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    For my wife and I, heading to Stockton Lake and spending a little time on the water is an opportunity for much needed rest and relaxation. I sometimes catch a hard time from other walleye fishing buddies about how late we often get out on the lake, sometimes not until noon. This weekend we decided to hit it a little earlier. So, Saturday morning we rolled out of bed at the crack of nine and after scouting ramps hit the water by 11:30. We put in at State Park. Fortunately, Gary Stanton and lmt out had shared some general information about the current bite, which proved invaluable. Gary told me he was having luck on main lake points, and lmt out told me if I was going to try bottom bouncing that I'd have to fish deeper than 20' or the green moss would foul my spinners. Prior to talking with Gary, I was planning on fishing my favorite spring cove but decided to hit a favorite main lake point first. I bottom bounced that point at 24' and came up empty. There were some guys bass fishing on the south side of the point and I trolled on around behind them and decided to hit a secondary point on south of them. When hit the point, boom...had a nice double. Turned around and hit it again and picked up another keeper. Fast forward to 2:30 PM and we finished with another double on the same point, which made nine keepers and a short in three hours. We headed in to clean fish and then went to a fish fry at Gary Stanton's house. A good time was had by all. Sunday the 7th, we went crazy and were on the water by 10:00. Picked up four keepers and three shorts and headed in at 4:30. Had lunch with lmt out and his wife at State Park Marina and really had a nice visit. When we left my wife commented on how many nice people we have met over the years through fishing forums. Hope to meet many more. So, to sum it up, we both limited on May 6th bottom bouncing spinners and slow death rigs in 24-30' of water on a secondary point. On May 7th we had four keepers and three shorts using the same techniques in the same depths on a secondary point. Biggest walleye each day was 18". Typically, I wouldn't be fishing that deep this time of year. So, Thanks to Gary and lmt out for sharing information! We had a great weekend, can't wait for the next one! WM
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    Got pretty creative and launched off of the upper parking lot road at Baxter. Saw one boat go by in the first 2 hours. Water temp was 70 at 8:00 am. Found fish halfway back in a pocket and caught a handful of shorts all on the War Eagle finesse spinner baits in chartreuse and white. 5/16 was the size on those with a small sight flash Keitech trailer. We tried flipping bushes and getting behind trees with zero luck. All of our bites came just outside the tree line. Kinda like they're on the old bank line! We hit a few more spots found some nicer fish on main lake points relating to oak trees in the water, but all of them were on the outside of the trees again. Here I threw a 1/2 oz War Eagle in firecracker with a 3.3 inch Keitech trailer in sight flash. Last spot of the day produced the biggest bite of the day and it was a 4.62 LM right on the bank, bloody tail and all. Had a great day and for what it's worth, every single fish was on a blade of some kind. There was no doubt about it when they hit it either. They were hammering it. Ended up with 22 total and 6 keeps. The keeps were 3 SM and 3 LM. Had the boat on the trailer by 2:00 and WT was as high as 75 in places.
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    It is a very good idea right now to put a stinger hook on. We have been getting thumped hard this week, some knocking slack in the line and missing them till I put a trailer hook on. Early Coldslaw in 3/8 with either a big Colorado or a Colorado and a williow and as the sun comes up go to a Mouse or anything white. They really are liking gold blades over chrome. This is for the stained water. When you get to point 7 the water is clearing fast and the SB bite is over by 7 or 7:30. They are eating a Road Kill or Puke Tube with the ends dyed orange in the stained water on the old bank line. Put your boat in 30' and don't go an inch under that, stay in 30 to 35 and work the tube hopping and dragging on flat gravel and cove points. From point 7 to the dam they are eating the tube, jig and shaky head in the same depth. Tube color is watermelon candy and watermelon, jig is PBJ and the shaky head is GP with its tail dyed red. Buster is also catching them really good swimming the Keitech in Pro Blue and Rainbow Shad. Very few of us can do this, he is setting his boat in 40 to 45 ft. and swimming it as slow as mush thru a sieve. Mostly main lake points and he is catching big pre-spawn K's and post spawn LM Should have a really good idea after Wednesday as I'm on the Rock constant after that.
