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  1. You can access the upper big river at hwy 8 and mounts road. Mounts is a gravel road that takes you down to the river. Tdl= terre du lac. There is a makeshift gravel ramp there. Down another few miles is the leadwood access. That area is not the best fishing from my experience, but there are lots of dinks to be had. Nothing secret or special about it. It's just very convenient for me. They bite just about anything you wanna throw, just downsize baits and line.
  2. top_dollar

    8/10

    Not bad. generally 5 feet of visibility or so in the summer time. Plenty of cows though.
  3. top_dollar

    8/10

    Floated 8 to TDL this past weekend. First time in a month Typically I go down to Leadwood, but I was with my buddy, and we were going painfully slow, so we took out at TDL. Water was about normal for this time of year, maybe a touch up, and there was a bit of a stain (3-4 foot of visibility). Caught lots of fish, nothing big. They were eating whatever we threw except topwater baits. I was using a chompers worm and a jerkbait mostly, also caught a few on a wacky worm, and a few on keitech. He caught most of his on a jig, and a ned rig. It was a great day, they were really biting well. We each caught well over 30 fish, almost all of them were 8-12 inches. My biggest was just shy of 15.
  4. Great advice, probably should have tried that. I'm not great at adapting. I have a tendency to catch fish my way or not at all. I actually went out of my wheelhouse with that drop shot and they bit it well. Typically I live or die by live bait and a jigging spoon.
  5. Fished out of kimberling a few mornings this past week (6-10), as well as 2 afternoon trips. Wt was 82-84 degrees most of the week. It was largely slow, with the exception of a few flurries. Fished a drop shot and cc spoon. Also threw a small jig, and a keitech. Caught almost everything on a drop shot, the spoon also worked. My best bite was on gravel points and roll offs with a drop shot. Water depth was 25-60fow, but most of the fish were 25 to 30 feet down. Size was good with more than half being keepers, but was only averaging 2-3 fish/hr. Bait and fish were all over the graph, but I couldn't get many to bite.
  6. When you're on lake Springfield, throw a weightless wacky rigged soft stick bait under the same overhangs and vegetation that you throw a crankbait. Just pitch it in there, let it sink 5 or 1p seconds. Then shake the tod tip just a bit, let sit another 5 or 10 seconds. Then reel in and repeat. Use a spinning rod. Put that worm under as many trees as you can. At lake Springfield youll generally catch a handful of small bass per hour, with an occasional fish bigger than 15inches. I suspect when you're on stockton you're fishing too shallow. Get out to about 20 foot of water off the end of a point. Use half of a nightcrawler (or less) on the back of an eighth oz jig. Just drag it around the bottom. If you dont have a fish finder on your yak, you'll wanna be moving around alpt until you get bit. Try right off the end of the point and along both sides.
  7. Been out between 8 and leadwood the last few weeks. Same old same old. 3-5 foot of visibility. Nice and cool compared to any of the lakes around. Smallmouth, LM, crappie, longears, and various other sunfish species been biting well. Eating topwater baits, jerkbaits, plastic worms, and swimbaits. Mostly in and around riffles. Caught 1 LM out of a long slow pool on a worm that was about 16 inches long, everything else has been significantly smaller. Have yet to catch any decent smallmouth this year. That stretch never has very big fish, but typically i can find a few over 15 inches, this year its just been a ton of 8-12 inch fish. Wading/floating a cool creek is about the only kinda fishing i really enjoy when the temp gets so hot!
  8. If it were me by myself id probably ask you to target walleye. If I had the boy, id wanna dunk crawlers and catch spotted bass. In terms of expectations for a guide trip i think it kind of depends on if the client frequently fishes or will be fishing the lake, or if the client is just in town once or twice. Personally, a guide trip at table rock or Stockton for me would be more of a learning experience. Id probably spend more time with a pen and notebook than a fishing pole, as i fish those lakes fairly often and would be looking to improve my skill set. Catching a bunch of fish would take a backseat. An out of towner might be more concerned with just catching fish. In terms of numbers of fish, I dunk crawlers, jig spoons and troll crankbaits in the summer and can catch maybe 5 or so fish per hour, so id hope that a guide would be significantly more successful than me. That said, I wouldn't be "expecting" any sort of results, because fishing just sucks sometimes. Yes Id be willing to start as early as the guide suggests for the best shot at a target species, and yes live bait is cool with me. I would assume for a shot at a topwater fish, getting out early is the only chance.
  9. top_dollar

