New WMA for Queen Anne’s The Board of Public Works has approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ acquisition of 1,172 acres in Queen Anne’s County for the development of a new Wildlife Management Area that will provide conservation, habitat, and recreation benefits, including birding, hiking, hunting, and trapping.
The acquisition near Sudlersville will permanently protect agricultural fields, mature forested uplands, and stream corridors that currently provide excellent water quality protection. The property functions as a headwater catch basin that drains into Brown’s Branch, a tributary of Southeast Creek on the Chester River.
The Program Open Space acquisition will protect the high diversity of fauna and flora found in the upland areas of the property, which provide essential habitat for migratory songbirds, pollinators, and small mammals.
“This farm has been one of our highest priorities for conservation for more than two decades,“Eastern Shore Land Conser vancy President Rob Etgen said. “It includes a huge area of prime farmland, and the streams are the largest remaining chunk of unprotected habitat for several endangered wildlife species. I am incredibly excited about this farm and grateful to the Hogan Administration for their support and stewardship.”
The department worked in cooperation with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy on the acquisition. The new area will be managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Ser vice.
* * * Fishing report Upper Chesapeake Bay water clarity is still reduced from high river flows. Nonetheless, fishing for striped bass has improved a bit despite the increased amount of turbid water coming down from the Susquehanna River. Rockfish have spread out along channel edges of several traditional locations include the Bay Bridge and Swan, Love, and Podickory points to be targeted by those chumming, chunking, or live-lining
spot. When hooking a spot before sending them to the depths of a channel edge, try a fairly large circle hook in the range of a 9/0 and hook the baitfish close to the tail. This will cause the spot to swim downward.
Jigging to suspended fish at the above locations is also a good way to get in on the striped bass action with soft plastic jigs.
A little farther south, the outside edge of Hacketts Bar, Thomas Point, the False Channel, and the Diamonds have been producing fish. Channel edges in the mouths of tidal rivers and the Kent Narrows are also good places to check when live-lining spot. Spot can be found in about 10 to 15 feet of water on the Whitehall Bay side of Hacketts, Eastern Bay, and the inside of Black Walnut Point in the lower Choptank.
There continues to be some early morning and late evening shallow water striper action in the lower sections of tidal rivers. Topwater lures do well over shallow grass and jerkbaits or crankbaits in slightly deeper waters. Places in the bay like Thomas Point and Poplar Island are good places to give casting a try.
On the Atlantic Coast, surf casters are enjoying good fishing for kingfish along the Ocean City and Assateague Island beaches. Bloodworms are one of the best baits to use. There is also a mix of croaker, spot, flounder, small bluefish and blowfish in the surf. Clams or squid have been working well for croaker, bloodworms for spot, squid for flounder, and cut spot or mullet for bluefish.
* * * Duck blind know-it-all American bullfrogs can survive up to 10 years in the wild and up to 16 years in captivity.
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