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Ranger Dave last won the day on September 11 2019

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  • Birthday 01/23/1963

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    Strafford, MO
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  1. I am not sure about Nemo, but I just stayed at Osage Bluff Campground on Truman. Walk-ins were not allowed due to the COVID factor. I don't understand why but that was the rule. Weekends required a 2 night reservation. Every site had to be reserved on-line. My experience with Nemo is that even without the COVID factor it is always booked on weekends all summer long. You might be able to get some of the non-electrical sites but I doubt too many of the electrical sites will be available with only a week or two notice.
  2. I prefer the Dam, Sterrett Creek, and the Osage Bluff areas. Too many trees, stumps, and fence rows near Buck Saw and Sparrow Foot. I just came back from a weekend fishing at the Dam area. Caught 30 fish per night, 2 nights in a row. Also caught 15 white bass.
  3. It really didn't matter this year for me. My employer would let me travel anywhere in Missouri (St. Louis, KC, Branson, etc) without even telling HR where I had been but they would NOT allow me to travel 10 nines past the State Line to fish on Spring River even if I was by myself, without having a mandatory 2 week quarantine (without pay because of willful travel). That travel restriction had a lot of forethought. I tried to get them to change it to a 100 mile radius which would have done a lot more to contain the virus but they would't even consider it. Go figure.
  4. I guess I just have a different opinion that most of you. I think I have less a chance of contacting or spreading the virus at a boat ramp than I do at Wal-mart. One of the posters indicated it was just common sense to stay away from boat ramps because of all the people. Seriously? I guess you must be going to a different type of boat ramp than I do. Most of the ramps I go to have one or two, sometimes 3 lanes to back your boat. Each boat is more than 6 foot away from each other and the loading dock only has people on it for loading. If other people are on the dock then the authorities should enforce the law and remove them from the loading dock. I don't touch anything except my truck and my boat and I always have more than 6 foot of clearance. On the lake I have considerably more than 6 feet. Let's compare this to Wal-marts or other retail stores that are now funneling all store shoppers into one entrance so an infected person now has the capability of infecting everyone that enters the store. I went to Home Depot today. They were limiting access and keeping the customers separated by 6 feet outside the store while waiting to enter. While standing in line, I noticed an employee in the parking lot collecting carts. He pushed them all up to the main door for the entering shoppers to use. No wipe down, no disinfecting wipes. Personally I think I have a better chance of contacting the virus from holding on the cart handle after someone sneezed in their hand and held onto the cart than I do at a boat ramp. My daughter is an RN at Mercy. They have a welcoming committee meet everyone entering the hospital to check their temperature and wipe them down. Last week they sent a guy through that had a 102 degree temperature. She asked the guy if someone had checked his temperature when he entered. He said yes, that is how he knew he had a 102 degree temp. So let's check him and let him go in the hospital anyway even though he has a fever but don't let anybody use the boat ramps. As of last week, Mercy had 2 infected nurses. They didn't get sick at their jobs. Both of them traveled to St. Louis over their weekend. If we truly have a stay at home order, then why does the order suggest that you go outside and do various forms of outdoor recreation and why is the State giving free fishing permits but closing the boat ramps.
  5. They have closed Drake Harbor ramp in Warsaw as of 4/4/2020. I guess they don't want anyone fishing below the dam. You know how those viruses like to hang out at boat ramps and dams.
  6. The problem is they are shutting down many of the boat ramps. The ramp below Warsaw Dam (Bledsoe Ferry) has been closed for a couple of weeks. Last night they closed Drake Harbor ramp in Warsaw. I suspect many other boat ramps will soon be closed.
  7. We can still go to Walmart but heaven forbid we go to a boat ramp. You know those viruses hang out at the boat ramps just waiting to jump in your boat.
  8. are you limited to the State Line as well? I am. I think it is ridiculous. I can travel anywhere I want to go inside the State of Missouri. I can drive over 317 miles and go to the hottest Covid-19 places and I am not even required to tell my supervisor or anyone else at work. But if I drive 90 miles west of here and cross the State line, then I am quarantined from work for 14 days. Several co-workers went to Branson over Spring Break along with travelers from all over the state and didn't even say a word. You know those virus' are just waiting at the state line to jump all over you.
  9. Has anyone been fishing for whites on the Spring or Neosho Rivers? I tried the Spring River on March 4 but didn't have any luck. The water temp was 50 degrees but it was very muddy. Graphed a lot of fish but didn't get any bites.
  10. Has any one been fishing for whites on the Spring River? I went on March 4 but didn't have any luck. I was wondering if anyone else had tried. The water temp was 50 degrees on March 4 but the water was very muddy. It was cleaner than the Neosho but still muddy. I graphed a lot of fish but couldn't get any to bite.
  11. I have Used Don Andreasen 4 times. He put a limit in the boat all but one time. Sometimes he can be a little colorful but he does know where the fish are. Take a look at BeaverFeverGuides.com. He keeps a photo log of the daily catches.
  12. 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.
  13. what part of the lake were you fishing?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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