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Everything posted by MickinMO

  1. You mean Ameren might be fudging the numbers?? No way
  2. I have tried to find it online and can't. Up to 60,000 CFS now. That is a lot of water. I think Table Rock's record is 72,000 back in 2015. Hope the forecast for next 10 days doesn't pan out. Pretty ominous if it does
  3. Didn't FLW require you to run Ranger back in the day? This is nothing new. Even if the kiddo wasn't part of a non-compete, it's still maybe a little too soon.
  4. I recall seeing 881 one time back around 97 or 98. Can remember fishing around the submerged picnic tables at Ruark Bluff. Another thing that stuck out to me was how little clearance there was under the bridges compared to normal. We put in at the end of a gravel road. We were launching at what seemed like almost the edge of the corps land. Let's just say chicken rock was not earning it's reputation that summer
  5. So the guys who went MLF gave up on the opportunity to make The Classic? Man, money talks I suppose.
  6. We are all a little right. There were certainly forests in the Ozarks, just not as dense as what we see today in some spots. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/gtr/gtr_srs108/gtr_srs108-001.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjx-9Hnq9ziAhUBaq0KHa_3CxEQFjAKegQIBhAC&usg=AOvVaw0bMRhmfE2WCU14Z6hL_oEP&cshid=1560081548979
  7. Two ideas on that. Schoolcraft was only in the Springfield area for about a week. What is now the south side of Springfield proper and points east near Rogersville. Up on the plateau it very well could have been mainly grasslands. Springfield is relatively flat compared to points all around . Also, he may have been lying. He was trying to become a miner and find new claims/sources of lead. Last thing he would want to do is have a bunch of loggers from the east come trapsing all over it.
  8. That's probably oak wilt of some sort. I lost a 105-125 year old white oak in my yard a couple years ago. Went from looking perfectly fine to completely dead in less than a year. Doing some research I got in touch with MU Extension and DNR. They both got back to me. The severe droughts make them more susceptible to picking up a disease. There are also factors about elevation and terrain they can't explain yet.
  9. So these guys are doing MLF full-time and not also doing BASS Elite or FLW?
  10. Many parts of Missouri were ruined by logging. Much of the bootheel was wetland or forest at one time. Both of those help slow or negate flooding. They drained the wetlands and cut the trees to grow crops. Then they built levees to "protect" the farmland. The levees make flooding worse.
  11. If they are running water go to Lilley's and buy bottom bouncing drift rigs in several sizes and powerbait eggs. The person at the counter will have an idea on hotter colors. I always buy powerbait from Lilleys. I may be superstitious, but I figure they sell more trout bait than walmart or bass pro (maybe not bass pro at the landing, but I avoid the landing at all costs) and not sitting on the shelf for a year can't hurt. Seems the last few years we have had most luck with orange or an orange/white tandem. Chartreuse, rainbow, yellow, etc will work too. Get a couple colors in garlic scent too. Two eggs per hook and try different colors and combos. I think the powerbait works better than gulp eggs. You can also put night crawler on. Powerbait micetails have been good at times in white/bubblegum color. Easy fishing for a youngster as usually the trout will end up just swallowing it and there is no hook to set for them. I'd boat up to just past monkey island and drift down past Scotty's. Stay closer to the south side of middle as you drift between the island and Scotty's. We catch most fish before 65 bridge and in the no wake zone right there across from Scotty's marina near the mouth of turkey creek going towards the business 65 bridge. If water is off I'd put a splitshot about 24-30" above a size 10 hook. 4lb line is best, but my brother uses 6lb and still catches fish. Two power eggs on, throw it out, and just let it sit. You can also use a float with a pink worm. I'd anchor at the mouth of turkey creek or out in front of the landing. If you want to get the motor warm and see some of the lake boat up to short creek area. It's not as good as it used to be before the floods took out the gravel bar, but that area still can be good and daddy will have a chance to hook nicer fish throwing a jig while junior is fishing powerbait. Of course, I caught a 17" rainbow in short creek area last year using a drift rig with powerbait eggs so you never know.
  12. Like all things, follow the money. You'll find the answers and reason. Everything is and would be done to protect Bagnell. It's not just about protecting "rich folks", it's about total potential liability. Wonder why Ameren just spent $55 million on a "reliability upgrade" of Bagnell? Shortly after the project is done Truman Dam is given a poor reliability rating with questions about the earthen part of the dam? What is cheaper for the Corps to replace when they get sued by thousands of people and businesses? If Bagnell were to fail due to a Truman failure, Ameren can say they invested in upgrades to make Bagnell stronger and can then point the finger at the Corps. $55 million becomes a cheap insurance policy. The Corps wouldn't want Bagnell to fail because you'd owe everyone at LOTO, Ameren, and still everyone downstream to Louisiana probably if it was a time of high water. Both dams fail say goodbye to Chesterfield/Gumbo Bottoms, again! Down at Table Rock, why was the auxillary spillway built? Probably to help Table Rock Dam withstand a failure at Beaver and keep there from being a domino effect of failures through the system. Just like Truman, there are probably issues with Beaver that are not being made public.
