Okay, you can all relax now, our invasion of S. Mo is over! We came, we saw, we kicked some trout butt! It was a much needed respite from N. Mo as we descended on Taneycomo over the weekend to start the year out with some trout fishing. My Dad, Joefish, and myself were happy to boat several nice trout over two days of fishing at Taney and breaking the winter blues. I'm sure Joefish will post some pics in the future. Went to the pothole both nights with no luck, lost a couple nice rapala's t
Last day of muzzleloader over yesterday. Finally killed a doe on the dead run after it was chased by me by brother buck and his cohorts.
Passed up a couple of "almost shooters", one on the river and one on gramma mary. Lost my camera in the river so there wont be any pics for awhile. Brother got a nice one opening day, which is same one on previous post.
Ducks are flying this year for a change, reminds me of the way it used to be. Dad and I and bro are knocking down a few once in a wh
Okay, another slow day at the office. I don't know about the rest of you but I am having a banner duck season. My Dad and I have been slamming ducks for the last two weeks. My Dad, at age 75, has been hunting ducks for over 60 years, and is still out there banging away at more ducks than he's seen since the 70's. He's contributing it to three factors; 1) cold weather up north has pushed ducks down earlier this year than previous years, 2) due to all the rain this spring and fall farmers were
As I was reading some of my earlier blogs I realized that I needed to point out that the matched sheds I found last March were the sheds from the buck I killed last week. The difference is truly amazing, I don't know if it was the wet year we had with lots of rain, the food plots of white clover I planted, or the antler restrictions which we are benefiting from, but the buck grew about 40 inches from last year to this year. Maybe it is the result of all three in combination, again I'm not sure
Okay, I've been really busy between work and hunting so I haven't posted much recently. You've read about my elk hunt so no need to recap that. I've been bowhunting as much as possible but with the warm weather and all haven't seen a lot of shooter bucks. Joefish has taken some awesome pics on his trail camera though. I put up some new stands and I have been seeing a couple of really nice bucks on the farm this year. I saw a really nice buck in the headlights a couple weeks ago, debated on
So last weekend my friend from junior high through college came up his with little girl and his parents for the weekend. His parents had a week at a timeshare near Branson. For the last year or so he has been living in Dallas, TX after living in Denver for several years. In Colorado he fell in love with fly-fishing, a love that his father had discovered years before. Living in Dallas he is several hours drive to the closest trout fishing and he knew how much I love fly-fishing so they all ca
Well its almost mid oct and starting to go bow hunting. Weather is warm and should be doing more fishing, but this time of year i seem to be in hunt mode. River looks great and ponds and lakes do too.
Bow hunted elk last week in Sept. First 2 days were great, me and bro were really into them and had multiple encounters but didnt get off any shots. Then, the weather warmed and the elk seemed to vanish. On a scale to 10 id give it a7.5.
I did float the river several times and as there wa
Modern minnow shaped lures are called stickbaits, slashbaits, jerkbaits, or often by the name of a popular brand or model such as Rapala or Rogue. I'll call them all jerkbaits whether they're floating, suspending, or sinking just to make it simple. The first popular lure of this kind was the original Rapala Minnow. It was such a success it made Rapala a world wide brand. Now available in many different sizes and colors and even jointed models, it remains a popular and effective lure. Success lik
So I have been working on my latest painting. I have been keeping it pretty secret since it is something totally different. But as my wife and family can tell you I am not good at keeping secrets so I'll let just the people who happen to randomly read my blog in on it. You can see about it here:
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Well, if time flew on that last entry it literally skipped a few months this time. I just got back from CO after a week hunting elk with a bow. If you want to stop reading now you can, I didn't get one. My bro and I went out for the last week of the bow season and gave it the old college try. To make a long story short, the first weekend we had bulls all around us, it was raining and cold and they were bugling like mad. I had five close encounters, within 60 yards, two ragheads and three ni
Man what a day! Yesterday we worked hard for eleven fish. Today we caught lots and a few big ones. It seems the more time you spend on the water....the better chance you have of catching fish!
