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    Feb. 27 fish report

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Feb 26 2015 05:06 PM

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far fewer fish this past week on clams or the marshmallow-meal worm combo. The cats are mostly in the two to three pound range with some to five pounds. Few reports of other species this past week. The 26th annual Lake Isabella Fishing Derby will be March 28-30, and a payout of $18,500 is guaranteed for the longest trout. Payouts will be from longest ($5,000) down to the 10the longest ($500). Entry is $30 per individual or $65 per family. Call (760) 379-5236 or e-mail office@kernrivervalley.com. Online...

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    STEVE MERLO: Annual Outdoor Show has a little something for everyone

    The Central Valley Sportsman's Boat, RV and Outdoor Show at the Kern County Fairgrounds this weekend brings thousands of people through the gates to enjoy the best of camping, hunting, boating and fishing. This year's premium event will...

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    Feb. 20 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far...

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    STEVE MERLO: Busy time for outdoors-related funraisers

    Every hunter and fisherman enjoys a favorite pastime, but those endeavors do not come without some form of personal or monetary sacrifice. Be it in the form of the excise taxes we pay on the fishing and hunting gear we buy, or in simply...

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    STEVE MERLO: Drought conditions lead to comically small tourney catch

    Bakersfield's Golden Empire Bass Club held its monthly tournament Saturday at Lake Kaweah and the outcome was both good, and, well, ugly. Not wanting to poke too much fun at the fishermen on hand, some of the anglers actually did quite...

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    Feb. 13 fish report

    Kern County , southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far...

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    STEVE MERLO: County steps in to override Buena Vista catfish limits

    The last time I checked, county law isn’t supposed to supersede state law. Recently, however, county employees at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and working without Kern County Parks and Recreation authorization decided to...

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    Feb. 6 fishing report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good, especially of Engineerís Point. The cats are best at night on the large minnows, with far...

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    STEVE MERLO: Coy-Williams team takes first at Bass Club tourney

    A nice limit of spotted bass allowed David Coy and Jerry Williams to make short work of the rest of the Golden Empire Bass Club entrants last weekend at their January tournament held at Lake Nacimiento. The duo slammed home a nice 9...

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    Jan. 30 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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    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: Back in the day, ducks got drunk, and paid the price

    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,...

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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...

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