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  1. 2 points
    Jeff Tief

    Opening Day Almost Here!

    Have a bigger group lined up to go this year.Five for sure and possibly two more depending on the weather.Last year only had 3 total so that left us with a lot of extra beds but the weather on the 2nd day encouraged our quick departure.Hopefully it will be decent weather and fish but we have a good time either way. We always toast the guys who were opening day regulars who have passed .Lots of great memories of those guys from the last 38 years we fished together.
  2. 1 point
    OK, let's do it - March 14, 2015, Eagle Rock COE Ramp, 0700 start time, Tournaments ends at 1400. Big bass format, largest weight wins. Any black bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass, Meanmouth) are eligible, but only one bass will qualify as the biggest. No entry fee, trophy will be awarded to the winner (and just think of the bragging rights you will have on the forum). Immense prestige will accrue to the winner of this tournament. You can fish multiple people out of a boat, but the trophy will go to the individual that weighs in the biggest bass. Typical bass tourney rules apply - No bait, no trolling, and no A-rig or multi-arm lures. We'll have a couple of grills going, so plan to stay around for a bit after the tourney and meet some folks. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and other food stuff will be available, just bring your own drinks. Always a chance that weather could be bad in March, if it is looking bad enough to make travel treacherous then we will have to reschedule. We'll notify everyone a day or two in advance it if look like bad weather. Feel free to take some pics during the tourney and post them on the forum. As of now looks like we have close to 30 participants.
  3. 1 point
    Quillback

    Big M Area Fishing Report

    Caught a nice Meanie today, a little over the 3 1/2 lb mark on my Boga. Caught it on the Ned, and a dozen others, all others were 13-15 inch fish. Threw a jerker for a while, no bites on it. Fish were again around rocky points with timber, either at the cove mouths or first point in the cove. Some of the fish are in areas with multiple, close together trees. 10-25 FOW. Once the wind picked up, went from a 1/8 oz Ned head to the 3/16, 3/16th picked up some fish dragging bottom and a couple bit it when it was fished vertically. Caught a "Babler Slam" today. Water temps 42-43.
  4. 1 point
    redlegrgr10

    Friday The 13!

    Launched out of Aunts Creek around 0715. Threw a jerkbait around points with cedars and caught a couple. Ran up the James a little further and continued to throw the stickbait with a few more hook ups. A couple of the bites the fish slammed the jerkbait. I am still trying to build confidence with a jerkbait and it helps when they really eat it. Moved to the mouth of a creek on a point and it was game on! Ended up with 32 total with at least 3/4 of them keepers. Four were over 3# with the biggest 3.96. The best five were over 16.5 pounds. What a gorgeous day. Caught 6 on a jerkbait, 2 on a grub and the rest on a Dixie Jet 1/2 ounce flutter spoon. Most fish on the spoon were relating to the bottom in 25-40 FOW.
  5. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Muskie

    Don't you boys have a chick to be flattering today ?
  6. 1 point
    grizzly

    Capps Stocked Six Times A Year

    This is one of the reasons that I have not fished Hickory or Capps in over four years. Shame too as these are both beautiful fisheries but the enforcement just doesn't seem to be there. Additionally, I don't think you can keep these two waters productive while allowing anglers to keep four trout per day as the streams are just too small. I might have to make it down to Capps again sometime as it is a beautiful stream, but I will definitely make it a mere stop over trip as opposed to a destination given the hit and miss nature of the fishery. If we could just put a slot limit on the rainbows and convince the locals how much better this stream could be, and if we could limit the bait fishing section to the second bridge, then we might see a real gem of a fishery emerge. But again, that was a lot of ifs in one sentence, and I am not convinced that we will ever see the true potential of this fishery.
  7. 1 point
    Kevin Vam Dan

