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Fresh and saltwater fishing improve

April 12, 2002|By AL KALIN

Staff Columnist

Corvina action improved dramatically last week as winds abated after Saturday's fierce blow and boaters ventured out on the Salton Sea seeking the first corvina of the season.

"Most all boats are coming in with one or two corvina," said Red Hill Marina resident ranger Merrill Inglis.

On Monday Inglis reported 28 corvina checked in at Red Hill Marina.

"The fish are all large, ranging from 8 to 15 pounds," reported Inglis.

The large corvina are biting on both artificial and live bait. Mudsuckers are in short supply so fishermen are using tilapia.

Largemouth bass fishing busted loose last week as warmer weather triggered more bass to spawn and many large bass were reported taken at Ramer Lake. Manuel Aceves fished with his wife last Sunday at Ramer Lake and coached her as she landed a monster 5- pounder. Manuel reported catching and releasing four bass between 3 and 4 pounds. Numerous other fishermen reported similar results at Ramer on Sunday.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel from Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge invite all interested persons to a refuge farming program meeting on Wednesday. The meeting will be in the Imperial County Farm Bureau meeting room, 1000 Broadway, in El Centro and start at 6 p.m.

In addition to local management, regional staff from as far away as Oregon will be on hand to explain the purpose of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife-use and habitat-management activities.

The possibility of forming a local advisory committee to guide the refuge in proper farming and weed-free farm management techniques will be discussed during a question and answer period. All interested farmers who have suffered damage from waterfowl depredation as well as hunters who would like to see an improved food supply to hold more snow geese during the winter are urged to attend.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spot three baby least bitterns at the Brawley New River wetlands project. The fuzzy little creatures were standing on reeds while catching some "rays."

At the Imperial wetlands project baby coots are everywhere as well as young pied grebes. Hundreds of yellow-headed black birds are building nests in the reeds and the songs they are singing is worth the trip to hear.

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