing the larger rock­fish un­der­neath the sur­face ac­tion. Light-tackle jig­ging with soft plas­tic or metal jigs as well as spoons is a good bet and top­wa­ter lures of­fer plenty of ex­cite­ment.

The chan­nel edge of the ship­ping chan­nel from Hol­land Point south to Chesapeake Beach has been a good place to look for stripers on the western side of the bay. On our side, the mouth of Eastern Bay south to the mouth of the Lit­tle Chop­tank has been of­fer­ing sim­i­lar pos­si­bil­i­ties. Watch­ing depth find­ers for sus­pended fish or keep­ing binoc­u­lars handy to spot break­ing fish are good tac­tics.

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