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  1. 28 points
    Grandson asked me to "fix" his reel that his Dad had messed-up. Quickly discovered Dad had looped line around the rear of the spool and had just kept crankin'. Easy fix and an opportunity to show "Patch" how to disassemble an open-face and how they work. Included a little lesson on how to correctly set the drag and how to fight the fish with the rod and not just by crankin' the reel. Showed him how to take care rigging-up the Ned Rig and how it was important to get that worm on the hook shank straight and he watched Mr. Fumble Fingers (me) struggle with it and tied it on. Later that evening he takes the same rod/reel/Ned and lands, gets a picture of and releases this beauty....
  2. 25 points
    lmt out

    Personal Best

    My personal best missouri walleye amd second best ever. 9lb 12 oz. 27 1/4 inch.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 19 points

    My daughter’s PB Smallie

    We were just messing around at low water bridges that looked fun to play in the water. My daughter grabbed a little but, killer set up of mine to fish with and I cringed but, said screw it and ran to our truck to get her rod and reel and a cooler. I remember thinking she’s gonna destroy that rod and reel and I was like screw it. I hear yelling and screaming so I run back the couple hundred yards to our bridge to see my daughter and wife laughing and giggling. My daughter pulled a very solid 16 3/4 inch Smallie out of this little 2 foot deep hole hahahaha fun stuff . Apparently this thing fought like crazy and went airborne a couple of times..... and I was pissed about letting her use my rod 😜
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 18 points
    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.
  9. 17 points
    Don't think I have ever blown anyone off and for sure never intentionally or I would never post locations, results and information here. In the Summer my schedule changes a frequent as the weather. I can be booked full and someone's grandma dies and I get an opening or I get a cancellation for any reason and an opening comes up. Usually from July 1st. thru August my book looks like a scratched up mess as it books and rebooks on a continuing basis. Truly sorry you feel this way, that is not the type of person I am and I'm sure a few will vouch for me. Glad your doing well and catching a bunch. As far as emails, texts, and personal messages, I have posted here repeatedly that I can miss those messages and do quite frequently. I try and respond, but I miss some. If you want to talk to me call the Lodge or my cell and you got me. Not a strange question at all and you can see from the answers, as most are totally different and everyone's expectation are different. I ask this question to try and improve the way I address my clients needs at certain times of the year, and yes after 29 years I'm still learning and hope to continue to learn.
  10. 17 points
  11. 15 points
    snagged in outlet 3

    Vacation Trip Report

    Got to Cooper at 6 am. Heavy fog and then thunder and quick light rain. Slowly made my way upstream in the fog. Boats scattered around fishing. 35 megawatts till 9 or so and then they ramped it up to 150 when I left Threw the jerk till noon. No fish caught after 10:30. Had around 10 to the boat, rolled another 15 or so and had at least that many followers. Never caught a rainbow although at times groups would follow it all the way to boat. A couple of the browns that I rolled or had on for a while were real nice. One XL brown followed the jerk to the boat and he was a tank. Back at it tomorrow. @Travis Swift I swear I had all my bass gear but I just couldn’t leave my regular milk run. This post has been promoted to an article
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 14 points
    Mitch f

    Not the Ozarks, but......

    I went to Orlando for ICast and had some free time. I called my old buddy Dan who now lives in Osprey, Florida, which is about a two hour drive from Orlando. We decided to take his boat out and do a little Intracoastal water fishing. His house is approx 300 yards from the water, and his access to daily fishing made me a tad jealous. We went to a local sporting good store to pick up some baits, mainly WTD topwater lures. We explained to the gentleman behind the counter that we were fishing for bigger Snook and he gave us a few spots to try after dark. Funny how those snook are attracted to dock lights. We had quite a time but never caught any big ones. I will go back soon!
  15. 14 points

    Cape Fair Friday

    Kyle and I hit the water at. 6. We went up there was lots of fog and floaters. We had 4 fish in the first hour. 3 of them were nice. It got slow after that. The bite quit at 10. We fished until 12 then called it quits. Had a total of 17 bass. We caught fish on spinnerbait buzzbaits frogs shaky and Ned but never could get a pattern.
  16. 14 points
    Old dog 417

