The Department of Natural Resources is considering a number of changes in non-tidal fishing regulations for next year, including the addition of the North Branch of the Potomac River to the list of put-and-take trout areas.
Other proposed additions to the put-and-take list are the Youghiogheny River in Garrett County from I-68 downstream to the Youghiogheny Reservoir, Linganore Creek in Frederick County from Linganore Road upstream to the dam water intake and Shad Landing pond in Worcester County.
The North Branch of the Potomac addition would be from Jennings Randolph Reservoir upstream to the lower boundary of Potomac State Forest.
The put-and-take area of Owens Creek in Frederick County would be extended from Route 15 downstream to Roddy Road. Also in Frederick County, Middle Creek would become put and take from the bridge below Spruce Run to the confluence with Spruce Run.
Salt Block Run (Garrett County), Little Hunting Creek (Frederick County), Cold Deer Pond (Frederick County) and Buffalo Run (Garrett County) would be deleted from the list.
The area of Little Hunting Creek from Route 15 upstream to the upper boundary of Cunningham Falls State Park Manor Area would become a catch-and-return trout area limited to the use of artificial lures.
The North Branch of the Potomac, where it borders Potomac State Forest, would become a delayed-harvest trout-fishing area, and the mainstream of the Potomac would be subject to a 20-inch maximum size limit on walleye from Jan. 1 through April 15.
DNR also proposes to create a regulation for limited-harvest fishing areas and put-and-take/catch-and-return fishing areas.
Santa Maria Cup is coming
In a couple of weeks, the Santa Maria Cup will be sailed in the Inner Harbor off the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club complex. The field for this year's event will include last year's winner, Dawn Riley, the only woman to have sailed in the America's Cup trials.
Also scheduled to lead teams are: Julai Trotman, Syosett, N.Y., 1992 Olympic bronze medalist and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year; Mary Brigden Snow, San Diego, former college All-American; Diane Burton, Annapolis, member of U.S. Sailing Team; Lynda Corrado, Sausalito, Calif., organizer of the first America's Cup women's team; Karen Johnson, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadian women's match racing champion last year; Melinda Berge, Baltimore, 1992 J-22 Fleet captain; Paula Lewin, Bermuda, top women's collegiate skipper; Hannah Swett, Jamestown, R.I., third in 1991 and 1992 Santa Maria Cups; and Susie Madrigali, Ross, Calif., four-time Adams Cup finalist.
The regatta, which has added BOAT/U.S. as primary sponsor this year, will be sailed in J/22s May 20-23.
Catch up on offshore fishing
Jannie Bunting of the Angler head boat operation in Ocean City reports that from midweek on the fishing for sea bass and tautog has been very good on the offshore wrecks, with sea bass weighing 5 to 7 pounds and plenty of tautog. Also some ling cod are being taken. Interested in fishing on the Angler, call (410) 289-7424.
DNR has scheduled five public meetings to discuss changes to non-tidal fishing regulations under consideration for 1994. All meetings are at 7 p.m.
May 18 -- Frederick Community College, Sweadner Hall, Frederick.
May 19 -- Natural Resources Police meeting room, Routes 309 and 404, Queen Anne, Queen Anne's County.
May 24 -- Hereford Middle School, Corbett Road off of York Road, Hereford, Baltimore County.
May 27 -- Frostburg State University, Louis Ort Library, room 210, Frostburg, Allegany County.
June 2 -- Cedarville Natural Resources Management Area, Cedarville Hatchery Visitors Center, Cedarville, Prince George's County.