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Outdoors Report

May 24, 2002|By AL KALIN, Staff Columnist

Red Hill Marina resident ranger Merrill Inglis reported fishermen were starting to find schools of corvina around Red Hill before last week's heavy winds stopped the action.

According to Inglis, two different groups of anglers fished single tree west of Red Hill for limits of corvina. While one boat used live mudsuckers to limit out, the other group of fishermen limited while fishing swimbaits and gold Hopkins' Jigs jigged slowly off the bottom.

On the west side, Salton Sea fishing guide Ray Garnett reports full limits every day except for last Monday, when strong winds kept him off the water. According to Garnett, most of the corvina, ranging between 5 and 15 pounds, are being caught by fishermen around Salton City in eight to 20 feet of water using different types of plastic swimbaits.

Garnet also reported that he fished the extreme north end of the Salton Sea near Avenue 81 on Sunday and his party limited out with 20 fish in only 30 minutes. The fish ranged in size from 8 to 18 pounds. Tuesday, the day after the high winds in the Imperial Valley, Garnett fished just outside Johnson's landing and caught limits of corvina using soft plastic baits despite the water being so rough it was hard to stand up in his boat.

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Last Friday I motored around the south end of the Salton Sea and noticed a large increase in the number of brown pelicans, terns, osprey and black skimmers that have moved into the area. At the mouth of the Alamo, I spotted four newly arrived wood storks that spend the summer feeding around the south end of the sea. Four lesser flamingos were feeding near the mouth of the Alamo River.

At the Imperial Wetlands, new hatches of baby coots and pied grebes are visible. Snowy egret populations are increasing daily and feeding on new hatches of mosquito fish fingerlings. Dozens of green herons also can be seen sitting in the reeds. Large numbers of Wilson's warblers, yellow warblers and yellow-headed blackbirds are still in residence at the Imperial site.

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

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