    6/14 Report Little Sac side

    Weather people said substantially more rain would be arriving the next few days and that was enough to motivate me to get in a quick trip before it got here.... Launched at Cedar Ridge South Friday morning about 10:30. Had run the wipers off and on along the way and as I left the ramp I donned my rain jacket to ward off some off the drizzle. Keeping dry wasn't the only reason either...the lake air was chilly for a June day and the jacket felt good. There was a stiff SW breeze creating a 10" chop but the the predicted 20+ mph wind wasn't happening...at least not yet! Started out fishing a fire-tiger stand-up jig with half a crawler off a point in 24-30 ft. It didn't take long before I had boated 2, 12" channel cats then a 19" walleye. The predicted wind now arrived and boat control was becoming challenging. Soon the sun came out and the jacket came off but it seemed like the bite was now off too. Switched to other jigs and tried 2 more points and was rewarded with 2 more cats. By now I'd had enough so I decided to run downwind to Masters Cove and try trolling for crappie in the more protected back of the creek. Pulled 2, #7's and 1, #9 Flicker-shads ... 2- Fire-tiger and 1 Pink Cougar. All three produced and 6 keeper crappie were boated plus 1 short. The crappie were suspended at 15 ft in 26- 30 ft of water. Conditions: Lake Level- 884.6 ft. (about an inch higher than last week's trip, roughly 17.5 ft over normal pool) WT- 75 degrees on points and 77 in the creek Clarity- 30" Wind- SW 15-20 mph. Cloudy with drizzle in late morning becoming warm (78 degrees) and sunny in the afternoon. Even though he wouldn't lie still...I did manage a quick pic of "Walter" walleye. ☺️ Tight lines, od This post has been promoted to an article
  17. 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:
  18. 14 points
    IL Fisherman

    Off Topic Christmas Spending

    Wrench. My wife was the same. It took me months to pay for everything. I battled her every year not to spend so much. She put hours of thought and love into each persons gift. It was her favorite holiday. She passed away this year and I really miss fighting with her about how much she spent. Love em for who they are while you have them.
  19. 13 points

    4/6 capfair

    Got out at noon figured it might not be as busy, wow I was wrong. All the ramps were full. Wt was 60° Fished gravel/chunk rock areas. Fish were anywhere from 1ft to 12 ft of water. Caught some nice ones throwing a Rc. Probably 40 fish caught with about 12 keepers a mix between Lm and spots. Even had a surprise catch with this nice flathead on a Rc. I think I almost caught one of every species today. Lol .But Rc,jerk bait and 3.8 keitech all worked well today. Had a fun trip with the daughter.
  20. 13 points

    Turnback white bass

    Went up turnback today for the first time. We were fishing for white bass also the first time. Ended the day with 14. My son had a blast so it was a great day. Thanks to everyone on this forum as I have learned allot!
  21. 13 points
    Those Power Poles are invaluable on The Rock. I have no idea how Donna and I get by without em. I doubt we'd ever get a bite if it weren't for 😂our matching jerseys.
  22. 12 points

    Kim City - Nov 21 - Deep bite

    I fished this morning and the deep bite is still going strong. Caught a good mix of all three species on a swimbait, spoon, and ice jig. I am using a vertical presentation for the spoon and ice jig. Had about 20 keepers and just a few additional shorts. The shad will travel from day to day so you do have to search for a while.
  23. 12 points

    8 bridge to scotts ford

    Floated from the hwy 8 bridge access (woodson woods?) down to scotts ford over the weekend. Temps were in the upper 20s in the mornings, up to mid 50s in the afternoon. Bluebird skies both days. Water was very clear, i guess that's typical though. I didn't realize you weren't supposed to use soft plastic baits on that stretch....i guess because of the trout? Anyway...the sign didn't say anything about jerkbaits, so that's what i used, hopefully they aren't against the rules too. My fly fishing friend sure caught a bunch of trout. I caught a couple of browns and a rainbow, but mostly smallmouth. It seemed like kinda slow fishing, but i didn't really know what to expect out of that stretch. I caught 12 fish the first day, and 13 the second day. 1 fish was a real beauty of a smallmouth, just shy of 19 inches. I caught it just below where the spring enters the river on an x-rap. An x-rap 8 and an 110+1 style jerkbait in natural colors were working well enough for me to not change. Id throw the x-rap in the riffles and shallow wash outs, and the 110+1 in the deeper pools.
  24. 12 points
    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."
  25. 12 points
    I post these on my phone so excuse the typos. I’m down here with family again and last night I stayed up late playing cards. Put in at Cooper at 9 and ran to the cable. Threw jigs and fly fished until 2. It was on from ding to dong. It stayed overcast till noon and they were biting. Saw Babler, Chuck and a multitude of other guides and all were catching. I don’t mess with em much just lay on the board and snap a picture. The last dark one is 16” all the rest just under that Tubing on Tanlerock tomorrow with the kids but I’ll be back out Monday. This post has been promoted to an article
  26. 12 points

