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    dan hufferd reacted to Bill Babler for a article, Simply Unreal Fishing   
    Ethan with a Super nice Taney Brown Trout male with Kype in full spawning colors.
    Click on the pic for a totally beautiful male brown in full color.
    On Taney everyday this past week with results that were beyond good, especially for the Summer heat.  If you can fish, Great.  If you can't fish much it does not matter, your still going to get bit.
    Have not fished above Dave's flat or below Lilley's, all in between, mostly averaging about 50 fish per day with most in the 14 plus inch class,  with lots and lots bigger, and very few smaller.
    By playing the flow you can continue to have success throughout the morning.  I'm starting at either 5:30 or 6 am.  Till 8 am you cannot make a mistake.  Stickbaits, Power Bait, Crawlers, jigs, PW, all are working.   
    When the sun hits the ball game changes, as does the flow but the bite can continue if you adapt.  Seems like at about 8 the flow really slow down, and at this time if you go to live bait your not in trouble.  The Power worm, power bait or sitckbaits will almost go dead.   You can go to a TJ full micro in pink or any small pink jig under 100 oz and you will still be fine, with that or a crawler.
    I have not been out there as much latter in the morning past 10 am but the guides that are taking multiple trips are telling me at 11 am or so when the flow increases the bites are totally insane on a crawler or down around monkey on PB.
    If you watch it and only keep the quality fish you can clean 4 fish that easily weight close to 5 pounds after they are gilled and gutted.  Over a pound and a quarter average and that is fantastic, at any time of the year, let alone dead of Summer.

    Lots of brown trout currently on the move above Lilley's.  They seem to be hanging in any of the bends or deeper pockets and by that I mean just depth changes, as really there is not a lot of deep water right now.

     
    Big fish are also coming in as just about every trip  we are catching both rainbows and browns in the 20" to 22" class.  
    If you get a chance even though its hot outside right now so is the bite.  Come on down.
    Good Luck
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    dan hufferd reacted to Lifes2Short for a article, Monday Crappie!   
    Nice afternoon on the water, ended up with 24 keepers and these two nice 14 inch slabs!  Out of Mutton Creek with 60° to 63° water. Jigs in 6 to 12 feet of water. Maybe it’s going to happen this week.....  Tight Lines!


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    dan hufferd reacted to Johnsfolly for a article, Chincoteague Island 2018 - A Folly Fish Story!   
    After a successful ocean fishing trip in Ocean City, I looked a bit further down south of us in Virginia to see where we could go next. With Livie completing her 2018 species goal, I wanted to have the opportunity at some new fish for myself to meet my goals. Also I wanted a nice family get away as well. The Assateague and Chincoteague islands looked promising. So I booked a charter out of Chincoteague for 7:30 am Friday morning. Instead of driving down at O'dark thirty, my Betterhalf got us accommodations for Thursday night. Unlike the BilletHeads we were not going to be roughing it at all on tis trip .
    When you have spent over a month in a half this year in hotels like I have, you can reap the benefits of the rewards like booking a stay without paying a dime on the room!

    Outside of the hotel in the morning we were met with another beautiful day.

    After the complimentary breakfast, we headed to the dock to meet Capt. Pete and the Fish Tales. He only books a single group of folks at one time and up to six anglers. With three of us there was plenty of room on the boat. The water was calm and there was fish busting the surface where ever we looked. The mate and Captain kept saying that was baitfish, but in the Folly eyes, those could be a new target! We headed out of Tom's cove and just out into the Atlantic. This was a comfortable trip with us fishing out of our chairs with rods dropping baits over the sides. As with the Ocean city fishing trip, I was the first to hook up with an Atlantic croaker.

    We sore mouthed quite a few with Livie and my Betterhalf catching several each and even doubling up at times.


     
    Livie just loves noisy fish and would squeal with delight at every croak these fish made when she caught one.

    On the way out to fish we mentioned that we might take some fish home, but we really wanted to catch a few different fish and just have some fun. While we were bottom fishing the mate set out a cut bait under a float. It wasn't more than a minute or two that the float went under and he was calling to have someone reel in the fish. Livie junped up and began her fight with a bigger fish. After about a 10 to 12 minute fight she had the fish to the boat and the mate hauled it on board. It was  nice male Atlantic sharpnose shark!

