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  1. A bit of a delay on posting this, but, was down at Lost Bridge the week of the 4th. Water temps were in the low 80's and there is plenty of water in the lake. We fished each morning from 5 until the kids got hungry which was usually 9ish. Then went back out from 6:30 to 9ish each evening. Had a pretty good week. Didn't set the world on fire but caught fish steady and had a several flurries of schooling fish. The lake was dead calm almost every trip out. We fished the whole week in Big Clifty. Found groups of fish on several main lake points that were there all week. We would have the boat sitting in 40-50 ft on the points and just fan casting around. they would come up to school from time to time and it would be on then. When they weren't schooling they would hit bottom baits. Most of the fish were caught on Ned or shakey heads with the rest being on topwater. I did have one good largemouth on a black spinnerbait right at dark. It was the biggest fish of the week and was right at 4lbs. (It was the biggest LM i have caught on Beaver) Cuaght a good walleye as well. He hit a shakey head in about 30 ft of water. Was a very fun week.
  2. Something came loose in the lower unit and ground up some gears. Its a 1985 and has never had any work done on it up to this point other than routine maintenance. I am the 3rd owner and know the previous two owners. Hopefully I can find a new lower unit and keep her running for a bit longer.
  3. Had a pretty good day with Neds around Baxter. Stayed within trolling motor range of the Baxter boat ramp due to some technical difficulties. Fished from 6 to around 2:30 and ended the day with right at 30 fish with 10 keepers. Had 2 on topwater and 2 on swimbaits and the rest were all victims of ned. Most fish were in 10-20 ft range with a handful in less than 5. Had a couple that were pushing 3 lbs but most were in the 13” to 16” range. Color of ned didnt seem to matter. Despite the boat malfunction it was a very good day on the water.
  4. Few days late on the report. Had a great time fishing the early mornings Tuesday through Thursday. Got out at around 5 each morning and then had the boys back in time for breakfast around 830 every day. The fishing surprised me and was a little better than I had expected. Had between 20-25 each day. Only one or two each day that would have hit the 15" mark but we weren't too concerned about that, just wanted to set the hook. Could not get bit hardly on top water at all for some reason. Ned did 90% of the damage for us. Tuesday the 3rd we fished main channel points in Indian Creek. Had 1 plopper fish and then 25 or so on Ned and Shakey Heads with speed craw. All of our fish were on chunk rock of bluffy banks in 15-20 ft of water. Wednesday and Thursday (4th & 5th) we fished Big Clifty. Fished the same bluff end both days and had 25 plus each day. These fish were a little deeper 25-30 ft. Again, most of the damage with Ned with a few on a shakey head. Each day managed to catch a couple of mean mouth as well. Most of these fish were spitting up shad as we got them to the boat. I tried several different grubs, Keitech's, and other small swimbaits and they would not touch them. Had a few nip at the tail. They wanted the Ned. Was a great few days. Caught some fish, saw some fireworks, and had a great time with the fam. I was a very gracious guide, each day I only boated 1-2 fish while everyone else had a hayday... lol
  5. Fished from 7 until around 3 with full intentions of trying to get a few crappie. That did not work out. Ended up getting skunked on those. Did however find white bass that just wouldn't quit. Ended up catching 52 and left with them still biting. Gave the whites a short break this afternoon and did catch 10 largemouth, 3 keepers, on a rockcrawler parralleling some chunk rock banks with some wind. Went back and the whites were still going until I left. All the whites came on an A-rig. Had probably 16 or so whites that were over 15".
  6. It is definitely on fire. I actually was unaware of the limit on the ones over 18" until last week. Only 13 of them went into the livewell and I dont think I was lucky enough to have any hit the 18" mark. That would be one heck of a fight.
  7. Fished from 7 until around 3 with full intentions of trying to get a few crappie. That did not work out. Ended up getting skunked on those. Did however find white bass that just wouldn't quit. Ended up catching 52 and left with them still biting. Gave the whites a short break this afternoon and did catch 10 largemouth, 3 keepers, on a rockcrawler parralleling some chunk rock banks with some wind. Went back and the whites were still going until I left. All the whites came on an A-rig. Had probably 16 or so whites that were over 15". This post has been promoted to an article
  8. Nice job on the crappie. I fished sons and all I could catch were whites. Had 52 white bass and 10 largemouth.
  9. Prettymuch what everyone else is saying. I fished Sons creek arm and water was 57-59. Water was fairly clear until You get way up the river arm.
  10. Very nice! I am heading up tomorrow. Fishing for bass and or crappie, which ever wants to bite.
  11. I am heading up tomorrow. Gonna launch at Mutton but havnt decided which direction Im gonna go yet. Will be fishing for bass and crappie, whichever wants to bite. Will reply tomorrow with some details on the water conditions.
