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  1. Do hope you make it down for the March tourney it is fun and a good bunch of people. Usually wild horses couldn't keep me away but my youngest daughter is getting married and of all the weekends to pick for wedding which one do you she picked? That being said we won't be there on the 7th, but I hope you go down for it. Glad they helped you down the ramp that does sound like them. Good luck and hope to meet you on the water sometime.
  2. I really enjoyed the pictures that Nathan took I knew a few of the teams and it was neat to see everyone fishing. I was planning to fish again this year but had a death in our family and didn't come down. That didn't stop my son and nephew they used my boat and took 1st, very proud of them and happy to see they got the bites they needed. That duo is good but they have lost the last 2 years to my brother and I at the Lazy Valley tourney in March, we owe a lot of success to Phil and a class he gave at Queeny Park probably close to 30 years ago. I look forward to next years tourney and the fellowship that goes on before during and after the weigh in.
  3. Bill, congratulations you got a great payback for everything you do for this forum and your clients, we haven't officially met but I have seen you several times on taney over the years and enjoy your info, you deserved this fish.
  4. congrats great job on 2 lb line.
  5. Great read that fisherie bio is fascinating.
  6. Good advice by rps. Used to go up turnback creek jig and minnow use a flat bottom boat wear waders hop out and push your boat through 3-4 sets of riffles and then slowly fish your way back to the lake. The other tactic is go down to the points down by the dam and fish at night throwing rouges. The trip up the creek is not for the feint of heart. Good Luck
  7. Happy Birthday Phil, and welcome to the 60's it aint to bad.
  8. I was at Stockton last thurs. fri and Saturday walleye were slow I managed a couple of limits using bottom bouncers in googer creek anywhere from 9-16 ft depth. I also use a weight forward spinner { erie dearie, pygmy hot n tot etc chatreuse color with half a crawler} fishing main lake points the walleye were picky but the ones we caught were 17-18 inch average, hope this helps you guys out.
  9. Good job Duane, I think brother Dave owes you a dollar.
  10. My son and I fished the RAW tourney on Saturday and we had a great time, unfortunately our largest fish was an 18 inch brown so we didn't fill out a good total weight. Thanks to Duanes' brother Dave for inviting us, my son ended up with a battery and nice Lews rod in the raffle. Now for the gut wrenching Sunday trip back to O'Fallon, Mo. We left Branson at 12:30 and got home at 11. Spent an hour on the hiway at St. Robert and a little over 3 hours in Rolla conditions were treacherous but we were fortunate to make it home with truck and boat in tact, prayers for the several people that ended up in the hospitals throughout the I=44 corridor numerous wrecks.
  11. Seth, my son and I had a great time fishing the tourney but while I did manage an 18 inch brown that was it except for a lot of smaller fish.  We had a great time since this was our 1st RAW wont be our last, thanks to Duane's brother Dave for the invite. Now the troubling report, we left branson at 12:30 and got home at 11 in O'Fallon, Mo.  We were fortunate not to be involved in any incidents 20 vehicles off the hiway 1 hour wait by Ft. Wood, and a 3 hour wait in Rolla I understand 2 people airlifted and 30 vehicles involved I pray everyone survives. It is my opinion the state was late treating the hiway from Marshfield to Rolla was treacherous but while watching a couple of plows go by westbound the icy road melted in about 15 to 30 minutes it became wet. We were happy to get home with truck and boat in tact.

  12. Streamer, nice to meet you out on Stockton. I was in the polar kraft. We managed 9 on Friday 7 Saturday and 8 Sunday we really needed more wind, caught most of ours on bottom bouncers and weight forward spinners. Many of our fish also came in 16 - 20ft but a few larger ones in 10 -14ft.
  13. I stay at southwinds, Dale is probably booked but he knows up to the minute fishing info call and see if you can get a room roark bluff 1 mile down road.
  14. I thought that the Rock was stocked every other year with walleye fingerlings the same for Stockton. The walleye on the rock aren't targeted as much as Stockton but I don't believe they aren't populated as well as Stockton. Bull Schoals on the other hand has a good population of walleye why the rock doesn't have the same population both lakes being similar in depth and makeup. Stockton doesn't have the depth or size but I noticed more and more fisherman targeting walleye because of the good fishery we have. I believe there are good sized walleye in Stockton but the truly big walleye strain were once present in the Bull and also in table rock up in the white river arm some of those bruisers are in the 15 plus club. I knew a guy from the St. Louis area who fished up around holiday island and caught walleyes in that category. Years ago the pothole would produce those big girls also.
  15. I have fished Stockton for many years and remember when the length limit was 18. During that time I would have many days of great numbers [40 plus] but few to eat maybe 3 or 4 in a 3 day trip. If I were setting the length limit I would put it at 16 the thickness of a 16 compared to a 15 inch really makes a difference in my opinion. I to look at Stockton as a put and take fishery. It takes me 4 plus hours to reach Stockton and I love to catch and eat walleye I would probably release a trophy walleye over 25 inches but those 20's eat well. Thanks to all for an interesting read and points of view, hope to meet some of you guys on the water.
  16. Great discussion, walleye do spawn in Stockton. A good number along the dam riprap some on rocky pts throughout the lake and many spawn up in the creeks and rivers that empty into the lake. Fry success varies with lake conditions and is probably very poor even in years with good water conditions. Competition with other fish just doesn't add up to much success for the young walleye, MDC does a great job milking the spawners and growing fry and then releasing them where in a few years we have a nice walleye to catch and eat. I used to take an annual trip up turnback to catch walleye and white bass around this time of the year. We usually fish 3 days and 1 day always would be good and a front would come through and we wouldn't do any good. My best walleye was 31+ caught in turnback on a shad rap she started spewing eggs when she was netted, and continued until we made it back down to the lake she was 10 even at the trading post in greenfield spawned out. That was 30 plus years ago I have seen several 8's over the years in riffles of turnback and sure they are the same in other creeks, this year with low water I wouldn't think much of a run will occur. Good luck to all I plan to fish Stockton 2nd week of turkey season until then I would appreciate everyone release all keeper walleye until I can take a shot at them.
  17. Great day on the water its a ling drive for me to get down there but you are tempting me with your reports.
  18. Thats what I had to do I dropped the fish twice before getting it on the dock. My thumb and forefinger bled for 2 hours but I did finally get it in.
  19. I would go down and fish the dock at cooper creek public access. I went down in early january did not have my boat but we caught trout using inflated nightcrawlers and 2 browns over 20 inches. Word of warning don't forget a net. My fingers were damaged by lipping my brown both were released, their is usually fish to be caught off that dock good luck.
  20. What a good story, cudos to those people involved and the ability to react in that situation.
  21. Silver F-4 or F-5 flatfish behind 3 way swivel will do fine.
  22. Great pics looks like a great trip.
  23. You have a large kit I dont know if all that will fit in my boat. Peroxide is at the top of my list along with ibupropen, band aids. We had an incident during a walleye tourney involving my partner being impaled by a fin of a channel cat. It took a great deal of time removing and peroxide to clean it out wasn"t on board. He took a few ibuprofen and the pain subsided we cleaned it out back on land and he was fine but I carry peroxide on board now.
  24. I'm a new member long time lurker to this site. A few weeks ago I ran into Phil on Taney and chit chatted a little and felt its time for me to join this forum. I enjoy trout fishing usually a tourney at lazy valley during the winter and a trip in late july when we have our timeshare. I really love walleye fishing on stockton and the pot hole, live a little north of O'fallon, Mo and have an old lund boat.
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