Open House Oct. 27 for new Bohemia River State Park
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.