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    What a difference a few days make. If you want to see some color in the water in the dam area now is the time to come and see it. I launched from the State Park marina as Moonshine is still closed. Fished for a few hours and caught only 1 keeper LM and 18 dinks. Mixture on the dinks. Keeper and the bigger fish were caught on a spinnerbait near the walkways leading to docks. WT was 67 - 70 when I took out at 11:30. Water was dirty for the dam area. 2' visibility in most areas. Most of the dinks were caught on the Ned on secondary points. I switched from a PBJ to a gp/orange and started catching them. Mike
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    We filmed a Honey Hole TV episode this year at the KVD event on Table Rock. Hope you enjoy!
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    We fished yesterday from 200 - 700 and couldn't agree more about the change in water color/clarity. The clarity almost reminded me of last spring after the winter flooding. The color is much different but visibility is similar. We found water temperatures as high as 78 from point 1 to the mouth of Big Indian but the biggest change for us was the spinnerbait bite. After very limited success with it all week we caught more than twenty on it yesterday. At least four feet down seemed to be really important and some were probably closer to ten feet down. All were gorged on shad and fat as pigs. All of them also hit like ten pound stripers! While many were only fourteen inch fish, they obviously didn't know it and pulled like freight trains. One thing that didn't change much was location. Points were again key. We tried fishing in and behind the flooded stuff as well as pockets and the back of coves but only caught a handful at best and all were little ones. Around fifteen feet of water was still most consistent for us. I was throwing a War Eagle "compact" style in green shad, silver and gold double willows, 1/2 oz. weight but 1/4 oz. size. Mark was using a regular 1/2 oz. in chartreuse and white and we caught a pretty equal number so size/color wasn't an apparent factor. We also caught a dozen or so on good 'ol Ned in the same locations and those bites were also very aggressive. I also would very much like to point out that ALL of the Ned fish were caught on - wait for it - WATERMELON RED! Bad news is, after the Super Dave ruse resulted in me disposing of many thousands of dollars worth of the dang things I had to restock. Consequently, don't waste your time looking for any either online or locally anytime soon cause there ain't any! Heading back out shortly to take on the pea soup conditions on grand finale day. Hope the SB is still working!
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    The cost of a yearly pass depends on your level of access. It is by invite only and also requires solid referrals from current members as well as a round of interviews with yours truly. Silver Membership allows you to fish Point 2 and the island at the mouth unsaid creek. You may look into the creek but not enter at any point. Gold Membership allows access to the entire unsaid creek but you are limited to using only cork and bobber with barb-less hooks. Platinum Membership grants access to the entire creek, gate/lock code to enter unsaid cove in unsaid creek and fish any type of tackle/bait. Diamond Membership allows everything the Platinum Members enjoy. Except, I turn off all my security systems thus guaranteeing that you are not harpooned, poisoned, electrocuted, bitten, infected or otherwise maimed in any way. **Any violations of the by-laws are reviewed by me. Membership can be revoked at any time with forfeiture of annual dues. Violators will be placed in the Code Red Club. As of right now there is only one person in this exclusive, yet abominable "Code Red Club". He knows who he is and I am currently working on installing EyePrint ID recognition scanners on my dock to keep this vile angler from his crankbait pirating and pillaging of my cove.
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    Trying something a tad different. Grilling the burger in a green pepper ring. Not bad. Made Dill Pickle Potato Salad for the side.
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    Blue Spring Creek looks good, I saw a lot of changes in the creek with some new and maybe good changes. the biggest change was up near the falls (Matt, your tree is still there along with a new fly.). Fishing was good though I had thought the rain we received would have stained the water more. the hot fly was the San Juan worm. There are some really good looking lunker hideouts but good luck fishing them. The area upstream has, even more, bedrock showing and it is slick in spots so cleats would be a good idea. A lot of larger rocks make the walking tougher as well.
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    Not my idea of fine quisine, however a good aged steak yeah I could do that. Some days its the simple things though, came home last night, damp, and tired, walked into the house and the smell of the beef roast in the crock pot was the most wonderful thing I could think of. If I could make a fragrace that smelled like roast, fresh bread, and strong coffee I would be rich.
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    The old timers used to say tha in the Ozarks we are never more than 2 weeks from a drought or 2 hrs from a flood.
