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  1. 9 points

    September 13 & 14

    Tried to post this last night, but didn't have a good enough internet connection to do it. So, anyway...Fished for walleye with the wife 9-13. Caught five keepers between us. Four on main lake points, and one on the dam. Lost two keepers at the boat. Fish were caught in 15-18' of water. On 9-14, my wife went antiquing and I fished solo. Picked up a keeper in 15' first five minutes and nothing but catfish and drum for the next two hours. Moved shallower to 10-12' and started picking up shorts immediately. Landed another two keepers by noon and then headed in with three in the livewell. Bottom bounced slow death rigs with Smiley blades at 1 mph both days. The bite is light. Several times I noticed one rod looked slightly more loaded then the other and would set the hook on a walleye. They are swimming along at the same speed as the boat with the crawler in their mouth like the crawler is a piece of chewing gum or something. I literally had a short do that as I reeled my bait in. If I saw anything in the action of the rod tips that looked like it might be something other then contact with the bottom, I'd take the rod out of the holder and let the bait drop back. Often I caught a walleye doing that. You gotta reel the natural slack out that you have with a bottom bouncer and then set the hook with a sweep of the rod. A hard bass style hook set will pull it out of their mouths every time. I had probably three shorts to each keeper. It will be at least three weeks before I get back down, so please post some walleye reports! WM
  2. 9 points
    Bill Babler

    It’s Getting Started

    Had 11 keepers yesterday with the best couple being at 3.10 pounds. One LM and one SM at that weight. Lots of other keeps in that 2.8 pound range. Only had 4 shorts. Everything on a 5/8th. GPO Pig Sticker with a Beaver trailer in GP. KC area 15' to 22' Bite was a solid jig bite unlike my earlier deal. Buddy simply tore them up at Shell Knob past couple of days on a modified Ned Rig with a skirt and a slim senko trailer. I'll try and get a pic. Ned was 1/4 oz. custom built mushroom head. Fish in 15' to 22'
  3. 8 points
    Ran up the Gravois and fished some of everything from noon-6:45ish (Friday the 13th with the full moon.) Many people would probably call it junk fishing. We fished main lake points shallow and deep, secondary points, shallow docks, deep docks, backs of pockets and steep shaded banks; caught fish on all of them. Justin caught a 5 pounder and I caught a 5.5 pounder on back to back casts. His came on a jig and mine came on a worm. Those fish came off of a dock. We fished some shallow wood and caught keepers on squarebills, chatterbaits, and jigs. There was shad in the backs of pockets but all of the shad that we saw were the small ones like 2-3 inches and there really wasn't a ton of it back there yet. Mostly isolated balls. Nothing like what you see on the main lake on the lower-end. We did see some big shad on the main lake schooled up but almost all the fish we caught out there weren't very big. I think the fish that we caught shallow could've been feeding on bluegill but that's just a guess. Justin tied that jig skirt on an Omega jig head and I think it definitely looks pretty sweet. Anyways, we had 8 keepers on the day and about 17.5 lbs for our best 5. It was a fun day all in all. Caught fish on top water once the shadows got long. I'm heading up the Niangua's tomorrow to try if I can replicate it. we will see! Good luck to everyone fishing the BFL Super today and tomorrow. I hope we didn't sore-mouth your fish and if we did we put them right back lol. Tight lines everyone. This post has been promoted to an article
  4. 8 points

    What's Cooking?

    Still cleaning out the freezer. I saved a venison shank wanting to cook it low and slow. I prepared a rub of powdered ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, smoke paprika, mixture of dried thyme, dill, and basil. Coated the meat with the rub and seared on all sides. Added the shank, onion, celery and many garlic cloves into a baking dish. Braising liquid was a mixture of beef stock, mushroom liquor made from dry powdered hen of the woods mushroom (from last season), and Mondavi Cabernet. Covered and cooked for almost 4 hours at 320. I roasted a head of garlic and used the roasted garlic for smashed potatoes (also a bit of ranch dressing in the mix). Served with roasted Brussel sprouts seasoned with smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Was delicious ! (sorry @Terrierman no flash or overhead lighting)
  5. 7 points

    New Guy "Coder on the Fly"

    I live in KC area, work for www.keyholesoftware.com, Love to Fly Fish white river system. Spent most of my time fishing Taney, but been hitting the White a bit more. I've combined my love of coding and fly fishing, and developed a couple of free tools... SMS based generation tool.. info can be found here... https://keyholelabs.com/convo/cfswater Just released a web app that organizes you tube fly tying videos into fly boxes... screen shot below. site is . https://flytyerworld.com
  6. 7 points

    What's Cooking?

