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    Haris122 reacted to ozark trout fisher in Just Checking In   
    Hey everyone.
    I realize it's been several years (at least) since I've been a regular here, but to those  few of who have any idea who I am (and everyone else, of course), I hope you are all doing well and are healthy. It's been far too long since I've been able to wet a line in the Missouri Ozarks; I had a four day camping/floating trip on the 11 Point scheduled this month since literally last year. My folks and I were going to do the whole trout section and some smallie fishing dang near to the Arkansas border and were very excited about it...but my folks are a bit on the older side and have a few health conditions, so we decided to cancel it out of an abundance of caution, which broke my heart to a degree that is difficult to describe, but was probably a good call. In any case, here are a few pictures from my recent outings in and around Indiana, which, I'll stress, is not nearly as nice as the Ozarks.
    I miss you all, and I miss the Ozarks. 
    Catch a whole bunch of fish, and be safe and healthy when I can finally come back to Missouri, ya'll. 




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    Haris122 got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Proposals for Missouri Bear Hunting   
    Personally feel like it’d be better to let the population grow another 5 or so years.  Current estimate is what, 500 or so. That’s still really small number for a state the size of Missouri. Let them make a little more of a comeback before opening a season for them. 
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    Haris122 got a reaction from Terrierman in Proposals for Missouri Bear Hunting   
    Personally feel like it’d be better to let the population grow another 5 or so years.  Current estimate is what, 500 or so. That’s still really small number for a state the size of Missouri. Let them make a little more of a comeback before opening a season for them. 
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    Haris122 reacted to JUNGLE JIM 1 in Post spawn crappie & Reptile pics   
    Crappie have finished spawning finally. Girls don't have their bellies anymore. Did catch one big colored up male yesterday but wanted to get him back on it's bed quickly so no photo. Biggest crappie was a 14.5 inch female and an 18" Largemouth was the highlight for the day. As I was leaving I spotted this Black snake stretched out across the trail. I thought it was dead so I poked it with my rod and it moved a little. Got a few pics since it was in no hurry to leave. It coiled up in a strike pose and let me take it's picture. As I was leaving I spotted a small box turtle sunning itself on the road so snapped a picture before moving it to a safer place.


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    Haris122 reacted to JUNGLE JIM 1 in Late Crappie spawn   
    This is the latest in my memory that crappie have spawned here in our area. Males are finally getting dark but the girls are still full of eggs. Lake was flooded but has been dropping and for the last few trips I have been able to reach some pre-spawn fish in the brushpiles by wading with 9 and 10 foot rods. Blade baits and duck feather jigs are both working for me, the crappie have been really thumping the baits leaving no doubt when they hit. I don't know where the bigger 14 - 15 + inch females went, haven't gotten one of those in over a week but 11-13 inchers are fun too.
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    Haris122 reacted to JUNGLE JIM 1 in County Crappie Day 3   
    Baits that survived the snagfest and a bunch more that I made today. Prop baits and Tailgunners were used the majority of the time.
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    Haris122 reacted to JUNGLE JIM 1 in County Crappie Day 2   
    A few more pics from yesterday.
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    Haris122 reacted to JUNGLE JIM 1 in County park crappie   
    With the re-opening of many of the county parks including my favorite crappie lake I went out yesterday morning to give it a try despite the rainy, windy conditions. Lake is way up but still managed to find a few fish.  First one was the biggest. Thought I had my first 15 incher but she was only 14.75 inches so I'm going back today and try again. I release all crappie over 13 inches hoping to catch a giant here one day. They aren't spawning yet so might find some even bigger in the next week or two. 
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    Haris122 reacted to JUNGLE JIM 1 in Crappie time   
    We finally got some warmer temps so I decided to give the crappie itch a scratch. Despite the windy conditions the last two days I managed to find some slabs that were fat and hungry for my float  n fly's. Most were in the 12-14 inch range but caught some smaller crappie and gills as well.   
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    Haris122 reacted to jdmidwest in Feeling Feverish and Achy!   
    Because I have been out in the Sun Fishing All Weekend!  Sunburn and sore muscles.  For the first time since the first weekend in Feb, I had a weekend chance to get to TN and do some fishing.
    Started south at 4 am Sat. morn and saw my last face mask at the rest area in SE MO.  Met my Doctor Buddy at Gibson County Lake to try some crappie fishing.  Something different for a change.  As usual, I am not  a crappie fisherman and started catching bass on my lure.  He ended up with several bass too, a nice big redear, several bluegill, and one dink crappie.  The lake was packed, TN opened the flood gate early and the lake was full of boats.  Had to wait to pull out at noon while a Professional Fisher in a nice big $40k rig put his stuff in his boat, then let his wife put her stuff in the boat, all while sitting smack dab in the middle of the 2 lane ramp at the crack of noon as the 20 mph wind was driving everyone else off.  Everyone gave him the nice big one finger salute for a job well done.
    Off to Pickwick, decided to fish the river below the dam, it was down to 77k cfps and just barely fishable.  First notch I hit, second cast, nice 5 lb cat came to boat.  It will make a nice meal this week.  We ended up boating about 50 fish before dark, mostly smallies and a few kentuckys, nothing over 3 lbs.  Did catch a few white bass to go with the cat and a big skip jack.
    Fished the lake today, wind was already up this morning at launch, rough ride to the first spot.  Boated a few fish today, but it was tough.  Ended up finessing about 20 bass, but nothing better than a 3 lb smallie.  Light jigs or ned rigged worms on light tackle fished very slow caught them all.  Spawn is over and post spawn feed up has not seemed to pick up yet down there.  Water temps were pretty cool at 64 and lake was slightly above summer pool.  Lots of pleasure boat traffic.  The subdivision looked like a holiday weekend.  Temp was  86 when we pulled out and I went thru 2 big storms and hail coming back.  Jackson Tn had power outages with 70 mph wind.
    Tennessee opened back up this weekend.  State Parks were allowing campers again, boat ramps in them opened too.  We sit down last nite and had BBQ in a restaurant with many other people and traffic in Jackson was about like normal.  Like I say, I did not see a mask after I left MO.  But the Cstores and one BBQ restaurant was only place stopped.  Concessionaire at county lake only allowed 2 people in shop at a time and all chain restaurants were still drive thru only.
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    Haris122 got a reaction from JestersHK in Anyone down there for the opener?   
    I work this weekend, otherwise I would’ve been down there today, but I think I’ll go either tomorrow or Tuesday. That said, is anyone down there today, and if so, how is the fishing and the crowd. 
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    Haris122 reacted to Seth in Anyone down there for the opener?   
    Water clarity wasn’t the greatest. Fish seemed to he very congregated in certain spots. I helped my fiance catch her five at the buzzer and then fishing slowed. We basically waited around till 9:30 to get in a spot where fish were biting and then caught a 10-12 in short order down below the bathroom hole on a black/yellow jig and orange trout worm.
    I’m not sure how many tags were sold but park was the busiest tyat I can remember seeing today.
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    Haris122 got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Let's see your river pics!   
    Beautiful pictures guys. Here’s a few of mine. Will try to get a few more posted. 

