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    Dec. 19 fish report

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Dec 18 2014 04:56 PM

    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 Tuesday night, caught 18 catfish from 3-10 pounds on clams. Trout, crappie, and bass all very slow.

    KERN RIVER: The bite has been pretty good on the upper river for wild rainbows and planted trout. The most recent plants in sections 2, 4, and 5 this week. The hatchery fish are best on salmon eggs or crickets for the planters, especially in the bigger holes and runs. In the lower river, trout are pretty good at the plant locations, and there have been a few catfish reported on nightcrawlers. A few...

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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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    Dec. 12 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Very slow fishing and very light fishing pressure. Only the rare catfish, crappie, and bass has been reported. Trout are also very slow, but the first plant of the season is slated...

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    STEVE MERLO: It's time to improve the Kern Refuge's draw system

    My friends will tell you that I am extremely unlucky when it comes to any drawing, anywhere. For instance, I dutifully buy my raffle tickets at all fundraisers, but actually being drawn for any prize never occurs. I'm not complaining, just...

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    Dec. 5 fish report

    LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure and the bite is very slow for catfish, crappie and bass. Trout are very slow, but the first plant of the season is slated to go in next week. The few catfish showing have been caught in Redís...

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    Nov. 28 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Very light fishing pressure and the bite is very slow for catfish, crappie, and bass. Trout are very slow, but the first plant of the season is slated to go in next week. The few...

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    STEVE MERLO: Wildlife gives outdoorsmen plenty to be thankful for

    Thanksgiving is not just for eating turkeys. Everything in our lives, especially our outdoor loves and pursuits, demands some form of Thanksgiving. On that special day, a million thanks would not come close to covering all that we have...

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

    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...

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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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    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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