    June 28

    Brazilian drum are extremely rare at Stockton!
  10. I'm also in st louis. I've learned that if I wanna fish a few times a week I had to figure out the ponds and creeks around here. I have an 18ft deep v that I use for stockton and table rock, but that's only a few times a year. I still like to fish at least 2 or 3 times a week, so I do a lot of bank fishing, creek wading, and floating. That's your best bet around here.
  11. Did you get a length on that crappie? That's a real slab.
  12. You were doing the right thing. They will be on the gravel run outs soon, but it may need to get hotter. They are all spread out right now still. Once they all finish their spawn they'll move out to where you were in bigger numbers. Do you use a split shot rig with a cricket or chunk of worm? In my experience bugs work better than worms.
  13. I was just looking at the sweet cheeks. That looks awesome!
  14. Yeah I'm pretty uncoordinated and I found it very easy to maneuver. I was even comfortable enough to try standing up and it was pretty easy. Fishing out of it is a breeze. I had all my rods played out nicely in front of me, tackle and tools were easily accessible without any crazy contortions. It was fairly light as well. I was easily able to load and unload off the top of my outback. I'm really glad I bought it!
  15. Its not the best. If you tighten the straps across the middle of the back as tight as you can get them it helps tremendously. I will probably end up adding some padding for a multi day float. Cool boat though. Hopefully they will make an upgrade for the seat.
  16. Floated 8 to leadwood yesterday. River was not too high but it was really flying. Typically that's an 8 or 10 hour float for me...this time was less than 5. I was not able to fish effectively and only caught 4 small bass 2 on a keitech and 2 on a worm. Man that was humbling.
  17. From now till fall what works best for me is split shot rigs/live crawlers and jigging spoons. Trolling crankbaits is also effective. Main lake gravel points. I generally start at 20 or 25 feet and idle around until I see fish on the graph. Sometimes you'll see them suspended over 100+ fow. You'll catch bass, bluegill, white bass and catfish. Occasionally a walleye too. If you see squiggly lines just off the bottom those are blue gills and you'll wanna pinch your crawler in half.
  18. I'm surprised Bps doesn't have anything you like in one of their store brands. It's about all they carry, but they do have a great selection of their stuff. You almost need to go online for specific brands/models unless you get lucky. Also....a sub 6ft light power casting rod is a really uncommon rod....I've run into similar issues looking for specific sizes/actions and tapers. Most stores carry a million 7ft med and med heavy rods but pickings are slim for specific stuff. 🤬
  19. https://wjla.com/news/offbeat/wisconsin-fisherman-catches-giant-goldfish
  20. Yikes...I just sold my 1998 mariner 40hp for 600 bucks. Ran like a champ...now I'm thinking I could have got more lol.
  21. I bring up crankbaits because, a few years back you mentioned you catch them on shad raps. Since that time, I have caught a few walleyes down below valley park. I caught 1 on a jerkbait, and the other 4 have all been tossing a flicker shad. Most often I use a jig worm, jerkbait, or a keitech on a jig head, but oddly enough have not caught walleye on them (save the jerkbait fish), but they seem to eat a flicker shad ok. Mine have all been less than 20 inches long, but i saw a guy fishing minnows under a bobber once, and in his bucket he had 5 or 6 small sunfish, and 1 walleye that was at least 25 inches, probably bigger. Biggest eye ive ever seen in real life, looked to me like 8 or 10 lbs. There are some giants swimming around there.
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