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  1. 28 points
    Bill Babler

    4-22-19 Kind of Nuts Today

    Started at the dam early and it was just not what I wanted it to be. Had several fish with a 4.52 jaw but not many bites. Loaded u.p the rig and headed for Baxter. Temps at the dam were 56 when I launched at 6. Relaunch at Baxter at 11 and the temps were 60 and it was just flat on. I caught them on a Keitech 3.3 and a jerkbait with the boat in 30 ft. Fish seemed to be in that 15 ft. range suspended and moving up. Fished from 11 to 5 and did not go 10 minutes without a bite. Wind was just perfect. Had 2 keeper walleye one 19 inches and one 22 inches and I released them. Had 10 crappie, the biggest I have ever caught. One here and one there. They were monsters. Biggest at 3.08 and 18 inches. Next biggest at 3.02 and 17.75 inches. The 10 weighed in at a little under 24 pounds. Smallest was a shade under 17 inches. I have fished in my 65 yrs. on Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Barclay, Kentucky Lake and Toledo Bend and never had a 2 pound crappie let alone a 3 pound crappie and for gosh sakes catching them on Table Rock is just unreal, I'm in a fog. Knife is 15.5 inches long. Every crappie came on a suspending jerkbait. Color did not matter as long as it was Blue. They were not schooled, one here and one there. Pole timber was always present. Best 5 bass would have pushed 17 pounds, all the best being jaws. This post has been promoted to an article
  2. 25 points
    lmt out

    Personal Best

    My personal best missouri walleye amd second best ever. 9lb 12 oz. 27 1/4 inch.
  3. 23 points
    Table Rock continues to impress me every time I an lucky enough to fish this lake. @Justin92297 and I fished the lower end on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday and we fished the Kings and the White on Saturday. Thursday we had 17.3 lbs for our biggest 5 including a 4 lb smallmouth that Justin caught and a 4.5 lb largemouth that I caught. We caught 12 keepers on Thursday and all of them came off Keitech 2.8 swimbaits in sexy shad color on quarter ounce head with a weed guard and jerk baits. Cedar trees seemed to be the biggest key for us pretty much all week. Just slow rolling that small swimbait through the trees or making a long cast with the jerk bait past the tree to get it down to max diving depth when it came past the tree got us almost all of our bites. We caught some in trees that were in 30-40 feet and topped out in 15-20, and we caught some in trees that were in 15-20 feet. Friday brought more of the same for us. the only difference was this time we found fish schooling like crazy back in a creek. I caught a keeper largemouth on a spook and missed 2 other blow ups and we caught 10 keepers on Friday. Today in the area that we found schoolers we just fished out baits around where the fish were schooling and caught a bunch. Many of them were shorts but we saw some really big ones blow up on the surface. The bite after the schooling activity in the morning was pretty much the same. Small swimbait and jerk bait through trees in the same depth zone. Saturday we decided to see a new part of the lake and put in at Viola. Neither one of us had ever fished the kings and we thought maybe there would be a good rock crawler or wiggle wart bite up there. We did not catch them on crankbaits but we caught them flipping main lake wood that was on the steep banks with a small jig and a swing head with a menace grub and on an underspin with a 3.3 Keitech. Trees were again very important; wherever there were cedar trees in about 20 ft of water on the main lake there were bass. Saturday was definitely our best day for numbers. we caught over 50 fish and had 18 keepers. No big ones but it was a very fun day and I like that part of the lake a lot. Sunday we fished the lower end again and only had like half of a day since we had to get back to Columbia for class on Monday. We only had 4 keepers and all of them came out of very deep trees that topped out in like 15-25 feet that were over 40-60 ft. on the 2.8 Keitech. Sunday was a tough post frontal day. Probably only caught 10 fish and only 4 keepers. Lastly I wanted to touch on the meanmouth that Justin and I caught. We caught a total of 3 that we noticed this week and I had never thought that there were many in the lake. We also caught a surprisingly low number of smallmouth in 4 days (probably only like 10). Is the spotted bass population in Table Rock breeding out the smallmouth? I sure hope not. Either way Table Rock is my favorite lake in the U.S. and I cant wait to go back again. Also, if anyone is looking to fish a tournament this weekend on Lake of the Ozarks come fish the Mizzou Fundraiser Tournament out of PB #2 on this Saturday Tight lines everybody.
  4. 23 points

    Kim City - Mar 16th - Swimbait

    I fished from 7:30 to 10:30 in Kim City area and had decent luck with a underspin and plain swimbait. I fished the mouth of a spawning cove with my boat setting in 45' and casting to 25' and slow rolling over trees. I had 10 fish with 8 keepers, 3 LM and 5 Ks. One LM was 5.11 using a 2.8 inch plain swimbait. Another LM was 5.5 using a 3.8 inch plain swimbait. This time of year, the plain swimbait can out perform an underspin. I caught a few keepers on the underspin and the rest on a plain swimbait. The area I fished had very little bait compared to when I fished it 10 days ago. Ten days ago it had too much bait in the area. The WT was 43.5 to 46. Some shad are still dying, but it seems to be minor. I could not move around much due to the amount of boats in the BFL tournament. For me, the main feeding time was over at 9AM. I would estimate my best 5 weighed 18.5 Lbs. This post has been promoted to an article
  5. 22 points

    Cow Creek 3/30

    Fished our club tournament today. Won it with 15.70. Had a 5.31 for my big fish just to get beat by a 5.32lber. 2nd 14lbs. 8 keepers on RK, 2 keepers on Spinnerbait. My big fish annihilated a Spinnerbait in 10inches of water. One of the best bites I have had over the years of fishing. Wt: 48-50. Weighed 4 smallmouth and 1 largemouth. This post has been promoted to an article
  6. 22 points
    I haven’t posted in a while. But, yesterday’s outing was a big one for me. I launched in the afternoon and jetted through pelting rain to chase smallies. The conditions seemed good for some bigger fish to be out feeding. And, the Meramec River did not disappoint. On consecutive casts, I caught a 20.25” and then a 20.5”, breaking my previous Meramec PB of 20” and 4.2#. My scale decided to not work, so I don’t have weights on these two fishThe bigger one looked like a real warrior—it’s jaws were scarred up and had a bunch of holes. What did I catch them on, you ask? The new HD Hellgrammites (green pumpkin) on a shakey head jig. I bought a few packs at Denny Dennis in Fenton. So, thanks Tackle HD for helping me catch (and release) truly awesome fish! This post has been promoted to an article
  7. 20 points
    The fish are biting several different baits fairly well. The underspin with a 3" swimbait, jerkbait, wobble head,,,,,etc. I do not mention the crankbait because the bottom slime is a nuisance in my area. The fish can be caught shallow or deep, but they seem to be grouped up. When you find them, you can get multiple bites in a very short distance. The WT was 49-52 this morning and I assume it warms up a few degrees in the afternoon on nice sunny days. For me, the jerkbait will produce but the quality is lacking. The fish pictured below weighed 5.13 and was caught this morning on a underspin. View full article
  8. 20 points
    Bill Babler