    House guests tonight. Two long time favorites I claim as grandchildren. They brought Leo, who I now claim as great-grandchild. And they loved dinner.
  7. 6 points
    Fly fishing snobbery is a hoax perpetuated by under-educated, ill-mannered bait fishermen
  8. 5 points
    Headed down to try my cricket and hopper luck ....
  9. 4 points

    Other Ozark Stream

    I did it again, 2 2#+ largemouth, 1 16" smallie and several from 8 to 14. 25 to 30 fish total in about 5 hours of fishing. Really, this walk the dog thing is fun. I was always skeptical, but I walk on spinning gear and now have baits from a Sammy 65 up to Zara Spooks and Dog-X Diamante. It's becoming my favorite way to catch fish in the warmer weather.
  10. 3 points

    Other Ozark Stream

    Until this year, topwater wasn't my thing. I never used it for lake fish at home, nothing. After trying it in earnest, it's now the first (second and third) option out of my tackle bag. I've really fallen in love with the 80 to 95mm baits in creeks.
  11. 3 points
    And I thought Evin has to be Rude to gain any respect around here.
  12. 3 points

    Rim Shoals 9/18

    I took the boat to Rim Shoals this morning and ran to an area that is somewhat protected from the heavy flows we are having (14k cfs). Got out of the boat and I could see 4 or 5 trout holding in a run just below a couple of big rocks. First cast I hooked a nice rainbow on a Y2K but it broke off on the 7x tippet. I retied and caught another 5 rainbows and 1 cutthroat in the same run. Once that spot slowed down I moved downstream and picked up another dozen rainbows on the Y2K/pheasant tail dropper combo. When it was time to quit I walked back to the boat and made a cast in the run where I lost the rainbow earlier. The indicator went down and I had another nice rainbow on. I finally got her in and when I went to remove the hook I saw my Y2K that I lost earlier stuck in her jaw along with the Y2K on my rig. Guess she really liked Y2k's. Here's a couple of pics...
  13. 3 points
    I had a big Johnson years ago. Blew the head right off of it. That's when I switched to Merc.
  14. 3 points

    What's Cooking?

    I see you’re still required to use a tippy cup 😄 Ernest T Bass?
  15. 2 points

    Shell Knob to Baxter

    Lots of wind today fished from about 9 to 3. Caught 8 with 4 keepers, all came on spinner and plopper. Caught some out of cedars today, 2 good ones. WT 82
  16. 2 points

    Headed down for some catfishing

    First night in the books. It’s been a great night. Bait came easy and the wind picked up as I showed up around 5:30. The fire in the median on I-44 slowed my arrival, but it’s all good. As I started gathering bait, I decided to leave the jon boat in my truck (wind was white capping and tomorrow doesn’t look much better). I set 3 lines from the dock and gathered more bait. Then threw out two poles with green sunfish on the hook (I mainly fish live bait) I had the bait basket pretty full when a copperhead made its way into the basket. When I pulled it up from the walkway on the dock, I saw the snake with its fangs in a bluegill. The snake stayed fang deep until I pulled out my phone, then it got camera shy and slid out a hole in the bait basket. I moved the basket to deeper water and continued catching bait. All the bluegill looked shaken, but as I kept catching bait ... those fish started perishing (venom isn’t good for a fish). I threw out the venom filled fish and thought about how lucky I was to “catch” a copper head. I could have touched it ... BUT I’m not stupid .. lol. I have one eater blue on a stringer and I’m looking forward to a great Saturday. Just keeping you filled in. We all know wrench is the reason his daughters fall down stairs and get bloody noses.
  17. 2 points
    I've fished a small tributary of the Meramec that gets pretty low in the summer. There's parts where it's only a foot across between the pools and the pools are only a couple feet deep. Still holds some small mouth in those conditions and they are pretty eager to eat usually too.
  18. 2 points
    I thought we were friends😂
  19. 2 points

