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  1. Jan. 16 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the large live minnows, with far fewer fish this past week on clams or the...

  2. Jan. 10 fish report

    LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair. The cats are best on the marshmallow-meal worm combo or clams. The fish are running from three to four pounds with some bigger and a few...

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    STEVE MERLO: Northern fishing spots are great alternative to dryer lakes in this region

    Too many years of unrelenting drought has really affected the fishing in most impoundments along the coast. San Antonio Lake, for instance, one of the favorite go-to fishing locations in the state, nearly went dry this year. To this day,...

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    STEVE MERLO: Ducks moving into southern valley

    While the severe cold the Southern San Joaquin Valley has been experiencing might keep people indoors, die-hard duck hunters are finding plenty of shooting as huge flocks of migrating ducks have finally found their way south. Freelance...

  5. Jan. 2 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued fair to good in recent days. The cats are best on the marshmallow-meal worm combo or clams. The fish are...

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    STEVE MERLO: It's time to control the cormorant population

    If you're a fisherman, especially one that loves to catch salmon, steelhead or planted trout, then you're probably well aware of the damage cormorants do to our fisheries resources. What's a cormorant? It's a huge, hook-billed,...

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    Dec. 26 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Continued light fishing pressure, but the winter catfish bite has continued good in recent days. The fishing continue to show on the usual baits, but the hot action has been on the...

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    Dec. 19 fish report

    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...

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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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