    Muskie

    fishbait3, Believe it or not, I had read this same survey before. I'm sure Aggressor had seen it before too...in his years of doing musky research. And the funny part, this is only one of numerous studies that showed similar results. I have never seen a single study that indicated crappie were a primary forage species. That is why I asked Aggressor to show me one...just one. Maybe he can get Kelley and Long to get a quick research paper typed up with all the musky stomach contents surveys they participated in. What gets me is there are people all over that claim musky are eating all their favorite fish, and that musky destroy all other fish populations. All you have to do is look at the best and most well known musky lakes throughout the US and Canada...they ALL have OUTSTANDING fishing for several other fish species. People travel for hundreds and hundreds of miles to fish these bodies of water...and not to fish for muskies. The biggest walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and crappie that I have ever seen all came out of lakes with musky in them (the biggest crappie I have ever seen actually came out of Fellows). So, I will be patiently waiting for Aggressor's findings on the illustrious esox... KVD
  8. 1 point
    trythisonemv

    Opening Day Almost Here!

    I think it is more about the ceremony for me. I fish way more during c&r but love to get out and see the people enjoying a break from the mundane . It helps me understand that we all would rather be fishing than toiling away at our respective jobs and gives me hope that Missouri will continue to be a great fishery state. I hope a lot of folks get out and go because it will send a message to the politicians that want to de-fund our mdc programs. Alex
  9. 1 point
    fishbait3

    Eat Your Heart Out

    the administration has been contacted for the offensive Quote
  10. 1 point
    fishbait3

    Eat Your Heart Out

    very true trythis just seems some people dont know how to do research
  11. 1 point
    fishbait3

    Muskie

    Aggressor this is more info, from MIN Studies reveal what muskies eat, impacts other fish populations (Released August 26, 2010) Anglers and lakeshore owners often wonder what muskellunge eat and how this top predator affects other fish populations once it has been introduced into a new body of water. Answers to those questions can be found in studies conducted by the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of natural resources. “Today, we know more about the muskie’s diet and its impact on other fish populations than ever before,” said Tim Goeman, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regional fisheries manager. “And that knowledge indicates muskies do not have a detrimental effect on other fish species when stocked at relatively low levels in water bodies with the right characteristics.” The Minnesota DNR conducted an in-depth examination of fish population impacts in 2007. That’s when Mike Knapp, a DNR fisheries biologist, and other fisheries staff did an extensive analysis of fish populations in 41 lakes that had been stocked with the Leech Lake strain of muskellunge. Knapp, who co-authored a report on this work, said the analysis across all 41 lakes and smaller groups of similar lakes did not show a significant decrease in any fish species after muskellunge had been stocked. “If muskie stocking resulted in a negative impact on other fish populations, we would have seen a pattern emerge,” said Knapp. “But that didn’t happen. Instead, we found great variability. When looking at individual species in individual lakes, our nets caught significantly more fish in 16 cases and significantly fewer fish in nine cases. Our nets caught essentially the same number of fish in the other 194 cases. The lack of consistent negative changes suggests muskie and other species generally coexist quite well.” In Minnesota, muskellunge typically prey on whitefish, tullibee, suckers, redhorse and yellow perch. Knapp said study findings related to these prey items were: No significant population changes (increases or decreases) were detected for tullibee, white sucker, or yellow perch across the 41 lakes. Lakes that did not contain tullibee (a preferred prey species) did not have negative fish population impacts after muskellunge had been stocked. Knapp said the study findings are in line with a Wisconsin DNR study conducted from 1991 to 1994. That study examined the stomach contents of 1,092 muskellunge from about nine to 46 inches in length. Wisconsin researchers found 31 different species of fish in the stomachs of muskellunge, primarily perch and white sucker. Tom Burri, a Minnesota DNR biologist who worked on this study while previously employed in Wisconsin, said the diet study was enlightening. “We found only five walleye in the stomachs of 1,092 muskellunge,” said Burri. “Muskie actually ate more muskie than walleye. We found six muskies inside of muskies.” Burri said the Wisconsin diet study indicated that 98 percent of a muskie’s diet, by volume, was comprised of fish. The other two percent, he said, included crayfish, insects, mudpuppies, tadpoles and one mouse. Walleye, bass and northern pike ranked low in the muskie diet.Burri said despite strong walleye populations in some of the Wisconsin study lakes, walleye were not an important food for muskellunge. “When we used electro-fishing boats to sample fish populations at night, we often found walleye and muskie in close proximity yet the muskellunge stomachs rarely contained walleye,” said Burri. He said this information suggests that walleyes are either not a preferred species by muskellunge or walleyes are adept at avoiding predation. The latter may be related to the walleye’s eye, which is designed for excellent night vision. “When walleye and muskie are in shallow water at night the walleye’s night vision might help them avoid predation,” Burri said. Goeman said study findings are particularly relevant right now because the Minnesota DNR is considering introducing muskie into five new water bodies starting in 2011. Lakes under consideration for muskie stocking include Roosevelt in Crow Wing and Cass counties, Upper South Long and Lower South Long in Crow Wing County, Tetonka in Le Sueur County, and the Sauk River chain in Stearns County. “The proposals reflect a growing interest in muskie fishing, as well as confidence that introducing muskie into these waters will not have detrimental effect on other fish populations,” Goeman said. The DNR will hold six public input meetings around the state on Thursday, Sept. 2, for people to comment on the stocking proposals. Meeting times, locations and other information is available at mndnr.gov/muskie.
  12. 1 point
    fishbait3