    Big Ed 4-2-19 Mucho Fun

    Bed and Breakfast Inn's of Missouri had their Spring meeting at Lake O. What a good thing for me.😂 Got to go up and stay and fish with Ed and Debby Franko at Bass and Baskets about the 5 mile mark on Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. For those of you that don't know Ed, he is the ultimate good time. Has a really good idea on whats going on at the dam area. We fished from the 5 mile mark to the dam. Water was pretty cloudy even by Lake Ozarks standards and ran from 47 to 51 degree. After a pretty slow start on flat water, we got some breeze and the surface temps started to rise. With that so did the bass and the bite. We had 18 fish with 7 really nice keepers. One being a Super Hog Mama. I was more than holding my own, but the "Big Boy" caught the big girl on a custom painted megabass 110. And get this, Birthday Cake was the custom color. a Ed has been custom painting some baits in his spare time and has just some super colors, a lot of them are really Table Rock sound and the Birthday cake is for sure one of them. Here is a pretty good picture of it. Opaque with violet purple back. Just sounds like food. Triple jerk, pause for several seconds. They hit it when it was sitting still as usual. We also caught them really good on a Jewel Spider Jig in Ozark Craw with a Eakins GP trailer. Slow hop on the jig and they would swim off with it. I did pretty well when I wasn't getting front ended on the docks and managed 5 of the keepers, I caught one on a stick bait and the rest on a jig, breaking one off at the end that might have been up there with Eddie Boy. Always feels like going home on Lake of the Ozarks and it really is. Locations we fished were inside secondary points, usually about 1/3rd. of the way back in the bigger coves. Rip Rap transition to gravel with any type of a pocket handy and that seemed to be the deal. Ed caught his jerkbait fish right on the bank, and I mean within 5 ft. Jig fish were a little deeper, but for sure everything in the 8' and under range. Most banks were the 45 degree type, but the flatter stuff had fish also. Instead of depth transition, it is ledge to chunk to pea gravel up there. Really good example of rock transition with the fish really close to the change. Very shallow. We saw quite a few crappie fishermen and they were fishing super shallow with a jig about 18" under a float right on the bank, same types of locations. Great food, fantastic company and a green fish or two to make it the perfect day on my old stomping grounds. If your looking for a great B&B on Lake O where the Bass fishing starts right from the dock, give Ed and Debby a call 573-692-6710. I guarantee you lots of belly laughs, a good night sleep and the kind of Fishing and Folks that have made the Lake of the Ozarks one of Missouri's premier fishing and tourist destinations. It is kind of like here right now, its fixin to just get silly. The thing about Lake O. is biggins live there and you can bass fish to catch them. There not swimming 2.8" Keitechs 30 feet deep to catch them. Not knocking what I do for a living, but it is really nice to Big Boy fish once or twice a year. Grrrrrr. Good Luck
  9. 20 points
    Because there are so many facets to this Lake Taneycomo trout story, it's hard to know where to begin. The prime fact is that Paul Crews of Neosho, MO, landed the biggest brown trout Saturday anyone's ever caught in the state of Missouri to date. It was officially weighed by Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Biologist Shane Bush and documented at 34 pounds and 10 ounces. That beat the previous state record by a little more than six pounds, caught by Scott Sandusky of Arnold, MO, in November, 2009, also on Lake Taneycomo. Crews and partner, Jimmy Rayfield of Salem, MO, were fishing together in a trout tournament hosted by Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina on upper Lake Taneycomo. It's called the Vince Elfrink Memorial, named after Vince who was an avid sportsman, husband, father, and friend to many of the participants of the contest, including Crews and Rayfield. Vince passed away in 2011 of brain cancer at the age of 52. And just so happens that the pair won last year's tournament, sealed by a 21-inch brown trout Rayfield had caught. The pair beat out 36 other teams to win this year's event. The day started out foggy and wet, but the afternoon brought out the sun and wind. We all were watching for thunderstorms early but anticipating the high winds forecast for later in the day, and they did arrive about 2 p.m.. Fishing in wind gusts up to 40 m.p.h. is not easy, especially tossing a small 1/8th ounce, sculpin-colored jig around. Working a lure that small in high winds is tough, even with four-pound line, but feeling a bite is virtually impossible, unless it's a huge fish, I guess. Crews and Rayfield had had a good day up to the minute the big fish was hooked. They had been fishing down from Lilleys' Landing most of the day but ventured up to the mouth of Fall Creek to make a drift, working their jigs along the east bank. Crews said they were in shallow water, able to see the bottom under their boat as they drifted. Table Rock Dam was releasing water at a rate of 6,850 cubic feet per second, generating two units at 3 p.m. Even with the difficulty of the wind blowing his line, Crews still felt a "tap" and set the hook. That's when the excitement started. The fish came off the bank where it was hooked and ran toward the duo, swimming under their boat. Crews had to scramble his new rig, spinning it around so that his line didn't catch the edge of the boat or trolling motor. The trout stayed down almost the entire fight, so Crews didn't really know what he had until the very end, but he knew it was big enough "to probably win the tournament" if he landed it. Little did he know . . . "Frank'' eventually headed across the lake to the bluff bank, then switched back to the middle and eventually returned to the inside bank where docks dot the shore. Yes, the fish has a name explained later in the story. Frank then headed to places he's probably familiar with -- the docks. Crews said he swam under at least two docks. That heightened the high risk that the line might be cut on the dock itself or boats in the docks. Crews, a seasoned angler, kept his rod way down in the water to keep the line from rubbing on anything that would end his fight. At one point, Crews said that Frank quit moving. He thought for sure Frank had wrapped his line around something and escaped. But Frank was just resting, and a fish that big can do whatever he wants to do. Eventually, he came out, tired and ready to give in. Rayfield worked their net over his head and the pair hoisted the fished into the boat. They were just above Short Creek when the fight ended. Crews had just bought a new boat and this was its maiden voyage. Fortunately, the live well was just big enough to fit Frank in, but he filled every bit of it. Word got back to me that they were boating in with a huge fish, so we had everything ready to receive the package. Frank was immediately placed in a large, aerated tank on our dock to rest after his ordeal. We determined right off the bat that we'd try to keep Frank alive regardless if he was a new record or not. Once he uprighted himself and was swimming around, we pulled him out and recorded a quick, unofficial weight of 33.4 pounds. He was easily a new Missouri state record. Now we had to come up with a plan to transport him to the hatchery to be officially weighed. We filled a stock tank full of lake water and that's where Frank rode, guarded by admirers in the back of my truck on the five-mile ride to the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery. Shane Bush was there with hatchery personnel, ready with their official scale to see if Frank made the record books or not. Everything was done quickly and carefully, pulling him out of the stock tank to the scale, verifying his weight at 34 pounds, 10 ounces, and then moving him to an aerated tank in Shane's truck. We still had no pictures out of the water, just shaky videos, but the goal was to return him back in the lake as quickly as possible. We caravaned down to the boat ramp access, less than a mile from the weigh in site. Shane needed to get some official measurements before release -- 38 inches long with a 27-inch girth. He confirmed our observations that the adipose fin had been clipped, which identified Frank as a triploid brown trout. I'll explain what that means later. The sun was about to set over Table Rock Dam, so we hurried to the edge of the water to take a few pictures -- Crews and Rayfield with the new Missouri state record brown trout. We slipped Frank into the water, and Crews gently held him there until he swam out of his hand. We followed him a little ways downstream until he turned and swam close to the bank, holding his own in the swift water. Frank dashed the record books, survived being fought, handled, trucked, weighed, trucked and photographed and before sundown was back in Lake Taneycomo -- we hope to keep growing and maybe, just maybe, give someone else a chance to catch a state record fish. Crews lives with his best friend and wife, Rita, and their son Matthew in Neosho, Missouri. They own Crews Construction and specialize in wastewater treatment plant construction. He is an avid outdoorsman, but his home waters are the Spring and Neosho rivers as well as Grand Lake, so he rarely fishes for trout except in the annual tournament honoring his fishing buddy. Frank's story - we've always had trout hovering under our dock, feeding on pieces and parts of fish discarded from our fish cleaning facility. And on occasion there will be a big trout, either brown or rainbow, stop by for a treat. They move up and down the lake seeking out the best meal, never staying in one spot very long. One day about three years ago, Duane Doty (dockhand and guide for Lilleys' Landing) spotted a very large brown. He stood out from the other trout. He was a brute. Duane called him Frank. Shortly after Frank showed up, another brown trout showed up and he was much bigger! Duane changed Frank's name to Frankie and called the new addition Frank. We have since videoed and photographed Frank many times when he has trolled by, so we have good records on him. To sum up this incredible story up, fishing in a memorial tournament, named after his best friend, Paul Crews hooks a fish in extremely adverse conditions, fights a 34-pound fish on four-pound line for 20 minutes around docks, logs and boat traffic and lands it using a small trout net. He fits it in his live well and keeps it alive while transporting it to be officially weighed, measured and photographed and released back in the lake successfully to keep the story alive. And Crews says, "Praise the Lord!" Credit: Ryan Miloshowski for pictures. View full article
  10. 19 points
    Bill Babler

