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Recreation and outdoors calendar (Feb. 18)

A 4-year-old American kestrel perches on U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's Jennifer Chin outside the National Wildlife Visitor Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel on Dec. 6.
A 4-year-old American kestrel perches on U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's Jennifer Chin outside the National Wildlife Visitor Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel on Dec. 6. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Fishing expo

Feb. 17-18: The Pasadena Sportfishing Group’s 26th fishing expo will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. both days at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall at 161 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. $5 a day and free for those 12 and under.

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Fishing feedback deadline

Feb. 20: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback for possible regulations on blue crabs, cobia, commercial license targets, fishery management plans, gear (stinger hooks), license free fishing areas, striped bass and trout. Go to the regulations page for information on each proposal at dnr.state.md.us. Comments are needed by 11:59 p.m. and can be emailed to fisheriespubliccomment.dnr@maryland.gov.

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Hunting, trapping changes

Feb. 20-21: The DNR is accepting public comment on proposed changes to the 2018-2020 hunting and trapping seasons. The public can view the proposed regulations and comment online. The department is also accepting feedback by phone at 410-260-8540; by fax at 410-260-8596; or in writing to: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Avenue, E-1, Annapolis, Maryland, 21401. The proposals will also be presented at two in-person public meetings: Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., Mountain Ridge High School, 100 Dr. Nancy Grasmick Lane, Frostburg, and Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., Tawes State Office Building, C-1 Conference Room, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis.

Oyster reefs

Feb 21: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s John Page Williams will discuss “Oyster Reefs of the Chesapeake” at a meeting of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 7 at 1905 Crownsville Road.

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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.

Fisherman’s flea market

Feb. 24: The 31st Fisherman's Flea Market, sponsored by the Central Maryland Bassmasters, will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gamber Fire Hall at 3838 Niner Road in Finksburg. Admission costs $3. Details: Email edbarr48@aol.com.

Picking up the last decoy of the year, I paused to gaze across the paddock at the trifecta Super Blue Moon, which lollygagged almost equidistant on the horizon from the morning sun.

Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest

Feb. 24-25: The 18th annual Lefty Kreh’s Tie Fest will be held at the Powerhouse Building of the Loews Annapolis Hotel at 126 West St. in Annapolis on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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. Saturday’s seminars free with admission are Jerry Kustich, Words On, “Holy Water”; Richard Strollis, “Tying Streamers for Big Trout”; Pat Cohen, “Smallmouth Fishing & Fly Patterns”; South Valley Anglers, “Southern Musky”; Chris Karwacki & Kevin Josenhans, “Fishing Tangier”; and Jake Villwock, “South-Central PA Smallmouth.” Sunday’s seminars free with admission are Kustich, Words On, “Holy Water”; Richard Strollis, “Alaska on a Budget”; and Karwacki & Josenhans, “Fishing Tangier.” Saturday sessions with additional paid admission are Bob Clouser, “Inverted Loop Cast,” and Gary Dubiel, “Inshore-Nearshore Fly Fishing.” Sunday’s session with additional paid admission is Pat Cohen, “Basics of Stacking Deer Hair.” The 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 search for @leftykrehtiefest on Facebook or contact event director Tony Friedrich at tony.friedrich@gmail.com.

MD/DC RRCA Club Challenge

Feb. 25: MD/DC RRCA Club Challenge 10M/Howard Community College, Columbia, 8 a.m. Details: striders.net

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.

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.

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.

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, or CRAB, has a letter of intent to purchase a marina on Back Creek for the purpose of developing an adaptive boating center.

Rockfish talk

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March 3: Captains Richie Gaines and Wayne Morgan will share their expertise on light tackle, trolling and live lining for rockfish in a Tri-State Marine Fishing Seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $30 per person, includes coffee, continental breakfast and lunch. To register, call Dawn Yoder at 410- 867-2398.

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Where to fish

March 7: Free State Fly Fishers will host a roundtable discussion on “Local & New Places to Fish” at Davidsonville Family Recreation Center at 3727 Queen Anne Bridge Road.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K

March 11: Under Armour Kelly St Patrick’s Day 5K/Charles & Mulberry Sts., 1:15 p.m. Details: runsignup.com.

Power-plant fishing

March 12: Shawn Kimbro will discuss Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant fishing at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Fly-fishing show

March 17: A fly-fishing show will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Towson University’s Potomac Lounge. Details: marylandflyfishingshow.com.

Barlowe Bolt 5K

March 24: Barlowe Bolt 5K, Old Mill Pool, Chalet Drive, Millersville, 7 a.m. Details: active.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.

Gun & outdoor show

March 31: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host a gun & outdoor show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Setup time is 6 a.m. Admission is $5 per person (children under 12 free). Vendors: $10 per table. Details: Call Butch 443-442-4791.

“We didn’t even know if we could do it. We thought, ‘Maybe we’ll get 10 miles and say this isn’t going to happen.’ And then we realized we can,” Helmetag said.

Spring trolling

April 9: Charlie Sissions will discuss spring trolling in the Middle Bay at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Columbia 10 Miler

April 22: Columbia 10 Miler, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, 8 a.m. Details: active.com.

Crabbing techniques

May 14: Robert Christy will discuss crabbing techniques at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Kayak fishing

June 11: Chris Dollar will discuss kayak fishing at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Ocean fishing

Aug. 13: Lenny Rudow will discuss ocean fishing at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Perch fishing techniques

Sept. 10: George Bentz Jr. will discuss perch fishing techniques at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Fall fishing techniques

Oct. 8: Richie Gaines will discuss fall fishing techniques at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

DNR discussion

Nov. 12: Erik Zlokovitz of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will address the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Fall fishing techniques

Dec. 11: Wayne Morgan will discuss Chesapeake Bay rockfishing at a meeting of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group at 7:30 p.m. at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Highway (Route 2), Severna Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Details: pasadenasportfishing.com.

Email listings to sports@baltsun.com with "Recreation & Outdoors" in the subject field.

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