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Fishing report: Fish die-off stops hot action

July 13, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

A brief thunder storm, accompanied by high winds, moved through the south end of the Salton Sea on July 3, creating a massive algae bloom and subsequent fish die-off. By the afternoon of July 4 dead croakers and tilapia could be seen floating in all waters shallower than 15 feet and south of a line formed by Mullet Island on the east and San Felipe Wash on the west side of the Salton Sea.

Two small concentrations of corvina have continued to bite all week near the Alamo River Delta and at the basketball courts, two miles east of Mullet Island. Those fishing in that area had little trouble limiting out drifting live bait, croakers when they could be found, Hopkin's spoons, Rattle Traps and soft plastic baits.

In the north end, on both sides of the sea, fishing was poor as unproductive green water formed in most areas and fish counts were down. Guides from the north end of the sea launched with their customers from Red Hill and fished at the basketball courts to find limits.

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If high winds don't return, brown water and good fishing could be seen as soon as this weekend. For updated fishing information call the Salton Sea Recreation Area at (760) 393-3059 or Red Hill Marina at (760) 348-2310.

Last week the Salton Sea had a high temperature of 109, a low of 81, and maximum winds of 54 mph. The water temperature is 90 degrees and elevation is 227.6 feet.

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