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With lower flows, Kern now a top SoCal fishery

Updated: August 30, 2006, 5:05 PM ET
By Chris Shaffer | Fishing and Hunting News

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KERNVILLE, Calif. — A few months ago Ken Walton was warning people to stay out of the Kern River. The Kern was running so fast and furious that it posed a danger to anglers along the bank and those wading in search of rainbow trout.

Walton has since changed his tune as the Kern has lived through its normal cycle, transforming from a wild, out-of-control, free-flowing river to a more calm, slower, approachable and easy-to-fish river.

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