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Areas of rockfish catches move south

The second week of the spring rockfish season was marked by changes in catch percentages by areas, with the most productive area moving south to Bloody Point-Chesapeake Beach. According to DNR's catch reports, 44 percent of reported catches came from that area.

The number of rockfish taken above the 32-inch minimum from the Bay Bridge to Brewerton Channel fell off to 20 percent.

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From Chesapeake Beach south to Point No Point, the percentage of the catch rose to 30 percent.

From Point No Point south to the Maryland-Virginia Line, the catch percentage of keepers remained a low six percent.

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The largest fish reported over the weekend was 50 inches (taken in the Bloody Point area), and the average keeper was 37.7 inches.

While the catch rate has increased in the more southern regions of the Chesapeake Bay mainstem, DNR biologists said that the tidal river spawning grounds still hold large numbers of fish that have yet to spawn. Those fish can be expected to move back down the bay through the latter stages of this month.

Outdoor Discovery

DNR again will run Outdoor Discovery Camps this summer for children from 8 to 17 years of age.

"Children need to be challenged and learn that adventure and excitement can be found without television and video games," said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin. "Our Outdoor Discovery Camps offer adventure in nature, an opportunity to see things differently and learn outdoors skills that will last a lifetime."

The program is set up to meet the needs of different age groups and abilities, including basic camps, specialty camps and a leadership trainee program.

The basic camp, for children 8-12, includes canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, environmental education, rock climbing, tubing, crabbing, fossil hunting and boat rides on the bay. The cost per five-day session is $210 per person.

Specialty camps, for ages 11-15, include horsemanship, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing-back packing, rock climbing-hiking and a cycling trip along the C&O; Canal. Cost per person is $265.

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The leadership program, for ages 14-17, includes participation in daily programs as well as assisting in the operation of the camp. The cost of the 10-day program is $360 per person.

For more information on locations and dates, call (410) 974-3771.


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