Will Bakersfield ever find Trout’s trout?

The big fish that for decades marked the entrance to Trout’s Nightclub in Oildale is still missing.

The sign that many believe is a valuable chunk of local history that belongs in Bakersfield and to Bakersfield — whether or not the nightclub ever reopens — was taken down in mid-May, apparently by longtime nightclub proprietor Thomas Rockwell, who said in a Facebook post-May 20 he was having the sign refurbished.

But Rockwell has disappeared. He hasn’t answered multiple calls from me and other reporters, and his Facebook account appears to have been deleted.

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