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Outdoor report: Duck season opens Saturday

October 12, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

Tomorrow is the opening day of duck season. More ducks have been pouring into the Imperial Valley for their winter visit. The major species are green wing teal, cinnamon teal and northern shovelers.

Earlier in the week I spotted 17 white-fronted geese. If history repeats itself, they will have moved on south by the time goose season starts on Nov. 3.

For those duck hunters current with the latest innovation, the good people at the California Department of Fish & Game can't decide whether the new motorized decoys that spin their wings are an unfair advantage. They have issued the following ruling:

Hunters are prohibited from using the popular motorized or electronic spinning wing duck decoys until Dec. 1. Wind powered devices or kites are still allowed as are any other motorized decoys that do not use a spinning blade or wing such as flying and landing decoys with fixed wings, decoys with flapping wings, decoys that dive, bob, swim, shake, quiver or thrash the water.

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For purposes of this regulation, such a decoy on water, on a pole, on shore or otherwise positioned to potentially attract waterfowl will be in use as a electronic/mechanical decoy unless the motor is disabled or removed or the battery or other power source is removed or the decoy is otherwise determined to be inoperable.

Corvina fishing continues to remain unproductive in the Salton Sea. Water temperature is dropping, oxygen content is high, bait is plentiful but the fish aren't cooperating n maybe next week.

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

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