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Fishing report: Top corvina action at Bombay Beach

August 17, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Green water and fish die-offs continue to plague the south end of the Salton Sea for fishermen launching from Red Hill Marina.

The only real corvina action continues from the old Niland landing and points north. This includes the jetty at Bombay Beach, Salt Creek, Corvina Beach and up to Varner Harbor at the Salton Sea State Recreational Area.

Salton Sea guide Ray Garnet reports limits for his customers every morning while drifting live tilapia a quarter mile off Bombay Beach Marina.

Flathead catfish are biting with a vengeance in the Alamo River. Live goldfish seems to be the bait of choice for flathead fishermen. Goldfish are available at Zendejas True Value Hardware in Calipatria.

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Thomas Spear of Westmorland reports catching large bluegill early and late in the day using redworms baited on a long Aberdeen snelled hook. Many of the bluegill are exceeding 1 pound. The bluegill seem to be following small fry swimming along the banks and suspending in open water only 50 feet from the shore.

More thunderstorms in the desert on the east side of the Imperial Valley have continued to provide plants and trees with much-needed moisture. As much as 3 inches fell in isolated areas this past week. Let's hope this is an end to the drought conditions that have plagued the desert in recent years and will lead to better living conditions for mule deer and desert bighorn sheep.

Large numbers of white-wing and mourning dove are building around the Valley, particularly along the New and Alamo rivers and the East Highline Canal. The possibility of an excellent dove opener may become a reality on Sept. 1.

Don't forget to purchase your new hunting license and apply for your deer tags if you plan on hunting the desert this year.

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