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Outdoor report: Snow and Ross geese numbers increase

December 07, 2001|By AL KALIN, Special to this newspaper

More snow and Ross geese arrived in front of the latest series of winter storms. The estimated number of white geese include 5,000 at Wister, 1,000 at Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge headquarters and 12,000 at the Westmorland refuge.

Last week goose hunting results were dismal as Wister reported only 29 taken during the week. The Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge did much better with 61 recorded at the check station.

Duck takes from the area's refuges ranged from a low of .02 to a high of .86 birds per hunter. This was terrible considering there were many days of wind last week that should have pushed the birds off the Salton Sea and into the freshwater ponds.

Early this week hunting clubs around the Westmorland refuge were reporting fair success with many limits being taken as the newly arrived birds went looking for food outside the refuge.

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Largemouth bass were active on the Colorado River last week. Anglers fishing south of Walter's Camp reported taking limits of bass to 6 pounds pitching jig and pig combinations into the pockets along the river banks.

Twelve sandhill cranes were spotted leaving the Westmorland Refuge on Saturday and feeding in fields close by. Last year only seven sandhill cranes spent the winter at the Westmorland refuge, so there seems to be an increase in the number of birds moving into the refuge. The majority of sandhills winter in the Mesquite Lake area of the Valley.

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

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