    I will state that we Follys are omnivores and are not likely to pass on fresh fish particularly if they are a sustainable species. So this guy did end up on ice. The mate got the line baited again and this time I was on the rod to land my first sharpnose shark!

    He was the lucky one and was soon released. We continued bottom fishing this deeper water and both Livie and I caught Virginia Trout - @JestersHK would be proud! These are really sea trout or weakfish. related to the croakers and other drum species.


    We moved into shallower water in Tom's Cove between Assateague and Chincoteague islands to try for kingfish (another drum species also known as whiting). We saw several small pods of dolphins and a few loggerhead turtles taking a breath. There were lots of shore birds, pelicans, skimmers, etc. that would have made for a nice birding trip if we weren't set on fishing! We dropped our lines and I was again the first to get bit and land my first southern kingfish!

    Then my Betterhalf.

    As with the croakers both Sue and Livie had doubles at times.

    Several kingfish went into the box for a future fish fry. We caught a bunch of other fish that the mate called white perch. Since we have caught whiter perch I didn't take any photos. However, these were a very silvery fish with yellow fins and tail. They didn't look like white perch that we have caught in the rivers near home. I kept thinking that maybe is the saltwater they were different color phase. At home I looked at a lot of white perch photos and none had that same coloration as these fish. I looked up saltwater fish of Virginia and found a reference to silver perch. All of the photos for that species matched what the fish that we caught.  All too son the trip ended and we headed past the island and back to the harbor.

    At the end of the day, Livie and I both caught four new life list fish and my Betterhalf only three since she opted out of trying for a shark of her own. As we headed back to Maryland, we talked about trying to come down again in Sept. Looking forward to that trip!
     
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    dan hufferd reacted to Bill Babler for a article, Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report 8-6-18   
    White River Outfitters Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report

    Well the Surface temps have upped  and then down and now back up.  We have gone in the mid-lake area from 88.9 down to 79.9 to today at 84 degree in the last 8 to 10 days.  My gravy train of concentrated fish has ended and they have scattered throughout the entire water column.  We had top water fish this morning and If I had been there quicker we would have had more.  This deal has really changed.  Lots of singles and very few multiples.  The best fish chasing are SM and they will hit a top water if you can get it to them in a hurry.  Had been catching some of the Dixie Jet but just a couple of pecks on it this morning.  Most fish coming on the drop shot in 27 to 36 ft. either on the bottom or suspended.  Again lots of nice size K's not as big as they have been but most pushing the 14.5 to 15.5 inch mark.

    There are shad of every size right now and the K's seem to be hitting the young Threadfin and the Big Jaw's are after the small Gizzards.  When you see a single fish chase its going to be a nice jaw in the mid-lake area, if you see multiple its K's and Whites.

    On the drop shot this morning if we could see them we got bit most of the time.  We however were hunting for singles and doubles and did not see a single set of marks with over 3 fish in the school.  The last month I've been fishing to worming schools of K's that had multiples of 10 in them.

    Man we had a great bite here from May to August 1st.   Now we are kind of back to Summer fishing where the fish have seen just about everything we have to offer them and on top of that they decided they don't like each other and have singled and paired up.
    There are probably some big whites to be caught if you wanted to work at them, but most of my folks have been after the green fish.  I believe however you could target them in the pockets.

    This morning we had LM-K-SM and White so a bit of everything except my normal Eye.  Shad shape worm and a cut tail early then they got fussy and wanted the real thing about 9 AM so we gave it to them.  Nothing on a jigging spoon, only the top water and the drop shot baits.  

    The photo's are from the last several days.  Here is a really nice Jaw on a Lake Fork 6" chrome spoon that was chasing Gizzards

    Here is the release swim away

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    dan hufferd reacted to duckydoty for a article, Painting jerkbaits for big trout   
    I have started to paint jerkbaits for big browns.  Now, I am completely new to this and just diving right in head first.  I purchased a fairly cheap complete airbrush kit from Hobby Lobby, water based acrylic paints, powdered mica pearl pigments, and 2 part epoxy clear coat as recommended by our very own Mr. Billethead.  Thanks Marty!  Been gathering various jerkbait blanks from different suppliers looking for ones I can get to suspend.  I’ve been trying my hand at two different color schemes and feel like I’m starting to get them dialed in.  My ultimate goal is to get a rainbow trout and brown trout pattern dial in but I’m a long ways off from that yet. It has been an enjoyable way to spend what little spare time I have this time of year sucking up some AC and staying out of the heat.