    Eat Your Heart Out

    Well Aggressor, u seem to act like u have the facts but seems like u cant produce much without just saying do ur own research online. My Wife has a degree in Environmental science so if i ever have a question or need ideas on how and where to fish all i do is ask her or take her with me and have her show me the he characteristics of how to fish an area Also not to be mean/rude you seem Pretty Arrogant just becuase u fish these so called tournaments doesnt mean u know everything u might be good or decent but i wouldnt categorize u with being a top Pro Especially with the you act or sound on here.
  13. 1 point
    G3Phil

    Lot And Slip

    Lakefront lot and 10x24 slip available located off Hwy Y-18. By water Capefair area Bearden cove. For more infomation contact Phil at phil.sigmund@yahoo.com
  14. 1 point
    Sore Thumbs

    Monster Report 2-9-2015

    Thanks for the heads up. Caught my personal best yesterday. 31.70 lbs according to my Rapala scale. Thanks again Scott.
  15. 1 point
    Feathers and Fins

    Weekly Report For 2-9 To 2-13

    Had to share this video from the other day, Birds working over the stripers and the perfect song came on the radio http://youtu.be/kFXsOdO9JIo
  16. 1 point
    dtrs5kprs

    Red Fin & Bomber Long A

    http://brianscrankbaits.com/main/top-water.html Crazy Bee, Superman, and Long Wake will all steal the Buckeye's lunch money. Especially the Crazy Bee. Not wild about the quality of the finish, but the bait works.
  17. 1 point
    Al Agnew

    Favorite Fly Fishing Waters

    Like I said, I had no ideas of keeping Joe Public off that stream, and my idea would have no effect on canoes and kayaks, just jetboats. Believe me, I'm on your side as far as public access, but I look upon jetboats on such small streams, even if somebody is stupid enough to run one, as being no different from riding ATVs up and down the stream bed. It's a question of harming the resource AND seriously being in conflict with other users of the resource. The smallest stream I've ever run my jetboat on is Big River from the Hwy. 21 bridge at Washington State Park up almost to Blackwell. And that was one time, at high spring water level, with the river flowing about 700 cfs (by mid-summer that stretch can get down well below 100 cfs). And for me, that was really pushing the envelope more than I should have, though I had no trouble. I just wish everybody that owned a jetboat would agree that some streams, even if marginally runnable, should be off limits...because there is no way that MDC or the state legislature will ever mandate something like that.
  18. 1 point
    Gavin

    Favorite Fly Fishing Waters

    That creek is pretty small. Maybe 150 CFS worth of flow on the lower end. Often not floatable in the upper reaches. I'm sure that a Riverpro could run it, but why? It's a short haul to ramps up our downstream on the Big.
  19. 1 point
    Sore Thumbs

    New Truck Sponsor For Flw.

    Supposed to be announced Monday. I can't say who but I think you guys will be surprised.
  20. 1 point
    Jerry Rapp

    New Truck Sponsor For Flw.