    About to Break Loose. 3-11-19

    Table Rock Lake Kimberling City 3-11-19 Report Launched at Cow this morning to a cloudy grey sunrise with surface temps at 42.7. Boated down to White's Branch to see if I could catch any of these big A-rig fish that are showing up in the tournaments. From Schooner Creek to Cow Creek the lake is full of dying shad and gulls. Thousands of dying shad and enough gulls to scoop them up. I will tell you, if you see this Run. Don't even drop the trolling motor, cause they ain't havin it. You have to get away from those shad to get bit. I fished for 3 hours right in the middle of it and got ZERO BITES. At 10 o'clock I came to my senses and got away from this buffet and it got good. Surface temps were like a Rocket Ship today and were on the rise, big time. Even with that the fish wanted it slower than slow. They ate a stick bait on flat water and another deal. I put a total of only 7 fish in the boat but they were all solid keeps and lost one around 8 lbs. at the boat. As a matter a fact she hit the side of the boat twice but when your using a 15' 4 lb. leader and are by yourself its hard to capture those biggens. After the crazyness I put her through she just decided to dive down and wrap me in a tree and be done with that foolishness. Word on the lake today was the A-rig was just not working, it had to be slow. Bottom Ok on the Ned, but not quality fish. Jerkbait in the trees and the floater were on them and they were all good. Surface them at 2 PM when I pulled was 48.1 at Cow Creek with gin clear water. Visibility in that area is 15' on the white spoon test. Just about to get good, these fish are starting to stage on channel swings and spawning cove mouths. Good Luck This post has been promoted to an article
  11. 19 points

    February 1 - Big M area

    Put the boat in the water about 7:15 AM and fished until 2:30. Is was a cloudy, misty morning with little wind. Started off on a long rocky ledge and stayed there for a good chunk of the morning, with the flat water there was a bit of top water activity, bass were coming up and swirling on shad. I caught several on a Pointer 78 and picked up a couple of good crappie also on the Pointer. Once the Pointer bite got slow, I switched out to the Ned and picked up some more bass, slow dragging on the bottom. Once the bite died down on the ledge I bounced around fishing some points and steep banks. The fish got squirrelly, I bet I had another 8 bites and every one of those fish got off. Only other boat I saw today was Tom from Eagle Rock, he was catching some too. I caught 13 bass, good keeper ratio today, 6 or 7 were keepers. WT 42-43 This post has been promoted to an article
  12. 18 points

    Memory Day

    Took the Gkids out today and what a day we had!! Tons of bucks and a few females pulling up shallow. Never had much of a lull all day, which is always good with the kiddos. It was a great trip and we created lots of great memories....including losing my flipping stick and hard body jointed swim bait in 30' of water!! Take a kid fishing!!!
  13. 18 points
    Bill Babler

    Fished with M&M

    4-10-19 Table Rock Lake mid-lake report. White River Outfitters Had the great fortune to fish with Mike today out of Baxter and it was really more catching than fishing. Started at 6:45 and fished till 1, the last couple of hours in a pretty hefty breeze. Mike had not fished that far up the pond so we looked at a lot of different stuff. Surface temps between Baxter and Campbell pt. ranged from 60 to 64 degree. Water is gin clear. Lots of numbers with the biggest fish at 2.35 but about 30+ others that were for sure fun. I got to fish and that is always a treat. Mike is a very good hand with a stick bait and showed it today as the jerk bait bite was simply crazy. Most fish came on steeper secondary banks in big creek arms and major spawning pockets. I think Mike was a bit astounded by the depth that I kept the boat most all day. We used a purple back and a pro-blue for most of the damage and at times you could see the fish flash and take the bait. 60 degree water and they wanted it completely still and would just come up and hammer it after you turned its head. Kind of like top water under water. If they missed it they would for the most part come back and just jump on it. We fished a Keitech and a ned with little success, I believe I had 6 on the swimbait and Mike had one on ned, Great day with a great guy. Good Luck
  14. 18 points
    With some of the stuff happening in BilletHeadVille lately I felt pretty good getting to attend the Fest. I needed that and it gave me the reset I needed. Half the drive down was pretty scary. Left BilletHeadVille at 5 AM Thursday morning. We had some ice here at the house but I had no idea how much until I got off the dirt road to blacktop. Dang it was an ice rink and pulling the boat made the drive worse. Down I-49 South slowly hitting worse patches as I went, then onto I-44 towards Springfield it got even worse. What should of been a trip of just over an hour and a half turned into three hours plus to Springfield to pick up forum member Curtise for the rest of the trip down. After getting Curt loaded the trip went smooth after turning South on 65 as Ice was gone about Ozark. We hit the lodge and unloaded ready to fish. Some other forum members were already there. Had contacted Duane and Phil. They were fishing the upper part of the river so to try something different we tried another place Rim Shoals. Fished there awhile and then back to lodge for a sandwich to go then back on the water for rest of the day. We fished the rest of the day towards the bottom of the river. We caught a couple browns and many, many rainbows. Most of those smaller stockers but fun for sure, Off the water for good food and fellowship for the evening. Some planning for the next day. Duane pulled the short straw and got stuck with me. Felt pretty sorry for him but het you have to take what you get . Speaking of Duane the best part of the trip happened to me that evening too. I received something pretty special, You all may remember this post not too many days ago, Well this day I got a blessing with this gift. This fly tying bobbin will take its place on the BilletHead tying table to craft flies. Each time I set down in front of the vice I will remember this day. So up on day two Duane and I took out and began on the lower end. Lots of laughs and fishing and fishing stories were shared. It was a hoot. I watched the captain fishing master bust the fish right and left. Drift after drift. Browns, rainbows, smallmouth and we each landed a cutthroat that morning. Duane even got a micro bonus catch a logperch, Then it was down the hatch, Said it tasted like a cross between a sardine and walleye. Now we all have heard and some have even witnessed how talented Duane is. Well he said I need to do something at the back of the boat and maybe catch a fish while I am at it. Sure enough he did it, Fish on in one hand while the other hand was busy too 🤣. A couple of that mornings multiple fish, From one end to another we headed to town for a burger and then to the dam to finish up the day. Motored up and began to drift on first cast I popped a rainbow a few fish later Duane another brown more rainbows and more browns for Duane. This last Brown was a 22 1/4 really pretty fish. We really Hammed it up that afternoon. Duane had been studying the Ham technique. Got it downed pat and passed the secret info to me. We began to put the Ham to the fish. Like an Olympic event the rainbows fell to the reversal Ham and even to the full frontal Ham. Water was fast up top and drifts fast but fish landed and great day together with a friend. Back to lodge for more food and fellowship. Plans were again made for next morning. Some of us had commitments and myself had been watching the weather. Another storm on the way I did not want to drive back on crappy roads Sunday morning I made the call to fish yesterday morning and leave around noon. Curt was Ok with this so we finished our tip fishing together again. We fished the bottom again finding higher water conditions than previous days but caught a few more. Every time we drifted or motored by Phil and Duane and all the other Jig Fest guys in this area fish were being reeled in. Curt and I caught Smallmouth and rainbows. Then I struck a brown and gold spotted fish which turned out to be my personal best brown. He was long and lean 21 1/4 inch. Out of some wood and he tried to take me back into it but I won, I reached into the livewell for a drink and snack before the last run up the river and drift to find Duane's warm and fuzzy hat he had left in the boat. I put it on and instantly got that warm and fuzzy feeling. Then knowledge and enlightenment more feelings than my pea brain could comprehend my brain felt scrambled. With all my power I could muster I yanked it off. I knew right then the power that head gear held and knew I had to return it to its rightful owner. Mojo to the max. Off the river we got and packed up for trip home. Stopped by Lilly's Landin to return magic hat then to Curt's to drop him off. Back to BilletHeadVille and home. Good trip, good friends and good fishing. More guys I need to fish with down there hopefully next trip! BilletHead
  15. 18 points

