Fishing Picks of the Week

1. The Salton Sea tilapia broke wide three weekends ago. While there was a brief lull again 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. The Lake Skinner bluegill bite has been excellent over the past week with a lot of quality fish from a pound to two pounds – and there was a three-pound, lake record redear caught this week. The √ęgills are best on red worms, crickets, and nightcrawlers early in the morning, especially near reeds and inside of coves near structure in six to 18 feet of water. For an update on this bite check with the lake store 951-926-1505 or the marina at 951-926-8515.

3. While carp bites are starting to take off all around the region, there have been some behemoth carp come from Casitas Lake over the past couple of weeks. These are fish from 8 or 10 pounds on the small end to over 25 pounds on the big end. Most novice carp anglers are using corn, while the veterans are making their own dough baits. For an update on this bite, check with the marina at 805-649-2043.

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