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Fishing report: Corvina action sizzles

May 18, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

The best corvina action continues hot and heavy on the northwest side of the Salton Sea, with limits being the norm and fish up to 18 pounds common.

Fishing guide Ray Garnett reported easy limits are still being taken while trolling any color of Storm Thin-Fins in 4 feet of water from Avenue 84 north to the mouth of Whitewater River. Once a fish is hooked Garnett is stopping his boat and fishermen switch from the Thin-Fins and start casting Fish Traps with an orange belly or Swimmers in the orange/black color until the action dies down and they start trolling Thin-Fins again.

Garnett reports high winds have stirred up the nutrient rich bottom and green water algae blooms can be seen forming around the boat while he is trolling. When these conditions are found, Garnett advises to move on to the more oxygen-rich brown water.

Fishing continues to be productive from Riviera Keys to Desert Shores. Hopkins spoons jigged in 20 feet of water have been productive. As boats drift into shallower 10-foot depths, Lunker Grubs, Swimmers and Fish Traps are producing excellent results.

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Fishing has picked up since last weekend at Salton Sea State Park. Fishing from the jetty at Varner Harbor was so productive rangers wrote many over-limit citations for anglers with too many corvina on Sunday.

Last Saturday's fishing clinic was a great success, with 30 anglers attending the four-hour seminar and learning corvina- fishing techniques from retired park ranger Tex Ritter. Only seven corvina were caught during the two hours allotted for fishing. Top award went to Gerry Merten of Holtville, who landed four of the seven corvina.

At the south end of the Salton Sea, fishing continues to be slow, with green water in most of the area, but if winds stay down this week fishing conditions should be improved as brown water moves back into the area.

Remember, the Holtville Athletic Club's "Take a Kid Fishing" tournament at Red Hill Marina is the place to be Saturday. Sign-ups run from 5:30-7:30 a.m. and the first prize for the largest fish is $500. Imperial County is waiving the park fees for the tournament and a free lunch will be served to all contestants.

Mudsuckers are available from the Red Hill Marina store as well as Zendejas True Value Hardware, which will be at the tournament sign-in with fishing licenses, tackle and bait during the tournament.

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