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Free Fishing Day & License Free Fishing Areas in Maryland!

Update: July 17, 2014
License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.

Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

For more information:
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Image Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Friday, July 4 is the last of 2014’s three license-free fishing days in Maryland. No fishing license or trout stamps are required to fish on these days.
Take a friend and your kids and just go fish.
For information on species, fishing locations, and limits visit the online Maryland Fishing Guide:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/

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Free Fishing in NJ June 14 & 15, 2014

Image Courtesy of NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife

Image Courtesy of NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife

Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, will be New Jersey’s Free Fishing Days in 2014. Free Fishing Days are held annually in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week, and on these days fishing is allowed on the Garden State’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.

New Jersey’s two Free Fishing Days are a no-risk investment for an introduction to freshwater fishing in the Garden State and the perfect time for families to enjoy two days of outdoor fun for free. Though youngsters under the age of 16 don’t need a license, these days provide a special benefit to adults who can join in the fun without having to purchase a license. That is, until they get hooked on a sport that just might become a lifetime of fun for the whole family. Free Fishing Days also provide a great opportunity for out-of-state visitors to sample some of the finest freshwater fishing opportunities in the Northeast.

For program and class information and tips on the best places to fish, go to:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ffd.htm


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Free Fishing in MD in 2014

Striped Bass Seasonal Maps
Image Courtesy of MD Department of Natural Resources

Anglers have several opportunities to fish without a license in Maryland. Normally a license is required to Fish in Maryland but there are a few exceptions to this requirement.

The first is there are specific areas in Maryland that are designated License Free Fishing Areas throughout the tidal portions of the Chesapeake Bay. You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.


License Free Fishing Areas

You are required to observe all other fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated license free fishing areas, you may register online through dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp.

Anne Arundel
•Annapolis–Maryland Route 450 old bridge at the Severn River.

Baltimore County
•Cox’s Point on Back River and Deep Creek. Directions: Eastern Blvd. (Rt. 150) to Riverside Drive south.

Baltimore City
• Canton Recreational Pier at Boston Street
• Hull Street Recreational Pier – Directions: Key Highway to Hull Street north.
• Middle Branch Park from fishing pier south of the Hanover–Pottee Street Bridges, to Hanover Street Bridge over Middle Branch. Directions: Route 2 to Middle Branch Park

Caroline County
•Denton–Pier associated with G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park on the east side of Choptank River north of Maryland Route 404 Bridge.

Cecil County
• Charlestown–Town-owned stone wharf on the Northeast River near the corner of Conestoga and Water Streets and the historic site of Charlestown Wharf.
•North East–North East Community Park at mouth of North East Creek.

Charles County
• Friendship Landing–County-owned pier and property adjacent to the pier off Friendship Landing Road southeast of Ironsides Riverside Road (Rt. 425) on Nanjemoy Creek.

Dorchester County
•Cambridge–Long Wharf from south end of city-owned bulkhead associated with the Municipal Yacht Basin within Cambridge Creek to the end of east breakwater at mouth of the Municipal Yacht Basin.
Harford County
•Havre de Grace–Tydings Memorial Park within designated area, and pier at the end of Congress Street.

Kent County
• Chestertown–Maryland Route 213 Bridge over Chester River.
•Worton–Bridge No. K-004 over Still Pond Creek on Still Pond Creek Road near Chestertown.

Somerset County
•Princess Anne – The Manokin River Park along approximately 350 feet of the south bank of the Manokin River west of the bridge at Somerset Avenue and the west side of that bridge.

Wicomico County
•Sharptown–Pier and town dock off Ferry Street on the Nanticoke River.
•Salisbury–Designated city-owned bulkhead on the Wicomico River between Mill Street and Division Street.
•Tyaskin Park–County-owned park on Wetipquin Creek west of Rt. 349 at Tyaskin.

Worcester County
•Pocomoke City–County-owned dock at Cedar Hall Landing near western terminus of Route 371 on Pocomoke River.
•Pocomoke City–City docks from Laurel Street boat ramp to U.S. Route 13 overpass and Winter Quarter dock on Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill–County bridge on Porter’s Crossing Road west of U.S. Route 113 and east of Route 354 and
Pocomoke River.
•Snow Hill-All city-owned riverfront property which includes Byrd Park, Sturgis Park, and city bulkheading adjacent to the municipal parking lot near the Route 12 bridge over the Pocomoke River.
•Ocean City – Northside Park – Town-owned pier and park at 125th Street.
•Ocean City – Chicago Avenue – Bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Streets.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/license-free.aspx

The second option is that Maryland hosts Free Fishing Days. During a free fishing day, a person may catch and possess finfish in the tidal and nontidal waters of the State for recreational purposes without an angler’s license, Chesapeake Bay sportfishing license, or any fishing stamp normally required by the State, but shall otherwise observe all fishing laws and regulations. Maryland’s free fishing days are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4. In 2014, that’s June 07 & 14 and July 04.