    Meramec between Sherman Beach and Castlewood I believe. 
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    Red Ribbon section of Meramec between Hwy 8 and the Springs.



     
    Castor River Shutins at Amidon

     
    Johnson Shutins on the Black River  

     
     
     
     
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    Haris122 got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Let's see your river pics!   
    I think there’s still a few parts of it that are still kind of nice looking. Some of the area around Unger I think still looks nice for example. Not like some of the big floating stretches but still better than some of the rest. 
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    Haris122 got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Let's see your river pics!   
    I think there’s still a few parts of it that are still kind of nice looking. Some of the area around Unger I think still looks nice for example. Not like some of the big floating stretches but still better than some of the rest. 
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    Haris122 got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Let's see your river pics!   
    Beautiful pictures guys. Here’s a few of mine. Will try to get a few more posted. 

    Meramec between Sherman Beach and Castlewood I believe. 
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    Red Ribbon section of Meramec between Hwy 8 and the Springs.



     
    Castor River Shutins at Amidon

     
    Johnson Shutins on the Black River  

     
     
     
     
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    Haris122 got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Crappie in Reelfoot Lake?   
    Wish I could help but unfortunately when I went none of us 3 caught a single crappie though that was what we primarily tried to catch. Minnows, jigs, little crankbaits, all that, and not one crappie. 
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    Haris122 reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in Here one day gone the next   
    Went out on the lower yesterday and today.  Water temp yesterday was 44 and the river has been dropping steadily since the last rain.  Left the house early and it was 26 degrees with heavy frost.  When I finished ti was 46.  Kind of windy but not bad at all.  Did a lot of looking before I threw a bait and the third eddy was on.  Nice foam whirlpool and they were stacked in it.  Caught a bunch of small spots, several large crappie and lost two good smallies at the boat fiddling with the net.  I hate treble hooks.  Most were caught on a tube and the smallies ate a stick bait.  
    Went back today and hoped I would whack em.  NOT!  the river dropped so much the whirlpool was gone and I couldn't find fish anywhere.  Packed it in and went home.  Boat ran great!  No people out!  Saw two bald eagles.  
     
     


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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in crappie 11/4   
    I never really try the catfish lakes, good tip.  I bet they don't get hit very hard for crappie.  I bounce around from lake to lake casting and swimming small jigs and can usually catch a decent mess of good eaters.  As the weather gets colder and colder that pattern gets less productive.  Since you cant rent boats in the winter I have trouble getting them from the bank on the clearer lakes, which in my experience hold bigger crappie.  33 and a few other lakes stay fairly stained all year and the fish stay on that shallow brush.  I am no purist however, and cant resist catching dink after dink especially when my alternative is 1 bite an hour or less this time of year.
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in crappie 11/4   
    Yeah my car is always covered in white dust from october through may! 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in crappie 11/4   
    Welp, my guess was wrong....went up sunday afternoon for a few hours and got skunked at 36, and 30.  Went to 33 and pretty much had the place to myself which was unusual.  Caught 18 but 14 were dinks, and it was kinda slow the whole time.  Ate 4 for dinner and composted the rest.

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    Haris122 got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Variety is the spice of life   
    I've had years when I've seen less than this one, but that's not saying much. Seems like I hardly ever see any. Figure one of these years I'd have a season where I see them frequently, but not looking like it's this season either. I'm hoping to have a clean kill like she did. Except, I'd hope they drop right in their tracks and don't get back up. My rifle caliber is not as potent (7.62x39), but I think my bullet selection this year is better than what I got my first 3 deer with, and in general I haven't got any shots that were all that far anyways. Now I just need to get a shot opportunity to really find out if these rounds do the job as humanely as I hope they do.
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    Haris122 got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    Sounds like it got some potential for bigger fish in the deep spots. Either way nice scenery I would imagine. 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    2 cars and dropped 1 off, there were 3 of us, so we didn't have to leave our rigs unattended. 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in crappie 11/4   
    Hit busch yesterday for some groceries.  Caught eaters at 36, and 38, only got 8 though swimming jigs 3-5 feet down near any vegetation still alive.  Saw lots of cars parked on the dam at 33, so my guess is that you can catch boatloads of dinks there with about 1 in 10 fish being 9 inches or better.  Its getting cold quick!  My guess is that they will be very catch-able until everything freezes up.
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