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  1. 12 points
    Quillback

    Stripers are on top

    Put the boat in the water at Indian creek about 7 AM, I could see top water striper activity right out in front of the ramp. My plan today was to fish for black bass, but seeing those stripers made me change my plans. My one regret is not getting there 45 minutes earlier before it got light. Anyway got after them, throwing, targeting the ones I would see breaking water. Did a lot of chasing, they are spooky, the water is clear, and the shad they are chasing are small. A lot of times they would not go after my topwater (Evergreen Shower Blow 135), but once in a while one would blow up on it. And I mean explode, that's most of the fun, just seeing those big pops. I boated one that was in the 10-12 lb. range, a couple of 3 lbers and a couple of spotted bass. Missed several, had one knock the lure about 3 feet in the air, came after it again once it hit the water, missed it, then after I walked the bait about 10 feet it blew up on it again and missed. Had another one pop it twice and miss both times. Had a couple of brief hook ups also. It kept me pretty entertained for about 2 hours then it shut down. There was another guy out there who looked to be doing the same thing I was doing and I saw him boat 2 stripers. Went back into Indian once the top water bite died to try for some bass - had two bites on a swing head with a Menace Grub and that was it. I quit about 11 AM. WT right at 60 degrees. This post has been promoted to an article
  2. 2 points
    Johnsfolly

    Stripers are on top

    Congrats QB! I missed out on a chance for some big stripers here in MD. Next year need to find a boat. That spotted bass sure had the big eyes on when it hit that top water.
  3. 2 points
    straw hat

    Winter transition

    I keep detailed fishing records for over 30 years of crappie fishing on Stockton. My records are nearly exactly the same as Dan's. The winter pattern begins around 56F. However, (there is always a however with fishing), this does not apply well to many south facing drop offs as the crappie might be considerably shallower there during the winter.
  4. 1 point
    cheesemaster

    Cape Fair - up Flat 11/3

    I dropped in at sun up and it was chilly, cloudy and breezy. Started with a buzzbait and never had a sniff. Tossed a Rock Crawler for another 20 minutes with nothing to show for it and a hodge podge of other stuff that did me no good. So I decided to run up Flat Creek. Water was 55.5 degrees when I decided I found a place I wanted to try. I tied on a jarkbait thinking "what the heck". And I am glad I did. Caught around 15 total but all were short of keeper length I believe. Still a great time. For living right on the water - I sure don' get out enough. Thanks for reading. This post has been promoted to an article
  5. 1 point
    Tried to fish for a few hours prior to thunderstorms and heavier rain moving in this morning. My outboard motif decided to screw me over again and not fire at all. Repair is cheaper, but I’m just about ready to replace the darn thing. I was going to try to fish out of White Hole. I knew that the AGFC had a project there recently, but I had no idea what had been done. Kudos to AGFC! It is First class. Asphalt parking lot with ample parking. A nice pavilion. A ramp down to the waters edge. And the best part is a nice new boat ramp that is double wide and angled down current to make launching and loading easier.
  6. 1 point
    To keep with BH's cattle theme I hunted Saturday morning and no deer movement but the beef wouldn't leave me alone. Hunted one stand, perfect wind, and the cows camped out with me for 3 hours. Decided to mooooove to another stand 400 yards away on another ridge and wasn't there 30 minutes and the cattle found me again. Waited another hour or so and no deer so called it quits for the day as the Mrs. had afternoon plans. On to Sunday morning. Woke at 0500 and the rain had literally just stopped, looked at radar to confirm and it had and was moving out of the area (not a fan of hunting in the rain ). Was up in the stand and settled in at 0545. Sat there for 2 hours with nothing moving till out the south across the middle of the field a yearling is frantically running across it zigzagging with nothing chasing it. About 15 minutes later he comes running back the way he came. A buddy had texted me @ 0810 asking if I'd seen anything. I was literally in the middle of replying to him when I see a doe standing in the middle of shooting window. (Picture for reference of what my shot window looks like from the stand which is set back in the timber 5 yds 20 ft up a pine tree). Also need to say I've been put on the injured reserve with a recent shoulder injury so that explains the crossbow or I'd be shooting the ol Switchback. The doe passes the the shot window from the left to the right and then coming straight at me is what I've called "Niner" . He stops at 25 yds facing me and just the left of the cedar branch on the right side of the window. He turned slightly quartering hard towards me and on 2 steps I wouldn't of had a shot I'd feel comfortable taking so put crosshair in front of the front right shoulder hoping it exit just behind the front left shoulder. Solid rest, squeezed the trigger, and watched the bolt connect thru the scope. Well guessing he turned slightly into the shot as I hit him about 6 inches off mark up on the neck and lodged the broadhead in the front part of the opposite shoulder however the shot did drop him in his tracks. To be continued with a reply to this post as I've limited out on pics ;).
  7. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Aqua Therapy

    Bret glad that you could finally get out and fish some. Nice smallies buddy! Would love to fish with you some on the White during Jigfest.
  8. 1 point
    dnj21

    Opening weekend luck?

