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Corvina bite red hot at Obsidian Butte

June 14, 2002|By AL KALIN, Staff Columnist

Obsidian Butte was red hot last weekend as fishermen landed literally hundreds of large corvina casting live mudsuckers and soft plastic lures. Many of the anglers limited out by wading out to armpit-deep water to cast into deeper water, where the lunker corvina were holding. Other anglers reached the hot spot casting from shore. One fisherman was seen fishing from a surfboard while another was continually hooked up and being towed around while fishing from a belly-boat.

The key to using live mudsuckers is to use a fishing rig with a light egg sinker. After casting out, the fishermen should slowly retrieve the mudsucker along the bottom until a corvina picks up the bait and runs with it.

Salton Sea fishing guide Ray Garnett had a good week while guiding customers along the west side of the Salton Sea from the Navy Base, all the way north to Sandy Point as well as along the east side of the Salton Sea near the Salton Sea State Park. Garnett reported anglers catching limits of corvina using mudsuckers, tilapia and Mogambo grubs.

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Garnett reported big patches of green water over parts of the Salton Sea and some fish die-offs. Garnett had to go looking for fish producing brown water on many mornings this past week.

Although average weight has been around 10 pounds, Garnett also reports catching numerous corvina down to 1 pound, which is good news to anglers wondering if the spawn was successful last year. The bad news is no croaker or tilapia are being caught or even spotted.

On Monday afternoon I spotted nine Fulvous whistling ducks at the Imperial Wetlands. These are rare birds to the Imperial Valley and this was the largest flock I have ever seen here.

The wetlands can be reached by taking Forrester Road to Weinert Road about a quarter mile south of the New River, west of Imperial. Go west on Weinert Road 1.7 miles and turn right at the New River Wetlands sign. Follow the gravel road to the wetlands.

>> 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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