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Dale H

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    St. Louis, MO/ Red Bud, IL
  1. 5/30 Big changes,

    My Dad and I went down on Tuesday 6/6/17. Beautiful day! The park is loaded with fish due to the flooding. I caught dozens in the span of a few hours, and kept the 4 biggest ones. Had to change how I perceive bites as now there are so many small ones literally everywhere. The stream has changed, but as others have previously mentioned, it's a positive one and natural. Although I keep fish, like BBYking, love going down there to relax and get away from the city. Smallest 4 I've ever kept, but it was the BEST day down there I ever had. If they were bigger, my arm would have worn out in an hour. The Superintendent said that probably one in four will survive to next year, and next year may be a fantastic year for fishermen.
  2. Fishing 1st Week

    That's awesome 10pointer! Hope to catch a lunker there some day. Seems that stocker size is good so far, Hopefully less flooding and having to stock other trout parks will make Montauk great again:)
  3. Fishing 1st Week

    I was fortunate enough to make it down Saturday, 3/4/17, and Tuesday 3/7/17. Very crowded Saturday morning, but I was able to catch 18 and stopped around 10 am. My keepers ranged from 14" to a little over 16". Fished the lodge hole and down a bit. Today, fished the same area and by 9 am caught 12. Largest was 15", but kept no dinks. I used either white or cotton candy(mauve and white) magnets. Both very fun and successful fishing trips. My 81 year old father fished the social hole using good ole power bait. He caught his limit in 15 minutes. Used orange with glitter.
  4. Park Report 8-18-16

    Water was nice and clear, and suprisingly low for all the rain during the week. Caught 8 in an hour. Four were dinks, including a little brownie. Kept these 4. Nice stockers ranging from 13"-15". All caught floating trout magnets.
  5. 10-23-15 Report

    I really can't give a definitive answer concerning sediment since I have only been consistently going down there for the last 2 years. What I have seen are that areas in the stream have changed (former minor holes filled up with sediment or new small holes formed) from the large amount of rain had earlier this year. Water levels were high all the way into mid-summer. My Dad fished the social hole earlier this month and caught decent stockers. I normally fish the lodge hole and wade down to the camp bridge. At times, the overall fish size has been small, but I have never came home with all dinks in the cooler. I tend to think that the areas from the hatchery to the low water bridge are more heavily fished, and this is why there are less larger holdover fish.
  6. 10-23-15 Report

    I wouldn't be surprised. I saw 2 browns moving upstream in the shallower part behind the lodge a few weeks back. Evidently they do this in the fall to try and spawn (although no record of successful natural spawn in Missouri).
  7. 10-23-15 Report

    Water level and clarity was the same as my last trip. Fished the lodge hole and caught around 20 decent 'bows and kept 4 by 8:30 am. Decided to catch and release south of the camp bridge since I have never fished there. Caught my first nice brown there.
  8. MDC Public Comment Meetings -New SMB Regs

    That's great Oneshot! My Dad (from a dirt poor Depression Era family in the Dakotas) taught me similar ways. I have no issue of someone eating fish, as long as they are legal. I fished for trout during last winter at Bush Wildlife and was checked by a nice ranger. Problem was (and other anglers commented as well), the rangers were not checking the hordes of Bosnians that were there. Their modus operendi is to set up a grill; catch a four or more, grill them, and go out and catch more. This continues all day until closing. I saw this too at Meramec Springs, and even asked if it was legal to set up a grill right by the stream. The park ranger said it was. I heard some scuttlebutt this year, that a group of Bosnians started a fight with an off-duty ranger there. Local police were called in to break it up. One mans' cooler had 20 trout in it! A couple did not possess a fishing license. Eight had expired daily tags (it was found they were getting old ones out of the trash cans to use.) Meramec Springs banned a few of them for life, and fined the lot. I have been there twice over late summer, and no longer see 30-80 Bosnians as in years past.
  9. 9-19-15 Report

    Water was clear and level seemed normal. I fished Duckworth hole to the beaver dam. Caught 12 drifting white, and orange/ yellow trout magnets. Took me most of the morning to get 4 keepers, but that's part of the fun! Noticed that orange or white dough bait was working, as well as small spinnerbaits.
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