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  1. 3 points
    Al Agnew

    Another Downside to Covid-19

    False equivalency. You don't protest against crime committed by private citizens. You protest injustice and mistreatment by governments and police. It doesn't make any sense to protest crime in general. It does make sense to protest institutionalized racism and bigotry.
  2. 2 points

    OA One Bass Tourney poll

    I'd say it a tie but I'll leave it to the judges
  3. 1 point
    Travis Swift

    Taneycomo sunrise

    Not a fishing report sorry.. But if you love Taney like I do you will enjoy the sunrise this morning looking from the cable down river. #bestplaceonearth
  4. 1 point
    Al Agnew

    8 to leadwood

    Yup, that's what I'm saying. Those extra fat smallies are not very common in the Ozarks. You're more likely to catch a 20 incher that's under 4 pounds than you are to catch a 20 incher that's over 4.5. And this spring just simply sucks for me so far. Had one day that was a little better than mediocre, and that was only on numbers, not size. Every other day since March has been slower than normal to really bad. Like today...floated a little known and little floated section of stream with Mary, caught maybe a half dozen fish, nothing over 12 inches. It's gotten to where the last couple floats I've put the rod down and just paddled and watched wildlife by the last couple hours of the day.
  5. 1 point
    First off I forgot what it was like fishing with skiers and tubers having to run back and forth 100 yards from where your fishing even when there is 800 yards of lake free further away. Put in at State park Fished from noon to 5:00 P.M. Bass fishing was Meh with lots of small bass of the small and large mouth variety. Didn't expect much with the high sun. Did find some eyes around 3:00 and caught 8 with half being keeps. Everything was caught on a doodle in 15 FOW.
  6. 1 point
    Gov dropped the 14 day quarantine.
  7. 1 point
    Note: This report will be current for as long as the gates are open, which may be for most of the month of June. We've gone from very little generation to a torrent. But this was predicted. It was easy to see coming. When the lakes filled up, they would have to release. And they are... at the tune of 17,800 cubic feet per second. This might sound like a big release, it isn't. Four full units is about 15,000 c.f.s. so this is just a little more. They are releasing 12,300 through their turbines and 5,500 over 5 spill gates presently. More fun facts -- the water temperature of the lake water coming through the turbines is 49.5 and the water coming over the gates is 62 degrees. Table Rock Lake's level just dipped below its flood pool level. It's at 930.90 feet, dropping a whopping 0.1 feet in the last 12 hours. Beaver is still releasing about 7,300 c.f.s. of water and its level is a full foot below flood pool at 1128.96 feet. This flow from Table Rock Dam probably won't decrease for many weeks, seeing it needs to drop more than 16 feet and Beaver needs to drop about 10 feet. At this time, there is no measurable rain in the 7-day forecast which is a good thing. I'm sure that will change, and any precipitation will only lengthen the period of time of water release at our dams. As I reported in my last fishing reports and our conversations on One Cast, enjoy the low water we had the last couple of weeks because it would be the last for the duration of the summer. Heavy flows are here to stay for this summer season. Fishing from the bank or dock will be tough on the upper end of the lake. There's a few spots around the hatchery outlets below the dam where you can catch fish but it is in the trophy area so you're limited to flies and lures -- no soft plastics and nothing that smells. And yes, night crawlers smell! We've had a rash of poachers fishing below the dam with bait and keeping all kinds of fish, most illegal trout. And now we'll see people fishing above the cable at the dam which is also illegal -- and dangerous. But our agents aren't too busy with deer or turkeys now so they have a lot of time to check these areas. And know this -- there are a lot us who have cell phones with camera, and the number to our local agents. A picture of a license plate and the poachers go a long way to prosecute, even if they are "caught red handed" at the scene. Here are their phone numbers. Best to text them. My experience with texting them is that I rarely get a response, and that's ok with me. They may not be on duty or able to drive to the location at that time. But they will respond if they are able to. Quinten 417-294-5543 Chris 417-546-0833 Operation Game Theft 800-392-1111 With any amount of generation, there are some things that you should not do safety wise. Don't use anchors in fast current. Don't drift into trees or docks - watch where you're going and plan ahead when drifting in current. Watch out for kayakers and other boats. WATCH YOUR WAKE!! We've seen some big boats on the lake lately. I think they call them wake boats. Unlike Table Rock, Taneycomo is small and narrow. Plus