Lower Desert Waters, June 20

SALTON SEA: The tilapia bite just won’t slow down. Heavy winds last Friday night ruined the bite for exactly half a day, but then the action surged right back on mid-day Saturday and hasn’t slowed since. There are also more quality fish being landed again. Allen Barcena, Los Angeles, had several 2-8 to three-pound tilapia as part of his catch on Saturday after the bite came back on. Catches of 25 to 100 or more fish remain common. The bite is still best on nightcrawler pieces, but some fish on red worms or pieces of Berkley sand worm baits. All the reports are from the state park jetty area or the old Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. Flies are a problem, so bring insect repellant. Kayak rentals are available at the state park headquarters. Boat launch fee is $3 and the park entrance fee is $5, both with a self-registration. The state park launch is available 24-hours a day and is currently the only boat launch on the sea. The camp store is open Friday through Sunday and has bait and basic fishing gear. Volunteers are needed to work in the visitor center and camp store. 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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