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    Sept. 26 fish report

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Sep 25 2014 04:33 PM

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide good action. The fish remain in 15-feet of water or more and the bite is best on garlic shrimp, chicken liver, shad, nightcrawlers and Secret 7 catfish bait. Most of the fish are still nice two to four-pound class fish and stringers of 15 to 25 fish have been common. There has also been a surprising crappie bite on nice fish to a pound or a little better. Other species slow except for a few bass early in the morning and a few bluegill. Carp anglers are doing pretty fair.

    KERN RIVER: The upper river has been slow for bait and lure anglers. The fly anglers are doing fair on wild fish, with the action progressively...

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    STEVE MERLO: Leave these bears alone, and they'll leave us alone

    The first bear I ever saw in all my adventures came in the middle of the night. My best friend, Larry Johnson, and I were unceremoniously awakened by a rustling in the pile of food and gear eight feet away. We were camped under the old...

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    Sept. 19 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite continues to provide good action. There has also been a surprising crappie bite. Other species slow. KERN RIVER: Upper river has been...

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    STEVE MERLO: Hot bite for ling cod, other bottom fish off Morro Bay

    Owner Denise de Cock of Virg's Sportfishing in Morro Bay is reporting excellent fishing on the half-, three-quarter and all-day boats with limits the rule on the great-eating bottom fish. Ling cod, the fishermen's favorite quarry, have...

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    STEVE MERLO: Positive news on limits for waterfowl seasons

    It's hard to believe, but the official waterfowl seasons have been set in stone and hunters are in for a heckuva surprise. The daily limit on geese has been set at 25 birds: 10 darks (honkers and specks) and up to 15 whites (snows and...

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    Sept. 12 fish report

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

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    Sept. 5 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long August carp derby just ended. The biggest carp weighed in during August was a 12-pound, 10-ounce fish caught by Sem Matt, Bakersfield, and he won...

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    STEVE MERLO: Rough start, strong finish on fishing trip to Mexican waters

    Beginning a six-day fishing trip on the high seas by heading south towards not one, but two Pacific hurricanes probably doesn't sound too smart to most land lubbers. But a true, die hard big- game fisherman would certainly understand the...

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    STEVE MERLO: Thousands test skills at opening of dove season

    Exactly 30 minutes before the Labor Day sunup, thousands of hunters met the eastern glow of daylight with eagerness only an expectant father would understand. The opening day of dove season had finally arrived and most, if not all, had...

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    STEVE MERLO: New dove season, new limits

    By now, three days before the opening of dove season, most hunters know that the limit on mourning doves has been expanded to 15 per day, with a 45-bird possession limit after the third day. Hunters are also ecstatic over the announcement...

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    Aug. 29 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby started Aug. 1. Entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no...

  12. STEVE MERLO: White sea bass on the prowl

    Salt water anglers are finding excellent action on schools of coveted White Sea Bass running a few miles from the central coast town Port San Luis, near Avila Beach. The great eating fish, while not necessarily huge, are still running from...

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    Aug. 22 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CARP DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long carp derby started Aug. 1 and continues through the end of the month. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a...

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