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Fishing report: Great fishing returns to Salton Sea

July 20, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Corvina fishing has rebounded with even bigger fish being caught in the south end of the Salton Sea.

The most productive area for boaters last weekend was off the tip of the old Red Hill jetty in 10 feet of water. I watched six fishermen from San Diego, fishing from two boats, give quite a display of fishing prowess as they caught and released more than 25 corvina. Most exceeded 10 pounds and some approached 20 pounds. At times all six fishermen were hooked with lunker corvina. They were using croaker and tilapia as well as tan and gold colored swim baits.

Jack's Hole produced large corvina for those fishing from boats and the dike between Young and Lindsey Road. Rat-L-Traps and mudsuckers seemed to be the bait of choice. Up to $10 were being offered by fishermen for anyone wanting to sell their Rat-L-Trap lure.

Fishermen are starting to catch fish around Black Rock. As the week progresses, boaters may not be catching limits of corvina but those fish caught are big.

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On Tuesday, Jim Nemlowill of Westmorland fished in the late afternoon from the Lack Road dikes and caught and released more than 10 corvina from 15 to 19 pounds while tossing root beer sparkle Lunker Lures.

Freshwater fishing is making a great comeback. Thomas Spear of Westmorland fished Ramer Lake numerous times this week with his grandson, Tommy Spear of Brawley. Fishing both early and late in the day, they reported catching and releasing numerous limits of largemouth bass casting white and chartreuse spinner baits as well as Texas Rigged chartreuse hologram 5-inch Lunker Grubs.

Felix Fairley of Westmorland reports catching hefty stringers of catfish, both channel cats and bullhead cats up to 5 pounds, from many of the north end canals using live shad as bait. Fairley claims the catfish are hitting the shad with a vengeance.

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