    Game Wardens

    Actually, “over time” was just used as a figure of speech. Comparatively, this is the most I’ve seen or heard of them in a long time. So that’s why I used the term. Sorry for the mistaken terminology.
  20. 2 points

    It’s Getting Started

    Thank You Bill!, It's a bit refreshing to see the good sticks struggling as well! It was so tough for me that I pulled my boat to do some serious cleaning. I realize that better days are right around the corner. Vernon must be coming down, as I see we are finally going to get some rain!
  21. 2 points
    Well this one should be interesting, fishing Tenkiller which is about 2 hours from my house. I hope to have some time to watch live coverage. Might be a front coming through Friday so could see some rain.
  22. 2 points

    Dove Opener

    I love this thread! Pool maintenance, Skin So Soft, and Dick Cheney stories, all in one thread! Who can add the dancing elephants?
  23. 2 points
    two old poops fishing

    September 13 & 14

    Tried it today also three short Walters and two keepers that were donated by a couple who I believe felt sorry for me was with my way older brother and noise from his oxygen bottles banging around in boat surely was no help probably should have had more of the nice couples tea she was drinking
  24. 2 points
    With you on the just catch something thought process! I love the tug of any fish. These are a couple of Ozark beauties for sure!
  25. 2 points
    Congrats om some nice bass!
  26. 1 point
    Wow, no kidding on the extreme low water. What would you say was an average depth there? Hope those fish get some more water soon. Looks to be on the brink of drying out.
  27. 1 point
    I wouldn’t put it down either. Nice! What color? I love the green orange and my buddy likes Canada craw.
  28. 1 point
    Surprised that they weren't vomiting up shad with that full belly.
  29. 1 point
    bobby b.

    darn area 2.0

    Bill, thanks so much or the screenshots - this will help allot. Bobby
  30. 1 point
    That's exactly right! They are better looking, have better jobs and bigger johnson's.
  31. 1 point
    Yep 75 posts and this was settled on page 1.
  32. 1 point

    What's Cooking?

    After catching a dozen keeper blue crabs, we had steamed crabs last night. Tonight was crab crepes and mixed green salad. My wife made them so I can't go through a step by step for this dish. Was tasty.
  33. 1 point
    Took my boys for some smallmouth fishing on the James (lower). It was a beautiful late morning, early afternoon. Fish were all over, next to structure, in the middle, shallow, deep, wherever. Tried multiple lures with varying success, but the lure of the day was the Ned rig. I tried 3 different jigheads and all worked equally well, it was just a fishy day. Both boys caught plenty of fish, but the young one caught the fish of the day (and best small mouth of his short life). I was in my 30s before I caught a smallmouth like that. His smile says it all. Hope all of you are taking advantage of the bite, it is GOOD.
  34. 1 point
    They had to drain it due to a leak in the dam. They fixed it up nice and it holds water. My only wish is that they would have made the depth increase quicker from shore to control the grass, but it is great anyways!
  35. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    Dove Opener

    I've been pelted, even after a thorough pre hunt warning to not shoot at low flying birds. Sounds like a great time!
  36. 1 point

    Travelling fly guy

    Ozark fish like flies, but like he said, you're gonna have to put up with clear water.
  37. 1 point

    Pond Giant

    The crayfish in the lake weren't getting enough oxygen either so they moved up to the shoreline,some totally out of the water to breathe. A lot of them didn't survive. They repaired one of the drains in the lake and put in a water pump on the south side of the lake but still haven't touched the duckweed. I walked the lake and didn't see even a minnow, water is super clear.
  38. 1 point

    September 13 & 14

    They must be on the move. I have been catching some every trip bass fishing. Yesterday I caught 3 on square bills.
  39. 1 point

    What's Cooking?