    Yugo?
  21. 1 point
    Ham

    Red Fin & Bomber Long A

    I really hate that I have to change the rod angle as I wind the Redfin back to the boat to keep it from diving on me. I tend to like other baits better than the Redfin.
  22. 1 point
    hoglaw

    Swepco Report

    Fished under blue-bird skies recently. Wasn't supposed to be too windy, but it was still tough to hold still (and my trolling motor switch broke - it only works when I flip the "continuous" switch). I fished all over the lake with the usual suspects for this time of year - shakey head, senko, fluke. Nada. Pulled up to one of my favorite spots and caught my first fish on a shakey head. I was tieing off or anchoring wherever I went just to hold still and fish slow, so I decided to give the Ned its first real chance. That's all I fished for the rest of the day. Lost count of fish, but it was somewhere around 20 or 25. Biggest ones were a couple of 3lb'ers so no giants. But the Ned really did save the trip. I don't know how you fish that thing without being able to hold the boat perfectly still, but when I did, I had success.
  23. 1 point
    trythisonemv

    Bull Shoals Dam Fires

    Main power unit caught fire and dam is shut down! Army Corp of engineers is investigating fire cause
  24. 1 point
    dtrs5kprs

    Bull Shoals Dam Fires

    http://www.ky3.com/news/local/fire-damages-generator-at-bull-shoals-dam/21048998_31238920
  25. 1 point
    joeD

    Trout Fishing Spinning Rod

    Depends. You can drive to work in a Ford Escort or a Mercedes AMG. Both will get you there, but the rides will different. If you have some money, spend the $185 on the Loomis. Spend about $100 or so on a 6ft St. Croix. Everything else is everything else. Not bad, but not great either. However, if you skimp on the reel, and don't match it with whatever rod you're purchasing, you will certainly be disappointed with the outcome. Look how much money we spend on coffee at QT and Starbucks in a year. Yet, we dither over the cost of valuable tools that we use doing the things that we love and have a passion for. I think most of the pricier rods and reels and other fishing equipment are worth it. It's an investment in quality that helps you perform.
  26. 1 point
    Very good information. I have watched dying threadfin shad really for hours at a times. They seem to either fall tail down, or most often fall almost flat, on their sides again displaying that rocking motion that you speak of. Really however more as a coin would sway back and forth on a decent but much, much slower. Usually after a couple of feet of free fall they wiggle rapidly upward or up at a 45 degree angle and again either a very slow tail down or side sink before the process is repeated. Mike McClelland probably one of the very top tournament pro fishermen will preach to not allow the head of the bait to pull the bait head down as this is not a natural presentation. Thus he never uses FC to fish a stickbait, as its weight pulls the bait nose down. His Spro McStick is designed to fall on a bit of a tail down attitude but really in almost a flat horizontal drop. The bait is designed for 50 degree water as are most suspending stickbaits. As the water either chills or warms, that is where your adjustment comes in, weather it be the old Rogue, the Thunder Stick, the Rapala or any of the Modern suspending baits. Appreciate the info.
  27. 1 point
    peoriaone

    Mile Marker 21 Fishing?

    Welcome and best of luck. We bought our place at MM43 last summer and have had great luck with Crappie, whites and largemouth. I bought this book on this website http://www.jnoutdoors.com/ It is 10 years old but gives great advice depending on what section of the lake you are fishing. Good luck. Lets all share our success this year on the forum
  28. 1 point
    Kevin Vam Dan

    Eat Your Heart Out

    Agressor, Why in the world would anyone keep a muskie? They are rare, and they are a true game fish. I bet you eat more crappie than that fish could ever dream of eating. Bass, catfish and walleye also eat crappie. Should we kill all of them too? And crappie are nowhere near the primary forage of a musky...just FYI. KVD
  29. 1 point
    Champ188

    Fishing Alone Or Together

    Now that's funny. Reminds me of what I always say about drop-shotting being like solo sex: We all do it but we aren't likely to own up to it.
  30. 1 point
    LD Fisher