I have one for sure sponsor and two are considering sponsoring me for next year. I never though much about competitive fishing, but it seems fun. You hang with a bunch of like minded people and go out to see how you do. I think as long s you don't take it too seriously and have fun it is a goo
I finally posted the Smallmouth Flyfishing article at my site:
I still don't know what to do with this blog, and to be honest, the amount of traffic showing up at my blogspot blog has me thinking about an actual .com domain, but I barely have time to fish these days, let alone write much about it.
Who knew working and taking care of a 2-year old would take up so much time? Oh yeah, everyone. I really need to buy a cheap digita
Ozark Anglers is huge. I didn't even know we had a blog. It takes me forever just to browse the forum to see if there is anything I am interested in each day. I like the group of people we have that share information. I told my friend, Tom, exactly where I caught some bass yesterday on Table Rock so he could go try there. He shares information and things he has learned with me.
I think I am going to use this blog like diary of sorts. I love fishing, but Table Rock has been a challenge
Had a multi species couple hrs today. Went out about 230 this afternoon temp close to 90. First fish a decent bass on plastic worm. Then I screwed aroung and caught a 17 inch walleye. Then caught a 3 lb cat on a curly tail jig. My next fish was a crappie.
Went back out in evening and caught 2 nice whites and a bluegill. About all I needed was a carp to complete the cycle of lake viking fish.
Lots of rain and the river has been up all spring and summer. Rainin again today just when it lo
Well, time sure flies when your having fun.....sorry I haven't posted anything in a couple months....like anyone's actually reading this anyway! Turkey season wasn't to bad this year, my group harvested several nice birds. I bagged a jake, it was my only option. However, we saw a lot of nice tom's just couldn't put any lead in their heads. I've been fishing a little bit, nothing compared to last year though. Caught some nice crappies, some bass and a few channels the weekend before last at
Rock Bass A. K. A. "Goggle-Eyes"
I grew up in central Kansas, so just like countless other youngsters the first fish I caught entirely by myself was a Bluegill. There are few things in life that remain pure, simple fun, but I think catching some panfish on light spinning or fly tackle may be one of the last. As I grew up I read about Rock Bass, but never caught one when I had visited the Ozarks due to the fact I was usually Trout fishing on the White or at Taneycomo during those trips. It w
You know everyone has that special place to get away, no one asking anything of you, just yourself out in woods or on a stream, just that speical private time everyone needs sometimes.
This is my special place I go, now some of you will think you know of this place, but you don't, only a few ever see this gem, there is no public access and no bridges cross this little piece of water, I'm not the only one that uses this little waterway, there are few locals, mostly kids that swim in its cool in
I was going to post an article about crankbaits for river Smallmouth, but I think it's a little small (about 1800 words) for Ozarkanglers so I posted it at my personal blog. I'm working on an article about Rock Bass (Goggle-Eyes, to you old river rats) that'll really be up to par, but it won't be done for about a week. Turns out I don't have a really good header picture. So I have to take a trip, sucks to be me, huh.
My other article I want to do is a starter course in fly gear for river Small
I finally started my own blog " Ozark Outdoor Journal ", not that anything is wrong with Phil's site here, but there are some topics and themes that may be a little more in-depth than I want to do for free. Anyway, I'll still post here, but I might save the longer articles for my site. I want to do how-to articles that span beginner to novice to expert in flyfishing, spin, cast, and cover river Smallmouth, lakes for Crappie, Bass, and everything else, and of course I'll cover trout, from Taney t
Just got back from a hiking trip in Montana and Idaho. Hot days so rivers were raging and fishing sucked so not troutskys.
Been awhile since blogged so Ill hit the highlights. Caught a few bass and craps. The whites were hitting great at lake viking few weeks ago and I landed the 50 plus flathead. Weather has been crap so fishing sporadic, and the mushroom huntin was so so.
Just took two floats down river turk huntin and did not score, although saw plenty. If i would bother to carry a de