we have alot of smaller boats that can be swamped with one big wake. Over the weekend, we had one report of a smaller v-bottom boat pulling up to the cable below the dam and dropped an anchor. When the anchor caught the bottom it almost throw one person out of the boat. They had to cut the anchor rope so that the boat wouldn't be swamped. Think!!! It's also not worth it fishing wise either. There is slower water close to the bank one can anchor in but be very smart about it. Drag chains - same thing. If they catch on the bottom while the boat is drifting at 6 m.p.h. the jolt will send everybody to the deck and/or the side of the boat. Fishing... scuds are king once again. These are scuds (freshwater shrimp) from the bellies of 3 rainbows caught yesterday by clients of Tony Weldele. They were drifting from Fall Creek down using scuds and doing quite well. We've been seeing large schools of scuds along our banks and in the pond weed beds before heavy generation started this weekend. And in high water events in the past, we've seen this happen where scuds I guess are dislodged from their environment and are eaten by trout. So we are drifting using scud flies and do extremely well. Using 4-pound line, we are drifting #12 scuds either on a drift rig or carolina rig. Use a quarter-ounce weight when drifting from the dam down to Lilleys' Landing and a 3/16-ounce weight from Lilleys' Landing down lake. The water slows down enough to warrant less weight from Lilley's down. If you use too much weight, you'll get snagged on the bottom a lot. But one thing is for sure -- you have to have the fly on the bottom to get bit. Scud colors make somewhat of a difference. Of course gray is their natural color but as you can see from the image, they are a brownish/olive color too so we use those colors too. I used a scud yesterday dubbed with a material called rainbow scud dubbing and did pretty well, especially below Fall Creek. I was having a hard time staying on the bottom. What I should have done is add a small split shot to the line just above the bell weight. This is an easy and quick way to adjust your weight. Drifting night crawlers and minnows on the bottom from Lilley's down lake is catching some trophy browns lately too. We used a #6 or #8 hook, 3/16-ounce weight and 4-pound line. No need to inject air in the worm... it will stay off the bottom with this much current running. Orange PowerEggs have been the hot PowerBait lately. Drifting in the Monkey Island area down through Branson Landing is producing some nice limits of rainbows. Also throwing Cleos and other small spoons... but let them drop down a bit before reeling. Vary the speed of retrieve too. Freshly stocked rainbows are prone to chase and the stocking boat has been out stocking rainbows quite a bit lately down in the Branson Landing area. In the trophy area, I've already covered drifting scuds on the bottom. Some of our guides are also using San Juan Worms, shad flies and egg flies along with the scuds. You can use a double rig, tying on 2 flies about 12 inches apart. The only bad thing is if you snag and lose your rig, you lose 2 flies instead of one. When drifting more than one drift, pick different paths each time you drift down, especially if you're not catching very many. Also, I pay attention to my running path up lake. I don't like to run over the same water I'll be drifting down. And of course, try to be curious to those who are fishing when running. Drifting small jerk baits I believe will become more and more effective as this flood gate event goes on. More and more shad will enter the lake and these small lures are just the thing to catch some big trout. Use a floating jerk bait about 2.5 to 3 inches long in shad colors. Any brand will do. Less expensive is better because you will lose some lures. Rig them using a drift rig or carolina rig. Start with an 1/8-ounce weight and add weight if needed. Four-pound line is fine, even 6-pound isn't too heavy. Throw a suspending jerk bait for big trout. Early and late in the day are the best times. Anywhere from Rockaway Beach to Table Rock Dam is the best place, and not even against a bank like we usually fish. We've been seeing big trout come from the middle of the lake. The trophy area has been hot, as well as the Cooper Creek Flats. Baits - Suspending Rouges, MegaBass 110+, Duane's Custom Baits, Smithwick Stick Baits... all will work. Make sure they dive more than 8 feet deep and are suspending. Use a snap swivel for best action (make sure it's a strong swivel and not a cheap one... they do break). With the spill gates open, there are warm water species of fish coming in to Taneycomo from Table Rock. Seeing a lot of smallmouth bass and white bass caught. This is pretty much at random but they are hitting white jigs along the bank in the slower water. Images cutesy of Becky and Seth Garrison who enjoyed a week fishing Lake Taneycomo. Scud image cutesy of Captain Tony Weldele, Rainbow Chasers Guide Service. View full article
  8. 1 point
    Got to wonder if skill and drive is where the luck comes from.
  9. 1 point