    Great couple days

    Had an awesome past couple days on the bull..pulled cranks for fish suspended over the tops of the brush 17 foot down over 25 foot of water. Put the hurting on them. Best day had 16 with a couple doubles. The two in the photo were one of the doubles. Love the lake, just ready for it to start its fall...speeds 2.2–utilizing cranks with erratic actions..first day I ended up with 5 fish over 25 inches.
  27. 12 points

    Big M- 6.15- Early!

    Last night I set the alarm for 3:35AM, certain we would hammer them in Topwater this AM. Got to the ramp at 5:05 and was the 3rd truck there. Went to a couple of long run outs looking for a topwater next bite and there was just zero Topwater activity. Didn’t even mark much on the graph deep so we went to plan B quickly. I was surprised and disappointed. With the clouds I thought it could have been a repeat of the epic day Mr Babler had yesterday... sadly it was not. But we got a little revenge with the drop shot. Found a school of fish in 20ft around some bushes and had a blast catching them. I caught 9, buddy had 4 (he was slow to move to a drop shot). Lots of LM a couple of spots, and one Walleye. All the LM were 1.7-2 pounders. At about 8:00 we had to run down the lake to get away from lightening when the storm came through. Marked a ton of fish around BigM in 30-40 feet but they must have had full bellies because they wanted nothing to do with us. The storm fizzled out so we went back to the same spot where we were catching them earlier but the wind had died and that put a damper on the bite. We caught a couple after the storm but not as many. Had to be off the water by 10:00 which sucked because we were on them. Still working on reading my electronics and learning to fish deeper- today was a good learning experience. Tight lines! This post has been promoted to an article
  28. 12 points

    KVD Big Bass Bash

    Personally I recommend Aunt's Creek, or that dock in Beardsley with all the no trespassing signs and security cameras. Good luck to those of you fishing it!
  29. 11 points
    Phil Lilley

    New brown trout record

    New state record brown. Official weight 40.4 pounds. Caught by Bill Babler, a long time guide. Caught near Fall Creek on a pink power worm.
  30. 11 points

    I love watching my kids reel em in

    It can sometimes be a pain trying to teach them, and it is very difficult to fish yourself with your kids that don’t yet know how. However, it is really fun watching them reel one in. Today, I took my daughter to the small creek where I learned to fish and we had a great time catching crawdads, throwing rocks, swimming, exploring, and fishing. She caught her first fish all by herself (except for me casting out for her). She saw the bobber go down, set the hook, and reeled it in all by herself. A small sun fish. She also caught her first bass today. A smallmouth. Proud daddy here.
  31. 11 points
    Fish, your a better man than me for sure. By looking at a lake map there seems to be several locations to fish on Bull Shoals. The MLF guys have really done me a favor. Every Tom, Dick and Harry right now is dragging his skag on the bottom trying to coax 1.5 pounders out of heavy bushes. We'll just set out and catch them where they live and not get hung up every 3 minutes. When I pulled over on 19 Jeff said, "wasn't there are guy just fishing this?" I said, "Not really."
  32. 11 points
    Kind of Harsh. IF your catching fish right now with anything other than dynamite more power to you. I appreciate and respect the time it takes for anyone to make a report, not to mention giving away methods to catch keeper fish. Dock is doing a great job and we all thank him and look forward to his reports. I also appreciate the other hundreds of posters that truly make this forum a keeper for sure. Good Luck
  33. 11 points

    March 11, Big M area

    Fished from first light until 2:30 PM. Sun came out in the afternoon, flat calm and it even got a little warm. Ned bite was pretty good, boated 25, mostly spots, with a few largemouth and smallmouth mixed in. Got them all on the Ned, except for one on a Keitech 2.8. Some fish were on long rocky runouts, some were just inside coves around trees. Still getting them deep, anywhere from 12-25 FOW. Surface temp inched up a degree or so since the last time I was on TR, a little over 43. Had a couple of guys about a hundred yards from me at one spot working A-rigs, they were catching bass. The 3 amigos: This post has been promoted to an article
  34. 11 points