     
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    dan hufferd reacted to Johnsfolly for a article, Logperch at Last   
    When we were at the Johnson Shut-ins last week, I saw several different species of fish that I would love to catch including several greenside darters and a couple of logperch. The logperch is one of Missouri's largest darter species and one species that I had not yet seen let alone had the opportunity to catch. Also this area also has the brook darter. I didn't get to fish the last time down, so I packed up my daughter and we went yesterday as sort of a pre-Father's day event. BilletHead has started discussions on several occasions about what would you do for a single fish, drive 40 minutes, 2 hours, 4 hours, ... I have always felt that it could be worth it for the experience. With that in mind we set off at 5:45 am to the Black river to fish below the shut-ins (ended up as a 420 mile round trip) for the hope of catching a brook darter, greenside darter, and/or a logperch.
    Knowing that you cannot fish in the designated swim areas I had a plan to pack in our fishing gear and hike down river. We ended up on a trail that headed up the hills above the shut-ins. Finally we found a side trail that headed back down towards the river. We did see a couple of lizards along the way including this male fence lizard. You can just make out his blue patch of breeding coloration on his side. Believe it or not, Livie was not able to catch this guy. Don't worry she caught a few other things with her hands (more on them later).

    After an invigorating hike with a couple of white knuckle slides, we made it to the river. Saw lots of fish including many darters right off the bat. Could be a good day!

    We got the rods rigged up and baited (using in nightcrawler pieces instead of redworms because that's what we had at home). Of course Livie caught a small green sufish right off - with her HANDS !

    Then she caught one with her rod.

    While she was catching sunfish, I focused on trying after the micros around me. I caught a few bleeding shiners right off the bat before I targeted the darters around us.

    We each targeted the more colorful darters, which were likely to be the males. Based upon their size, I was fairly certain that we had caught brook darters. It was not until I uploaded the photos that it became apparent that we had in fact caught small rainbow darters. Still nice looking fish, but somewhat disappointed because If I had looked closer at them we could have kept fishing for the brooks.



    After catching these guys, I focused on trying to find and catch some other darters. Livie was excited catching a bunch of longear sunfish which is always the case when you catch the first few .

    I was even happy to catch a few as a break from trying not to fall on the slick rocks (Note use felts soled boots if you have them!) and hunting for some new species. I found a spot that had a few greenside darters. Livie was first up to try for these guys. This is a species that can be difficult to get on a bait or to catch once they do go after your bait. Livie suffered through both scenarios with one of two fish just being spooked by the bait or not being able to get a hook set on the fish if it did bite. She got very frustrated and gave me the rod. I had a bit better success in terms of getting fish interested in the baits, but never got one hooked. I lifted a few out of the water and one actually flew out of the water and almost landed in the catch bag Livie was holding. Both of us were frustrated and moved on. Didn't get another chance at any greenside darters. Another frustration was trying to hook the nightcrawler pieces onto the small hooks, The worm pieces were a bit large and did not stay on the hooks very well.
    Livie did get a nice hand caught bullfrog tadpole as a consolation prize.

    I chased studfish and blackstripe topminnows as I continued downstream, but either spooked them or could not get them hooked. I came up to a large deeper pool. I caught sight of a large striped darter, the first logperch sighting!! I just had a topminnow strip my bait and had to call Livie to head back down to me with the bait and the rest of our gear. I spooked the first one that I tried to get on my bait. I didn't see another one for 5 or 10 mins. Then there were two in a spot about 20 feet from me. I snuck up to them and spooked them again. This time they came back quickly to the same spot. I dropped my bait and got bit as soon as it hit the water, it was a longear sunfish, then another, and another. I started seeing more logperch, but every one of them seemed to be surrounded by two or more sunfish. I ended up putting on another sinker to get the bait quickly through the gauntlet of sunfish down to the logperch. Once the bait got down to the darters, they would go after it or the sinkers or the bait or sinkers.... Or another sunfish! Finally the cry of "Get the bag.. Get the bag!" rang out and the first logperch of the day was in the bag.


