North East VFW 7pm, come early for wings! Our speaker this month will be DNR biologist Mark Lewandowski on bay grasses. Learn about how bay grasses or submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) affect angling opportunities. Mark will cover what SAV is, identification, it’s importance, and factors affecting it’s growth. Join your friends and fellow anglers for a night of fun.
Plan to pitch in an hour or so to help with the Old Conowingo boat ramp clean up April 28. Wet a line afterwards or enjoy a cookout at the facility.
Upcoming Upper Bay events;
April 28 Old Conowingo boat ramp clean up
May 9 Chapter meeting speaker; Shawn Kimbro on strike triggers
June 13 Chapter meeting
Summer break; no meetings
Capt. Dennis Fleming to talk
“Potomac” at April 16th meeting
The Patuxent River chapter of CCA Maryland will host Captain Dennis Fleming as guest speaker for the April meeting. The get-to-together will be next Monday, April 16 at Stoney’s Kingfisher in Solomons starting at 7 p.m.
Mr. Fleming is a licensed Maryland Fishing Guide in addition to being a Maryland Commissioner for the Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC). He has been fishing the Potomac River from West Virginia to Pt. Lookout since 1972. His talk will focus on fishing the Potomac River while touching on the history of the river, current challenges facing the river, fisheries management and Potomac River trivia. Come join us for an entertaining presentation and learn a few Potomac River hotspots and techniques as well!
As a reminder, this year’s meetings will be the third Monday of each month at Stoney’s Kingfisher. Come early and order dinner from the menu. The meeting is free and open to the public, so bring your fishing buddies and learn from the pros.
Spring is here, and our Bay is alive with fish! Join the Annapolis Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA) Tuesday evening, April 17, at the Boatyard Bar & Grill (BYBG) in Eastport for the perfect tune-up to the Opening Day of Rockfish Season and BYBG’s 11th annual Catch-and-Release Rockfish Tournament, which is set to kick off April 21.
You’ll hear retired Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fishery biologist and current charterboat mate Rudy Lukacovic discuss his ground-breaking published studies of catch-and-release mortality in rockfish, white perch, and hickory shad. He’ll put special emphasis on hooking mortality and how environmental conditions like water temperature, air temperature, and water salinity affect survival. If you want a preview, check out the “Science” section on the Careful Catch website, which can be found online at carefulcatch.com.
Lukacovic’s study of rockfish in the 1990s paved the way for the Susquehanna Flats catch-and-release fishery. He is a careful, thoughtful scientist with years of in-the-field experience and a lot to teach us about relying on science instead of speculation as we follow CCA’s motto to “ Fish First!”
Although Lukacovic’s reports do not cover specific fish handling techniques, we will have an assortment of release tools available for examination and hope to generate some discussion about how to treat fish with the respect they deserve.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in BYBG’s Marketplace section. Arrive at 6 p.m. for BYBG’s traditional Tuesday night meatloaf special and “buck-a-shuck” oysters.