    Some June 1 striper fishing

    I've got a milk run set up, several locations that I've found stripers at fairly consistently this spring. I start out close to Indian creek and work my way up lake to point 5 if I can't find them at Indian. Made it to point 5 today as there weren't very many near Indian. There weren't a lot of blow ups today, but I was fortunate to catch them on the few bites I got, caught 2 on top and one on a Keitech. Still getting 5 lbers on average, but I think the Keitech fish may have been pushing 7. Caught a few black bass too on top and on the Keitech, didn't get any good ones to the boat but had a couple that were decent keeper sized that jumped and tossed the Keitech. Bite pretty much died about 8 AM. WT 71.
  10. 1 point
    Not to even mention Jordan Lee. College National Champion 2014 Back to Back Classic wins in 17 and 18. Just win baby, he is always a threat.
  11. 1 point

    BSC Report 5/31

    Back when I was exploring new water and hitting about 35-50 small streams monthly, my tactics on the first few visits to each were to leave the rod & reel in the truck and wade quickly through a long stretch ~mile, purposely startling the fish and noting how many and in what locations they were, carry a paint strainer and sample for bugs, turn over rocks and count caddis, mayfly and other larvae, etc. then return to truck eat lunch/rest the stream and go back with tackle, working from down stream up. Never casting more than 1 1/2 times the stream width (approximately 45* across and up or down) and using a short leader that brought the line into the cast for accuracy (often helps to have some line in play for mending purposes too). This let me fish only water known to hold fish and to stand where I could easily put a short cast in the right place. [If that stream pictured is as small as it looks, with 12' of leader I would never use more than 2' of line. ] At this time I was also often fishing old mill ponds on these same small streams, where I used 50' casts, 16' leaders and #24 flies; none of this was applicable to the N.E. brooks. It took me many months to learn that. Eventually I stood belt deep in freestone streams with trout hanging inches away in the ''wake'' of my legs and caught trout a rod's length away from where I stood. For many years I have said the fishing should be done before one strings up the rod. Change direction, I'll pose a question related to the "strike indicators", not one that wants an answer but to stimulate thought, "Doesn't the "leader" end at the float?" I've watched a fellow fish very successfully by tying his 3'-4' tippet directly to a loop end on his fly line, when I questioned him, that is what he said. His float was the line and his idea was that the tapered nylon between line and bobber was just wasted, (bobber kills the taper and the plop on the water makes line distancing irrelevant) by eliminating it he was also able to eliminate the bobber. He went on to say long tapered leaders were invented by dry fly enthusiasts. idk, but he caught lots of fish.
  12. 1 point
    Bill Babler

    Who is the current best Pro?

    Every Pro that's ego does not make them say them self will say Jacob Wheeler, right now, not even close I was in a big discussion with some of the tour guys and they all said Wheeler and on top of him being a super hand, he is just lucker then heck. Guy is so versatile it is unreal, does not matter what bait is in his hand he is deadly with it. One of the guys said he is a guy that can pull up on a smooth point in the middle of the day, make one cast and a school of 4 pounders will blow up around him Young, Good, Lucky. Wow.
  13. 1 point
    Mitch f

    Who is the current best Pro?

    Wheeler and/or Thrift
  14. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    Lure retriever

    I have an H20 Express that is just like a hound Dog and only cost $4.99. I think I got it on amazon. That thing has paid for itself dozes of times. One Mega bass and your are way ahead.
  15. 1 point

    Lure retriever

    its hard to beat the good ole hound dog, The money pole never worked very good for me, if they are very deep you almost need two people to work it. Tried the Daiwa retriever and it sucks, the reel it came with is nice so i have my hound dog on it now. i lost count this year at 7 a-rigs and 6 megabasses. So it definitely doesn't owe me anything
  16. 1 point

    So I built a new boat...

    Ran 4 adults, 3 kids, 3 kayaks, and 2 coolers up a creek in the boat so we could swim and play today. Handled it like a boss. This thing will float on a wet sponge lol!
  17. 1 point

    Evinrude discontinued

    The only reason a motor "hates trolling" is because it isn't set up properly for it. If you want it to love trolling, I can make that happen. Motor height, trim position, prop, and tune. A chainsaw doesn't cut worth a crap if the chain is dull and the fuel is mixed wrong.
  18. 1 point
    Plane tickets will never be cheaper. The last time I saw them this cheap was commuting home for the holidays during the dot com bubble burst and during 2008 mortgage crash. Hotels are about 40% of average. A river to mostly to yourself in AK....Priceless. I have done it, but it's a rare beautiful thing. Staying out of town is the key. There won't be any crossing the border into Canada trips eh. I have all ready had my walleye fix for the spring. There are places wide open and better fishing than a guy can shake a stick at. That pot is right around the corner from Fred's place yesterday Phil. Been 30 years since the water warmed enough for the crab to be that thick. Past the tunnels is 40 plus Dungies.
  19. 0 points
    snagged in outlet 3

    OA One Bass Tourney poll

    How about this one.....
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