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Old dog 417

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    Springfield, Mo
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    Fishing, hunting, and enjoying retirement.

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  1. Add on to the above post... Toilet is no longer under water but was locked up. The user fee box is high and dry now also. od
  2. This is how Ruark Boat Ramp area looked today, Wednesday 7/17. I was able to launch and not have to get my feet wet (yay!!) and even though the courtesy dock was higher than I would have liked it was tolerable. If they would push the dock out so the metal walk ramp was at water's edge it would reduce the height a bunch. I don't know when or how often they move it but perhaps a call to the COE office would help. Not a lot of traffic at the ramp today or on the lake but I did have the pleasure of meeting Liphunter who was also going to take current pics for Dutch and this thread. Typical of this forum...just ask and someone, or two, or more will respond. Today's results: 2- 16" walleyes and 2 bluegill. All were released. Bottom bouncers/crawlers, silver smile blade, 20' channel point. WT: 84 Wind SW at 10 mph Sunny and hot. 90 degrees at 11 AM. Tight lines, od
  3. What? No pics? πŸ˜‰ od
  4. Squeez Inn, Stockton, MO. Everyone should experience the Squeez burger with it's "cheese skirt" at least once. It's safe to say there's none other like it. Somewhat limited hours so research it online before making the trip. I also second the motion on Ken's in Arcola. (breakfast, lunch, and dinners) od
  5. Good job MrGiggles! Tough tough year on Stockton but you're making things work. Some of us haven't put together even one 3 "Wally" day yet this year so color me impressed! od
  6. EXACTLY!! And that's a major reason why many of us visit this site regularly. Kudos to you. As we said in the 60's...if it feels good do it! lol. OD
  7. In another somewhat related KY3 story this morning announced the resurfacing of 28 miles of Hwy 160 between the intersection of Hwy 123 and 160 N.W. of Willard and ending at Hwy H on the East side of Greenfield. Although 160 won't be closed, flagmen and Escort Cars will most likely create traffic delays and that's not to mention the risk of oil splatter on vehicles and/or boats. It's not the only route to Stockton Lake but other routes may see increased traffic as many drivers search for alternate routes. Completion is estimated to be sometime in November. I don't recall the exact start date but it was relatively soon. OD
  8. Leave it to those finicky fish to add insult to injury! Sometimes I think the graphs tell us to much. πŸ˜‰ od
  9. Weather people said substantially more rain would be arriving the next few days and that was enough to motivate me to get in a quick trip before it got here.... Launched at Cedar Ridge South Friday morning about 10:30. Had run the wipers off and on along the way and as I left the ramp I donned my rain jacket to ward off some off the drizzle. Keeping dry wasn't the only reason either...the lake air was chilly for a June day and the jacket felt good. There was a stiff SW breeze creating a 10" chop but the the predicted 20+ mph wind wasn't happening...at least not yet! Started out fishing a fire-tiger stand-up jig with half a crawler off a point in 24-30 ft. It didn't take long before I had boated 2, 12" channel cats then a 19" walleye. The predicted wind now arrived and boat control was becoming challenging. Soon the sun came out and the jacket came off but it seemed like the bite was now off too. Switched to other jigs and tried 2 more points and was rewarded with 2 more cats. By now I'd had enough so I decided to run downwind to Masters Cove and try trolling for crappie in the more protected back of the creek. Pulled 2, #7's and 1, #9 Flicker-shads ... 2- Fire-tiger and 1 Pink Cougar. All three produced and 6 keeper crappie were boated plus 1 short. The crappie were suspended at 15 ft in 26- 30 ft of water. Conditions: Lake Level- 884.6 ft. (about an inch higher than last week's trip, roughly 17.5 ft over normal pool) WT- 75 degrees on points and 77 in the creek Clarity- 30" Wind- SW 15-20 mph. Cloudy with drizzle in late morning becoming warm (78 degrees) and sunny in the afternoon. Even though he wouldn't lie still...I did manage a quick pic of "Walter" walleye. ☺️ Tight lines, od
  10. Sorry for the margin issues in the post... my typing and fishing are both in need of improvement! od
  11. Weather people said substantially more rain would be arriving the next few days and that was enough to motivate me to get in a quick trip before it got here.... Launched at Cedar Ridge South Friday morning about 10:30. Had run the wipers off and on along the way and as I left the ramp I donned my rain jacket to ward off some off the drizzle. Keeping dry wasn't the only reason either...the lake air was chilly for a June day and the jacket felt good. There was a stiff SW breeze creating a 10" chop but the the predicted 20+ mph wind wasn't happening...at least not yet! Started out fishing a fire-tiger stand-up jig with half a crawler off a point in 24-30 ft. It didn't take long before I had boated 2, 12" channel cats then a 19" walleye. The predicted wind now arrived and boat control was becoming challenging. Soon the sun came out and the jacket came off but it seemed like the bite was now off too. Switched to other jigs and tried 2 more points and was rewarded with 2 more cats. By now I'd had enough so I decided to run downwind to Masters Cove and try trolling for crappie in the more protected back of the creek. Pulled 2, #7's and 1, #9 Flicker-shads ... 2- Fire-tiger and 1 Pink Cougar. All three produced and 6 keeper crappie were boated plus 1 short. The crappie were suspended at 15 ft in 26- 30 ft of water. Conditions: Lake Level- 884.6 ft. (about an inch higher than last week's trip, roughly 17.5 ft over normal pool) WT- 75 degrees on points and 77 in the creek Clarity- 30" Wind- SW 15-20 mph. Cloudy with drizzle in late morning becoming warm (78 degrees) and sunny in the afternoon. Even though he wouldn't lie still...I did manage a quick pic of "Walter" walleye. ☺️ Tight lines, od This post has been promoted to an article
  12. MrGiggles, Thanks for the update..good info. Good luck tonight and/or tomorrow...at least the weather forecast for the next couple of days has improved. Looks like we will be contending with the high water for quite awhile. od
  13. Water level was 884.5 down slightly from it's crest of 885.3 a few days earlier. Ruark ramp was usable but I had to wade a bit as all my vehicle wheels were in the water! A slightly uncomfortable feeling when you consider the flooded pit toilet nearby! 😨 A courtesy dock is in place but, be advised, it is positioned a fair amount above water level. Pics taken at Ruark Ramp except 4th and 5th pics, they're of the nearby Hwy H bridge and the North Mutton Creek Ramp. Conditions at Twin Bridges area.... WT: 78 Clarity: Stained, visibility 24" Nearby creeks were stained more and trashy. Few floaters observed, none large. Fished jig and crawler 20-25'....let's just say the drum bite was on and no walleye were harmed on this trip. Tight lines, od
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