  13. Now I know the real reason for the Bates County Drainage Ditch. So Truman's design was flawed from the perspective of those adversely affected who still didn't want to believe the government purposely misled them eh? My grandpa who lived in KC used to talk about how the only reason they built it was to protect Lake of the Ozarks. I think it ended up covering some bird hunting areas he liked to go to. He never talked about the lake level or depth part.
  14. I have done more duck hunting than fishing on Truman as Stockton or Table Rock were my usual haunts as a kid to young adult. I do recall several old timers talking about how Truman never filled up like it was supposed to and that some original facilities (like ramps) were built too high. If true maybe that's because they lowered the conservation pool to pad more flood control or just screwed up. I will say there are areas on the west part of the lake that would seem to look like their should be more water under normal conditions. Of course, with record levels now, there is plenty of water everywhere unfortunately. Does anyone know if Truman's normal pool was originally supposed to be higher than 706?
  15. Apps today are pretty much websites and that's the trend for how people want to consume information. This may be way beyond what you want to mess with, but I would incorporate One Cast type videos into the mix and an online store. Many times when watching One Cast or reading a fishing report forum post I wish it was easier to see a good close up of the jig, jerk bait, or fly. Duane's short video tutorial of how to tie the scuds for drifting is a perfect example of the type of specific informational videos I am thinking of. I am a novice compared to most of you and even though I have been fishing for 35 years I don't understand some of the rigs or colors people are using these days. People want to see stuff these days and not read. My kids want to see video. When they can't see something they don't understand why and that's just where things are going. Furthermore, the ability to buy that jig or jerk bait would be something that interests me. Sure, when I am down next I'll be in the shop to buy jigs, bottom rigs, etc; but I would rather have it now so my box is ready to go when I get to Branson next time.
  16. Looks like the Corps app is still messed up for showing the proper generation MWH and CFS.
  17. Corps site still shows 709 with no generation. However, the phone line says 3 units running.
  18. Bull Shoals and areas south along the Mississippi can't take much more water.
  19. Didn't AM win a Bassmaster Elite event about 15 years ago out of Kimberling? I remember going to the final day weigh in. KVD didn't have a single keeper on the final day
  20. Took a 6 hour guided fishing charter on Mosquito Lagoon while on vacation last week. Two of us caught several trout, but only one red fish. The guide had about a 30" snook on for a bit. Pretty much spent 6 hours casting, so I was wore out afterwards. I wasn't real impressed with the guide. I have been on a couple of these before and my previous experiences the guides worked much harder at trying to get on or figure out the fish. Pretty much felt like we rented a boat driver, which isn't how his services are advertised or what was discussed when it was booked. Once out there he wanted to stick with artificial, which to me translated to either being too lazy to catch bait or too cheap to go buy it. Regardless, always fun to fish water you aren't used to. Amazing how expansive the area was, and except when we were in the intercoastal channel, the water depth averaged about 18". The whole place is pretty much just one big flat that goes for miles and miles. Guide used a 17' fiberglass flats boat with a 60hp propped motor with jack plate. Many areas too shallow to get on plane or restricted to push pole only.
  21. I use a Columbia SPF hoodie. Keeps sun off my neck, ears, cheeks, and arms. I wear a cotton t shirt as an undershirt and I feel cooler in that setup than if I was just wearing a long sleeve SPF button up shirt.
  22. When I was down in April saw quite a few bluegill in Roark Creek in the deeper holes behind the strip mall. Water was clear enough to see them. Lake level was equivalent of 3 full units at that time which is the 710 range if memory serves, so there would be more water now. Roark Creek water temp then was 58-60. They'd follow a rooster tail or spoon we were using for trout.
  23. Trolling or drifting from the back to mouth of long coves always a favorite of mine. Start shallow and work out to deeper water to find where they are at. I assume all the fancy electronics nowadays will tell you that without having to make several passes. Roadrunners or 3" grubs with 6lb green line.
  24. What lb line should be used when using jerk baits? That is something I have never tried on Taneycomo. Plus, with 15k CFS, I assume from reading historical posts on boating to the dam running up the middle will still get you to the cable without issue? I haven't been above Fall Creek much by boat in 20 years and certainly not since the recent floods. My trip down in April went past Fall Creek a little ways following Phil's instructions, but chickened out when I saw less than 3ft on the graph and decided that was far enough (that was at 7k cfs)
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