Lower Desert Waters, June 6

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SALTON SEA: Temps have been over 100 most of the past week, but it hasn’t slowed the hot tilapia bite. Catches of 25 to 200 tilapia remain the norm, with the majority from a half-pound up to 1 1/2-pounds. The action is still best on nightcrawler pieces, but some fish on red worms or pieces of Berkley sand worm baits. All the reports are from the state park jetty area or the old Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. Tale of the week: One group of six male anglers in a small boat were out early, filled a huge ice chest and came in just past 7 a.m. and dropped off the ice chest with wives at the cleaning station. They went back out with another big ice chest and in a little over an hour came back in with that ice chest full. Those fish were transferred to five-gallon buckets and left with the wives. Out they went again with an empty ice chest, and it didn’t take much more than an hour to fill it again and come back in. This time they stayed and it took nearly another five hours with all the men and women cleaning fish to finish the task. Now that is good fishing. Flies are a problem, so bring insect repellant. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. Boat launch fee is $3 and the park entrance fee is $5, both with a self-registration. The state park launch is available 24-hours a day and is currently the only boat launch on the sea. The camp store is open Friday through Sunday and has bait and basic fishing gear. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center and camp store. They get free camping and hookups. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).

WEIST LAKE: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-352-3308.

SUNBEAM LAKE No recent DFW plants.

LAKE CAHUILLA: No recent DFW plants. Information: 760-564-4712.

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