Registration open for free trapper education course in September
Marylanders interested in learning about trapping can attend a free course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Casselman Valley Sportsman’s Club in Garrett County.
The Department of Natural Resources will conduct the trapper education course, which is open to anyone interested in trapping furbearers. Participants will earn a Certificate of Trapper Education from the department.
In order to pass the course and obtain the certification card, participants must:
• Bring a completed Maryland Trapper Education Workbook to the course for review;
• Participate in trap handling/field exercises; and
• Pass the written test (50 questions) with a score of at least 70 percent.
There is no cost to take the class, but registration is required before Sept. 14. Participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be provided for $5 for those interested.
For more information, visit the department’s website about the Trapper Education Program or call 301-777- 2136.
*** National Hunting and
Fishing Day Maryland will host a National Hunting and Fishing Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Izaak Walton League of America in Clear Spring.
The event features: archery, dog demos, fly/spin casting, live animals, local vendors and conservation groups, rifle shooting, waterfowl calling, wood duck box making, and more.
Admission and parking is free. This familyoriented day offers fun and educational hands-on activities. It’s a great way to introduce young people and newcomers to outdoor sports, while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in Maryland’s wildlife conservation programs.
*** Fishing report Chesapeake Bay striped bass that were concentrated at the shoal areas off Tolchester have begun to move to the south. Stripers can found along the channel edges at Swan, Love, and Podickory points. Live-lining spot has been a popular way to avoid the high number of small striped bass in the region and focus on a larger grade of fish.
Spot can be found on the west side of the Bay Bridge in about 12 feet to 15 feet of water and also at the mouth of the Magothy and Chester rivers. Pieces of bloodworms on a simple bottom rig will catch them and some manner of a live well is needed to keep them healthy on the way to the channel edges.
Chumming, chunking, or live-lining has produced fish at the outside edge of Hacketts Bar, Thomas Point, Bloody Point, and various channel edges throughout the region. The throwback ratio when chumming continues to be high, but those livelining spot catching some legal fish.
Shallowwater action has been good in the Eastern Bay area and the lower sections of the region’s tidal rivers. A good tide helps. Casting topwater lures, jerkbaits, swimbaits, and crankbaits are all good lures to use depending on water depth and grass conditions. Prominent points and shoreline structure such as rocks, piers, and channel edges are all good places to target.
White perch continue to bite in our region’s tidal rivers and creeks. Fishing with a bottom rig with grass shrimp or bloodworms near docks and piers over deeper water is a great way to catch some nice perch. Casting small spinnerbaits, spinners, or jigs can also be another fun way to catch white perch along shoreline structure.
Thomas Point Light has drawn a fair number of legal-sized stripers, and it’s been very popular with anglers in the afternoon and evening. White and chartreuse jigs are working well. The mouth of the Choptank is holding rockfish with a lot of action reported at the False Channel.
Recreational crabbing continues to pick up speed as successive molts bring more legal sized crabs into the fishery. The top crabbing locations tend to be in the middle and lower bay regions. The lower Eastern Shore creeks tend to offer some of the most productive crabbing. Crabs are holding in 10 feet to 12 feet of water and fresh chicken necks or razor clams are the top baits.
Largemouth bass fishing continues in a summer mode with anglers finding biting fish in shallow areas in the early morning and evenings and in deeper shady and cool areas during the day. This pattern holds true whether you are fishing a farm pond or a large tidal river. Topwater baits are hard to beat when fishing shallow grass along shorelines and soft plastics and stick worms when fishing under thick surface grass that provides cool shade over deeper waters.
On the Atlantic Coast, surf fishing has picked up with a strong kingfish and croaker bite occurring along the Ocean City and Assateague beaches. A mix of flounder, bluefish, spot, and occasional small black drum are being caught and even at least one pompano. Sand fleas are working well as bait along with clams, squid, and cut mullet.
At the inlet, sheepshead are being caught at the jetties, along with a few triggerfish and flounder. Flounder fishing has been ver y good in the back bay channel areas leading toward the inlet and Sinepuxent Bay near the airport. Traditional minnow and squid strip baits work well and white Gulp mullet baits and peanut menhaden are catching some of the larger flounder.
Outside the inlet there are some bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and cobia on the nearshore shoals. Farther out at some of the lumps inside the 30 Fathom line a mix of king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bonito, small dolphin-fish, and occasionally a bluefin tuna are being caught by trolling.
The offshore canyons continue to hold a healthy mix of species and the crowds have dispersed now that the White Marlin Open is history. Anglers are reeling in blue and white marlin, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, bigeye tuna, dolphin-fish, and wahoo, depending on location and luck. * * * Duck blind know-it-all Earth has about 900 species of crickets. Follow me on Twitter @ csknauss / email me at email@example.com