    Kim City - Feb 13, A-Rig bite

    I tried the a-rig this morning for the first time this season and had some success. I started out with swimbait, grub,,, etc and realized the few fish I was seeing were not interested in those baits. I had 4 keeper LM, one weighed 5.10 and another 6.3. Also had 4 shorts. Based on previous trips, I knew where the bait would be located. The LM were setup over trees and there was stacked shad about 70 yards away. I did not catch anything around the stacked shad. For some reason the LM preferred setting up in good trees vs being in the middle of shad. I tried three locations this morning and they all had shad and deep trees. There was no wind early this morning and the wind picked up around 10AM when I was wrapping up. WT 42-43. The rain seemed to put a little stain in the water. The vertical deep bite might be over, my screen showed no fish 90% of the time. The fish did not seem active today, so I was lucky to catch a few.
  16. 17 points

    cold front wind, i don't care

    debated and debated about going last night. wind still a hurricane. cold front. just a nasty night to be out fishing. well, this is april and the moon was up. i went fishing. fooled the bass too. they did not think any idiot would be out. so, they were out and biting. most came on the 1/2 GrassJig in brown and blue with blue trailer. one of the good ones came on the old 1/2 Elite Black Widow and caught a few others on it too. i was right about the cold front and it had moved the good ones off the flat stuff. the more sheer the better. most bites were anywhere from 6 feet to 18. had some 3's and some chunk keeps. very few kentuckies and most of them came on the Black Widow. bo
  17. 17 points
  18. 17 points
    Bill Babler

    About to Break Loose. 3-11-19

    Dick Collier and Bob Tindle both showed me a spot near Kennel Branch that has deep trees in it. These are places that hold staging fish and they will rise in the water column as the water warms and patrol the tree tops. Most all is pole timber. Most are in the up to 70' to 80' depth range that come up to within 10' of the surface. They are not in the channel, but on the edge, kind of on the down slope to the deepest part of the channel. The channel breaks and behind the trees it flattens out to the 20 to 30 foot range. It was a place that both Bob and Dick, along with Beck would throw a jerkbait in the spring and a flutter spoon and a top water in the Summer. Just about a full rifle shot off the bank. This is a place that Collier who was leading a BASS event here got beat out of the back of his boat by a Co-angler throwing a jerkbait. Dick was also throwing one but the bites came in the back of the boat. I think the Co. had over 20 pounds. Beck also got toasted out of the back of the boat herein a big event with his Co. catching 20 lbs. also on a jerkbait.. That was back in the day of the Rogue and the Redfin so it was a while back. It is one of those locations that if you have 3 guys in the boat the middle guy may catch them all or you might go there 15 times and never get a bite. You just never know as it is open water and you are fan casting. Beck also had a little girl catch a 10.1 pounder here on a float n fly, not that long ago. Bill and I have taken a group of dentist for years before he died. About 18 yrs. ago on a very hot early late April day. with the calmest slickest high sun you have ever seen, his group of 2 dentist caught 28 pounds best 5 on Redfins off that location. I thought it was just to nasty and the water was cold, low 60's. This was the first hot, warm day and they just toasted them. Mary was waiting at the check-in. with a camera so I kind of knew something was up. In those days we just had bag phones . It is a derby with the dentist usually about a dozen to 15 boat teems. We had 15lbs. of smallmouth on a split shot and I though I was going to win the day. To this day, that is the most beautiful set of 5 LM I have ever seen green/turquoise backs with vibrant black stripe and snow white football bellies. Everyone of them looked brand new, liked they were all born yesterday as 5 pounders. They weighed in a 7 pound and change for big bass and 4 more at 5lbs. or an once or two more each. Really Bill just did not get excited about fish, but he was beaming from ear to ear. Most always no matter how big or nice his were, he always said he liked yours better. Give me a minute here. No words can describe how much I miss my friend. I went in there yesterday and followed it back and there was a line of shad at least a 1/2 mile long that completely blacked me out from 15' to 60' solid. I really don't know if I have ever seen this big of a school, must have been millions, and millions of 3.5 inch shad in it. At times you could see them flashing and a few would come to the surface. There were also plenty floating dead, and lots of gulls working there. This location does not work 365, it may only work a dozen times a year, usually now till spawn and then at times early morning on top water. I just don't know and really I have gotten burned so many times that I don't fish it much. I'll check it from time to time but there are times it will win any tournament that has ever been had on this lake. The 5 plus years that Bill and I fished tournaments together, I don't think we ever fished it, but perhaps we should have. Good Luck
  19. 17 points
    Had a fantastic afternoon yesterday’s with my son chasing a few bronze warriors! He caught his first smallmouth when he was 5 on the current river, and has been hooked ever since. Had him throwing a 7 foot spinning rod at 6 years old! I’m hoping his love for fishing with ole Dad continues as he’s getting closer to the age most early teens think old dad isn’t as smart anymore. Ha ha. When or if that happens soaking in some more “dads still the hero” years while they last. I love chasing these early spring smallies, they are starting to transition and found them in some spots I was expecting yesterday. Hope we can get back out there again soon!
  20. 17 points
    lmt out

