Imperial valley catfish canal report

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  1. fishnfreak

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    Well we have caught lots of small catfish each jight but it is much slower then normal. We fish with nightcrawlers and premo dip bait.
    Livers and cutbait is messy and they work the same as a crawler except crawlers catch stripers ,small mouth and large mouth.
    We do use bluegill for the flatheads but only livebait
     
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    Can't go wrong with good ole nightcrawlers.
     
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    Channels will eat live bluegills too!
     
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    I had to work for them on thur night.. lots of wandering around until I found them
     
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    0AFD2492-A22E-4E75-8CAC-13E6B1E371A2.jpeg I’m gonna throw this out as an idea why fishing has been slow in the IV. Tell me what you think.

    Since the tilapia have disappeared in the Salton Sea the population of an aquatic insect called a saltmarsh boatman has exploded. This interesting insect was kept in check by the tilapia. They mainly live in the water but have the ability to fly also. Millions, if not billions are not flying all over IV landing in any body of water they can find or on any light colored car. At night they are drawn to bright lights. You can see thousands landing in all the canals and fish visibly rising to feed on them. I watched a feeding frenzy this morning as thousands of small tilapia were slurping up the boatmen. It looked a lot like mackerel boiling. I think the IV fish are so full they just aren’t biting. Attached is an average morning pile of boatmen under my outdoor light.
     
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    That's interesting.. I wasn't getting bit much til late night the other day.. hmm. I have always thought that a south wind got the fish out of hiding and feeding since they would come out of cover and slurp bugs in the open. Low flows and hard north winds seem to kill the fishing out there for me, it could be just how I go about it though too. Good info, Mogambo
     
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    Well , we thought closer to the full moon it would turn on, in 5 days and nights we had 1 good 15 plus lb fish. Lots of clones 1.5 lbers wouldnt stay off the hook.
    We dont eat them , so its the bigger ones we like catching.
    Lobster is in season and one night we had rib eyes and local caught lobster, thanks to my son.
    We will be back there for another week around first of month for the hunting opener.

    Tight lines
     
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    State Fish & Game biologists were able to do some net studies this past year setting 48 meter long nets for 24 hours with various size mesh from 1cm up to 10cm. Said there was actually some recruitment of tilapia but the majority of fish caught were the larger sizes. The Salton Sea is now at 62 parts per thousand salt which makes it close to twice as salty as the Pacific Ocean. There are still plenty of large tilapia in the freshwater drains leading directly to the Salton Sea. Look close to the photo and you can see them.
     
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    GPS coordinates? Hahahaha.. kidding.. have seen that a few times.. mostly anywhere it is clear enough to actually see
     
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    This particular drain is fed entirely from tile line runoff. Those two pumps are pumping water from a tile cistern into the drain. Our irrigation water from the Colorado River is on the salty side. It contains a ton of salt per acre foot of water (326,000 gallons) so we have to irrigate with more water than we need to constantly push the saltier water down which is collected in a network of underground drainage lines encased in gravel that filters out the silt. If you look at Google Earth photos of the IV you can usually see the tile drainage lines in fields with growing crops. Anyway, the water coming from these tile drainage lines stays the same temperature year around and in the winter this warmer water allows the tilapia to survive. Tilapia can’t stand temperatures below 50 degrees and start to perish so these tile outlets are key to their continued success.
     
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    Anybody planning on coming down to the IV to fish the canals I would offer this update: Since we got so much rain last week, a slow soaking rain at that, nothing is drying out very fast meaning no irrigating is going on so all the canals are at record lows. It’s a good opportunity to see and fish the deep holes in the canals where the fish have moved to, plus the water is still murky from silt washing into the canals and the fish aren’t spooking as easily.
     
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    Thanks for the update.
     
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    Funny, I was looking at the flow just today and it's way low! CM is 150 cfs, 13%!!! Imperial Irrigation District : Water Supply
     
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    All were 13% yesterday. I'm assuming all the pre drops will have the most water right now.

    I have time off next week and if still low I may run out.

    Jim
     
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