Plenty of outdoor events on horizon
The Sportsman’s Report
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By Bill Hanson  June 20, 2014 12:00 am

Here are a few outdoor events this summer for your enjoyment:

• Civil War Days at Duncan Mills is a hoot. The old south battles the Union army again right before your eyes. Reenactment is taken very seriously, the contestants drop when  hit by cannon fire, rifles and cutlery. This year the dates are July 19-20, lots of cool stuff to look at, food to eat and souvenirs. Bring a hat and folding chair, water to drink and ear plugs for those sensitive to loud bangs.

Go to website for more information. Be sure to bring a jacket, as the fog creeps up the river some days, and it can quickly get cold.


• The Russian River Rodeo is this weekend, June 21-22. You can support your local candidate for Rodeo Queen. Held at Duncan Mills, this event is a fun event for the whole family. Ticket prices are $10 for adult admission, $7 for seniors and $4 for kids 12 and under. Check out the details at


• The Redwood Sail & Power Squadron sponsor a boating course aimed at the beginner. They cover everything for backing up, hooking up, loading up, safety, storage and other issues that apply when taking to the waterways. Law enforcement have been seen on most waterways of Sonoma County, and they will cite for violations. Go to their website at Like many outdoor activities, boating mistakes can be costly.


Fishing update

Salmon fishing has been fantastic, the bigger fish are at thirty feet or more, unfortunately the wind, waves and whitecaps have also been on the big side. If you can get out, go deep. Drop by the local pro fishing store and look for the kiosk with charters available. J.P. Peterson said the big boys are there this year so keep on it. The Bay has been frothy with the high winds and fishing has suffered. He also said that Lake Sonoma has been producing shad and steelhead below the thermal-cline at thirty feet.

Austin Villarreal said his grandpa plies the bay for halibut. After a great start the flatties are a no-show. Stripers are holding in schools with some monsters lurking in the deep. Funny, I thought school was out for summer. The Coastside Fishing Club is sponsoring a halibut and striper fishing derby this weekend. Cool prizes can be had for lucky anglers. For details, go to

Sierra fishing has been excellent this season. There are too many great spots to list here. Check with to get current reports. Also check the local report at for hot spots. One thing, if the fly fishing guys are getting lucky, the bait and lure guys are doing just as well, mostly.


Reloading class

B-2 is offering a reloading class on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-noon. If you are serious about reloading, get on the list quickly. It is $35 well spent. They also offer a handgun safety course Saturday, July 26, and class size is limited. B-2 is hosting their annual free BBQ with prizes, sales and other goodies. Jack Dudash or other staff members are helpful and friendly; they will answer your questions and help you with the right equipment for your trip. Go to for more information.


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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