    Fishing Alone Or Together

    I fish with someone almost all of the time........wife or son or son-in-laws. I have gotten into fishing more since I hired Bill B for a guided trip and took along my wife. She fished with me quite a bit before, but she had some real success on the guided trip. That trip cost me a boat dedicated to fishing rather than fishing from a pontoon (thank you Bill ) and I don't have a problem now buying new lures or fishing equipment......................but now I have to buy at least 2 of everything! We are looking forward to the spring and enjoying a sport that we can do together, no matter how we do as far as catching fish. This is a great place to learn to fish Table Rock!!!!
  31. 1 point
    That's just aweful. So sorry to hear this. Prayers sent for the family. I myself would take little brother to ghelake, remember some fun times with Dad, some funny stories, some fishing memories, and cry/hug and whatever is needed. Shout. Scream if needed. Just dedicate the trip go Dad. And if fish were caught, hold them up and salute Dad. That's what I would do. Sounds like that's what you're planning. And I salute you for your idea and tribute. I think F&F can get you on fish. I've seen personally this week the fish caught.
  32. 1 point
    Bill Babler

    Fishing Alone Or Together

    When I fish alone, I don't need my lure retriever as much. Do not have to bring the chain saw to cut brush and can leave the hand held GPS at home as I don't have to scout as much thru the forest looking for wayward lures. On the other hand I miss seeing the smiles.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    Champ188

    Fishing Alone Or Together

    Very easy answer for me. Fishing without Donna just isn't fishing for me anymore. On occasion --- on a weekday when she's working --- I like taking a guest from the forum. Did that three times this past year and enjoyed every trip. The only other exception would be if Donna and I have a tournament coming up and I have a chance to get in a weekday practice round while she's working.
  35. 1 point
    Amery

    Opening Day Almost Here!

    I hope I don't make it out to roaring River until December. After the mass lightens a bit.
  36. 1 point
    Feathers and Fins

    Monster Report 2-9-2015

    Crappie were interrupted when I already had two stripers on shore and realized my truck was still running behind me and it had a boat attached lol. Horrible stripers interrupting crappie slaying.
  37. 1 point
    PigSooner

    Monster Report 2-9-2015

    Awesome! Some day I will figure out how to catch fish on this lake! I do more "boat riding" and "fishing" than catching! I will tell you I have been lurking on this site quite some time, I signed up officially last year, but this is my first time to actually post. This year I'm trying to make a commitment to "work- life balance" because it's been off balance for a while now...ha! Not to hijack this thread, but I wanted to thank everyone for the wealth of information contained on the Beaver Lake section. I have been actively going through all of the tips & tricks and taking note on what seems to be successful. With all this info I think even I should be able to catch some fish! Keep up the great work & thanks!
  38. 1 point
    M_Taylor

    Tough Day Fishing

    Fished 2-8-15 from 1-5pm. Went south out of Hwy 12 bridge and fished between the bridge and Blackburn Arm. Water temp: 41 degrees. So I have swallowed my pride and have to put my report out there in hopes of learning some things. I am not a bass fisherman (but I am an experienced fisherman) and I want to learn and therefore only looked for bass yesterday. I like a challenge but yesterday was more than that. I don't have a fast boat or high end electronics so I just tried to fish the "right type" of water real slow, and not too far from the ramp. I used 4 baits. Jerkbait, crawfish type jig with trailer, wiggle wart, and shaky head worm. I worked secondary point and even in farther into coves. I also tried some main lake points and shoreline. I worked around docks and standing timber as well. I worked from the shore out to 30ft over the course of the day, trying to fish fairly steep chunky rock banks and a few bluffs. To summarize: I didn't catch squat! I know there are a lot of variables, but anything obvious that sticks out that I did right or wrong would be appreciated. I'm not looking for someone's honey hole, just a direction on technique or strategy for winter fishing. Much appreciated. If I ever do have a good day I will be sure to post with photos to somewhat redeem my self confidence.
  39. 1 point
    dmorgan66

    New To The Site.

    I am not a professional jig maker by any means but would be happy to show you what I know to get you started. It is easier than you might think. I buy the jig heads, paint them, insert weed guard, make a skirt and slid it on. Over the winter I have made some of the ugliest things you have ever seen! Cabin fever. HA.
  40. 1 point
    trythisonemv

    Capps Stocked Six Times A Year

    Also I think the low volume of fish is directly related to the over abundance of New members to the "bucket brigade". I've seen hordes of people keeping fish down there.
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