    Livie was up next and she had much the same experience with about 15 to 20 sunfish caught before she caught her logperch near this brush.

    Unfortunately it did not get into the bag for a photo. She was heartbroken and spent another 20 plus minutes trying for another one only to catch at least another 7 or 8 sunfish. Severely dehydrated we left and hiked back to the car.
    We got dinner at Kettlehut smokehouse in Festus MO and split a piece of their lemon cheesecake pie!

     
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    dan hufferd got a reaction from Old dog 417 for a article, Beautiful Friday but Tough   
    Steve and I started out in the late morning looking for crappie, I also wanted try some new areas. After much driving and casting without out a fish, we thought that surely we could get into that full moon jerk bait action up top....Nearing night fall now we both have dislocated our shoulders and nothing, I thought, hey, I will just throw this swimbait out into the deep and drag it back to the boat, while Steve continues to throw his shoulder out of socket at the bank.  Something happened as I dragged the bait over junk 30 feet or so on the bottom, crap I'm hung up, no wait it was a fish ! I sure wish I had figured this out sooner. Have you ever thought that? I know you have. 
    I really wanted a walleye, so it was back to the stickbait a couple casts later on the second jerk wham-o a little 16 inch walleye, not the 10 lber I was looking for but I will take it.
    Feeling rejuvenated we both began throwing our arms off again without success, It was at least 1 hour after sunset when we bugged out. As we moved off the bank over deep water (45 feet +) we did start seeing large marks on the graph. I wonder if the night bite got better later?
    Good luck out there, there is always something to learn. 
    Even though this day was REALLY tough, I spent it with a great friend, and that is good ! I am blessed !
    God bless everyone on this Easter weekend !


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    dan hufferd reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, 20-pound Brown Caught Today   
    Vic Eldrid and his friends were drifting just above Short Creek about noon today when something struck his minnow/Gulp white egg combo. It was big. The 3 guys in one of our jon boats had a time trying to get the big fish secure, tossing the one and only net from one end of the boat to the other. But they got it in somehow. Getting into the small livewell was a chore too... and I had a harder time getting it out! It's a 23.5 x 34.5 inch brown weighing 20.56 pounds. They said it would have weighed more if it hadn't coughed up a half digested rainbows just before they netted it.
    It's in a live tank reviving. If it makes it, it will be released.
     
     

     

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    dan hufferd reacted to Phil Lilley for a article, Elevenpoint River   
    The Eleven Point River is one of the most diverse and beautiful fisheries in Missouri.  The Eleven Point is Missouri's only National Scenic and Wild Riverway and runs in large part through the Mark Twain National Forest.  Fed by numerous springs, the river abounds with wildlife not only below the water's surface but also along its banks.  The forested banks of the Eleven Point along with the many bluffs and some caves all make the Eleven Point probably the most pristine of the Missouri Ozark float streams.  By being a little off the beaten path, the Eleven Point does not get nearly the traffic as the other famous float rivers in Missouri.
    As for fishing, the Eleven Point offers quality rainbow trout fishing for about 20 miles and boasts one of the only reproducing populations.  Other species of note are smallmouth bass, goggle-eye, chain pickerel, and walleye.
    Trout fishing starts at the confluence of the Greer Spring branch and the river.  Greer is the world's 10th largest spring and doubles the size of the river while turning it into a cold water fishery.  This is the beginning of the blue ribbon trout section and it extends about six miles to Turner Mill Spring.  Flies and artificial lures are only are allowed (soft plastic and baits are prohibited); the limit is one fish at 18 inches or longer.  There is a strong population in this section of river.  The trout have taken hold and are very healthy.  The average trout caught are 12-14 inches, and there are plenty of trophy-sized fish that are just a lot tougher to catch.

