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  • Birthday 01/23/1963

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    Strafford, MO
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  1. 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.
  2. what part of the lake were you fishing?
  3. I heard reports from Saturday of people catching over 300 in a day. I heard they were quite a bit above Hwy 10 bridge. I fished below 10 bridge between the power line and the floating cabins and I only caught 10. My brother-in-law drove over I-44 and said there were about 50 boats on both sides of I-44. How do you get there? I get a little scared when I drive upstream of 10 bridge. I can go about 1/2 mile upstream from the bridge and then I hit the big gravel bar and it gets extremely shallow. How is everyone getting past the gravel bar? Does it get deeper once you are over the gravel bar? I saw a lot of large boats with 150 and 200 hp outboards driving past me while I was in the lower section so they are getting past the gravel bar somehow.
  4. I recommend the Duracell batteries made by East Penn sold at Sam's. They have a size 27 and a 31. I think the 27 was around $87 and the 31 was around $99.
  5. We caught most of ours near the power line south of the floating cabins. We went again yesterday. We tried the 10 Bridge area but didn't do as well as the power line area and I don't like taking my boat past the shallow area north of the cabins. Brought home 54 whites and 2 crappie yesterday. In all, we have caught 184 whites and 2 crappie in the last 2 1/2 weeks. I think the peak is over now. The fishing was a little slower yesterday than it was last week. The first 2 trips we used shad raps and flicker shads. The last 2 trips we used buck tail jigs. They really seemed to like the gray buck tails.
  6. I have made 3 trips to Spring River in the last 2 weeks (April 12, April 21, and April 24). Caught 40 the first trip, 39 the second trip, and 65 the second trip. Average length was about 14inches but had about 20 close to 17 inches. Water temp was 62. Typically an early bite, before 11 AM.
  7. You can purchase one at any Corp Campground and have it immediately
  8. What part of the lake were you at? Was it at a boat ramp or just along the shore line?
  9. A lot depends on what direction you are coming from. I personally like using the following ramps: Osage Bluff, Sterrett Creek, State Park, or Shawnee Bend at the Dam. All 3 of the main rivers come together in this region of the lake so you can head several different directions. The water can get rough in some of the large areas but typically it is not too bad. If you are coming from the Clinton side of the lake, try Windsor Crossing, Long Shoal, or Buck Saw.
  10. +1. NADA Boats will provide a low retail and an average retail appraisal for your trailer. Depending on the type of trailer, typically $300 to $500.
  11. Ranger Dave


    Closest ramp with a loading dock would be High Point.
  12. Where are you finding this information? I looked on www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm and it still says May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In the FAQ section it stated: Does the Senior Pass include any discounts at Federal Recreation sites? At many sites the Senior Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).
  13. Don't forget that with the old Golden Age Passport or the America the Beautiful Senior Pass you can purchase the $40 Annual Use Permit for only $20 (half price). The $10 increase from $30 to $40 only increases the permit by $5 when using one of the Senior passes.
  14. Where did you go from Lost Bridge? Towards the Dam or Point 5? What were you using for bait?
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