    I have driven through Baxter Springs on 166 many times and they have signs at the city limits announcing it to be the Home of Hale Irwin; I think he grew up in that area and later moved on to the city in his playing years. Mike
  40. 1 point
    Ranger Dave

    Fishing with LMT OUT

    My friend and I went fishing with LMT OUT (Ed) at Stockton today. It was a great day to be on the water and we caught a lot of walleye. No huge ones. I think the largest was 18". But between the 2 of us, we brought home 7 keepers but we caught at least 6 or 7 short ones and a couple got off the line before we got them to the boat. This was my first time to go fishing just for walleye and I had never bottom bounced before. I had caught a few walleye here and there by accident but I never dreamed I would catch 8 walleye in one day. Ed was a great guide. I highly recommend going fishing with him. He took us to a spot and I caught my first walleye in about 5 minutes.
  41. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    What's Cooking?

    It was jig fest. There wasn’t any left😀
  42. 1 point
    That's a great smallie! he should remember that one for a long time. Congrats dad for taking your boys out and putting them on some fish.
  43. 1 point
    Some really nice ones there. 🐟
  44. 1 point
    Nice job Steve and Gary. I have been having the best success since she came down to more normal level recently finding schooling fish well off secondary points heading into major creeks. Big and Little arm. About 90% of my fish are suspended and I snag them with a shakey head adorned with a 4" Robo worm. I am a NED fanboy normally but right now swimming the shakey through these schools is my confidence go to bait with jerk bait a distant second. Again nice catching!!!!
  45. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    eagle rock

    We see this all the time in our industry. The person doing the design has no real world experience in what they are tasked to do. If you've never launched a boat or parked a trailer how could you have any idea what needs to be done. Heck, we have engineers spec grades of steel that have been discontinued for 25 years. Try explaining that to your customer.
  46. 1 point
    Bill Babler

