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    STEVE MERLO: Krug family to be honored at Sportsman's Night on Nov. 25

    By STEVE MERLO, For The Californian
    Thursday, Nov 13 2014 03:58 PM

    Each year since 1951, Sportsman's Night, an evening of fun and entertainment honoring the sportsmen and women of Kern County, has honored a special Man of the Year, Woman of the Year or Family of the Year for their hard work in unselfishly giving themselves to improving the great outdoors. Whether for habitat or wildlife improvement, youth programs, scholarships or just donating their time and plain hard work, these individuals have all shown a unique love for their chosen passions and their willingness to share it with others.

    This year, the Sportsman's Night committee, after much deliberation, has chosen another Family of the Year"to receive the highest accolades. The Krug family, Rich, Cindy, Cameron and Caitlyn will receive their...

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    Nov. 14 fish report

    Kern County, southernSan Joaquin valley LAKE ISABELLA: Almost no fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best has been on squid with...

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    Nov. 21 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure and the bite seems to have completely tanked for both the catfish, which had been pretty good, and the crappie. Also no trout reports. The few catfish...

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    STEVE MERLO: Spotted bass action hot at Millerton, Nacimiento

    Some excellent spotted bass fishing remains at Nacimiento and Millerton lakes. Nacimiento, located about 20 minutes northwest of Paso Robles, has seen a huge upswing in the number of spotted bass caught recently. Though most of the fish...

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    STEVE MERLO: Remembering those who died in Vietnam this Veterans day

    Most of them were just barely adults back then, not quite full grown men, but almost, wanting the same things as every generation wanted -- good schooling, good jobs, beautiful women, success and a family to be with and love....

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    Nov. 7 fishing report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Almost no fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken...

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    STEVE MERLO: Kern Refuge delays opening

    The historic drought continuing into fall and possibly beyond remains a difficult snag for most hunters whether they chase birds, fish or fowl. Severe water allocation cuts at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge have severely impacted the...

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    Oct. 31 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Catfish bite fair to good. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers, and some of the prepared baits. Top...

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    STEVE MERLO: Waterfowl hunters will have option at site off Highway 46

    Even though the Kern National Wildlife Refuge will remain closed at least through November, waterfowl hunters, thanks to the continuing efforts of the Cal Waterfowl Association, now have a place to hunt ducks and geese at a recently...

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    Oct. 24 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure. The catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver,...

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    STEVE MERLO: Faced with dwindling quail growth, hunters should give birds a break

    Saturday marks the opening day of the general California quail season. While the shooting outlook in most parts of the state are only rated fair, at best, the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding hills still remain dismally...

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    Oct. 17 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide fair to good action. The crappie action has continued in the trees in the North Fork in 16 to 20 feet of water on...

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    STEVE MERLO: Childhood bird hunts that flew in the face of the law

    While I grew up in Buttonwillow, wild ducks were never in short supply. Back then, game wardens were practically non-existent and I spent most of my formative teenage years not knowing that laws were in place to protect wild game and the...

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