KNAUSS

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

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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