    The Eleven Point is deeper than most Ozarks trout streams and is difficult to wade for long stretches between shoals.  Therefore, watercraft is advisable.  You must be willing to go a little deeper for fish than in most rivers in this region.  Dry fly fishing is a rarity on the Eleven Point.  A 9-foot, 5- to 6-weight fly rod works best on this river.  The following is a list of recommended flies:
    -Don's Crawdad --This is one of the most productive patterns on the Eleven Point.  There are tons of crawdads in the river and they are a major food source.  Fish this small crawdad under a strike indicator and look for takes on the dead drift and the swing.  As with most things you fish here, you need to get it to the bottom for the best results.
    -M.O.A.T. (mother of all tungsten)- This is a stonefly like pattern with three tungsten beads, peacock dubbing, and rubber legs.  It really gets down and catches fish.  Use it as a lead fly and attach different smaller droppers.
    bh peasant tail soft hackle peasant tail hare's ear  in tan, olive and black in-cased caddis (mostly green pupae, but do have some cream-colored ones) bh crackle back egg in fall through December midge pupae copper johns (variety of colors) san Juan worms, especially after a rain stone flies in black or brown will work most of the year, although use gold from late August through the first part of November leech patterns --Mohair and bunny leeches work well in tan, olive and black wooly buggers (variety of sizes and colors) sculpins and other streamer patterns, something to imitate a little rainbow trout The 14 miles below Turner Mill to Riverton (Hwy 160 bridge) is stocked regularly and is designated as white ribbon.  The limit is four trout per day of any size and  any lures and baits are allowed.  All of the above flies and lures still apply to this area.  In addition many spin fishermen report good luck using little rubber grubs, minnows, worms and Power Bait.

    Eleven Point River Trip - Fall 2015 from Focal Imaging LLC on Vimeo.
    Floating the Elevenpoint River
    To the experienced canoeist, the Eleven Point is a relatively easy river (Class I and Class II on the International Scale) requiring intermediate experience. Snags, trees and root wads still remain the most dangerous of all obstacles and, on occasion, may require scouting from shore. Although canoes are the time-tested means of travel through fast water, flat bottom jon boats are used on the river, primarily for fishing trips. You may encounter some boats with motors. Motor boats are restricted to a 25-horsepower limit.
    Canoeists should learn to read the water ahead. Whitewater riffles mean that rocks lie very close to the water surface, and you are about to enter a "chute" where water flows faster. The safest course to follow is the smooth water, shaped like a "V" pointing downstream. Watch out for root wads! Water rushes under and through the exposed roots of fallen trees and creates  hazardous conditions. Learn to avoid obstructions. Back paddle as to change positions or use "draw" or "pry" strokes to move laterally.
    From OA Forum by Bob Steffen:
    Short 2 Day, trout intensive trek - Greer to Whitten 11.5 mi:
    Camp night before at Greer Access (NE intersection of MO-19 @ River).  Allow 1 hour to visit Greer Spring (drive to the Spring Trail, S of river, W of MO-19 - then hike 1 mile down plus one mile back up).  Or, allow 1 more hour to drive up to see the old mill at Falling Spring.  Fish under the MO-19 bridge, upstream, and wherever you can cast to the south bank.  Turn in early and get a good night sleep. See Eleven Point Canoe Rental for canoe and logistics.  Get latest fishing conditions from Brian.  Get on the river as early as possible. Spend lots of time fishing the side waters of the 1st island and below.  Be heavy, get down, get deep.  Stop and fish a lot.  Great spots consecutively appear. Stop immediately below Mary Decker shoals and throw heavy stuff at the pigs that live beneath those boulders. Stop at Turner Mill north access and hike up to see the old mill wheel and the spring. Camp at Stinking Pond (5 mi and not smelly in the springtime) or Horseshoe Bend (9 mi) Forest Service Float camps.  (Fish channel immediately upstream and waters across river from either Float camp).  Stay up late.  Enjoy the solitude.  Watch the eagles and bats hunt.  Keep an eye out for bears. Leisurely morning.  Fish to Whitten.  This is only 5 miles from Stinking Pond and even closer to Horseshoe Bend.  More great fishing, so take your time and enjoy.  All the way, you will need a strategy to keep the river from pulling you downstream faster than you want/need to go. Take out at Whitten Long 2 Day, fishing/exploration trek - Greer to Riverton 19 mi:
    All of the above, plus: Start catching 50-50 rainbows and smallmouth below Horseshoe Bend.  Don's crawdad fly and Rebel Craw lure are hard to beat. Camp at Horseshoe Bend (9 mi), Barnhollow (10 mi), Whites Creek (12 mi), or Greenbriar (14 mi).  Note:  Each of these float camps is a short distance up an inlet/feeder creek.  Some are not marked well.  They all have flat tent space, fire rings, nice latrines, and decent fishing nearby; making them good campsite options. Be sure to check out the Boze Mill Spring on right, about 2 miles upstream from Riverton.  Throw something meaty and deep downstream of the spring outlet, north shore. Take out at Riverton, US-160.  If early, fish west side of river bank. Long 3 Day, trout & smallmouth trek - Greer to The Narrows 30 miles:
    It doesn't get any better than this, unless you've got all week. 90% smallmouth downstream of US-160.  Rooster tail spinners (slower retrieve than trout). River Levels
     