Lastly, all those folks under 16 years of age are allowed to fish without a license.

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/free-fishing.aspx

Get all the info regarding limits, etc. at:
http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/


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Harpers Ferry, WV River Riders Steal of a Deal

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Image Courtesy of River Riders, Harpers Ferry, WV

A great deal for those of you are have always wanted to try exciting river sports! Join River Riders Friday, May 17,2014 Friday at their Harpers Ferry Campground for an evening of canoe, kayak, and stand up paddle board demos. FREE for all Jefferson County WV residents. All others welcome $20 per person. 5:00-8:00 PM Call us to RSVP 800-326-7238

http://www.riverriders.com/


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Wednesday Bicycle Rides in Virginia

Image Courtesy of SVBC

Image Courtesy of SVBC

 

 

One of the things I most enjoy about running 10K events is the social aspect—I get a new t-shirt, I get to talk to other runners; there is often post-race food. Until recently, I hadn’t realized I could enjoy at least some of those things during the Wednesday Social Rides with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. This avid group of cyclists must be doing something right since this is the 22nd year of Wednesday Social Ride. Emphasis is on social; no headphones, intermediate pace of 12-14 mph. The SVBC supports all types of cycling in and around Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia.

 

Wednesday Social Rides with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

Social Road Ride, 5:15 pm (SHARP)

 Description: This is an intermediate, social road ride. No headphones.

 Pace: Pace is “social,” 12 – 14 mph, with no one dropped.

 Length: Between 20 and 30 miles, or 1.5-2 hours.

 Location: Meet at HHS on 1001 Garbers Church Road.

 Ride Leader Contact Information: Marcia 540 (dash) 432 (dash) 3312 or mlamphier (at) harrisonburg.k12.va.us

See more at: http://svbcoalition.org/weekly-rides


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Winter Thrills for Olympic Wannabes

Image Courtesy of Lake Placid Bobsled Experience

Image Courtesy of Lake Placid Bobsled Experience

About this time of year, I’m always hit with a crazy combination of cabin fever and recklessness. I start looking for adventure activities that always makes my husband intone, “I think you need to make an informed decision about this event.” Inspired by the Sochi Olympics, I’ve found the perfect action venue to quench my thirst for winter thrills.

If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a comet, the Lake Placid Bobsled Adventure is for you. Bobsled rides, with a professional driver and brakeman, begin at the half-mile point on the same track used by Olympic racers. According to their promo, “you’ll feel the rumble of the sled thundering down the track. You’ll speed through one turn, bank high on the next one and pick up speed on the straightaway. You’ll go faster than you’re allowed to drive a car through town. Then you’ll get to the bottom and want to do it again.”
Sounds excellent to me!

For your bravery, you will be rewarded
• Sliding from Start 4
• Bobsled lapel pin
• 4×6 commemorative team photo
• T-Shirt
• Membership in the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
• 20% off your second bobsled ride

Reservations are recommended but require at least 48 hour advance notice. If you do not have a reservation, tickets may be
purchased in person during ride sessions, although space can be limited. Track & weather conditions permitting.

Call 518-523-4436 (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or email.
2013 – 2014 Lake Placid Bobsled Experience Rates
Adult $85
Teen $80
Junior $75
Adult: Ages 20+ | Teen: Ages 13-19 | Junior: Ages 7-12
Combine with the Lake Placid Skeleton Experience on Saturdays and expanded hours during the Holiday periods for twice the thrill. Combo tickets are $125, combo rides must be taken same day.

General Information
Location: Olympic Sports Complex View Map
Wednesday – Friday 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Times may vary. Check calendar for availability.
Must be 48″ or taller to ride

http://www.whiteface.com/activities/bobsled-experience


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Ice Ice Baby!

Image courtesy of I LOVE NEW YORK

Image courtesy of I LOVE NEW YORK

The cold Mid Atlantic weather is making a lot of folks happy, including fans of Lake George ice fishing. Show off your ice fishing skills at the largest fishing tournament on Lake George. The Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament, sponsored by The Hague Fish & Game Club will be held this weekend, February 22nd, 2014 – February 23rd, 2014. There are four categories: Lake Trout, Perch; Salmon and Northern Pike. And adults and juniors can angle for prizes and glory! For times, registration information and directions, contact:

Hague Fish & Game Club
Town Park 9060 Lake Shore Drive
Hague, NY 12836
518-543-6542
http://www.haguefishandgame.com