Land acquisition will provide public access on the Bohemia
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.