Lower Desert Waters, May 19 report

SALTON SEA: The tilapia action has been wide open all of the past week with only slight lulls when the wind picks up. Mornings have been excellent with what locals are now calling “ice-chest style fishing” – meaning everyone is getting ice chests full of fish. Most of the tilapia are averaging about a pound with some bigger fish. 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. 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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