    New brown trout record

    Thanks Guys. Couple of things. You cannot even imagine the care that we gave that fish. The fight was quick and it was in the livewell pumping everything the AlWeld had and then right into the tank at Lilleys just pouring air on it. As far as a Triploid Shane would not say until further testing. It had two clipped fins and was not Frank. Measurements were 28 inch girth. and 41 and 1/4 inch length. 40.4 pounds on certified scales. In speaking to taxidermist Don Frank he said the color of the fish did not appear to be Triploid but he could not be sure either. There are no blocks for fish that size so Don wants to use it and make some along with the skin mount. Shane is doing research now and has the fish at the hatchery. He will let us know age and all the data as soon as his studies are done. I have fished taney since the late 60's and guided full time on it since 1989. My biggest fish prior came below Powersite Dam fishing for walleye when I caught and released a 16 pound Brown. My biggest Rainbow to date on Taney is 8 lbs. My biggest client fish are a 13 lb. Brown and a 8.7 pound Rainbow, but we have caught huge fish all year. I'll put in a little article after a bit with the story run down. As they always say, "right place right time, and it is better to be lucky than good."
  47. 1 point
    I'm sure Frank, Frankie and Carl appreciate the folks that do this. Instead of just eating guts, they get the entire and don't even have to work for it.
  48. 1 point
    Okay a crappy title. I thought about the next Mad Max movie after road warrior and that was Thunderdome, which I did not like and did not want my next marathon multispecies trek associated with that terrible movie. So I am back in Missouri on business. I scheduled my trip to fly into STL Sat morning. My plan was to drive down to Poplar Bluff and try again for the three other sunfish species that live in that area that I did not catch on my last trip. I did some more research and found a spot on the St Francis and a couple of spots along Clear creek (a tributary of the St Francis) that might have steekcolor shiners, wedgespot shiners and others micros. I also planned on going back to the pond in Poplar Bluff that I fished previously and a couple of spots in Mingo National Wildlife refuge to try for redspotted, orangespotted, dollar, and/or bantam sunfish. Being a smarter man this time, I had made hotel reservations in Poplar Bluff to break the trip into two days. that should give me less driving fatigue and better yet more time on the water trying for new species ! First stop was getting onto Rt 34 off of Rt 67 above Silva Missouri and onto the St Francis. Ok I may have been smart about my housing arrangements, but not so bright on picking a common access point on an Ozark river on a Sat morning/afternoon in the summer. So it was crowded to say the least. I still went down to the river to check out what fish might be available. I saw bleeding shiners, northern studfish, lots of longear and bluegill sunfish, but no steelcolor shiners. I only saw one new species and it disappeared soon after I first noticed it. Decided against trying to microfish in a crowd with little variety available. Went to the first crossing of Clear creek and did not like the amount of traffic on the road that I would have to park along and the creek was not real impressive at this access point. I went to the next spot. There was a deep hole just below the bridge. The bank dropped almost straight down to the water. I saw lots of longear and green sunfish as well as blackspotted topminnows. I felt that I could catch a few fish, but more likely to lose a bunch in the bridge supports. Without having a good access down to the creek, I passed on this spot. The third access was where CR 312 crossed the creek. I turned right onto 312 and could not find the access that I had on the map. So I headed up to Sam Baker State park and tried a different access point of the St Francis. I scoped out a spot downriver from the boat ramp and had no people. I found a fair number of the ubiquitous longear sunfish, a couple northern studfish, and a giant school of bleeding shiners. Deciding that I was going to catch something, I got my rod together and put on a John Deer microjig to try for a dollar sunfish. First cast and have a longear in hand, then another, then a green sunfish, then a bluegill. Rinse and Repeat. I never got out any real micro stuff since there weren't any fish that looked like new species. I looked over every longear sunfish carefully since the dollar looks a lot like the longear, but has spotting on the opercular flap that the longear does not. I didn't catch a dollar sunfish, but caught a dozen sunfish before I left. As heading back I decided to head onto the road across from CR 312 which looked at first to be just a short cul de sac. Instead the road when on beyond the houses and into the thick woods. I crossed a trellis bridge and a pull off on the other side of the bridge. There was even a trail down to the creek . I saw what could be steelcolor shiners, longear sunfish, smallmouth bass, central stonerollers, and even a couple of logperch! It didn't take long to get my wading gear on and get down to the creek again with both my microrod and my other rod. I immediately went after the logperch using a #20 hook and piece of worm. They attacked it but the hook was too big. Before switching out the hook for a smaller one I walked down stream to try for the stonerollers. I ended up catching one of the minnows that I thought might have been a steelcolor shiner. Got pictures albeit not very good ones. I sent this onto a friend and he felt that it was more likely to be a blacktail shiner than a steelcolor. Both species do overlap in this area. Either way this was my first new life list species of the trip. I caught a few longear sunfish but nothing else of interest with that set-up. So I switched down to the #26 tanago hook and worm piece. I got the bait in front of the logperch and was able to finally catch one. The size and darker coloration of this fish makes me think that it might be a different species from the common logperch that I have caught previously. Wish that it was a better photo. My friend stated that the logperch in that area are not well defined in terms of hybridization or what species are present and he is working with folks in Yale to figure them out. He felt that this was likely a hybrid or an Ohio logperch, but I have not been able to find information on it yet and he is busy on his book to push him to do my research. I caught a few other small fish, but nothing new. I grabbed my other rod again with the John Deere microjig and caught a few more longear sunfish. Although a pain when you at trying for a new fish, they are still one of my favorite Ozark fish. They are just so colorful! Since it was getting late and I only had about two hours before dark, I made my way down to Mingo. I followed the road from the map that would get me to a spot where I could try for a bantam. The road ends at a private property. I found a guy nearby and found out that I needed to get into the refuge on the other side of this guys property. I finally got into the refuge and found a spot to fish. Nothing. I found another spot at ditch 11 and this was a gar hole! I put on a gar fly that @BilletHead had given me. I had several large and small gar blowup and grab my bait. I just could not land any. At one point I had a big fish explode on my bait and it fought hard. It was a large carp and it simply spit the bait out as I got it near the bank. The darkness and the mosquitoes drove me off the water. Somewhat discouraged, the next morning I headed to the local park to fish the pond that could have redspotted and possibly dollar sunfish as well as all of the locals. I took both rods with me and set my microrig next to a bench near the pond while I fished the John Deere. I caught longear sunfish, green sunfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill sunfish, but no dollars or redspotted. I went to the bench and my rod was gone ! So much for microfishing. After about 25 fish they had pulled the chenille off of the jig. I cut it short and kept fishing. I went around the pond to the incurrent stream and saw more sunfish. At this time there was little to none of the chenille on the jig any more. I caught a couple of green sunfish then my first redspotted sunfish, then another, and another... all on a bare hook! With a new sunfish species on my list, I headed back to Mingo and another go at the bantam sunfish. I planned on trying down near the spillway first. As I drove there I saw a large lake. On the maps it looks like a brushy field due to the extensive amount of vegetation in this shallow lake. I drove along the bank for pockets in the weeds that I might be able to pull out a fish. Very few existed. I did pull over and walked the bank. I immediately saw small fish and what looked like a small bullhead, possibly a black bullhead which I have not caught before. Got the gear out, put on the #26 tanago hook, and never saw that fish again. I did know that there is a topminnow species in this area. Topminnows have a bright patch on their heads. Blackstriped and blackspotted topminnows have a triangular patch. Plains topminnows have a line from the head down to their dorsal fin. I saw a couple of fish that had a similar bright patches on their heads - likely starhead topminnows! Long story short, it took almost 30 mins to find and recognize the starhead topminnows, find one large enough to take the hook, not get spooked, and bite the bait. I did get it done with my first and only starhead topminnow! I put on a larger hook, but still wanted to fish worms to try for some bantams in the lake. The weeds and wind prevented me from fishing the lake effectively. At one spot there were literally hundreds of mosquito fish feeding near the weeds. running out of time, i headed for the spillway. I left on the worm and caught one sunfish after another in an overflow pool near the spillway. The first was a longear, then a green, then a green, bluegill, warmouth, and even a juvenile redear sunfish. Never a dollar or a bantam sunfish. Time ran out and I had to head back to Columbia. Only 565 miles on this trip. and got into Columbia around 9:15 pm. I caught new species, had a great time, but still need to get back and get those two species on the line and in hand. Oh and I had a great brisket dinner at Kettelhut BBQ in Festus!
  49. 1 point

