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    Feb. 13 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: County steps in to override Buena Vista catfish limits

    The last time I checked, county law isn’t supposed to supersede state law. Recently, however, county employees at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area and working without Kern County Parks and Recreation authorization decided to...

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    Feb. 6 fishing 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: Coy-Williams team takes first at Bass Club tourney

    A nice limit of spotted bass allowed David Coy and Jerry Williams to make short work of the rest of the Golden Empire Bass Club entrants last weekend at their January tournament held at Lake Nacimiento. The duo slammed home a nice 9...

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    Jan. 30 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...

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    Jan. 23 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...

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    STEVE MERLO: Back in the day, ducks got drunk, and paid the price

    The general duck season ends Saturday, and for a lot of disappointed shooters, the 107-day span might not have been long enough, especially when dealing with the ugly drought and lack of suitable habitat for the birds. Early winter storms,...

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    STEVE MERLO: Trout action spikes at BV

    Last Monday's 2,000-pound plant of trout at Buena Vista's Lake Evans had a strong influence over the number of fish recently taken at the twin-lake complex. Despite low angler turnout, most of those braving the cold and fog caught nice...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  13. 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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