    Not Stockton

    But a nice one anyway. 6 lb 1 oz
  21. 17 points

    2/18/19 trout Smackdown

    Pretty chilly Morning to the day. I waited until it got to 32 degrees to start my day. I fished from 1100 to 1600. it was pretty breezy and cloudy. I should have had more layers. I opted to fish up below the dam in the Catch and Release zone. I launched at the Golf course side. My first fish came while the boat was still on the trailer. The motor was warming up and I made a couple of casts. Bang ! Above average Rainbow. A few minutes after actually launching the boat, I caught a 18 inch Brown. It was strong and jumped and made some runs. Bites were not rapid fire, but the fish were all quality. Water was dropping out. And wind was blowing upstream pretty hard. Not optimal, but I kept grinding. I ran up to the bottom of the Restricted Zone, but I never got a bite up there. I did locate several areas that were holding fish. I cycled around through them. I was able to fine tune as the water dropped out. It was probably running 6K and dropped to 3500 CFS by the time I left. 1/8 oz Zig Jig on 6 lb Nano with 6 lb co-poly leader. Olive/Ginger ; Olive/Orange ; Tri Olive. I kept catching quality fish. I got a 20 inch Brown that really cut up. I was actually surprised it was only 20 inches. Biggest Rainbow was only 17 inches, but really pulled. I caught a couple of walleye 15 and 17 inches. I had one 13 inch Cuttie , but it’s color was drab so no pic. I ended up with 5 quality Browns. 2 x 20 ; 2 X 18 , and a 17 incher. I fished with 41 fish altogether. I left cold, but Happy.
  22. 17 points
    I struggled on Jan 24-26 catching only one fish in about 7 hrs of fishing. I could find mountains of shad, but no active fish. This morning I was able to find the bait and active fish. I capitalized on a early 30 minute horizontal bite that was done by 8AM. I had 5 good keepers, mostly largemouths including a 6.8 lbs and a 3lbs. They came on a 4" yamamoto grub in smoke/red flake on a 3/8 jig head. I would cast the grub and just countdown to 3 or 4 seconds. From 8-10AM, I caught 7 more keepers vertical fishing with a 7/8oz slab spoon. One of those was a 4lbs largemouth and the rest were mainly Kentuckies. I did not catch one vertical fish on the ice jig and I wasted a lot of time trying. The vertical fish wanted the slab spoon near the bottom and just barely twitching it about every 5 seconds. I could not catch any vertical fish that were above 35ft. The vertical fish are very stubborn and you have to have more patients than they do. I kept the boat in 40 to 55 feet of water. Water temp is between 43.5 and 44.5. There are two pictures of the 6.8 LM and the other two pics are the 3lbs and 4lbs LM. So 12 keepers and about 25 total. View full article
  23. 17 points
    For TR, I'm guessing (could be wrong) it is closer to 35% for estimated total natural mortality (percent of fish dying annually due to natural causes). A high percentage of the annual natural mortality occurs post-spawn. Total natural mortality is combined with total fishing mortality (percent of fish dying annually due to fishing) to estimate for total annual mortality. A peer-review article (Beamsderfer and North 1995) looking at 409 LMB and SMB populations throughout the United States found an average total annual natural mortality of 35%. They found natural mortality decreased with increasing latitude and increased with increasing temperature and degree-days. Another peer-reviewed article (Sass et al. 2018) stated "Further, our mean total mortality estimate (43%) was similar to natural mortality estimates for Florida, largemouth, and smallmouth bass (29-46%)." I am waiting to receive a better copy of this peer-review article mentioned on this site (link) which talks about TR.
  24. 17 points

    January 16, Big M area

    Launched at about 0730 and pulled out at 2:30 PM. Water is stained green, temp was around 45 degrees. Very little wind for most of the day. Fish were scattered, most of my bites came from rocky points and a long underwater ledge that runs off the end of a bluff. I caught one little spot 50 feet down on an ice jig and another one on top that hit the Zig Jig. Most fish however, came in 10-20 FOW. Caught a dozen, mostly spots with one smallie and a couple of largemouth. Ned rig was my best bait, but caught a couple on the Zig Jig and another on the McStick. Quite a bit of surface activity, bass were up chasing shad - problem was they weren't schooling and were scattered so never could get on a bunch of them. Might have been a good day to slow roll a Redfin, didn't have any in the boat unfortunately. View full article
  25. 16 points
    shark bait

    Went out Saturday

    Went out Saturday and caught about 10. All on a squared bill. Did not get bit on a shakey head or a jig. Must not have been holding my tongue right. Caught most of them at the mouth of creeks and back in a little bit. Saw some beds and a few bucks. Didn't catch anything big but enjoyed the day even in the rain. I had one that mesured.Water temp 54 to almost 57. This post has been promoted to an article
  26. 16 points

    April15, Big M area

    Fishing was a little different today, caught 30 spots, not one largemouth or smallmouth. Most came on a 3.3 Keitech on a 1/4 oz head, caught a couple on the swing jig/Menace and one on top water. Fish were on main lake points and windy banks, usually in 5 -20 FOW. Caught 3 walleye, one was a keeper, a couple of crappie and even a rainbow trout, but no dang largemouth or smallmouth. WT 56, but I don't remember looking at it after 10 AM or so, I bet it warmed up later in the day.
  27. 16 points
    took my long buddy norman boles fishing tonight and we just, as norm puts it, caught the lungs out of them. somewhere in the vicinity of 25 keepers and several shorts. could not guess how many in the 3 lb. range. a few bites were on the bank, but most of the good ones were more in the range of 10 ft. caught everyone of them on a 3/8 GrassJig brown and blue with blue trailer. 3/8 worked tonight because of no wind at all. this was the first time norm had been night fishing in ten years. it was a fun night with a long time friend. bo
  28. 16 points
    I was supposed to head to Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend but a health emergency in the family changed our plans last minute. My wife and I wanted to stay close to home just in case anything changed with my Father-in-Law. Luckily, he is doing well! Even though we both agreed staying home was the right thing to do, my wife knew I was a little bummed to not be headed to the lake as I haven't fished since early December. When HogWally (Aaron) and SmallieBigs (Scott) reached out to me on Friday to see if I could fish with them Saturday morning, my wife told me I'd be crazy not to go 😉! We met at the ramp at 6:15 am on Saturday morning to the river being 5 feet high and off-color but not too bad. Visibility was about 1 foot. Aaron was a little worried as the river had risen about a foot overnight.... But if there is anyone who knows where the fish group up during these conditions it's Aaron! We took off in the fog and headed to the first spot. Water temps were 50 when we started and rose to 52 by mid-morning. Pulled up to the first spot and we really never had to leave. We snagged a couple gar right off the bat and then the Smallies started biting! A couple 13-14” fish and then I caught a nice 17” on a crankbait... I hooked another 14” on the crankbait and while I was getting it unhooked, Aaron leaned into 19.5” giant on the Tackle HD Hi-Def Craw. A brute of a pre-spawn fish! Got a couple pics and watched her swim off hard! A couple more 13-14” fish. Then I lucked into another BIG one! I was dragging the Hi-Def Craw down a current seem and she ate it. Rod doubled over on the hookset. Lots of hugs and high fives! She measured 20” and 4.4 lbs! Only my second 20” Smallmouth ever and I can’t think of many things that feel greater than that. Got some awesome pics while keeping her well hydrated between each shot. She thanked me with a tail slap of water to the face as she swam off! What a fish!!!! But we weren’t done yet. I quickly caught another 15” on the Craw. Then Aaron caught a thick 17.5” that we all thought was a hybrid. Mostly Smallmouth but seemed to have some Spotted Bass in her… I caught another 17.5” football. This thing looked like a northern Smallmouth. Tall and thick with a big ole tail! Bite slowed down on that spot so we headed to one more. Aaron caught another 17.5” and I had a 16” but that is all we could pull off that spot. We fished about another 30 minutes without a bite and had to call it quits so we could all get back to family duties. Off the water by 9:30 am. I love spending time in the boat with these two guys… The big Smallmouth were just icing on the cake!
  29. 16 points

