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About Skell9653

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    Joplin, MO/Pittsburg, KS
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    Fly-fishing, Bass fishing, Deer, Turkey, Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit, Four-wheeling, Kayaking, Kayak Fishing, Camping

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  1. There are some monster largemouth in there. They're just difficult to catch!
  2. There are a couple cabins you can rent right next to the trout pit. They look pretty nice but I've never stayed there myself.
  3. There are some but it seems to be more far and few between. I usually go to Stockton to intentionally "walleye fish". But you can catch some.
  4. @Flysmallie if you haven't fished the trout pit make it a weekend trip to the Mined Land Wildlife Area and fish for crappie as well. It's well worth a small trip and fishing the trout pit can be a good time with a different kind of fishing.
  5. I have been but it's been a little slow so far. I've tried vertical jigging nice and slow. Get yourself some Strike King crappie thunders and fish in 10-20 feet of water. Once you find them, your on them. In about a month I like to switch over to just a standard jig head and flip tail grub. I couldn't explain why but crappie thunders seem to work when the waters colder. I like electric chicken, blue/white, and black/chartruse.
  6. Who else is ready for the trout pit to be stocked again? If you hit it at the right time it makes for a good fun day. I'm getting my Bass Hound boat rigged up with a bigger trolling motor and plan on doing a lot of fishing on the public pits this year.
  7. This is a video I compiled of my wife and I slaying some crappie one evening back in mid-February. I'm new to the go-pro so don't judge. She caught one sneaking up on 2.5 lbs. It's the biggest one of the year and I have to admit... she caught the biggest one last year as well! Also, I normally fish a lot of strip pits but this is actually just a farm pond that's 9-10 years old smack dab in the middle of all the strip pit country that I fish in SEK. We've been very intentional on managing this pond for outstanding crappie fishing. If there's any excellent fly fisherman out there that would want to take an amateur around and give some tips and advice I'd be willing to hook you up with some good bass and crappie fishing on private property.
  8. Good to hear you enjoyed it! I honestly have not fished Shawnee Trails much. I've driven through there several times and thrown some casts but north of Shawnee Trails about 5 miles I have access to a lot of private strip pits. I've stopped by there a couple times I need to make it out there again. I live in Seneca so usually go over by Hallowell if I'm fishing any public pits. My new venture this next year is going to be duck hunting some of the larger strip pits over by Hallowell. I also know there's some wetland in Shawnee Trails... anyone ever duck hunt that?
  9. Well it was a successful Friday and Saturday for my buddy and I. He caught a 23 inch 6lb rainbow on a fly rod out of the trout pit on Friday night as well and filling his limit. For those of you that are regulars you've probably seen my buddy Ryan out at the trout pit as he makes it on there on a weekly basis. Last year he caught a Rainbow that was basically a twin of this fish on a fly rod except he was in a kayak! On Saturday we ended up going crappie fishing at some private pits northeast of Pittsburg and kept 60 crappie. 15 of them were between 1lb 5 oz and 1 lb 10oz. That's a good stringer! The eggs felt really mushy which my grandpa says means and early spawn. I can't wait to go out again this Friday and Saturday!How's everyone else's fishing going?
  10. I'd purchase it online. However, you could stop in Riverton and pick one up. Not sure if there's any place in Columbus or not. Pittsburg Walmart, John's Sportscenter, or Bo's One Stop carries them as well.
  11. I have been a few times since November. Based on what I've read online they've stocked less this year than last year. Not sure if those numbers and dates are always accurate. However, it's been hit and miss. Still haven't done nearly as well this year as last year. From what I've heard there hasn't been much action by the feeder. Majority just catching them at the ramp/dock. Hoping to get out there again soon.
  12. Thanks for speaking on the issue. That's very frustrating. Wish that I (and others) was able to enjoy it a little more. With it being so close to me (and to a lot of fisherman in Joplin) it would be real nice to have a place we could run to and fish for an hour or two without having to drive at least 45 minutes to an hour to the next closest thing.
  13. I have to admit that I am a very novice fly fisherman. I do plenty of bass and crappie fishing in the strip pits along with a lot of deer hunting. By the time I try to balance my free days to do all those I only get to go fly fishing maybe 10 times a year or so.... with that being said I have only fished Hickory twice but it's only about 25 minutes from my house. I've talked to some locals from there and they've said how after they're stocked everyone just flocks down there and keeps anything they catch. One guy even confessed to me that he would bring a large net and catch some. Hickory is a nice little creek and could really be developed into some fun fishing if there were some more regulations in my opinion. Why not make it catch and release only or something along the lines of that?? Can anyone else offer any input on this? Why don't they put more regs on it? Is there a process if we got a petition going that we could make something happen? Just seems like a shame to me to have a nice little creek that not very many people travel to fish because you're most likely not catching anything unless you get lucky and show up within a few days of a stocking... which seems to happen next to never.
  14. That's good to hear. Most of the crappie I've got have been female out from the bank but I've also done more fishing midday rather than evening or early morning. I didn't get to fish this past week once (I normally average 3 days a week). I don't know what this rain has done to em but the temps. are gonna be rising and I would bet they will be spawning by Sunday.
  15. I had no idea. I'll be interested to do some research and make some phone calls. Lol. In my opinion, in terms of eating, nothing beats walleye. And to tell ya the truth I haven't had much luck walleye fishing over at Stockton the last few years.
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