The 2017-2018 Junior Duck Stamp, also now available, features a pair of trumpeter swans painted by Isaac Schreiber, 12, of Duffield, Virginia. Judges selected his entry as the winner during the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest in April from among the bestof-show winners from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
The national contest is the culmination of a yearlong educational program that helps students explore their natural world and learn about wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
Some 3,000 Junior Duck Stamps are sold annually for $5 each.
The 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest to select the 2018-2019 stamp will be held Sept. 15 and 16 at the University of WisconsinStevens Point.
*** Fishing report Fishing in the upper Chesapeake Bay is improving as fish from the middle bay move into the region. Chumming has been very good at Swan Point, Love Point, and Podickory Point channel edges. A lot of sub-legal 2- and 3-year-old fish are swimming through chum slicks with larger fish often holding close to the bottom and at the tail end of the slicks.
Trolling with mediumsized bucktails dressed with twister tails, Stormtype swim shads, and surgical tube lures in tandem or behind umbrella rigs have lured a nice grade of striped bass over the legal 20 inches. Inline weights are needed for umbrella rigs and there is the option of using planers for singleor tandem-rigged lures.
Breaking fish being spotted throughout the region, usually on a good running tide. Most often these are smaller fish but larger striped bass can be found underneath, close to the bottom by jigging or trolling deep.
Fishing for white perch has been excellent in the tidal rivers. The perch tend to hold tight to structure such as bridge piers, old piers, rocks, and hard bottom. You can usually catch them with small spinners and Rat-L-Traps. Bloodworms and peeler crab are excellent baits when fishing with a bottom rig. Shad darts tipped with a piece of bait will also get the job done. These same areas are also teeming with channel catfish that can be caught on bottom rigs baited with cut fish bait, chicken livers, or nightcrawlers.
In the mid-Chesapeake, chumming is still good along the 35-foot outer edge of Hackett’s Bar. Thomas Point has been offering some chumming action as does anywhere suspended fish can be spotted on depth finders. Jigging is a good option when suspended fish can be found on depth finders along channel edges on both sides of the bay. The western shipping channel edge from Thomas Point south past Chesapeake Beach continues to provide action as does the channel edges off Kent Island and inside Eastern Bay.
Shore-bound anglers are catching rockfish at the Kent Narrows in the evenings when boat traffic subsides and at sun up. Most are casting bucktails and soft plastic jigs up current at an angle and bouncing them along on a tight line.
The lower bay region has a lot of exciting fishing opportunities as more fish are moving up from the south. A mix of striped bass, bluefish, speckled trout, flounder, croakers, and spot are being caught and cobia and Spanish mackerel are on the way. Chummers are finding a mix of striped bass and bluefish at the Middle Grounds north to the HS Buoy.
A mix of striped bass and speckled trout are being caught from Hooper’s Island south to Pocomoke Sound near creek channels and marsh edges on topwater lures, Gulp mullet baits, and by drifting crab baits.
On the Atlantic Coast, summer species are moving in and fishing is hopping. In the surf, you can find a mix of bluefish, rockfish, flounder, and blowfish. At the inlet and U.S. Route 50 Bridge, flounder and sheepshead are being caught. Out at the wreck and reef sites, sea bass are being caught along with flounder and triggerfish.
Offshore, a run of bluefin tuna has been providing some great fishing opportunities. The first white marlin have also been caught. Charlie Horning, fishing out of the Indian River Inlet, caught this year’s first white marlin on June 16. He won a $5,000 prize from the Ocean City Marlin Club, which goes to a member who hooks the season’s first white marlin. The next day, fellow club member David Taylor, fishing out of the Ocean City Inlet, caught another white. He claimed $5,000 checks from both the town and Fishermen United of Ocean City.
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The 2017-2018 Federal Duck Stamp.