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    STEVE MERLO: Back in the day, ducks got drunk, and paid the price

    By STEVE MERLO, For The Californian
    Thursday, Jan 22 2015 03:55 PM

    The general duck season ends Saturday, and for a lot of disappointed shooters, the 107-day span might not have been long enough, especially when dealing with the ugly drought and lack of suitable habitat for the birds. Early winter storms, while harsh enough to send a few birds migrating down the Pacific corridor during November and December, just didn't come soon enough. Now that the last few days are almost in the books, SHAZAM! , waterfowl are now abundant in any place that holds water.

    That's the way it goes, but there was a time when the lack of water wasn't so severe and hunters had an excellent chance to shoot limits of big ducks on the last weekend. For instance, back in 1975, several friends and I pooled our money and bought...

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    Jan. 23 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the large live minnows, with far fewer fish this past week on clams or the...

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    STEVE MERLO: Trout action spikes at BV

    Last Monday's 2,000-pound plant of trout at Buena Vista's Lake Evans had a strong influence over the number of fish recently taken at the twin-lake complex. Despite low angler turnout, most of those braving the cold and fog caught nice...

  4. Jan. 16 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the large live minnows, with far fewer fish this past week on clams or the...

  5. Jan. 10 fish report

    LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the marshmallow-meal worm combo or clams. The fish are running from three to four pounds with some bigger and a few...

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    STEVE MERLO: Northern fishing spots are great alternative to dryer lakes in this region

    Too many years of unrelenting drought has really affected the fishing in most impoundments along the coast. San Antonio Lake, for instance, one of the favorite go-to fishing locations in the state, nearly went dry this year. To this day,...

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    STEVE MERLO: Ducks moving into southern valley

    While the severe cold the Southern San Joaquin Valley has been experiencing might keep people indoors, die-hard duck hunters are finding plenty of shooting as huge flocks of migrating ducks have finally found their way south. Freelance...

  8. Jan. 2 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good in recent days. The cats are best on the marshmallow-meal worm combo or clams. The fish are...

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    STEVE MERLO: It's time to control the cormorant population

    If you're a fisherman, especially one that loves to catch salmon, steelhead or planted trout, then you're probably well aware of the damage cormorants do to our fisheries resources. What's a cormorant? It's a huge, hook-billed,...

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    Dec. 26 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued good in recent days. The fishing continue to show on the usual baits, but the hot action has been on the...

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    Dec. 19 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has finally taken off with some good reports in recent days. Theo Thompson, Bakersfield, fishing in the cold and wet...

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    STEVE MERLO: Great last-minute gift ideas for outdoors enthusiasts

    Need a last-minute gift for the outdoor, sports-oriented people in the family? Here are some great ideas to help select the perfect present: 1. Any hunter would love a brand new battery-powered spinning wing decoy. These look-alike...

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    STEVE MERLO: Budget issues spell bad news for trout anglers

    With current fishing licenses up to over $40 each, one would expect that, even in spite of the drought, overall quantities of fish planted around the state would be well up in total numbers to give sportsmen and women a better bang for...

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