    2019 spring. Post them up!

    Walked about 3 miles Friday morning and could not find a turkey. Got home about 10 and decided to check the field behind the house. Low and behold there was 4 strutting with 3 hens. Didn’t think I stood a prayer, but snuck down the tree line and setup to see what would happen. One gobbler had stayed separated from the other 3 and he eventually decided to walk my way. Could not believe it happened the way it did. 24.5 lbs, 11 inch and 8 inch beards, 7/8th inch spurs. Both spurs would have been over an inch but both were broke off. Saturday took my son and it was a dream hunt. The only problem was he missed! We will be after them again in the morning!
  50. 1 point

    Ozark Creek Fishing

    Finally got a little time to hit one of my favorite small Ozark creeks. It is one of those creeks that seems to always produce good fish for me, but you gotta work if you want the reward. Fished topwater 95% of the time, senko the other 5%. Caught a fish in the first hole, then the work began. The riffles that are usually just high enough to get through were no where close to high enough. This is the time of a float when a person gets to decide whether or not to get annoyed. The more I float and enjoy the outdoors, the more I understand that the enjoyment a person gets out of an experience is 100% connected to their outlook on the situation. I decided to "enjoy" the 100 yard drags and the beautiful scenery. The first part of the float doesn't ever produce like the second half and this float was no different. Once we made our way to more lively water it was GAME ON. The fish were lively and fighting hard. I was having fun catching respectable fish, but I knew I was waiting for something more. As I brought the bait slowly across the top, a solid 17-18" inch fish came totally out of the water and annihilated the bait. It is one of those fish that I will remember the rest of my life. Not the biggest smallmouth, but definitely the most violent bite I have ever had. Went on to catch somewhere between 30 and 40. As for the bait, be creative and fish baits differently than other people.
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