Reg­is­tra­tion open for free trap­per ed­u­ca­tion course in Septem­ber

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

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 ck­nauss@stardem.com

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