Fish Report-Freshwater, July 1

SALTON SEA: The tilapia fishing has continued to be good to excellent, but the heat and flies are about as bad as they can get. Bring lots of bug spray and keep hydrated. Temperatures have been in the 110 degree range most of the week. Most anglers are fishing early in the morning and leaving the lake by 10 a.m. or noon for someplace cooler with fewer flies. The good news is that the bigger fish are showing again with a lot of 1-8 class tilapia filling ice chests. Top spots remain the state park jetty and the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. The bite remains almost exclusively on nightcrawler pieces. The park entrance fee is $5 with self-registration. The water has dropped so much that launching was 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. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center. They get free camping and hookups. 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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