    Trout on the fly at night

    I fish at night because I have 6 yo twins who both have autism and I work 50-70 hrs a week. I get out in the daylight too.....but not alone.
  35. 11 points

    Big One Got Away

    Well if I extend it on out to 38.5 inches I can tell you exactly. 1,588.
  36. 10 points

    if only

    if only the darn wind would not blow a hurricane every day, there is not telling how many bass could be caught. still doing the same thing. caught most of them 50 ft. deep, and of course right in the teeth of the wind. had around 15 keepers today. did take time to take a picture of ol' sleepy knickmeyer's bass. we did have some thumpers today. yesterday, we caught every bass suspended above or right on top of the shad 30 to 35 ft. as far as i can tell, for deep fishing, the lake is really fishing tiny. i feel lucky each day to find one little bunch to shoot at, and this dang wind really makes it difficult. we only had 8 keepers yesterday, but they were all good lmgs, and one brownie that was pushing 4. i sure would appreciate a calmer day for a change. bo
  37. 10 points
    lmt out

    Really good with the really bad

    Some times you have a really good trip and think I have it figure out then..... You have a day like today. We had (the wife and I)5 keepers and 4 shorts. Sister and her boyfriend in her boat 1 short. All keepers were better than 17 inches biggest 22. Had to find fish on fish finder or you weren't getting bit. On the good side got to fish with my beautiful wife which has not happened near enough this year.
  38. 10 points

    Fish are still here!

    Day 3 at Sunburst. Had a nice float Monday. SB to Landing. Gals had to up their game in the kayaks. Tons of riffle water now. Made 12 casts, caught nice little 13” bow. Just played safety boat mostly. Ran advance and eddied out to retrieve. They did well, got scared in a few spots but made it.
  39. 10 points

    Sulphur hatch on the upper White 6/20

    Went to the upper White this morning since the forecast was for minimum flow. Sulphurs started coming up around 9am and lasted until they blew the horn at noon. I fished a very shallow area that was less than a foot deep with very little current. The sulphurs were hatching in the shallow gravel and the trout were stacked in there waiting for an easy meal. It was fun because it was mostly sightcasting to cruising fish. I had a good size brown take the fly but I think I set the hook too fast and didn't connect. That is a pretty common mistake when you see them come up for the fly and then end up striking too fast. My old British friend always said to say "God save the Queen" after you see the take before setting the hook on a dry fly. Ended up with lots of rainbows including some really nice ones. Best fly was a size 16 crackleback with a yellow foam body skated on the surface. The movement really got their attention. Here is a pic of a fat one...
  40. 10 points

    Has the earth turned on its axis?

    The STL Blues in the Stanley Cup finals after a zero to hero season? Just gotta win 4...Might happen. Unbelievable!
  41. 10 points
    Bill Babler

    Aaron Martens gets it done!

    He exclusively used Morning Dawn. Yamamoto 4 in. purple cuttail has been the standard for years. Morning Dawn is the new kid on the block and really came on hard last year. One of the anglers that represents another soft plastic company was using the Purple 4in cuttail and not telling the truth. This always really aggravates me, but they do it all the time. Lying for the all mighty dollar. I used to fish 2 circuits back in the day with a guy that was represented by Strike King. Everytime he mentioned a Strike King product on either the radio or in print he would get $50.00 bonus. We never fished Strike King a single minute and he mentioned it countless times. I got sick and tired of it and told him, either he fished what he said or I was going to rat him out. We stopped fishing together. This was way before Beck and I started tournament fishing. Beck was just the opposite he would tell what we caught them on and where we caught them. Never heard him say the slightest of a fib to anyone. If you don't want to tell, just keep your mouth shut, and don't fib about it for money.
  42. 10 points


    On the opposite side of the pond in Flat creek i had a pretty good bite. I Went on Monday and didnt get a bite throwing little plastic. Hit the same spots yesterday with minnows and caught probably 40-50 with only 11 being keepers. We threw them under little floats. Most of them were on trees in 10-13ft. We saw 65 degree water up there
  43. 10 points
  44. 10 points

