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Outdoor report: Corvina fishing comes to a halt

October 05, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Few corvina are being taken by boaters or shore fishermen as millions of small tilapia are still visible around the edge of the Salton Sea.

Pelicans, cormorants, grebes, terns, gulls, herons, ospreys, bitterns and egrets continue to pound the small fish from sunup to sundown.

Salton Sea guide Ray Garnett thinks the corvina have so much food in front of them they just aren't interested in fishermen's offerings. He continues to catch a few corvina around the Red Hill area trolling Thin Fins.

At the north end of the Salton Sea Steve Horvitz, California State Parks superintendent for the Salton Sea sector, reports fishing is much the same.

Varner Harbor will be undergoing major remodeling starting the second or third week in October as the boat ramp is upgraded along with the building of new bulkheads and an interpretive promenade. The launching facilities will be closed during the renovation.


As the weather continues to cool, the average water temperature in the Salton Sea has dropped to 86 degrees along with the water level, which is now at 228.11 feet below sea level. The water level will be on the rise soon as farmers increase their fall planting activity and more drain water is released into the rivers that feed the Salton Sea.

New birds continue to arrive in the Valley as fall approaches. The sandhill cranes have returned for their winter visit and are visible near Dogwood Road between Harris and Keystone Roads. A rare tri-colored heron was spotted in the lagoon near Lindsey and Lack Road. A half mile further north on Lack, a beautiful osprey is usually visible sitting in the large dead eucalyptus tree right at the entrance to the geothermal plant. He can often be seen feeding on tilapia or croaker that he snatched from the sea.

If you would like to report your catch, Al Kalin can be reached on the Internet at

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