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Recreation and outdoors calendar (March 18)

Baltimore County, MD--2/22/97--During the winter months, fishermen (and some women) wet their lines in the warm water near BGE's C P Crane power plant on Carroll Island Road. A discharge pipe sends warm water taken from Seneca Creek toward Saltpeter Creek. Warm temperatures the week of Feb. 22, 1997, might have been the reason the fish were not biting, but many people were there to enjoy the morning. FOREGROUND, L-R, Mark Handley, then 16, and Matthew Weber, then 13, both from Arbutus, spent every weekend from October to April fishing from the bridge. They were going after largemouth bass.
Baltimore County, MD--2/22/97--During the winter months, fishermen (and some women) wet their lines in the warm water near BGE's C P Crane power plant on Carroll Island Road. A discharge pipe sends warm water taken from Seneca Creek toward Saltpeter Creek. Warm temperatures the week of Feb. 22, 1997, might have been the reason the fish were not biting, but many people were there to enjoy the morning. FOREGROUND, L-R, Mark Handley, then 16, and Matthew Weber, then 13, both from Arbutus, spent every weekend from October to April fishing from the bridge. They were going after largemouth bass. (Kim Hairston / The Baltimore Sun)

Light-tackle techniques

Thursday, March 23: Capt. "Walleye" Pete Dahlberg will discuss light-tackle techniques for trophy rockfish at Annapolis Boat Sales, 1725 South Piney Road, Chester. RSVP to jack@annapolisboatsales.com.

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Taekwondo tournament

Saturday, March 25: The first Maryland Governor's Cup, a taekwondo tournament, will be held at APG Arena of Harford Community College. The event is organized by the Maryland State Taekwondo Association and the Korean Taekwondo Association of Maryland. All proceeds will be donated to the Children's Cancer Foundation. Details: http://www.marylandtaekwondo.com/2017%20MD%20Governor%20Cup%20Packet.pdf.

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Murray Center cleanup

Saturday, March 25: Help clean up the Carrie Murray Nature Center in Leakin Park from 9 a.m. to noon.

Hunting dinner

Saturday, March 25: The third annual Hunting Legacy Dinner & Benefit, hosted by the Maryland Hunting Coalition, will be noon to 4 p.m. at Martin's Westminster. Tickets at mdhuntingcoalition.org.

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Each year, to the delight of anglers, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocks 131 streams and ponds with trout raised in the state's four trout hatcheries in Garrett and Washington counties.

Youth basketball in Lancaster

March 27: Deadline for registering for Athletes for Better Education's regional basketball tournament March 31-April 1 at Garden Spot High in the Lancaster, Pa., area. There will be eight different age divisions for both boys and girls. Details, go to afbe.org, contact Jason Bieber at 866-906-2323 or email at jbieber@afbe.org.

Angler's Night Out

March 28: Angler's Night Out, hosted by Boatyard Bar & Grill, in cooperation with CCA MD and Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Feature film is "Providence." Happy hour and appetizer specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., film starts at 7 p.m. Boatyard Bar & Grill, 4th Street & Severn Ave., Eastport.

I find some recompense in the fact that the late winter storm took it easy on us compared to New England folks, but the blast of cold wind and ice/snow nonetheless jammed up fishing plans and boat prep for many of us.

Fools for Fitness

April 1: Baltimore City Recreation & Parks' first 5K of the season, Fools for Fitness, will be held in Druid Hill Park. All proceeds go toward city-wide park programming. Each race costs $5. T-shirts are available for an additional $15. For a full list of races and a registration link, go to bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/5KSeries.

Wild images

April 1: Take pictures of resident injured and orphaned birds in natural settings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carrie Murray Nature Center. $35 per photographer, $15 for photography classes and clubs. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

Since Maryland's Department of Natural Resources announced a few days ago that the 2017 trophy rockfish season will open April 15, it seems like a good time to take the pulse on the upcoming striper season.

Rockfish season opens

April 15: The spring season for striped bass begins at 5 a.m. in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. Recreational fishing opportunities will run through midnight May 15, with a catch limit of one fish per person, per day, 35 inches or larger.

Gun and outdoor show

April 15: Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host its Spring Gun & Outdoor Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Exhibitor setup starts at 6 a.m. Admission is $5 and free for children under 12 free. Vendor tables are $10. Details: Call Butch at 443-442-4791.

It's also a funny time of year in the sense that while you really want to get out and fish on those pretty days the clock is ticking to attend to the numerous boat and home chores that have piled up over the winter.

Rockfish tournament

April 15: The Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day "Catch and Release Rockfish Tournament" will be held. Register at boatyardbarandgrill.com. Questions: Contact boatyardevent@gmail.com or 410-216-6206.

