Recreation and outdoors calendar (Dec. 31)

The Baltimore Sun

Duck season

Through Jan. 27: Last split of duck season. Daily bag limit is six birds.

Pickerel contest

Through Feb. 28: CCA MD Pickerel Championship. No deadline to enter, multiple divisions where anglers turn in their best three-fish stringer over a three-month period.

First Day Hikes

Jan. 1: Maryland Park Service rangers, staff and volunteers will lead more than 30 hikes on public lands and state parks as part of a nationwide event sponsored by America’s State Parks. Numerous state forests and wildlife management areas will also be open Jan. 1 for self-guided treks. Details at dnr.maryland.gov.

Free State Fly Fishers

Jan. 3: Free State Fly Fishers meeting. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Davidsonville Family Rec. Center, 3727 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville.

Leakin Park-Gwynns Falls hike

Jan. 3: An approximately 7-mile circuitous hike through this Baltimore City woodland. Details: 410-544-3952.

Prettyboy hike

Jan. 6: Eleven-mile hike will begin on the west side of Georges Creek and continue to Shamberger’s Peninsula and back along a different route. A couple of stream crossings. Pace: 2.5 mph. Details: 410-374-4879. Please call by 8 p.m. Thursday. Carpool cost: $2.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 7: Seven-mile mid-morning hike in Baltimore County off Drexel Woods Drive for experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace. Pace: 2.75 - 3.3 mph. Minor stream crossings, some rocky and rugged terrain, and 700-plus feet of climbing. Ten-minute snack break. Details: 410 747-2868.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 7: Seven-mile hike through Hilltop and Thistle Road areas. Details: 410-744-6057.

Potomac River fishing talk

Jan. 9: Marty Gary, executive secretary of the Potomac River Fisheries Commis9sion, will review legislative and regulatory changes on menhaden, rockfish and fish from 2017 and will discuss proposed changes for 2018 when he addresses the Northwest chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. The meeting will be at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall at 1010 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Please use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and meeting starts at 7:30. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome. Details: Contact Mark DeHoff at mcdehoff@netzero.com.

Patuxent hike

Jan. 10: Six-mile hike on trails at the North Tract area of the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. Arrive before 10 a.m. to sign in at visitor office. No fee. No stream crossings. Mostly level. Details: 410 519 4370.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 10: Twelve-mile figure-8 hike in Baltimore County uses a combination of marked and unmarked trails to travel from Oella to the Pickall area and then return by different paths. Total ascent: 1,100-plus feet. Pace: 2.5 - 3 mph. A few stream crossings and rocky sections of trail, several steep but relatively short climbs. Details: 443-805-5408.

Saltwater Fishing Expo

Jan. 13: The Frederick chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association will present its ninth annual Saltwater Fishing Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 9 of the Frederick Fairgrounds at 797 E. Patrick St. Details at mssafrederick.com or call Rob Pellicot at 301-606-0392 or Ed Susa at 301-252-0233.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 13: Hike of 13.5 miles in Howard and Baltimore counties by Dorsey Tunnel. Four stream crossings, little rocky terrain, some off-trail hiking, 2,200-plus feet of elevation gain, including a few steep ascents and descents. Pace: 2.5 - 3 mph. Details: 410 747-2868.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 14: Seven-mile hike in Woodstock area of Howard County. Total ascent will be about 1,100 feet. Pace: 2.5 - 3 mph. Two stream crossings, little rocky terrain. Details: 410 747-2868.

Jan. 17: Hike 5 miles north on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail and briefly through a residential community to Anne Arundel County’s Kinder Farm Park. Details: 410-647-4824.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 17: Seven-mile hike through Glen Artney area in Baltimore County with several stream crossings. Details: 410 747-3347.

Prettyboy hike

Jan. 20: Ten-mile hike through Upper Laurel Highlands on the northwestern side of reservoir, accessible from Rockdale Road. Mostly on fire roads, which were horse-and-buggy roads that connected mills. Pace: 2.5 mph. Details: 410-374-4879 by 8 p.m. Thursday. Carpool cost: $2.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 21: Eight-mile figure-8 hike in a Baltimore County section of the state park covers marked and unmarked trails from Oella to the Pickall area and returns by different paths. Total ascent: 800-plus feet. Pace: 800-plus feet. Pace: about 2.5 mph. A few stream crossings and rocky sections but relatively short climbs Details: 443-805-5408.

Cromwell Valley hike

Jan. 24: Hike 5 miles on park trails by the Loch Raven Reservoir. Some hills and stream crossings. Details: 410-336-7887.