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    ? I'm truly not joking. I was moving an engine hoist around awhile back and knocked a big bin of nuts/bolts/washers over on the floor. I totally lost my cool. My wife heard all the crashing, banging, and cussing, and came running out to see who had got killed. I'm standing there on the verge of a meltdown, and she says "CALM DOWN CALM DOWN, I got this, go take a shower". She plopped down on the floor of the shop and calmly sorted that entire mess out.....Took her all evening, and I'm convinced that she enjoyed every minute of it. Maybe for Mother's day I should have my daughter take her enormous necklace/bracelet making bead collection and throw it down the stairs. ??
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    Here is the shad fly I use and it is the one we sell in the shop at Lilleys' easy fly to tie! 3/4 inch tail, then palmer mink to bead and tie off.
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    exactly why we need term limits and get rid of lobbyists. bo
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    When if filet the fish I just take the sides of and leave the skin on the filet. We call this half shelling. We have an electric smoker so the wife said she uses hickory chips. leaves the skin on and skin side down uses salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little cayenne powder. She smokes them for 2 hrs at 215 degree.
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    I'll veer back to food here. Last night's chicken spaghetti (fusilli) with a salad.
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    Yep on the an bite. I recommend using a trailer hook because they hit it fast and hard but sometimes miss. Vernon, sounds like a good time. Good luck today. Sorry we didn't get to meet this week but I was only able to get out Saturday and Thursday for a couple of hours launching from State Park and I stayed down that way. The dam area should be clearer today because my boat collected a lot of the gunk in the water it was a mess when I took out yesterday I had to scrub it down to remove the water line Mike
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    I have a 97 merc Efi and have never had a tune up, change my own plugs and have been bad on changing the impellers (sp) only 5. It's a 175 hp and still pushes my 2000 triton multi species 189 at 58 mph (gps) on cool day and yes it does smoke a little some time. I don't know the hours but my first HDS unit at console shows 2876 miles in 5 yrs here. No telling how many I had on the Missouri River impoundments out west. I would love to have a 4 stroke, for smoke and noise, but can't justify it yet. Every spring it starts right up. I think I have been lucky.
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    I've lived in the area for 20 years and the Rock is just tough. Just finding fish right now is an adventure. There's a ton of cover. I know how to catch them pretty good on the blade, but this summer when you guys are killing it deep with drop shots I'll be lost. Fwiw, I only throw War Eagle anymore too. I used to throw Strike King and even Booyah, but there is something about the WE that makes a difference IMHO. It could just be confidence on my part though. I'll be begging for advice when the fish go deep pretty soon.
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    Helper? No helper, unless you mean my wife who helped me flip it twice! Really there's nothing to be impressed by for woodworking skills. It's the first wooden thing that I have made other than a set of shelves.or whatnot. I'm more comfortable with a welder and grinder but thanks all the same! Last coat on the bottom. Flip tomorrow to epoxy the inside. Hope the taped off areas come off with little persuasion from a utility knife through three layers of epoxy.
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    Very well thought out membership levels. You forgot to mention the senior membership. Most of us seniors can't remember three days later where we fished last in the mystery cove so we are rarely a threat to the fish population. Which is why I keep posting soon after fishing there but following my senior membership rule of not mentioning the cove by name. Mike
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    Kentucky Derby that is all we have heard the past few days. The official drink is the mint julep. I am not a horse race fan but we decided we wanted to try to make the official drink, This should be a thread of what we are not drinking .The Mrs. took a sip and gave me a frown. With a yuk follow up. Then I tried it. Said maybe I can get used to it, another sip and I am not sure I can get used to this. This is where the mint julep ended up! No more foo,foo drinks for the BilletHead's
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    Trick with GP/orange is finding a bag with a good mix of colors, not just shot full of orange. Manufacturing consistency on that color is a mess.
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    At Table Rock? They only cut it by 3,000. They're still releasing 20,000 cfs. They adjusted the flow by reducing turbine release, not flood gate release. They said it was easier to adjust using the turbines verses the gates. I personally hope they don't stop at this flow even though it makes fishing tough for most people here on Taney. They need to keep moving water out of the basin because one big rain could spell disaster for this area.
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    Have never had "Good" with those vile green round orbs. Would rather eat canned or frozen Lima beans. Best use for frozen peas is to chill a black eye, or to cool your nut sack after a vasectomy. Our just toss them in the trash if found in freezer or fridge.
