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Outdoor report: Corvina run hot and cold

September 21, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Corvina action continues to run hot and cold around Red Hill as corvina move in and out of the dike areas, biting readily when near the shore.

But the shoreline is ringed by a 50-yard band of small tilapia ranging in size from ΒΌ-inch all the way up to 3 inches. It's a wonder any corvina bite at all with the amount of bait available.

Water color is excellent, which suggests plenty of oxygen, and croakers are being caught in great numbers by fishermen working the dikes along the south end of the Salton Sea.

Water temperatures continue to drop and are now dipping below 88 degrees. Some experts believe that when the water temperature drops under 85 degrees the chance of any major algae blooms will be minimized.

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In total, everything looks good for great corvina fishing to return any day now. If in doubt, I suggest you go fishing.

At the north end of the Salton Sea, corvina are starting to bite as green algae blooms become less frequent with lower water temperatures and lack of wind. Boaters are taking corvina in about 15 to 18 feet of water trolling from the jetty to Corvina Beach.

Large tilapias have been taken from Johnston Street and small tilapia were noticed all along the shore. The tilapia spawn this summer seems to be productive and a number of tilapia seem to be surviving. This may account for a reduced corvina catch recently because lots of fresh bait is keeping corvina less interested with the angler's offerings.

The Salton Sea elevation continues to drop and is now down to 228 feet below sea level, a full 2 feet lower than what it was in June.

Duck season is less than a month away and large numbers of northern shovelers and teal are moving into the area. Pintail are obvious by their lack of numbers. As a great drought continues in the northern part of the state, it will be interesting to see how our duck populations are affected this year.

If you would like to report your catch, Al Kalin can be reached on the Internet at akalin@quix.net

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