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    STEVE MERLO: Catfish are spawning, and biting, at Isabella

    Both channel and white catfish have begun their annual spawning run into the shallows at Lake Isabella and the action is incredibly good. The Kern River Valley impoundment, probably rated as the best fishing lake in California at this time...

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    STEVE MERLO: Bassmasters event set for Saturday at Success

    Looking for something to do Saturday? Don't forget the annual "Kern County Bassmasters" annual open team bass tournament at Porterville's Lake Success. Reports indicate excellent fishing on tap with the fish still hanging in or next to the...

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    June 6 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long striper derby kicked off Sunday, June 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be...

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    STEVE MERLO: Catfish, crappie and bass are there for the taking

    Fishing has been so good lately that if anglers don't have something biting on the ends of their lines at this time, then they might consider taking up golf or badminton and just save their fishing license money. For example, catfish are...

  5. May 30 fish report

    STRIPER DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long striper derby kicks off Sunday. The 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 weighing in of fish the same day...

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    STEVE MERLO: Remembering fallen heroes, who were also friends

    My best friend Larry Johnson and I used to hunt and fish all over the west side of the valley, mostly near our hometown of Buttonwillow. Our adventures in the desert sagebrush and nearby agricultural fields were memorable, and rarely did...

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    May 23 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Winds continue to howl off and on this past week, but there continues to be pretty good bass and crappie action. Light fishing pressure. The crappie have been the best from the...

  8. May 16 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Winds have continued to be a problem, but the crappie and bass bites surged with the warm weather this week. The crappie remain best on live minnows, and a lot of fish in the...

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    STEVE MERLO: Where did all the fish go from Isabella derby?

    I hate to keep kicking what seems like an already road-killed animal, but a lot of paying customers, myself included, are wondering just what happened to all the tagged fish released at the Isabella Trout Derby. According to the Kern River...

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    STEVE MERLO: Quagga mussel threat continue to be serious problem

    Serious boaters know that when they reach their lake or river destinations, someone will be on hand to carefully inspect their craft for signs of either quagga or zebra mussels attached to the undersides, livewells or other possibly wet...

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    May 9 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Winds at mid-week continued to plague the crappie bite, but before the wind and with warm weather forecast for the weekend, this action has and should remain hot. The fish are in six...

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    STEVE MERLO: Large carp being caught in California Aqueduct

    Some lunker-sized carp are being caught at the California Aqueduct as the fish move into the head gates to spawn. I sampled the action for a couple hours and hooked one that was 43-inches long and weighed close to, or even over, 40 pounds....

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    May 2 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley LAKE ISABELLA: Winds have continued to plague the crappie bite much of the week, and the fish have backed out into 15 to 20 feet of water where they are still being caught. When the winds die down,...

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