Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The Salton Sea tilapia broke wide two weekends ago. While there was a brief lull this past week when it was windy and cooler, the bite since has been ice-chest-filling excellent. Most of the reports are coming from the State Park headquarters jetty. The fish are averaging about a pound. This bite is late starting this year, but it should stay hot through the tilapia spawn which has just begun. The best bite has been on small pieces of nightcrawler. For an update on the action call the Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059

2. In spite of the snow, the trout opener in the Eastern Sierra was excellent, especially at Crowley Lake where most anglers reported good action and a lot of rainbows and cutthroats to four pounds or better. The average fish was close to two pounds. Crowds have disappeared and the bite should be as good or better this weekend. For an update on the bite check with the folks at the Crowley Lake Fish Camp at 760-935-4301.

3. While the fishing pressure is light, the flathead catfish bite on the lower Colorado River stays in the top picks. The action is good from Lake Havasu south and fish in the 20-pound class are being every week. The best action is in the stretch from Blythe to Yuma, with both the main river, the backwaters, and irrigation drain ditches all producing fish. For an update check with Walter’s Camp at 760-854-3322 or Martinez Lake Resort at 928-783-9589.

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