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    6" of rain so far...

    I love it when the water gets to moving - it’s like magic. Unfortunately, I am stuck in town until Saturday. Mike
  2. RPS, glad you are OK! They should make it right. Wrench - I don’t understand the need for a splice; I wired mine with a new plug and screwed connections. That motor pulls just shy of 60A and a standard 50A breaker will not work - had to order mine from MK. Anyway, I always unplug mine when charging or not in use and that’s why I went with a new plug. I’m concerned about spikes with the electronics in them - maybe I’m paranoid, but likely just another symptom of my OCD. Mike
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    2003 Tracker Pro Deep V 17 WT 75 hp Merc

    I’d be interested to see your replacement walleye rig... Mike
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    Flutter spoon questions

    I am sure you will catch fish; you will likely catch cabling as well so bring more than one... Mike
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    Flutter spoon questions

    They work just dandy on LOZ for LM and stripers/hybrids; my experience is they are more of a warm(60+) water deal but others may fish them effectively in colder water. Last weekend a good number of fish were suspended at 22’ in deep water and a friend was doing well with one counting down and horizontal jigging through them. Mike
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    Walleye round two

    Nice - thanks for sharing! I may have to get some 11s now...but you never can have too many crankbaits... 😏. I am guessing you are just running 4 lines with 2 boards? Either that or you are in fantastic shape... I can’t handle more than 4 unless the water is flat and the big boat operators are still sleeping. Mike
  7. I am not good at this. Carry on. Mike
  8. I wouldn’t think you could safely go over 1000# in the bed under any circumstances and that would be for a low speed no sudden moves very short at your own risk trip. Check your tire rating. I think the payloads ratings are ambiguous for a reason - if safety is important you should not try to go to the max. A half ton full size pickup is 1000# and you can tell when you exceed that(although I have for short hauls), the Canyon is “less than” by I would guess 30%.... Mike
  9. Outside of AMart my crew Is again a no show for the weekend. My first pass “gut” picks(Tharp, J Van Dam, J Pow) are doing well but of course I changed late after looking at track record and did not go with them...still enjoy this whole thing. Mike
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    Report from first visit ...

    The wife and I have been down this week for the first time; stayed at Stockton Lake Cabins and ramped in and out at Rb - fished from the State Park to the dam. While several days were devoted to friends and teenage kids(girls) we did get in some good fishing and got a taste of what Stockton has to offer - what a beautiful lake and fishery! I like walleye, and that was my main target this week, but we caught a mixed bag using a variety of techniques. The thermocline has pretty much set up near the dam by this morning at 28 ft where early in the week is was spotty and closer to 22 ft. You can still catch nice walleye and crappie shallower than 26ft early and late but once the sun is up everything we caught was in the 26-28 ft range pulling crankbaits(Wiggle Warts, Deep Tail Dancers, and Reef Runner 600s), bouncing or spooning. By the end of the week we were using lead core to get down with less behind the boat as the wind can, and did, make a mess of things at times- part of the challenge! Other successful offerings were Bink’s spoons and slow death rigs with gold Mack’s blades and 1 1/2 oz bouncers. Lodging was good, ramps great, lake fantastic, and the weather was HOT! The surprise of the week for me was the size and n7mbers of BIG Bluegill in this lake - we caught them on everything and sampled some too - delicious! We will be back. Mike
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    Report from first visit ...

    Those look like a good deal to me. I hope to make it back soon too! Mike
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    Report from first visit ...

    That was me; nice visiting with you and putting a face to a name! Mike
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    Report from first visit ...

    I have without doubt learned a lot from this site and it’s members over the years; thanks to Phil for the forum and the members for sharing information. Have been blessed to ply the waters of Stockton, Bull, LOZ, and Norfork to name a few since my first visit and in many ways they fish the same while having their own unique character and new opportunities to learn new things. Love this site and love to fish.... Oh, and I can’t forget to add that big walleye(well fed 23”)was naturally caught by my wife ..... on a “naked” slow death rig. Mike
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    Thermocline

    Most of the fish were suspending in the 22-28 ft range this afternoon on the lower end; saw some evidence of a thermal layer but it was not consistent. I caught lots of fish on a 1/2 oz spoon but only 3 good walleye. Mike
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    Fish Cleaning Stations?

    Hey guys, making my first trip to Stockton next week with my wife and I know nothing about the lay of the land. I can locate ramps easily enough, but can’t find any information on the availability of fish cleaning stations. Are there any available for public use? Mike
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    Fish Cleaning Stations?