    Indian Point Area 4/5-4/7

    I fished 2 1/2 days of the big bass tour around the Indian Point Area. Friday morning their was heavy fog so I started close to the resort I stayed at. I started with a jerkbait and caught one short Smallmouth on a point. No other signs of life so I decided to try a jewel finesse jig around some docks near the point. Boom I got a solid hit and set the hook on a Largemouth that would later win the hour I weighed her in! When she swam away from the dock another Largemouth about the same size was with her. I figured I had a good pattern to run but unfortunately no other keeper fish for the day. Second morning I started in the same spot. Again I started on the point but tried a slow sinking rip/slash bait and caught one Short spot. I approached the dock and on the first cast Boom a solid hit and I set the hook on a Largemouth that would later get me a 3rd place finish for the hour. I left the dock settle for about 5 minutes and circled back. I made 4-5 casts and another Thump, I set the hook and this fish was pulling the hardest. As I got the first glimpse of her I saw she was a nice bronze back. I scooped her in the net and boy what a pretty fish! This would get me a 5 place finish for another hour. I went on to fish more docks but only found short fish the rest of the day. Sunday morning I knew my odds of catching another by the dock would be slim but I had to try! No luck and could not buy a bite so I called it a day around 10:30. Here are the pictures of each keeper fish along with the weigh in results for the hours I weighed in (Jeff Markovich). The dock I fished was the first one in on a point. It was on a steeper Bank and had a short walkway. The fish were under the first slip so I estimate 8ft of Water. I tried to find other docks in the Indian point area that were similar but they only produced some shorts. Looking back I probably should have tried in between the docks and more on the points trying different depth ranges. I only get to fish TR a couple times a year so I learn a lot each time I go. I will post some go pro video later once I edit the footage just to fish catches.
  30. 16 points
    Had a boys trip out of happy hollow this weekend. Started at the dam and caught some good smallmouth Friday on a rock crawler early but decided to head all the way up long creek by yoccum. We caught very little up that way and disappointed in water color and the bite. Big fish of the weekend was around 4 lbs caught before the storm hit on a spinnerbait. After the rain rolled by we went back to around the dam and caught keepers on a rig but nothing big. Couldn’t get much on a jerkbait or anything else. Really thought we would get into a better bite but didn’t happen. Saturday was brutal and the roughest water I’ve seen on table rock. Waves were massive and the wind didn’t let up. Fish were extremely close to cover and tight lipped and would only swat at arig and jerkbait. Had a great time and I’m sure they are biting somewhere but we didn’t get into them. Friday was best day and a friend and I probably had around 13-14 lbs. I thought the nasty weather would turn them on but we must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Can’t wait for the next few weeks and more stable fishing.
  31. 16 points

    catching a few

    been catching a few both day and night. did make a trip down to tucker hollow too. fished daytime and caught some nice ones, but it took a while to figure out where the biters were. son't know for sure what the one in the night pic weighed, but it was 25" long. where you get i bite seems to change everyday. have caught them on just about every type of terrain there is from flats to sheer bluffs and from enough water to cover them to 25 ft. just have to go out without any pre-conceived idea of how to catch them and try a variety of stuff. i will say that when you do find some, they are grouped up. bo
  32. 16 points

    2 days out of Big M

    Fished with Liphunter (Mike) Tuesday morning, we started at daylight and fished until 1 PM. Real foggy to start with which limited where we went at first. We tossed Neds for most of the time, found enough fish to stay busy, just couldn't get much quality. We caught around 30 total, mostly spots, one or two largemouth and a nice keeper sized brown fish. Almost all on the Ned, did catch a few on the Kietech and Mike had one to the boat that got off of a Rock Crawler. Fish were located in the main channel off steep banks and points. Today I was solo, got out again at 7 AM and fished until 1 PM. No fog so I was able to motor to a timbered point that I knew was holding early morning fish. Got there to flat water and a few fish on top chasing shad. Threw a jerker at them, they didn't really seem to want it, but did catch a couple, one being a smallmouth that seemed to have challenges getting the bait in it's mouth. Switched over to the Keitech, slow rolled it, sometimes casting to the bank, and sometimes working the deeper water in front of the boat. Caught fish shallow and deep on it, several keepers. Read some reports on here of people catching fish with clipped tails, never noticed any like that myself, but I'll be darned if I didn't catch a nice spot that appears to have the top of its tail clipped. There's a Keitech in this fishes mouth, you can just barely see the jig head. Pretty sure this is a mean, fish was a little darker than the photo shows. Couple more: I did catch a couple on the Ned, but today was mostly about the Keitech. Water temps from 49-52. This post has been promoted to an article
  33. 16 points

    Anglers in Action 3/23

    Finished 13th out of 100 boats today. When we weighed in we were sitting in 2nd. Then the A-Rig bags came in hard and heavy. 8.20 was big fish. 23 lbs won. Caught all fish on RK or Jerkbaitin. 14 keepers total. It's a great problem trying to cull 3 lbers. They are starting to move up. Wt: 48-49.
  34. 16 points
    Sure hasn’t been many fishing reports on here lately so I’m gonna do one. Took my friend Chad out on the river this past Tuesday. He hadn’t been fishing with me in about a year and the only chance I had this week was Tuesday afternoon. Which only gave us 4 hours of actually fishing! Me being a usual optimist especially when planning fishing “ha ha “ told him the rain that was moving in would start about the time we leave. So we got on the water bout 2 and was gonna fish till had enough daylight to moter back. Started out fishing a place that usually holds a good one or two and whacked a 16 incher on a jewel finesse jig right off the bat, after that nothing. So decided to moter about 4 miles to a hole that is hard to get to but with the river being up some I knew we could make it. Bout the time we got there and started fishing, the sleet opocolypse hit, and I mean coming on Down. The deck of the boat was getting slick. I was throwing a craw and chad was throwing a ned. We get to the top of the hole and he decides to throw a crankbait. Water temp was mid 40s and I was thinking about going with the jerkbait. First cast he nails a solid 14 incher, second cast a fat 16 incher that weighed 2.6. So I picked up my crank and proceeded to catch some. After about an hour the sleet turned to rain, then a hard rain and the temps where right at 35 at this point. We both had on somewhat waterproof stuff, but after a couple hours it started soaking through. Bout the time one of was mentioning giving in, one of us would catch a goodun. Then we’d look at each other and say this is crazy, then we’d catch another one. Finally the pace slowed down and we started getting cold as the sky’s began to darken. Well we had held up pretty good but a 4 mile boat ride with damp cloths at this point proved to be more than refreshing heading back down river, hadn’t been that happy to see a boat ramp in awhile let me tell ya. Moral of this report is, sometimes the worst conditions are the best conditions, low pressure or whatever had them chasing cranks in mid 40’s water, and good quality fishto, was just blessed to be there. Very last fish of the day was a fat 18 incher! It’s more rewarding I think to succeed in conditions that drive most to stay home. I just love fishing, I love everything about it! Bret
  35. 16 points

    Big M area 2/13

    Had an early morning DR's appointment (annual checkup), so didn't get to the lake until 1130. Wind was cranking when I got there, much windier than I expected, probably would've stayed home if I had known how windy it was, but I was there so put the boat in the water and headed out. The bite was decent, I caught 14 bass, all between 12-15 inches, mix of largemouth and spots with 2 meanmouth. All on the Ned, fish were in the 10-20 foot range as far as depth. I packed it in after 4 hours, just got tired of fighting that wind. Would've been a good day to have an Ultrex. Tried new rigging for my Ned fishing. First 4 bass I caught on my standard 6 lb. InvisX, had another rod rigged with braid, fluoro leader, and a Nutech crappie jig as the jig head for the cut Zinker. Caught my last 10 bass on that setup. I liked it, the braid will outcast my InvisX set up by easily 10-20 feet, and it really magnifies the bite, you can really feel it. Helped a lot fishing in that wind. Didn't break off that Nutech head, liked that too. WT 45
  36. 15 points
    Al Agnew