    Almost all my spots are in the Middle zone, guess I will deer hunt this weekend. Not a fan of the split, I liked a North zone open, then Middle following weekend. Got two opening days back to back, plus a lot of guys were out chasing deer this coming weekend. Used to be able to draw in to Schell most of the time on the deer opener. If you do any good, pls share.....
  9. 1 point
    AGFC also did a great job rebuilding the Wildcat Shoals ramp and access area. Similar ramp and much more paved parking.
  10. 1 point
    JestersHK

    Muddy Mad River - Ohio Fishing

    Thanks for the info buddy! I'll have to remember this for our annual Ohio trip next year! Good job on the catch too.
  11. 1 point
    dan hufferd

    Winter transition

    I am going to say when water temps get near 55 or so. I am not an avid crappie fisherman, but I have caught several. This guy knows all about Stockton winter crappie, he has also shot some great videos with G3 outdoors. https://www.youtube.com/user/HawkeyeProduction417/videos http://g3sportsman.com/how-to-target-winter-transition-crappie/
  12. 1 point
    The scales we use lock the weight in so having your hand on the fish or grippers in the picture has zero effect on the weight and you must submit the locked in weight, not the heaviest weight it bounced to anything like that. I always hold the grippers to make sure the fish is turned to the side facing the camera so the entire fish is best seen, leaving less question to if it weighed what the scale says or not. If you don't and the fish rotates, you end up with pictures like this that make the actual weight of the fish much more questionable.
  13. 1 point
    There is no shortage of squirrels around me, I just down own those properties, although I have never yet been denied permission to squirrel hunt. Mostly reds with a few pockets of quick little greys. My biggest problem is that basically from the time the leaves begin to fall it seems there is some verify of a firearms deer season happening. I don't hunt when it warm anymore, sweat too easily, too many chiggers, ticks and dang spider webs. You know, I want to do exactly what I want to, when I want to, and how I want to. The American Way!
  14. 1 point
    Continued...... Unfortunately as you can see from the pic the shot didnt kill him quick and he managed to kick himself around in a perfect circle before I could reload the crossbow and get a clear shot at the vitals. Which I did get the clear shot he gave up the ghost 10 seconds after 2nd bolt entered his chest cavity between his front legs and exited thru his back clipping the heart and center punching a lung. Like I said he'd managed to kick himself around in a perfect circle and left a blood donut in the field. Solid 9 point with 1 1/2 kicker off the back of a browtine. same buck in velvet earlier this year.
  15. 1 point
    Notropis

    communicating with the mdc

    Absolutely, these fish are native to the Ozark rivers and were here before the lakes were impounded. As long as conditions are adequate in the river tributaries of the lake, the walleye can make their spawning run and spawn successfully. There is some evidence that they can spawn on shoreline rip rap in the lake with some success. After stocking them for several years in Beaver Lake to re-establish the population, we were able to document a natural spawn by utilizing a chemical marker on the stocked fingerlings, then comparing the percentage of walleye from that year class that exhibited the chemical. One year over 50 percent were wild spawned fish.
  16. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    communicating with the mdc

    Exactly. And I think if all clubs/circuits would just try it they would feel likewise. If pics or scoring is sketchy at all, or if there are any valid disputes among the field, then simply refuse to accept it. It is each anglers responsibility to make sure that every fish scored is indisputable. That is NOT hard to do. Matter of fact, it is easier to do than babysitting and culling fish all day long.
  17. 1 point
    i think this is this best post on this thread.
  18. 1 point
    Devan S.

    communicating with the mdc

    Let's say hypothetically Missouri began stocking bass in TRL today. We began to see major benefits in 2-4 years(limits of these 5+ lbers like the old days that's always discussed here). Ya'll are already complaining too many boats, tournaments, pressure, ect. What happens when it becomes a premier top notch bass fishery rivaling the lakes discussed? Then what? Does the influx of fishermen/tournaments double? triple? quadruple? Does it get to the point that even during the deep winter you complain about boats like we do in the summer? Is the hope we run the lake so full of bass boats the wave runners and wake boats cant even launch? You guys make it sound like the old pond is so bad the average joe cant catch a fish yet the lake gets pounded for 9-10 months out the year by fishermen. Could it be better? Sure....but don't think some aggressive stocking plan isn't going to come with a myriad of other problems.
  19. 1 point
    skeeter

    communicating with the mdc

    OK, here goes, let the slings and arrows commence, I can handle it and to each their own. TWO big changes in regulations are badly needed to increase the numbers of Bass in not just TR but other Missouri Lakes Extend the Springtime Bass fishing regulations for Streams to Reservoirs across the State. Catch and release at boat-side only during the Spawn. End the Fish Transportation to weigh-ins. Measure, photograph and release where caught. MLF has just changed to doing it and kudos to the Shell Knob area Bass club that has been doing it.
  20. 1 point
    skeeter

    communicating with the mdc

    Divers "see" Bass because of their predatory nature and their instinct to come and investigate a disturbance before turning away after discovering it's not a food source. Plus there is a certain amount of territorial behavior at certain times of the year. There are other fish in the area but they may be hard-wired to flee an unknown presence.
  21. 1 point
    merc1997

    communicating with the mdc

    then why is texas and other states constantly stocking bass in their lakes? there are way more bass and other species leaving the lake than one would think. bo
  22. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    communicating with the mdc

    I agree. There should be no need to stock black bass IF the methods and limits are managed properly.
  23. 1 point
    merc1997

    Big bass tour

    i found the video and passed the link along to shane bush our mdc biologist. everyone needs to keep dinging the mdc and squeak loudly and often. this is the only way to make your voice heard and affect changes. bo
  24. 1 point
    merc1997

    Big bass tour

    i need to take time to find the texas fest you vid that included the texas fish and game showing how they stock bass and the monetary impact that it had on sam rayburn alone and send the link to shane bush. bo
  25. 1 point
    It doesn't mean 'Bucks Only', it just means if you want to take a doe you have to punch your 'Any Deer' tag.
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