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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. 6 points
    Ham

    11/6/18 Fishing Report

    Little Red Fisherman made the long drive over from the flatlands to fish Lake Norfork with me. We got started fairly early out of Red Bank. It was Bret’s first trip to Norfork and I was determined to fish the entire lake in 8 hours, Lol. We started catching fish right away, but not really the size I wanted. We actually caught fish everywhere we tried. One of my first few fish was a small meanmouth which was fun. I had hoped for a crankbait bite, but I did not find much of one. We caught a small number of small fish on cranks. ned rig and trd craw got bit all day from 5-20 foot deep. We didn’t fish bluffs very much. I kept dragging us back into creeks. We also found a few fish that ate jerk baits. I did my good with a McStik 95 in Blue Bandit. Bret used his signature Megabass 110 Jr. We would see fish herding Shad and fool the, with jerkbaits. Lots of big schools of big Shad too, but nothing was abusing those. I found a creek with lots of good brush piles and good Crappie numbers. I caught 3 small walleye in a row while jigging vertically for Crappie. Added a few waypoints. 😃 We were relocating when we stumbled into some mixed White Bass and Stripers. Some Big Stripers ate in front of us, but not for us. We did get a bunch of sow White Bass to eat. Swim baits, jerk baits, and WP 90. I did get one small Striper to hand. A rare day where I was having so much fun, but time didn’t fly by. I wish it could have been a 14 hour day, but I didn’t feel shorted. Lots of laughs and lots of fish. Don’t let Bret’s sand bagging fool you, he knows how to fish and always manages to catch his full share. This post has been promoted to an article
  3. 2 points
    Quillback

    Big M area 11/7

    Launched at dawn, brisk wind out of the north was blowing. Caught a keeper largemouth on a jerkbait on about cast # 10, got a little smallie a couple of casts later and then spent the next 2 hours not getting a bite. Fished down a steep chunk rock bank, caught a keeper smallie on a wobblehead and then caught 2 14" spotted bass on the next 2 casts. 3 casts, 3 fish after 2 hours of no bites, all on the wobblehead with a Menace Grub. About 5 casts later and a little further down the bank I caught a 14" largemouth. Then it got tough again. I did hook onto a pretty good fish that I never saw that got off. It was a weird bite, one of those deals where I felt just a little tick, felt like the wobblehead ticked off a rock, but just a little funny feel to it, so I gave it a kind of weak hookset and found my self with a hard puller on. Pulled hard for a couple of seconds and was off. Hate losing a good one on a tough day, it is still bugging me now. WT 60
  4. 2 points
    Greenheadrocker

    Green

    I know their small but they eat so well.
  5. 2 points
    merc1997

    Big M area 11/7

    when i doubt check 'em out. i fished the shell knob area today. ended up with 5 keeps and 3 big whites. did a whole lot of looking. seems like they are trying to gather up some. saw eric prey saying how good the jig bite was. tried quite a bit of that, but no love for me. caught what i caught on a 3/4 Zinc Spoon, and a 3/4 GrassJig with a 4" swimmer. most bites were 37 to 40 ft. deep. seemed like the break needed to occur at that depth like there were holding right on the edge before it went straight down. bo
  6. 2 points
    Devan S.

    communicating with the mdc

    Or maybe its older and weaker and its vision is bad though......
  7. 2 points
    Ham

    11/6/18 Fishing Report

    Little but it counts
  8. 2 points
    Ham

    11/6/18 Fishing Report

    I’m always down to catch White Bass
  9. 2 points
    Like a charity/ memorial golf tournament..... Last one's in..... win!
  10. 2 points
    Flysmallie

    Stripers are on top

    That sounds like fun.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 1 point
    ollie

    C&R This Friday

    Who's going this year? I will be down there even if it is cold out!
  14. 1 point
    BilletHead

    A couple short BilletHead hunts,

    Just a couple short hunts, Yesterday I went solo. Running late by the time I picked a spot it was shooting time. Threw out the decoys and sat for a couple hours and was gifted a wood duck. This is by far the nicest one I have ever shot. The blues were vivid and bright, This morning the Mrs. was off work. I asked do you want to go and there was a quick yes. Went back to same area this time we were running time wise perfect. Sky was beginning to brighten up behind Pat as she was waiting, This morning we scored on three ducks. Two blue wings and another wood duck. Big ducks were working some and there were some near misses. One of those deals when you hunt public ground. Get birds working and there was a party set up pretty close, close enough we could hear them hollering at the dog. They would shoot and our working birds would flare. Not complaining it is what it is. Left out around nineish and headed to the house. Grilled the woodies and had salad from the fall garden. Big weather change coming. We will see what it brings. To me the split sucks but again I cannot complain. Did not voice my opinion. With three archery deer between the Mrs. and I would not be deer hunting anyway. Much rather be duck hunting next week, The BilletHeads
  15. 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
  16. 1 point
    That's an awesome wood duck drake buddy! That one would likely cost me $500+ because i would have to have it mounted. Congrats to you and the Mrs. on a couple successful hunts. Jealous here in Maryland.
  17. 1 point
    Quillback

    A couple short BilletHead hunts,

    Congrats on the Woodie, beautiful bird.
  18. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    C&R This Friday

    On summer Wednesday’s there are Smallmouth a lot closer.
  19. 1 point
    trythisonemv

    C&R This Friday

    Yeah I dont mess with the parks during busy season anymore ... too many people who haven't been taught etiquette required to fish in public lol
  20. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    C&R This Friday

    It's the only time I fish the parks anymore. Going to have to wait until next weekend though.
  21. 1 point
    tjm

    C&R This Friday

    Maybe.. The winter trout C&R would have more interest to me if not limited to weekends, my trips are usually spur of the moment and I would have gone today. Weekends are often planned by or around family. The result is I might not go to RR at all through the winter. Indian Creek or Big Sugar is open to C&R every day, so ...
  22. 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.
  23. 1 point
    Ham

    11/6/18 Fishing Report

    Bret with a just short walleye. 17 3/4 inches.
  24. 1 point
    At least you guys are trying. Good job!
  25. 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 ;).
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Let WoundedOne look at it at jigfest. He's good.
  28. 1 point
    Chief Grey Bear

    What's Cooking?

    2 TBS Chili seasoning (I prefer Williams) 1 TBS Cumin 2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp Paprika 1 tsp coriander 1/2 tsp cayenne
  29. 1 point
    Wouldn't it be cool to see that blood trail show up on "freaky things seen on google earth".
  30. 1 point
    BilletHead

    Stripers are on top

    Most Excellent Jeff! BilletHead
  31. 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.
  32. 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.....
  33. 1 point
    AGFC also did a great job rebuilding the Wildcat Shoals ramp and access area. Similar ramp and much more paved parking.
  34. 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.
  35. 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/
  36. 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.
  37. 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!
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 1 point
    i think this is this best post on this thread.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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
  46. 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.
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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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