California, Pacific halibut hitting in calm ocean waters
The Sportsmanís Report
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By Bill Hanson  September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Salmon fishing season closed in the offshore zone from the Mad River north to Oregon. South of that zone, the season remains open with “fair” catches reported. Halibut, both Pacific and California, remain open and “fair” to “good” when the ocean is calm enough to venture out.

Albacore fishing remains spotty this last week, although some good per-day catches have been reported along the Oregon coast from 80-120 miles offshore. Southerly wind has been predominate, however, and unusual for this time of the year. 

Water temps have been running high. 

There are some reports of some catches made around the Mendocino Ridge and some sport catches from Ft. Bragg to San Francisco close to the shore.

Check your ground fish regulations for near-shore ocean fishing, this is the time of year when the prized lingcod begin to move into the kelp beds.

A-buck season 

coming to close

In the field the A-zone buck season is winding down. The latest tally reports have drifted down from the opening weeks. The “forked-horn or better” counts are now running below last year and below average. The B-zone is due to open Sept. 21. Be sure to check your regulations before venturing out, the B-zone areas have different seasons and zone boundaries. Go to: to read regulations online.


Fungal report

Fungal friends are finding late summer chanterelles in small numbers. The hot weather may bring in fog sufficient to moisten the ground near the ocean and produce a flush of this tasty mushroom. What we need here is rain, lots of it.


Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.

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