  12. Fished for 4 days and the fishing was steady every day except for Thursday the 22nd. Here is a quick recap for each day. Thursday 3/22 Launched at Baxter at 7 and loaded the boat around 3:30. Fished from Campbell's Point all the way to Mill Creek launch at Kimberling. Covered a lot of water with little to show for it. Ended the day only catching 3 with 1 being a keeper Kentucky. Not really much to say. We threw cranks, spinnerbaits, a-rigs, and neds to no avail. Luckily, this was the worst day and it got better from there. Friday 3/23 Launched at Moonshine at 7 and fished until around 4 or so. Fished from the dam almost to Kimberling City. I think we ended up with 16-18 or so fish and had 6 keepers. The fish were split pretty evenly between a jerk bait and the a-rig. The jerkbait fish were all coming from cedar trees on the outside of pockets and cuts. This is what all the better fish from the weekend came on. Lost one that would have been around 5lbs on Friday. Got it almost to the boat and it decided to take a turn into one of the previously mentioned cedars. Did get the megabass jerk bait back though. The a-rig fish were scattered. Out deep off of points and also caught several casting right up to the bank and slow rolling it back. Best 5 that made it in the boat would have been around 12 lbs maybe. Saturday 3/24 Launched at Moonshine and started the day in Spring branch. Worked the first couple of points and pockets and had a limited by 8am using both a-rig and jerk bait. Shortly after 8 we caught our big fish of the weekend. 4.76 largemouth out of a cedar tree on the jerk bait again. It was good enough to place 3rd for the hourly weigh in and win us our entry fee back. Fished several pockets around the dam and then back up towards spring branch the rest of the day. Ended up with 15 fish and had probably 10 keepers. The bite really died off for us after around 11:45 or so. Only a couple of fish after that. Sunday 3/25 Fished same locations as Saturday, but, much slower early on. Managed only a couple of fish by 10:30 or so. Switched up to just chucking the a-rig and did manage to start catching some with some consistency. Mostly smallies. Ended the day with around 16 or so with 8 keepers. Of the 8 keeper fish 6 were smallies. Most of them looked like they were about to pop. They were all in that 8-10 foot range and were just crushing the a-rig. Could not get them to hit anything else. Here are some of the fish from the weekend. Had pretty good weather, caught some fish, and spent some time on the water with some good friends so it was definitely a successful weekend.
  13. Fished for 4 days and the fishing was steady every day except for Thursday the 22nd. Here is a quick recap for each day. Thursday 3/22 Launched at Baxter at 7 and loaded the boat around 3:30. Fished from Campbell's Point all the way to Mill Creek launch at Kimberling. Covered a lot of water with little to show for it. Ended the day only catching 3 with 1 being a keeper Kentucky. Not really much to say. We threw cranks, spinnerbaits, a-rigs, and neds to no avail. Luckily, this was the worst day and it got better from there. Friday 3/23 Launched at Moonshine at 7 and fished until around 4 or so. Fished from the dam almost to Kimberling City. I think we ended up with 16-18 or so fish and had 6 keepers. The fish were split pretty evenly between a jerk bait and the a-rig. The jerkbait fish were all coming from cedar trees on the outside of pockets and cuts. This is what all the better fish from the weekend came on. Lost one that would have been around 5lbs on Friday. Got it almost to the boat and it decided to take a turn into one of the previously mentioned cedars. Did get the megabass jerk bait back though. The a-rig fish were scattered. Out deep off of points and also caught several casting right up to the bank and slow rolling it back. Best 5 that made it in the boat would have been around 12 lbs maybe. Saturday 3/24 Launched at Moonshine and started the day in Spring branch. Worked the first couple of points and pockets and had a limited by 8am using both a-rig and jerk bait. Shortly after 8 we caught our big fish of the weekend. 4.76 largemouth out of a cedar tree on the jerk bait again. It was good enough to place 3rd for the hourly weigh in and win us our entry fee back. Fished several pockets around the dam and then back up towards spring branch the rest of the day. Ended up with 15 fish and had probably 10 keepers. The bite really died off for us after around 11:45 or so. Only a couple of fish after that. Sunday 3/25 Fished same locations as Saturday, but, much slower early on. Managed only a couple of fish by 10:30 or so. Switched up to just chucking the a-rig and did manage to start catching some with some consistency. Mostly smallies. Ended the day with around 16 or so with 8 keepers. Of the 8 keeper fish 6 were smallies. Most of them looked like they were about to pop. They were all in that 8-10 foot range and were just crushing the a-rig. Could not get them to hit anything else. Here are some of the fish from the weekend. Had pretty good weather, caught some fish, and spent some time on the water with some good friends so it was definitely a successful weekend. This post has been promoted to an article
  14. Sounds like I picked the wrong body of water. I flipped a coin on Wednesday between Table Rock and Stockton and ended up at Stockton. Was hoping for a crank or spinnerbait bite but that was not in the cards there. Water there was dirty but not terrible, but, did not get a bite in any of the brown water. Went north to some cleaner water and managed 8 fish, with 4 keepers. Wednesday was a beautiful day and I did catch some fish so I'll take it.
  15. Fished all day and ended up with 8 fish, 4 of which were keepers. Also had one white. Launched around 8 out of Mutton Creek, water was pretty dirty. Fished for a couple of hours on the main lake around Mutton without a nibble. Decided to go North to get out of the mud. All of my fish were caught in the back of Hawker. Chunk rock banks 15-18 feet and all came on the A-rig. Water temp was 43-44. Could not get bit on ned, jerkbait, or jig. For most of the day it was dead calm with just a slight breeze, then later in the day the wind picked up a bit. Did not seem to help the bite though. Was a beautiful day out and got to set the hook a few times, so it was a success. The water starts to clear up about halfway between Mutton and the bridge. The really muddy water in the main channel is a bit warmer than off in the creeks. It was 48-49 and then would drop to 43-44 once you pulled off into a cove. The first pic is at the Mutton Creek ramp. The other pic is at the mouth of Hawker. These are the 4 keepers. Nothing special, just 15-16". And the white Banks like this were the only places I could get bit. The real chunky rock on a steep bank.
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