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    STEVE MERLO: Invasive species getting free ticket to propagate

    By STEVE MERLO, For The Californian
    Thursday, Apr 16 2015 04:50 PM

    Can you guess what the following flora, fauna, animal and fish species all have in common? Largemouth bass, striped bass, delta smelt, Mississippi silversides, mosquito fish, snake eyes, yellowfin gobies and common carp, to name just a few of our state's thriving piscatorial populations. City pigeons, pheasants, chukars, Eurasian collared doves, starlings, English sparrows and grackles make up a huge percentage of bird life here in the Golden State. Thousands of wild pigs now occur across California and some areas of our city have been overrun with fox squirrels.

    Red Foxes run through our local fields and towns, and Rocky Mountain elk inhabit a huge chunk of ground here in our own county. Russian thistle (also known as tumbleweeds) and...

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    April 17 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Slow overall fishing. Wind and wildly changing weather conditions have slowed all the bites to nothing here. Catfish are the best bet with a fair number showing on clams, minnows,...

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    STEVE MERLO: State ups limit of ling cod for anglers from 2 to 3

    In a move most Central Coast salt water anglers claim was past due, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently upped the limit on ling cod from two to three fish per angler, per day. The length limit remains at 22 inches...

  4. Local fishing report for April 9

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Wind and variable temperatures hammered most of the bites here this week, especially the crappie, which slowed to nearly nothing. The best action has been on catfish with pretty fair...

  5. April 3 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite remained spotty over the weekend with just a few fish showing. The few fish being landed are being caught in the South Fork Arm of the lake around flooded trees on...

  6. STEVE MERLO: Local angler David Aguilar wins trout derby, $10,000

    When it comes to derby fishing, it sometimes pays to not only be lucky, but to take a chance or two to make bank in a big way. Bakersfield's David Aguilar, wearing his official 2015 Isabella Trout Derby T-shirt, caught the longest trout...

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    March 27 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: The crappie bite slowed over this past weekend and early into this week because of high winds. The winds were expected to end late in the week and the weather to warm up, which...

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    STEVE MERLO: License fees collapse state's fishing interests

    California's leading advocate for recreational anglers, the California Sportfishing League, recently released a study finding that the high cost of purchasing a yearly fishing permit has been detrimental to anglers and sportfishing, adding...

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    STEVE MERLO: Easy-to-catch crappie are biting at Isabella

    Despite record-low water levels at Isabella Lake and the numbers of fishermen down, the impoundment's famed crappie bite has finally begun with anglers catching plenty of nice fish. While the overall numbers of the paper-mouth gamesters...

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    March 20 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: It was crappie mania over the weekend with excellent fishing for crappie to 2 pounds and better, especially in the South Fork Arm of the lake around flooded trees. Read Steve Merlo's...

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    March 13 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: It might not be crappie mania quite yet, but the bite has been very good in the South Fork arm but the real news is the quality of the fish being landed. Crappie to 3-plus pounds...

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    STEVE MERLO: Hot fishing at Aqueduct marred by lawbreakers

    When the California Aqueduct first opened in the late 1960s, the concrete canal produced untold numbers of giant crappie and bass for anglers. Back then, fishermen were forced to cast illegally into the rapidly flowing waters because...

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    STEVE MERLO: Bass fishing secrets of yesteryear still hold true

    A long time ago, my good friend, the late Deno Fanucchi, gave me some important advice about bass fishing that has always worked. Back then, we didn't grow many almonds or other orchard crops in the Buttonwillow area, but the few groves we...

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