The Maryland Governor's Cup fishing tournament this year is for kids only, with a goal of getting youngsters hooked on fishing, not drugs. The Aug. 26 event will be at 10 sites around the state -- Herrington Manor, Rocky Gap, Greenbrier, Sandy Point, Matapeake, Fort Smallwood and Janes Island state parks, Piney Run County Park, Baltimore's Middle Branch Pier and the Choptank and Point Lookout fishing piers.

Youngsters 16 and under who pay a $1 entry fee will compete for prizes for biggest fish and crabs. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Transportation is available. Call (301) 974-3765 for details.


Fall being high season for a walk in the woods, hikers may want to order the new edition of the Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide. The fifth edition of the venerable publication is now available, with 60 maps and descriptions of 164 trails covering 780 miles, plus a new ski-touring section.

Send $9.95 plus $1.25 for postage to West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, P.O. Box 306, Charleston, W.Va. 25321.


Fans of professional bass fishing should be gearing up for the annual Bassmasters Classic on the James River in Richmond, which runs Friday through Sunday. Weigh-ins are each afternoon at 2:30 at the Richmond Coliseum; an outdoor show runs concurrently across the street in the Richmond Centre. Show hours are noon-7 Friday and Saturday, 10-7 Sunday. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Classic features 36 top anglers from the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society professional circuit vying for a $50,000 top prize, plus five selected amateurs.


The Susquehanna Optimist Club sponsors the 34th annual Hydroplane Regatta Saturday and Sunday at noon at Havre de Grace's North Park. The town's own Stu Shane, a champion hydroplane driver, will participate.

Admission: $4 for all 16 and over, $2 for those 6 to 15. For information, contact Lehman Spry at (301) 939-3890 or Toni Burns at (301) 575-6997.


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold four public hearings on the dates and bag limits of the 1990-91 waterfowl hunting season: Aug. 27 at Largo High School, Aug. 28 at Perry Hall High School, Aug. 30 at the Holly Center Auditorium in Salisbury and Aug. 31 at Queen Anne's County High School in Centreville. All meetings are at 7 p.m. For more information call Mark L. Hoffman at (301) 974-3195.


Join Rockville bat enthusiast Tom Valega on the first of several bat hikes starting Wednesday. Valega will show how to eavesdrop on bat conversations by using a "bat detector."

The hike starts at 8 p.m. and lasts 45 minutes. Meet at Wild Bird Co. at 617 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. Call 279-0079 for reservations; space is limited.