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    March 27 fish report

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Mar 26 2015 05:14 PM

    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 should turn the crappie back on. The bite has been best in in the South Fork Arm of the lake around flooded trees. The best action has been on small minnows but crappie tube jigs tipped with Crappie Nibbles are a close second best. The fish continue to mostly be quality slabs in the 1-8 to 2-pound range. There is also a fair bite on bluegill to a pound or better, and the catfish bite remains fair to good. The trout action has been slow, but DFW plants last week and big plants for this weekend's 26th annual...

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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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    March 6 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but there were some excellent catches of crappie and bluegill this past week. Jake Franklin, Bakersfield, and his fishing partner had limits of...

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    Feb. 27 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: 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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