    Got that fever

    Man oh Man what a day! Water temp was 38 degrees... Clarity isn’t brown... Like a hard dark stain color... Like milky greenish I guess is the best way to describe it🤷🏼‍♂️🤣 Took an family friend and avid crappie fishermen from back home that relocated to NWA.... Took us a bit to locate them but once we did and put a pattern together it was on.... We put a two man limit together of 11-13 inch crappie with only one crappie that was under the length limit. It was a very subtle bite most of the day.... It was like they were just sucking on the minnow and swimming with it.... Hooks sets are free so if that line just didn’t look right in the water you grab the rod and gave it a whip. Still looking for them hammer fish like caught consistently this time of year in previous years... Think the higher water level this winter has them hidden more. I don’t know Pics below... That one pic was taken when we pulled up to count and sort out shorter fish to cull... 45 crappie game aboard all together Got that fever... God Bless and good fishing Lance
  45. 10 points
    Due to strong winds yesterday I searched a few creeks for deep fish and found nothing. I did not get a bite. This morning I fished the main lake and had approx 15 keepers and 40 fish total. Nothing big, but a good morning. With decent air temps, I was able to handle the steady northwest wind. I stayed in 40-60 flow all morning. Fished the ice jig. I normally like to mix in the 4 inch yamamoto grub, but the fish will not bite it. Perhaps the water temp needs to drop a few degrees. I did catch a few decent LM on a 3inch swimbait at daylight. I fan cast the swimbait as i search for the deep fish. There were plenty of fish i n the 15-25 ft range over deep water. I can catch a few of these fish on a swimbait at daylight.
  46. 10 points

    got to stay on the move looking

    got out today and two straight days of raining and dead cloud cover certainly did move the bait and fish around. but, you just have to keep on the move looking and they can be found. sometimes catching them can take some figuring out. fished about two hours with a chartreuse spoon without a bite and decided to put on a chrome and first drop, bam at 70 ft. deep. so, might have been catching them for the previous two hours if i had been fishing chrome. only had around 10 keeps today, but did have 4 nice lmgs. they all came 60 to 70 ft. deep. bo
  47. 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'
  48. 9 points

    Turd Polishing

    Got the decals on, runs and sags fixed, and a coat of wax. Used a nib file for the runs, then wet sanded and buffed. Like they never happened. Got some wheels for the trailer too, facelift is pretty much done. Now the inside looks old and crappy.
  49. 9 points

    They’re Biting

    4 Boats in our group fished Tuesday - Friday out of Kimberling City. Tuesday we stayed close - from Mill Creek to Schooner - caught em on a jig on some steeper banks with the boat in 25-35ft. Wednesday fished out of Baxter, caught em again on a jig. Had a good day, just not much size. Covered water from Black Oak up to Big Creek Thursday we fished from Hideaway to Aunts and back to Kimberling. It was a tough day for us, the jig bite slowed and we didn’t adjust. Started to figure some things out late to salvage a decent day on the water. Friday we found ‘em. Started the day in Indian Point, caught a few Jaws on points with the boat in 30+ feet, dragging a jig. Started chucking a JerkBait around submerged trees and spent the rest of the day catching 2-1/2 pounders with relative consistency. Lots of Smallmouth too, which is always a good time. Everyone had limits and culled all day, best 5 went just over 14lbs. Anyone fishing near Kimberling Oaks Resort, we dumped about 40lbs of Table Rock beauties off the dock last night. Grab a jerkbait and go get em. While our group only fishes The Rock once a year, if we’re lucky, we seem to get humbled one day then figure them out the next. The info on this forum is a huge resource for anyone coming down, and it’s appreciated.
  50. 9 points
    Got off work at 0600 and being my Friday decided might as well hunt the front on a flooded Corps field full of cockleburrs with the goal of trying to stay up to get back to a normal sleep pattern for the 3 day weekend. Temp was 37, strong north northwest wind, and drizzle when I left work. 20 minutes later the temp had dropped to 33 and sleeting. Changed to snow and was down to 25 when I left. Thought I'd see more than I did but did manage to harvest the lone hen mallard that came in on a string. Sat till 1130 and seen maybe a dozen birds total. Still good to get out. Hopefully small waters will harden up and start concentrating ducks to the rivers and lakes.
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