Regional Reports-East

Chesapeake Bay

Access to the bountiful waters of the Chesapeake Bay isn't always easy to come by, given the amount of private land surrounding the big water. Fortunately, Janes Island State Park offers almost 13 miles of shoreline surrounding its 3,147 acres. Inlets can be found at both the north and south ends of the park, and since the park is situated just above Pocomoke Sound, the waters off the park see tremendous movements of fish. Stripers, weakfish and sea trout inhabit the flats off the beaches where clams, smelt and shrimp on fish-finder rigs can work well. Bucktails tipped with strips of squid and medium-to-small diamond jigs are also productive. Flyfishers should try Clousers. This month, the croakers and weakfish should start up after sunset. Janes Island Park is in Somerset County. Take Route 413 south to Crisfield and Plantation Road and turn right into the park. Contact: Janes Island State Park (26280 Alfred Lawson Dr., Crisfield, MD 21817; 410-968-1565).