    A day with my brother

    My brother Donnie does a lot of fishing, much of it as an amateur in the Pro-am curcuits. He loves river fishing, but except for weekends he just doesn't have much time to do it. I've been trying to get him in the canoe with me (or the jetboat) for a couple years since the last time we fished together. Finally got it done today. A line of thunderstorms that dumped nearly an inch of rain in 20 minutes came through last night, and today was a lot cooler than it has been lately--barely 40 degrees when we started out on my home river. We had a 9 mile float planned, and dropped off his truck at the private access where we were taking out, and headed for the put-in in my truck. Only to find the access closed! Our only choice was to add a couple miles to the float by putting in farther upstream. The fishing started out great. I caught a 14 inch smallmouth on my second cast, and Donnie caught a 12 inch largemouth on his first cast. And then reality set in...a fish now and then but far from fast action. And nothing big. The river had come up a few inches overnight but was still clear. But the wind was a lot tougher than I'd expected, since the forecast had said 10 mph winds. Donnie was fishing effectively from the front of the canoe, but I was working to keep us in position and didn't feel like I was doing much good. Given the length of the float, we were fishing fast-moving stuff, mostly spinnerbaits. Most of the fish were in fairly fast water and in eddies at the bottom of riffles. I tried topwater with no luck, and deep diving crankbaits with the same result. My shallow running crankbait caught a few. We were about halfway through the float when lightning struck. A huge smallmouth came out from under a rootwad and pounced upon Donnie's spinnerbait 10 feet from the canoe. "It's a good one...it's a big one...it's a REAL big one!" Yep, it turned out to be Donnie's personal best Ozark river smallmouth, a beast that was 21 inches and went 4 pounds 11 ounces! That was a bit of a signal that the fish were beginning to turn on, and for a couple hours the fishing got steadily better until along one rocky bank we were getting strikes on nearly every cast. But the day was quickly passing, and we still had a lot of miles to cover. So we had to speed up a bit, and the wind was blowing more strongly, so again we weren't fishing effectively. I called Donnie's second big one. We were fishing along a vertical mud bank that had produced a bunch of big fish for me over the years, and I told him that the sweet spot was a point that jutted out from the otherwise straight bank, and that there was always a big fish there. He made a good cast with the spinnerbait, and hooked a big largemouth, 19.5 inches and a bit over 4 pounds. I don't have anything much to report on my own fishing. I caught fish, but it was one of those days for me. Broke a couple off on the hookset before figuring out that the line was slipping into the gap between the spool and the housing of one of my reels, and nicking it. Missed a couple big ones. Another reel was malfunctioning. Snapped my last good spinnerbait off on a hard cast! Aarrggh!! But it was a gorgeous day (except for that wind)...warmed up nicely, bluebells carpeted the wooded bottoms and redbuds were in full bloom. I'm really glad I put Donnie on big fish, anyway!
  37. 15 points

    Night time is the right time

    You’ve heard my story before, the twins are 7 now. They are still non verbal for the most part and considered a borderline level 2 autistic. We do lots of outdoor adventures during the days but dad gets to fish solo once they go to sleep. I’m enjoying pushing the boundaries of fishing at night from trout and walleye to big reservoir largemouth to neosho stain smallmouth. This time of the year it’s the white bass. This makes the third year I’ve had success. Had some largemouth going for the clousers the other night
  38. 15 points
    With the forecast for Saturday deteriorating by the minute on Friday, my buddy Gary and I hemmed and hawed all day long as to whether we should try to fish or not. But after fishing Table Rock for all these years, I know "snotty" weather usually generates a pretty good bite this time of year. We decided we would rather go and get froze out than to stay at home and wish we had gone. So.....we put in at Big Bay at about 9:15am. Air temp was upper 40's, water was 53.5. Headed up into Big Creek and stopped a half mile past the last dock on the right hand side. Started picking up a few on a ned rig. They were pretty decent fish but few and far between so we decided to make a run up White River toward the steel bridge at Shell Knob. We stopped at one of our favorite creeks hoping we could find a little quicker bite and picked up a few more on the Ned. Again, decent quality fish, but not a very fast bite. We ended at one of our best early spring spots and it paid off big. The fat kentuckies were chewing hard and fast. They weren't huge but they were fat and ready to play.... I caught several in the last hour bouncing a grub along the bottom in about 16-18' of water. No push bite here, they clobbered it. This post has been promoted to an article
  39. 15 points

    Big M area 3/21

    Nice morning to begin the day, full moon on the horizon, not much wind to begin. Right off the bat there were some bass swirling on top at what I assume to be shad, never saw any shad, but those fish are eating something. Threw a LC 115 jerkbait at them and had a good bite for about 45 minutes. Caught 8 on the jerker, 3 were keepers, but nothing big. Had one on for about 2 seconds that pulled good, but it pulled off. Always a head scratcher when something can get hooked on a lure that has 3 sets of super sharp trebles but manages to get off. Breeze picked up, it got pretty windy as a matter of fact and no more jerkers. Threw a Ned for a bit, but just couldn't get anything going with it, wind wasn't helping. Threw a DT 10 on some chunk rock, caught a spot, that was it. Went to the 3.3 Keitech on a 1/4 oz head, picked up a fish here and there on it, a couple were close to the bank, most were in 10-15 FOW. Had a nice brown fish to the boat that got off, the rest were sub-legal spots and LM's, Caught 18 total, only 3 keeps. WT ranged from 46 to 49.
  40. 15 points
    Took the hunting and fishing club kids from the school district I'm employed at down to Maramec Springs for our annual field trip. The water was slightly up and dingy, but the fish bit very well. Lots of really nice fish in the stream. I measured a couple that the kids caught that broke the 15" mark. One kid had one that I'm certain was 16-17", but he released it so he didn't have to stop fishing as he already had three on the stringer. An orange trout worm was by far the best bait. Several kids who had never trout fished before used that worm all day long and caught 10 or more trout. Every single kid that went caught trout and most caught at least a limit, but many only kept three so they could fish all day. I caught most of mine on the worm as well, but also had a couple on a black/yellow marabou jig and a white trout magnet. This was by far the best fish catching trip that we've had since I took over the club five or six years ago.
  41. 15 points

    Big M area 1/27

    January is almost done, can't wait for February and March to get here. I fished from 0900 to 3 PM. Didn't cover a whole lot of ground, I found fish on a long rocky runout with timber and stayed there for a while, it was my best spot and produced 10 bass, all on the ned except one on a Pointer 78. Picked up a bass here and there on some rocky points on the Ned, finished the day with 17 bass. Most of them were in 10-20 FOW. I was fishing the Ned really slow, dragging it on the bottom. I had several fish follow it right to the boat and I'd see them on the transducer on the bottom straight down. I think I caught 4 or 5 just jiggling the Ned right off the bottom under the ducer when they'd show up. I'm convinced those bass were following it to the boat and wouldn't eat it until it was wiggled in their face. Very little wind today which certainly helps fishing that Ned really slow. Wt was 42 when I started, 44 when I left. Water is still stained green.
  42. 15 points

    Kim City - Jan 22 deep bite

    I fished 3 deep bite locations this morning. Finally found some bait & fish on the 3rd stop. The strong wind really limited the locations I could try. Managed to catch 5 decent keepers and a few shorts. I caught keepers fishing both vertical (3) and horizontal (2). In the productive area, the shad were stacked solid from 40 to 70 ft. I had to get on the edges of the stacked shad to catch them. Caught keepers on ice jig, 4" grub, and kastmaster spoon fished horizontal. Most of the vertical fish appeared as singles on my screen and I did not catch any of those. I needed 2 or 3 fish looking at my jig before I could aggravate one into biting. Boat control was key, because it took a while to trigger a bite. There was no magical feeding frenzy today, you had to be patient and work for each bite. About every 30 minutes a fish would chase shad to the surface and a few times I was within casting distance to take advantage. No Kentucky keepers today. Stayed in 40-80 feet of water. Did not see another boat. This post has been promoted to an article
  43. 15 points