Lake Roland hike

Jan. 24: Hike 7 miles along Jones Falls above the lake, through the woods and serpentine barrens, and visit the cave and the old rugby field. Moderate pace but rocky in spots and could be icy or muddy in spots. Details: 410-653-3314.

Baltimore Boat Show

Jan. 25-28: Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $14 for adults; free for children 12 and under (when accompanied by an adult). Tickets may be purchased in advance online at BaltimoreBoatShow.com or during the show at the box office. Phone: 410-224-7633.

Loch Raven hike

Jan. 27: Nine-miler for experienced hikers who like a continuous fast pace. About 2.5 hours. Details: 410-593-7123.

Liberty Reservoir hike

Jan. 28: Ten-mile out-and-back is a mixture of fire roads and footpaths along the reservoir’s western arm on both sides of the Morgan Run tributary. A few steep but short hills amounting to about 1,400 feet of total elevation gain. Two short bushwhacks and a few easy stream crossing. Several sections are perpetually muddy. Moderate 2.5 – 3 mph pace. Details: 410-876-7053. Carpool cost: $1.

Loch Raven dog hike

Jan. 28: Dogs encouraged, not necessary. Details: 410-593-7123.

Angler’s night out

Jan. 30: Film: “Buccaneers & Bones with Lefty, Season 2.” Hosted by CCA-MD, Boatyard Bar & Grill, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Happy Hour and food specials 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Film begins at 7. Fourth & Severn, Eastport. Details: boatyardbarandgrill.com.

Bowley’s Quarters hike

Jan. 31: Five miles on the flat nature trail, small beach, paved roads. Details: 410-335-2266 before 10 p.m.

Patapsco Valley hike

Jan. 31: Seven miles in Hollofield Daniels area will have a few small stream crossings. Details: 410-905-1190.

Prettyboy hike

Feb. 3: Eleven miles from Shamberger’s Peninsula, the beginning of the Prettyboy Trail at Beckleysville Road. Will cover both sides of Georges Creek and continue to Prettyboy Lake with many views of Goose Island. Will end on a short loop of the CCC Trails. Many stream crossings. Pace: 2.5 mph. Details: 410-374-4879 by 8 p.m. Thursday. Carpool: $2.

Patapsco Valley hike

Feb. 4: 8 1/2 miles of Davis Tunnel area in Howard County in midmorning. For experienced hikers who can maintain a continuous fast pace (2.75 - 3.3 mph). A couple of early bailout points. Several small stream crossings, relatively little rocky terrain, and a number of short but steep climbs resulting in 1,800-plus feet of elevation gain. Details: 410 747-2868.

Columbia hike

Feb. 7: Five miles around Lake Kittimaqundi and Wilde Lake with a short break at Town Center. Details: 410-730-5485.

Leakin Park/Gwynns Falls hike

Feb. 7: Moderate 7-mile hike through wooded terrain with no major stream crossings but a few hills. Details: 410-744-694.

Flea market

Feb. 10: Tri-State Marine Fisherman’s Flea Market, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission, $50 per table rental. Call Dawn Yoder at 410-867-2398 to reserve table.

Youth waterfowl hunting

Feb. 10: Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day.

North Point hike

Feb. 10: Flat 5-miler to see Chesapeake Bay and its marshes and woods in winter. Details: 410-744-6057.

Patapsco Valley hike

Feb. 11: Seven-miler in Daniels Dam area in Howard County includes river overlooks, the “Indian Cave” and a mile walk along the river. Includes short section of very rocky terrain, has a total ascent of about 1,000 feet (including a 250-foot climb in the first quarter mile), and has no stream crossings. Pace: 2.5 - 3 mph. Details: 410 747-2868.

Liberty Reservoir hike

Feb. 14: Out and back 5-miler hike with hills by Bollinger Mill. Details: 443-762-1219.

Columbia hike

Feb. 14: Eight-miler on paved woodland pathways from Oakland Mills to Lake Elkhorn. Details: 410-918-8444.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Feb. 16-18: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Details: royalfarmsarena.com.

Loch Raven hike

Feb. 17: Nine miler for experienced hikers who like a continous fast pace. About 2.5 hours. Details: 410-593-7123.

Pasadena Fishing Expo

Feb. 17-18: Pasadena Sportfishing Group's 26th annual Fishing Expo will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Admission is $5 each day and free for 12 and under free.

Loch Raven hike

Feb. 18: Moderate reservoir hike. Dogs encouraged, not required. Details: 410-593-7123.

Liberty Reservoir hike

Feb. 18: Eleven-miler on Coot Peninsula Trail in Carroll County covers fire roads and footpaths. A few steep but short hills amounting to about 1,700 feet of total elevation gain and only one easy stream crossing. Moderate 2.5 – 3 mph moving average. Details: 410-876-7053. Carpool: $1.

