Open House Oct. 27 for new Bo­hemia River State Park

Sunday Star - - OUTDOORS - CHRIS KNAUSS Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

Shut­tle ac­cess to fea­tures of the new Bo­hemia River State Park in Ce­cil County will be avail­able dur­ing an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 27. Out­door en­thu­si­asts are in­vited to see and tour the prop­erty and share thoughts on the new­est state park here on the East­ern Shore.

The prop­erty ad­dress is lo­cated at 3864 Au­gus­tine Her­man High­way in Ch­e­sa­peake City.

Mar yland Park Ser vice staff will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions about the park and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on top­ics such as hunt­ing, trails, and wa­ter ac­cess. A shut­tle ser­vice will be avail­able to take vis­i­tors to and from the water­front and other scenic ar­eas of the park.

The de­part­ment fi­nal­ized the pur­chase of the 460 acres last fall. The prop­erty will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for pub­lic ac­cess in the form of low-im­pact, pas­sive re­cre­ation such as ca­noe­ing, fish­ing, hunt­ing, kayak­ing, trail use, and wildlife view­ing, keep­ing with the pri­mar y goals of conser va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

Com­ments and ques­tions about the new park can be di­rected to staff at the Fair Hill Nat­u­ral Re­sources Man­age­ment Area at 410-398-1246.

* * * North Point deer hunt

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has an­nounced that a man­aged archer y deer hunt will take place at North Point State Park in Bal­ti­more County on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, and Fri­days in Novem­ber, be­gin­ning Nov. 2 and con­tin­u­ing through Nov. 21.

Thir­teen hun­ters per day will be per­mit­ted to hunt in five spec­i­fied ar­eas of the park.

All hun­ters will be re­quired to have a free Cen­tral Re­gion Per­mit to par­tic­i­pate. Hun­ters may ap­ply for the free per­mit on­line, by mail, or by vis­it­ing the Gwynnbrook Wildlife Man­age­ment Area.

The first day of the hunt, Nov. 2, will be filled through a lot­ter y. Hun­ters may sub­mit only one in­di­vid­ual ap­pli­ca­tion. Lot­ter y ap­pli­ca­tions must be re­ceived by Oct. 19; the lot­ter y will be drawn Oct.

22. Win­ners will be no­ti­fied by email or phone.

The re­main­ing hunt dates will re­quire hun­ters to make reser va­tions. Deer har vested dur­ing the man­aged hunt will count against the Re­gion B bag limit.

For ques­tions about reg­is­ter­ing for the lot­ter y or ap­ply­ing for the per­mit or the man­aged hunt, call 410356-9272.

* * * Po­tomac River pad­dle-in camp­ing The Mary­land DNR and Na­tional Park Ser­vice have com­pleted projects to ex­pand and en­hance pad­dle-in camp­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in South­ern Mary­land.

The im­proved ac­cess al­lows longer overnight pad­dling ex­cur­sions along the Po­tomac River with land­ing spots at Point Look­out State Park and New­towne Neck State Park, both lo­cated in St. Mary’s County.

The work in­volved im­prove­ments to 15 ex­ist­ing camp­sites at Hoff­man Point and the Green Loop at Point Look­out, adding ameni­ties and up­grad­ing in­fras­truc­ture to im­prove the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence. Th­ese camp­sites are close to the shore­line and are also near ex­ist­ing piers with float­ing dock fa­cil­i­ties for ca­noe and kayak ac­cess.

New­towne Neck of­fers two new prim­i­tive pad­dlein camp­sites. Lo­cated to pro­vide a quiet and se­cluded “back­coun­try” ex­pe­ri­ence, the sites are suit­able for multi-day and overnight pad­dling trips on Bre­ton Bay, Po­tomac River, and St. Cle­ment’s Bay.

* * * Fish­ing re­port

It’s a great time to go fish­ing.

Cooler wa­ter tem­per­a­tures con­tinue to drive the striped bass fisher y in an early fall pat­tern. Break­ing striped bass, with a few stray blues mixed in, are show­ing up in scat­tered lo­ca­tions in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and tidal rivers. Schools of bait­fish are mov­ing out of the tidal rivers and into the bay and are swept around points on the out­go­ing tide. An­glers are cast­ing, jig­ging, and trolling um­brella rigs with plas­tic shads, spoons, and hoses. Hot spots are around Buoy 83, Po­plar Is­land, East­ern Bay, Gum Thick­ets, Thomas Point, Tolley Point, in­side the Chop­tank River, and the Bay Bridge rock is­lands. Any riprap, points, or shore­line struc­ture may be good for top­wa­ter fish­ing dur­ing low light pe­ri­ods.

Recre­ational crab­bing in all three re­gions of the bay should be good for an­other week or so. Cooler wa­ter tem­per­a­tures push the crabs into the rivers and shal­lower wa­ters in the 8-15 foot range and they will be ac­tively feed­ing, with some large heavy male crabs in the mix.

On the At­lantic Coast, red drum, up to 55 inches, have been caught in the As­sateague surf on cut spot and live spot. In the Ocean City area, keeper-sized floun­der are still be­ing caught by cast­ing Gulp baits or drift­ing live mul­let, spot, or small men­haden in the back bays and off the piers and bulk­heads and un­der the Route 50 bridge. The ocean wrecks and ar­ti­fi­cial reefs are pro­duc­ing some good sea bass fish­ing with some trig­ger­fish and blue­fish mixed in. Off­shore ac­tion for white mar­lin and dol­phin-fish has been good when boats can get out.

* * * Duck blind know-it-all The Osage or­ange gets its name from the Osage Na­tion of Na­tive Amer­i­cans that used the wood for clubs and bows.

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