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Kids trout derby draws big crowd

OUTDOOR REPORT:

March 01, 2002|By AL KALIN

Special to this newspaper

Kids and their parents turned out in record numbers last Saturday for the annual Kids Trout Derby sponsored by the El Centro Kiwanis Club at Sunbeam Lake and the Brawley Lions Club at Wiest Lake. Regardless of the low numbers of fish caught everyone had a great time.

Catchable-size rainbow trout were planted Friday by the California Department of Fish and Game. The trout were trucked in from their Mohave River Trout Hatchery south of Victorville.

Sunbeam Lake was the most productive lake for junior anglers. That means there are still hundreds of trout in Wiest Lake and a good choice for anglers to try this weekend.

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Nice size bass are hitting plastics when fished slowly through the brush piles in Ramer Lake.

On the Salton Sea large corvina were reported caught off the dikes near Lack Road last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but high winds Saturday night and Sunday put the brakes on fishing action and created a large algae bloom.

As the water warms up I expect the fishing action to bust loose just as it did last year, but fishermen will have to wait for calm days. That may be difficult as the California Mid-Winter Fair opens this weekend, and as you all know the fair is notorious for creating windy conditions.

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

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