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*** Water­way fund­ing The DNR has awarded $10.5 mil­lion in Water­way Im­prove­ment Fund grants to im­prove boat­ing ac­cess and navigation in state waters.

The fund­ing will go to­ward 49 projects in 18 coun­ties from Al­le­gany to Worcester.

The fund is pri­mar­ily de­rived from a five-per­cent ves­sel ex­cise tax on boat pur­chases and ti­tling.

Mid-Shore projects re­ceiv­ing fund­ing are:

Caro­line: Chop­tank Marina, Pre­ston, im­prove­ments to ex­ist­ing pier, pump-out dock, and fuel re­lo­ca­tion.

Dorch­ester: Cam­bridge Mu­nic­i­pal Marina, bath­house ren­o­va­tions; El­liott Is­land Marina, Vi­enna, con­struct stone jetty; Tar Bay, Church Creek, dredg­ing Tar Bay, lo­cal cost share for U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers’ chan­nel; Vi­enna Waterfront Park, ex­ten­sion of North and South Piers to pro­vide ad­di­tional slips.

Kent: Ch­ester­town Marina, re­place bulk­heads and piers; Turn­ers Creek Pub­lic Land­ing, Kennedyville, boat ramp im­prove­ments in­clud­ing new tim­ber bulk­head, new con­crete ramp, and park­ing lot resur­fac­ing.

Queen Anne’s: Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, Ch­ester, pur­chase of fire/ res­cue boat mo­tors and equip­ment; Kent Nar­rows, main­te­nance dredge the north side, U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers’ chan­nel; Mat­a­peake Terminal Gas Dock, Stevensville, re­place­ment of gas dock and fuel sys­tem.

Tal­bot: Back Creek Park, St. Michaels, con­struc­tion of wa­ter­man’s pier and small boat ac­cess, in­clud­ing elec­tric and water con­nec­tion for fa­cil­ity; Dog­wood Har­bor, Til­gh­man, main­te­nance dredg­ing of har­bor and in­let; Town­wide, Ox­ford, main­te­nance and re­pairs to pub­lic boat­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of float­ing dock.

*** Record white cat­fish A St. Mary’s County man has set a new state fish­ing record for white cat­fish. The fish was rec­og­nized as a game fish a few years ago, but un­til now no­body had bro­ken the seven-pound min­i­mum weight to be el­i­gi­ble for state records.

Ja­cob Vos­burgh, 20, of Lex­ing­ton Park, caught the fish recorded at 8.27 pounds on June 1 in the lower Po­tomac River. The white cat­fish was 23 inches in length.

Us­ing blood­worms as bait and a Carolina sink­ing rig, Vos­burgh caught sev­eral small fish that morn­ing but de­cided to be a lit­tle more pa­tient and see what else was bit­ing.

“Even be­fore we took it out of the water, just judg­ing by the size of its head we knew it was state record,” Vos­burgh said.

* * * Fish­ing re­port In the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, most of the striped bass fish­ing ac­tion is tak­ing place at Swan, Love, and Pod­ick­ory Points as well as the Muds, where boats are an­chor­ing up and chum­ming. The throw­back ra­tio is high with two- and three-year-old striped bass dom­i­nat­ing the chum slicks. Larger fish can of­ten be caught in the back of the chum slick close to the bot­tom. A good tide is im­por­tant.

Trolling is a good op­tion and usu­ally of­fers a better grade of fish. Char­treuse buck­tails and sassy shads have been a fa­vorite as have sur­gi­cal tube lures. All are pulled be­hind in­line weights to get them down to where the fish are sus­pended deep along chan­nel edges. Jig­ging is an­other op­tion, es­pe­cially when sus­pended fish can be found near struc­ture such as chan­nel edges, the sewer pipe above the Bay Bridge, or the Bay Bridge py­lons and rock piles.

Fish­ing for white perch in the up­per bay has been very good in the re­gion’s tidal rivers and creeks. Cast­ing small jigs, spin­ner­baits, or fish­ing with bait has been pro­duc­ing fine catches of perch. Chan­nel cat­fish are also wide­spread in the up­per bay re­gion and can pro­vide a lot of fun.

In the mid-bay, an­glers are find­ing good chum­ming ac­tion at the out­side 30-foot edge of Hack­ett’s Bar. Many an­glers are catch­ing fish in the mid-20-inch class. Lo­ca­tions such as the Hill, the Di­a­monds, and any­where fish are sus­pended along chan­nel edges are good places to set up a slick.

Breaking fish can be seen at times along steep chan­nel edges where bait in the form of bay an­chovies tends to be swept in the cur­rents. Top­wa­ter lures are a fun way to fish the fury, but most are find­ing smaller striped bass on the sur­face and larger ones deeper with jigs.

Far­ther south, chum­ming is a good op­tion and Buoys 70 and 72A, the Mid­dle Grounds, and Point No Point. A mix of striped bass and blue­fish are be­ing at­tracted to the chum slicks.

The shal­low-water striped bass fisher y can be ex­cit­ing for an­glers cast­ing top­wa­ter lures or swim shads in Shore creeks and tidal marshes. From Hooper’s Is­land south to Po­comoke Sound there is ex­cel­lent fish­ing for speck­led trout.

Recre­ational crab­bing has been ex­cel­lent in the mid­dle and lower bay tidal creeks and fair to good in the up­per bay.

*** Duck blind know-it-all Green herons use bait to catch fish. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­

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