Lower Desert Waters, June 16 report

SALTON SEA: The tilapia action bite slowed down and the average size of the fish dropped to five or six inches this past weekend. The decline in the bite was due to the winds, but a new high pressure system and rising temperatures (up to 120 degrees by Monday) should kick this bite back into high gear. Anglers fishing from small boats have been getting better quality tilapia in the 12-inch or better class. Most reports are coming from the state park headquarters jetty and the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty, and the bite has been almost exclusively on small nightcrawler pieces with some fish on red worms. The heat could cause an oxygen-depleting tide that kills fish and hammers the bite, so calls ahead this time of year are wise. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. 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).

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