The public fishing season opens today at Cash Lake at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel. The season runs through Oct. 15 (except for federal holidays.)
Anglers with a refuge fishing permit can fish from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. through August, and from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during September and October. The lake, off Route 197 between Laurel and Bowie, has a fully accessible pier and restroom facilities. Anglers can also fish at the refuge's North Tract entrance, off Route 198, through most of the year.