Lower Desert Waters, June 9 report

 SALTON SEA: The tilapia action has continued to be excellent, and the bite has best best morning and evening. The heat and the flies are a serious problem, but the fishing is excellent with most of the tilapia in the 12-inch class or bigger now. 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 this past week 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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