Patapsco Valley hike

Feb. 18: Six-miler in midmorning in Oella area in Baltimore County returns to the starting point around noon. Moderate pace of about 2.5 mph, much of the time along the Patapsco River. A couple of steep but relatively short climbs. Details: 443-805-5408.

Gunpowder hike

Feb. 21: Five-miler below Prettyboy Reservoir is mostly flat along the river heading upstream toward Prettyboy dam, with some hills and a rocky stretch along the river. Details: 410 206 5478.

Patapsco Valley hike

Feb. 21: Easy-to-moderate 7-miler in Avalon area features a waterfall, some elevation, stream crossings and meadows at a moderate pace of 2 mph. Details: 410 536-1956.

Annapolis Fishing Expo

Feb. 24: MSSA Annapolis chapter’s annual Saltwater Fishing Expo. Held at the Annapolis Elks Club. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Prettyboy hike

Feb. 24: A 9.5-mile hike along Spooks Hill Trails in a remote area on the east side of the reservoir follows a loop trail down to Indian House Rock, then covers a horse-and-buggy road and other areas. Two stream crossings. Pace: 2.5 mph. Details: 410-374-4879 by 8 p.m. Thursday. Carpool: $1.

Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest

Feb. 24-25: Blane Choklett and Pat Cohen will be among the workshop presenters at the 18th annual Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest on Feb. 24-25 on three floors of the Lowes Annapolis Hotel at 126 West St. in Annapolis. Admission will be $10 for each of the two days or $15 for both days of the expanded event. Anglers 16 and younger and active military personnel will be admitted free. Choklett, a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, will demonstrate the gummy minnow and the game changer, an articulated fly he created. Cohen, a New Yorker, is a member of the pro staff for 10 fishing companies, including EP Flies and Partridge of Redditch Hooks. Other fly tiers attending include Steve Silverio, Brad Buzzi, Bob Popovics and Richard Stolis. Jerry Kustich, co-founder of Sweetgrass Rods, will discuss bamboo rods. Bob Clouser will run fly-casting demonstrations, and attendees will be able to test several fly rods provided by event vendors. Some workshops carry an extra fee. Among the no-charge seminars will be ones by Joe Bruce on snakeheads and Kevin Josenhans and Chris Karwacki on fishing Tangier Sound. Tie Fest will include displays from fly shops in the Chesapeake Bay area, local fishing guides and angling organizations. Attendees will be able to purchase supplies and discuss fishing strategies with these vendors. Tickets will be sold at the door. For further information contact event director Tony Friedrich at tony.friedrich@gmail.com.

Patapsco Valley/Rockburn hike

Feb. 25: Morning 7-miler will use trails in Rockburn Branch Park and Patapsco Valley State Park. Some stream crossings, hills and a few rocky sections. Pace: 2.5 mph. Details: 443-805-5408.

Angler’s night out

Feb. 27: Film: “Best of Catch Magazine, Season 3.” Hosted by CCA-MD, Boatyard Bar & Grill, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Happy hour and food specials 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Film begins at 7. Fourth & Severn Avenue, Eastport. Details:  boatyardbarandgrill.com.

Baltimore City hike

Feb. 28: Easy 5-miler on grounds of Clover Hill Mansion, Peace Cross Memorial, Homeland neighborhood, Homewood campus and sculpture garden, Homewood House, BMA sculpture garden, etc. Details: 410-340-7402

Oella-to-Banneker Park hike

Feb. 28: Eight-miler along river past rapids up to location of the now-gone Union Dam US-40, returning via the Number 9 Trolley Line with lunch in Banneker Park. Pace: 2.5-3 mph with one long hill of 600 feet. Details: 410-245-9843 before 9 p.m.

Patapsco Valley hike

Feb. 28: 13.5-miler in Howard and Baltimore counties. Has four stream crossings, little rocky terrain, some off-trail hiking and 2,200-plus feet of elevation gain. Pace: 2.5 - 3 mph. Details: 410 747-2868.

Fishing seminar

March 10: The “Mid-Shore Fishing Seminar,” American Legion Post 18, 2619 Centreville Road (Route 213), Centreville. Featured speakers include Capt. Mark Galasso, Capt. Jeff Lewatowski and Joe Bruce. Hosted by CD Outdoors and Tacklecove.com. Details: cdollar@cdollaroutdoors.com.

Angler’s night out

March 27: Film: “Fly Fishing for Permit.” Hosted by CCA-MD, Boatyard Bar & Grill, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Happy hour and food specials 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Film begins at 7. Fourth & Severn Avenue, Eastport. Details:  boatyardbarandgrill.com.

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