CCA MD Annapolis banquet

April 20: The CCA MD Annapolis Chapter banquet will be from 6 p.m. to 9:30 at Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave. Details: Email mkupfer@ccamd.org.

I was talking with a friend of mine, and asked him if the crab regulations hurt his bottom line. He's one of the estimated 5,000 people licensed to catch blue crabs commercially in Maryland.

Bay Bridge Boat Show

April 21-23: For details about the Bay Bridge Boat Show, go to annapolisboatshows.com/bay-bridge-boat-show.

Litterbugs

April 22: Clean up litter from the trails and stream at Carrie Murray Nature Center, then use some of what you collect to make litterbugs. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

The warming trend not only has the panfish on the feed, but is kicking off a pretty decent largemouth bass bite. Now is the time to go, don't let it pass you by.

Earth Day hike

April 22: Pick up trash while being led on a hike by a naturalist from noon to 2 p.m. at the Gwynns Falls Trail Head, 4600 N. Franklintown Road. Free. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

Hug a tree

April 29: For Arbor Day, do bark rubbings, make a "hand tree," earn certificates by taking a tree pledge and give a tree a hug from noon to 2 p.m. at Carrie Murray Nature Center. Free. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

In celebration of this annual transition, I decided to spend a chunk of my day in quiet observation, doing my best to absorb what was going on around me.

Bull & Oyster Roast

April 29: The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association will host its annual Bull & Oyster Roast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on club grounds at 3400 Northwind Road in Carney. Admission is $45 and free for children under 10. Menu includes raw and fried oysters, oyster stew, pit beef, ham, desserts, beer and soft drinks. Call Joe Mirabile 443-604-9119 for tickets.

Soccer tournament

April 29-30: Central Maryland Soccer Association will sponsor the 20th annual Old Line State Soccer Classic in Jarrettsville. The event is U.S. Soccer Federation-sanctioned through the Soccer Association for Youth. All eligible teams participating in will receive GotSoccer Points. Single-age level competition is available for U8 through U15 and the dual ages of U16 and U18; the competition for U8 thru U10 is 7v7, for U11 & U12 is 9v9, and for 11v11 for U13 and older. All teams are guaranteed three games in a round-robin or championship bracket format. An organizational multiple team discount is available. The registration deadline is April 15. For details, go to cmsasoccer.com or email scorenews@aol.com.

By all accounts, Bealmear was obsessive to a fault — a trait that stood him well in the sport of skeet shooting.

Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk

April 30: The Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The race honors the memory of Thompson, a first-year HCC student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Proceeds will benefit scholarships supporting students attending the school. On-site race registration will take place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gym beginning at 6:30 a.m. To register online and for more details, go to harford.edu/adam. For additional information, call 443-412-2449.

Brigance 5.7K event

April 30: The Brigance Brigade Foundation's fourth annual 5.7K Championship Race & 1.57 Mile Family Run/Walk will celebrate the kickoff of ALS Awareness Month (May) and the 10-year anniversary of former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance's ALS diagnosis (May 16). The family-friendly event at Canton Waterfront Park will feature a timed 5.7K run, a 1.57-mile family run/walk and a Kid's Fun Run for children 8 and under. Proceeds will further the foundation's mission to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS by providing access to needed equipment, resource guidance and additional support services. Details at BriganceBrigade.org.

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There are few anglers more revered than Frederick native Bernard "Lefty" Kreh. Kreh, who turned 90 last month, has fished for nearly 70 years with everyone from Ted Williams to Fidel Castro, and from President Jimmy Carter to Ernest Hemingway. Enshrined in numerous fishing Halls of Fame, he has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service, which issued a stamp commemorating a fly that Kreh made.

Chesapeake championship

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May 5-7: Save $25 by registering before March for the MSSA's Championship on the Chesapeake. Details at mssa.net.

Small-boat seminar

May 6: The Small Boat Offshore Seminar, hosted by CCA Maryland's Baltimore chapter, will be at Loews Annapolis Hotel at 126 W. St.

Tricia Tillman, 17, of White Hall is well on her way to becoming a standout professional horse trainer in the 15,000-member National Reining Horse Association.

Fisheries Commission meeting

May 8-11: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's spring meeting will be held in Alexandria, Va. Details: asmfc.org.

Clay shoot

May 21: The Maryland Watermen's Association's clay shoot will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Larry Bowling Sporting Clays, 9775 Sporting Clay Place, La Plata. All proceeds go to the association. Details and preregistration: Call 410-216-6610 or go to MarylandWatermen.com.

For more outdoors events, go to baltimoresun.com/outdoors. Please email listings to sports@baltsun.com with "Recreation & Outdoors" in the subject field.

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