    I only pursue what my wife and I enjoy eating these days. Sure, I catch green fish(and other species) while I’m at it but they are not allowed in the livewell. Mike
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    Fish Cleaning Stations?

    Sounds like if you were in a boat or on the bank fishing when stopped there would be trouble. I can’t imagine if you are trailered and on your way out that there would be a fuss. I’ll let you know after my ticket next week...😉 Mike
  18. Have been too busy traveling with work and clearing the decks of honey dos at home to get to the lake lately - finally made a day of it Friday and dodged lightening bolts Saturday looking for fish. Had a friend who is a lifelong Mark Twain fisherman on board and he was stunned at the quality of crappie in LOZ. Friday AM we started looking shallow for bass and crappie but caught nothing but bucks and quickly decided to move out and try and pick up staging crappie in deeper water - we caught our 15 each dragging clown colored cranks at 18-24 ft in 30-60 FOW. While the action was not fast and furious most of these fish were 12-14” and we only caught 1 crappie less than 10” with lots of 14-17” largemouth mixed in. We cleaned the crappie and went back out looking for walleye and stripers; blanked on the walleye but caught a handful of big whites and 3 hybrids spooning with the largest pushing 10#. Saturday we tried walleye early with no luck but caught some nice largemouth instead on Keitechs before round one of storms pushed us under cover. When those laid down we went out again in the afternoon looking for crappie and in an hour had 18 before round two of storms rolled in - size was not as good as Friday with no fish over 13 but the action was better. There was a break in the storms again and we tried to get out but rounded the corner to black skies and had to reconsider but despite limited time fishing Saturday it was great to get on the water again. Boat traffic was pretty heavy Saturday with some real knuckleheads out there with absolutely no spatial awareness. I was saddened to hear about the kids Friday night and I can’t do anything but SMH when I see some of these folks behind the wheel of a watercraft on a lake with that much traffic - as time passes I become more a proponent of a REAL operators certification requirement. Although I did see 5-O working the Osage/Gravois confluence at dusk handing out speeding tickets, they can’t fix stupid... Mike
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    Triple Fatality Boating Accident at MM47

    Speed limit at night is 30 on LOZ. Mike
  20. Have been too busy traveling with work and clearing the decks of honey dos at home to get to the lake lately - finally made a day of it Friday and dodged lightening bolts Saturday looking for fish. Had a friend who is a lifelong Mark Twain fisherman on board and he was stunned at the quality of crappie in LOZ. Friday AM we started looking shallow for bass and crappie but caught nothing but bucks and quickly decided to move out and try and pick up staging crappie in deeper water - we caught our 15 each dragging clown colored cranks at 18-24 ft in 30-60 FOW. While the action was not fast and furious most of these fish were 12-14” and we only caught 1 crappie less than 10” with lots of 14-17” largemouth mixed in. We cleaned the crappie and went back out looking for walleye and stripers; blanked on the walleye but caught a handful of big whites and 3 hybrids spooning with the largest pushing 10#. Saturday we tried walleye early with no luck but caught some nice largemouth instead on Keitechs before round one of storms pushed us under cover. When those laid down we went out again in the afternoon looking for crappie and in an hour had 18 before round two of storms rolled in - size was not as good as Friday with no fish over 13 but the action was better. There was a break in the storms again and we tried to get out but rounded the corner to black skies and had to reconsider but despite limited time fishing Saturday it was great to get on the water again. Boat traffic was pretty heavy Saturday with some real knuckleheads out there with absolutely no spatial awareness. I was saddened to hear about the kids Friday night and I can’t do anything but SMH when I see some of these folks behind the wheel of a watercraft on a lake with that much traffic - as time passes I become more a proponent of a REAL operators certification requirement. Although I did see 5-O working the Osage/Gravois confluence at dusk handing out speeding tickets, they can’t fix stupid... Mike This post has been promoted to an article
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    Right Place, Right Time...

    Sweet. Mike
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    latest on stockton

    X2! Mike
  23. Enjoy the company 😏. It doesn’t help when your picks don’t show up(figuratively) either....
  24. Thanks. Pretty sure I need points...😄 Mike
  25. I am obviously new to this Fantasy thing(see my standings🙄); how does ownership percentage affect scoring? I am already out of this thing, just would like to better understand the error of my ways..... Mike
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