    Eagle rock

    Fished from 10:30-4:00. Caught around 15 with 4 keepers one weighed 7lb. 2oz. All caught on jerk spro blue bandit. WT was 45.5. Good day for January. Bluff ends and channel swings.
  44. 14 points

    April17, Big M area

    Got out early, flat calm, threw a top water and had some decent fishing for the first couple of hours walking the dog. Caught a couple dozen on the top water with a few keepers mixed in. The fish were on main channel banks and in the coves, the best bite was over 5 - 10 FOW. Wind kicked up about 10 AM and the top water bite pretty much stopped when that happened. Could not get much going on the Keitech or the shaky head. For the most part the fish looked to be gone from the main lake points that they were on just a couple of days ago. Threw a crank on some windy banks, no touches on it. Wind really started blowing, bite was slow, so I left at 1230. First two casts caught these two fish: Only Keitech keeper: This post has been promoted to an article
  45. 14 points

    Pre Spawn River Bass

    I went fishing with my good buddy Mitch Fields yesterday. We had a blast as usual and every now and then even a blind squirrel finds an acorn 😜
  46. 14 points
    Finally got down there for the first time this year. Thanks to the guys here who have made reports. Long daily drive from BilletHeadVille for a scouting trip and reports help. Some guys don't report and I get that especially smaller streams but this place is big and popular so no secrets. it is a fun place to fish. Curtise OA forum member and my friend made trip today with me. Fun to fish with and we have many things in common. We can joke and give each other a bad time and still go home friends. The way it should be. I think we finally arrived at the ramp around 7:30 and prepared to launch. The lot was pretty full and a launch line had formed. We have fished enough together out of each others boats we know the drill and we were launched quick and headed up river. A fog had formed and heading into the sun was bad. We ran up to where we had caught fish before and along that area several boats had gathered. Must be the place to be and we slid in line. I rigged up the fly rod and Curt tied a chartreuse marabou jig on his line. I tied on a pink over white clouser. Curt caught a couple and I noticed others were throwing white of chartreuse offerings. I quickly changed gears and put on chartreuse over white and began to catch myself. Throwing towards the bank stripping some a pause or two and letting the clouser swing. Curt did the same. Fish were caught in three to maybe to ten foot deep. Even threw opposite side of boat and caught in the middle. Fish were somewhat scattered. Sometimes one in a spot sometimes two or three could be caught. More and more boats came up and joined the flotilla. At one time there was twenty to twenty- five watercraft in our view, Early Curt got pretty cold. I never did. Cannot figure out who is messed up this way bit figure a mix of both of us makes one normal person :). One thing I noticed all the fisher people in all these boats worked well with each other. Much visiting from boat to boat. Friendly bunch. Only seen a couple of boaters I thought were out of line. I know a boat on plane produces less wake. I get that but one shoalrunner decided to do a run slalom ski style through some fisherman. I mean close to them. I call it crap. You had to get your bait down to the bottom or as close as possible. I used 250 grain sink tip line. I got down and snagged often. Not sure what was on the bottom but I could stretch the fly line and let it pop back. I never lost a clouser. Curt caught some on plastic and briefly threw his fly rod and caught on that too. We don't think his line was getting him far enough down today. Normally he and I run neck to neck but today I caught the most. All sizes caught mostly males, Fishing really slowed down for us shortly before noon although others continued to catch a few. We both hooked bigmouth buffalo. My one came unbuttoned as one of Curts. He landed his second and he also caught a blue cat that was three pounds or so. We did not keep anything today just catch and release. We heard there were less boats yesterday and catching was better. Go figure should have been there yesterday! We have all heard that sometimes in our trips. This being said we have all been the ones there yesterday too! There was two fine gentlemen we talked to that was there yesterday and they cleaned 200 whites. That is allot of fish cleaning. At the ramp cleaned carcasses all over. Water temp was 53 so soon it will really be on big time!, BilletHead This post has been promoted to an article
  47. 14 points
    Devan S.

    Kings River 3-16 and 3-17

    Put the boat in a day break both days at Hickory Hollow. Lots of boats out both days and did see some white/crappie caught although we never stumbled into any. Generally got off the water between 12-2pm. WT was in the 47-49 range. Spent most of the time pulling crawlers looking for a double digit walleye. Could not get a sniff on the harness so switched over to jerkbaits and found a bunch stacked on a channel roll off. Had 13 eyes on Saturday with a 7lb big one and half a dozen smallies maybe 1 keeper in the bunch. Went back to the same area Sunday and stuck to the jerkbait didn't catch as many or the same quality but still managed about 6 and a handful of smallies. Probably my best day targeting and catching walleye although we more or less stumbled onto them.
  48. 14 points

    March 8, Big M area

    Launched at 0700, it was 37 degrees, misty with a bit of a breeze. Didn't warm up much, it was 43 at the ramp when I pulled out at 2 PM. Water temp varied between 42 and 43. Threw a jerk bait a bit to start the day, never got a bite on it. Threw it to one spot that has pretty consistently held a bass or two, no takers, threw a Ned in there and caught a keeper sized spot. After that, I just stuck to the Ned. Bite was slow, sometimes it was super light, I was throwing braid, with a fluoro leader, sensitive rod, and I could not believe, even with that set up, how light some of the bites were. Fish were scattered, some were inside a cove, some were main lake. Caught 14 total, 4 definite keeps and maybe had two others that would've made the mark. Fish are still deep, 10-20 FOW. Lots of boats out there today. This post has been promoted to an article
  49. 14 points

    Ham's big smallmouth

    Jigfest is usually about the trout, but we did run across some smallmouth. Friday I fished in Ham's boat along with John's Folly and between the 3 of us we boated about a dozen smallmouth and several largemouth in between trout catches. And we got some really nice chunky smallmouth, anywhere from 13-18" long, and we caught them on Zig jigs. Ham caught one that was really exceptional, measured around 22" in his net and pulled the Boga grip scales down to the 6 lb. mark. Biggest Arkansas smallmouth I have ever personally eyeballed and I believe Ham said it was the biggest he's caught. Now we did do a quick measurement and weigh, Ham is a stickler for taking care of fish and getting them back in the water as soon as possible, so we didn't get an exact weight or length. All that being said, it was really a nice fish, and sure was fun watching Ham catch it. It was a bulldogger, never jumped, just stayed down and pulled. Some pics of the fight and in the net. Here's a couple more chunks:
  50. 14 points

    Big M area, Feb. 5

    So I'm rolling down AR HWY 94 doing around 55 when a skunk bolts out of the grass and runs right in front of the truck, no time to react, Pepe fortunately moved fast enough that he went under the truck at about the center line. Thought for sure either the trailer tires or the trailer cross bars would get him, but it was his (and my) lucky day as I felt no thumps from back there and no stink on the trailer when I got to the ramp. Fishing was great today if you like numbers, I caught 30 bass, exactly 30 as I quit when I caught the 30th. Only 5 keepers however. I think I got 6 on the 78 Pointer and the others came on the Ned rig. The bass look to be feeding on craws, had several with craw antennae sticking out of their throats. Fish were scattered, some spots better than others. Caught a few as deep as 20 feet, and the rest were in the 5 - 15 foot range. A couple on gravel, but rock runouts and ledge rock were the best. Only saw 2 other boats, and one of those came out the same time I did - he said he caught 10 bass, but one of them went 4 lbs. didn't ask what he was using. WT 44-46 This post has been promoted to an article
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