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    March 7 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on large minnows and garlic shrimp. Lots of fish from 1-4 pounds. The crappie action has...

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    STEVE MERLO: Local fishing is good, but be sure to get early start

    Fishing this week at most of our local lakes, canals and streams remains excellent for those willing to get up early. Our city lakes are being heavily planted with hard-fighting rainbow trout, but the bite seems to be early and late,...

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    STEVE MERLO: Outdoor Show will go on despite wet weather forecast

    Rain or shine, the 37th annual Sportsman's Boat, RV and Outdoor Show opens today at the Kern County Fairgrounds for a three-day run. Despite meteorologist claims of rain trying to dampen things (I'll believe it when I see it), promoters...

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    STEVE MERLO: As weather gets warmer, so does action for anglers

    The long, warm-weather trend without rain or severe cold has opened the doors for a wide variety of fish species to start moving shallow and heading for the spawning beds. Isabella Lake's famed crappie fishing has finally begun to stir,...

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    Feb. 21 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on large minnows and garlic shrimp. Lots of fish from 2-4 pounds. The crappie action off the...

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    STEVE MERLO: Now is the time to think about hunter safety class

    In most instances, hunters thinking of venturing out of state during 2014 big-game season will need to have a current hunter safety certificate to purchase licenses. Also, junior and first- time hunters, or those unable to produce a prior...

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    STEVE MERLO: Recalling 2 unsettling encounters with massive pigs

    Both of my first two meetings with wild pigs scared the hell out of me. The first event occurred in 1968 and the second 12 years later, during a drought, not too dissimilar to the one we're facing now. My friend Bob Gibson and I would get...

  8. Feb. 7 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Light fishing pressure, but the catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on shrimp, garlic shrimp or shad. Lots of fish from 2-4 pounds. The crappie action off the...

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    STEVE MERLO: Successful outing for local fly fishing club

    The Kern River Fly Fishers Club, despite low, drought-induced river flows and plunging lake levels, plus frigid mornings, spent a memorable last weekend catching lots of rainbow and brown trout in the Eastern High Sierra. More than 20...

  10. Jan. 31 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on shrimp, garlic shrimp or shad. Lots of fish from 2-4 pounds. The crappie action off the French Gulch marina in 14 feet...

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    Jan. 24 fish report

    Kern County, southernSan Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Two bites of note. First the catfish action remains fair to good with the best action on shrimp, garlic shrimp, or shad. Lots of fish from two to four pounds. Second, the crappie...

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    STEVE MERLO: Local upland, waterfowl seasons coming to close

    Local upland and waterfowl hunters will see their worst general season on record end Sunday, although several junior waterfowl hunts are still on tap for Feb. 1-2. Migrating ducks and geese have just moved into the Southern San Joaquin...

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    Jan. 17 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: The catfish bite has been improving with the balmy weather the past couple of weeks with the best bite shrimp, garlic shrimp, or shad. There is a crappie bite off the French Gulch...

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