    Elevenpoint River Levels near Ravenden Springs, AR

    Elevenpoint River Levels near Bardley, MO
     
    Access and Campsites-
    Thomasville at SH 99 Bridge at 0.0 miles (this section down to SH 19 not recommended in low-water) Cane Bluff Access and picnic area at 9.3 miles SH 19 bridge at 16.6 miles (campsites and put-in with trail to Greer Spring about a mile up the hill) USFS boat ramp in Greer Springs Campground on river right at about 16.7 miles Turner's Mill North (river left) and Turner's Mill South (river right) at about 21.5 miles Stinking Pond Float Camp on river left at 22.3 miles Horseshoe Bend Float Camp on river left at 26.5 miles Barn Hollow Float Camp on river left at 27.0 miles White Creek Float Camp on river left at 28.5 miles Greenbriar Float Camp on river left at 31.0 miles Bozeman Float Camp on river left at 33.5 miles Riverton / SH 160 bridge on east side at 35.7 miles Morgan Creek Float Camp at 44.0 miles SH 142 Bridge on river left at about 44.3 miles MDC Myrtle Access on river right at 48.0 miles Missouri-Arkansas state line at 49.0 miles Fishing Regulations
    Trout:
    5.5 miles Oregon County Greer Spring Branch junction to Turner Mill Access At least 18 inches Daily Limit 1
    Artificial lures and flies only No Red Ribbon Area on the Eleven Point 14.2 miles Oregon County Downstream from Turner Mill Access Rainbow trout - none.
    Brown trout - at least 15 inches. Daily limit- 4 trout. No bait restrictions *Limits: 4 trout daily. 8 possession. (no size restriction)
    *Brown trout state-wide limit is 15 inches.
    Smallmouth Bass: They are found throughout the system.  Statewide season on bass in rivers and streams is open from the 4th Saturday of May till the last day in February annually.
    1 daily. 15-inch minimum length.
    Goggle Eye: They are everywhere and are quite tasty.
    15 daily. 30 possession. 8-inch minimum length.
    Walleye: These fish are found closer to the Arkansas border. The better walleye fishing is in Arkansas.
    4 daily, 8 possession. 18-inch minimum length.
    Chain Pickerel: 6 daily, 12 possession
    Fishing Licenses -
    Residents - those fishing of the ages of 16 and older and 65 are required to have on their person a valid Missouri fishing lisense. Those 65 and older do not need a fishing lisense.
    Proof of residency - Valid Missouri Drivers Lisense.
    Non-residents - those fishing of the ages of 16 and older are required to have on their person a valid Missouri fishing lisense.
    A Missouri TROUT STAMP is required for ANYONE who fishes the trophy or Blue Ribbon area on the Current River, regardless if the angler is keeping or releasing their catch. (New March 1, 2005)
    Cost-
    Resident - $12 annual (March 1 thru last day of February)
    Border Permit - $10
    Non-Resident - $42 annual (March 1 thru last day of February)
    Daily Permit - $7 (midnight to midnight)
    Buy Missouri Fishing Licenses Online!
    Report Violations - Poachers
    In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Operation Game Theft works to stop the illegal taking of fish and wildlife that includes trophy animals and rare and endangered species.
     
     
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