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Fishing report: Big corvina at Red Hill

June 01, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Large corvina, undoubtedly females ready to spawn, are moving into shallow water at the south end of the Salton Sea and feeding on croaker along the shore, which in turn are feeding on tilapia spawn.

Merrill Inglis, head ranger at Red Hill, reported the 47 boats that launched last weekend enjoyed excellent fishing. According to Inglis, Davis Ellis of Huntington Beach, along with three friends, limited by drifting mudsuckers between Black Rock and the steam plant near the Lack Road dike. Four of the corvina caught by the Ellis group exceeded 20 pounds.

Further south, near the New River Delta, shore fishermen had excellent success throughout the week. Gerry Merten of Holtville had the battle of his life when he hooked a monster corvina on a chartreuse hologram Lunker Grub from shore. Only after the large corvina had taken all his line and stretched it another 10 yards was Merten able to stop the lunker's initial run and start regaining line. After a 15-minute battle up and down the dike, Merten coaxed the monster onto the rocks and landed him. The corvina tipped the scales at 19 pounds.

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Although corvina are being caught on all types of lures, they are showing a preference for live mudsuckers and tilapia.

Croaker are hitting along the southern shore and many fishermen can be seen hooking them two at a time using cut bait and red worms as they fill ice chests full of the tasty fish.

Great fishing at the northeast end of the sea slowed Sunday as green water formed after high winds and small areas of fish kills were reported. Fishing improved early this week as brown water returned around the Salton Sea State Recreational Area.

Last week's high temperature on the Salton Sea was 105 and the low was 72. The maximum wind was 30 mph. Water temperature is 81 degrees and the surface elevation is 227.41 feet below sea level.

The state Department of Fish & Game has deemed June 9 a free fishing day. A fishing license is not required to fish. Only one pole is allowed per person unless a second pole stamp is purchased and all limits apply. If fishing on the Colorado River, a river stamp is required, as is a striper stamp if fishing for stripers.

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