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    I know exactly what rod you are talking about, I will check. Thanks
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    And Stockton doesn't get the pressure TR does. It's not unfished, but it's not going to have 400 tmt boats on it on a weekend.
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    I think downtown Springfield is the mother ship for these guys.
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    Hate to say it, but the days of democracy are long gone. It's bureaucracy all the way and IN MY OPINION no amount of calling/writing/texting/emailing/carrier pigeoning Congress will do a darn thing except cost you time, effort and money.
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    You pea haters stifle yourselves. This tasted good when I put it in my mouth.
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    Tested her out on the water Friday... worked like a charm. Very happy with the outcome. Just had to reapply some silicone sealant after the trip to some of the cuts, but overall I coudn't be happier with how it turned out.
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    I fished with cajunangler. Sure was tough. Tried all over the lake. Tried a lot of things. I felt like water was pretty ugly, but it was less ugly towards the dam we caught fish, but not a lot and not a lot of size. We really put in a lot of tine with minimal results. I would suggest fishing elsewhere until conditions improve / stabilize.
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    When he uses the Dang word it means something . Haven't seen him use it with peas yet. That should tell you something too, BilletHead
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    Claire doesn't care a bit about KC either. She's soulless.
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    Not the duck stamp...I won the MO trout stamp contest twice, back when it was a contest. I also won a bunch of trout stamp contests in other states.
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    I'll also add that TR is an excellent SB lake at night more often than not. I've had a ton of success with the black Jewel Jolt SB.
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    I'm telling you. The SB bites are insane right now. If they hit it they're trying to kill it.
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    Just saw where they are calling for a "weather pattern change" for late next week. Could lead to another round of heavy rain for a few days next week. Let's hope they are wrong.
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    Al, I got a Birthday card from my grandma last year that was one of your illustrations. I thought it was pretty cool, she had no clue that i knew who you were. You do some great work!!
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    It's a fish catching lake for sure, in the multi-species sense. Maybe more like some of the windy KS lakes like Melvern. That wasn't a knock on Stockton. Just one of the reasons blades can be a tough sell on TR. They see a bunch of them, and a bunch of everything else. Makes them skittish and grumpy.
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    If you get a G2, you can get all sorts of colors! Mine is a gen1 and navy, so it's kind of dark, but not as dark as a Mercury.
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    Come to the dark side: Evinrude ETEC with two stroke torque and a 300 hour maintenance cycle. Much lighter than a 4 stroke/every year maintenance beast.
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    Stockton is one of the best spinnerbait lakes that I have ever been on. Fall is the best but spring is not bad either. Should be really good right now with this water up in the trees.
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    Angle the boat trailer downstream in swift water. It makes unloading and loading much easier (and safer). It's much easier trying to load a boat onto the trailer when driving up into the current slightly versus going completely perpendicular to it. For whatever reason, I rarely ever see people doing this. Just make sure you don't drop the trailer off the downstream side of the ramp. In fact, it's best to just use the upstream side if you're not real familiar with the ramp or good at backing a trailer.
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    Final update on fishfinder and new project- I hooked up the new power cord extension to the battery and bench tested it before fishing cable and everything worked well. The only area that took a bit of cable fishing was right at the console. All told 20 minutes from battery to bow. The extension was a bit long so I coiled and secured it. Rechecked everything before crimping....green lights all the way. Made the crimps and still works. Transducer went back on the troller, bow console screwed back down, final check, and put it to bed. New project- Decided to check the troller as last time out the 24V side seemed wimpy. Same deal yesterday. 12V was turning the prop noticeably faster on the same speed setting. Not good. This one was much easier to sort out. Battery 1 reading good, battery 2 was reading 7.2V. Yep, it's dead Jim. At least this will be a muscle and wiggle project and not require as much brain power to resolve.
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    I have run into issues with the cheesy 3-5 amp fuse links getting corroded. The pins will still show 12v on the voltmeter but will drop voltage when the circuit is put under a load. If there is a fuse link in-line you might pull it apart and clean the contacts with a wire brush.
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    I carry a stick of the JBweld putty in the jet boat for minor gashes. Goes on wet. Cures in water.