Lower Desert Waters, May 18 Report

SALTON SEA: The bite finally broke open this past weekend with a lot of anglers reporting good catches of 20-plus tilapia to 14 inches (two-pound range), with most of the fish 10 to 12 inches and in the one-pound range. All were taken on nightcrawler pieces and the hot spot has been the main jetty at the state park. Anglers can call the state park to get the latest information. 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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