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  1. Patrick Bridge CG

    My buddies are leaving our trip planning to me - none of us have been to NFOW. Need some first hand info with pressure on!!LOL What is the scenery like in that section? We want to be "in the woods." Looks like on the map that the area is outside of Mark Twain NF. Watched youtube videos and stream looked tree lined. But doesn't appear to be big hills and bluffs. Is the terrain starting to level out to a flood plain? With fall colors popping, we're wanting a stream that is scenic. Also aware that upper section thru canyon is thru NF, but guessing that section is low and maybe not the best time for smallies?? And buddies will want to trout fish. Also, it appears Red Ribbon Area starts at Blair bridge, correct?? We do like to harvest enough to eat one night. Red Ribbon is no bait restrictions too, right? Sorry to the purists, but we're "bait chuckers". Almost exclusively power eggs. I believe this section is stocked with browns, correct? Some alternative baits suggestions??? We occasionally will throw artificials. Bringing 1 canoe, buddies have jet boats. Should they leave boats at home? I believe I read they are only useful at the last section before entering the lake. Little advice there. please as well. But I'm thinking we can float from Blair to Patrick 3 miles, and Patrick to next access is 3 miles. That would be enough water to keep us happy for 2 days. Am I thinking right there?? Looks like easy shuttles so we could shuttle our own vehicles?? Thanks in advance. We fish almost exclusively on the Eleven Point, and hard for me to get my small group of buddies to go anywhere else, mainly because it's so scenic. small crowds, we always catch fish, and have a good time.
  2. Question for Brian

    Brian, heading down with another guy or two on Oct 7-9, and wanting to camp at a new site. Realize water is awful low right now and wondering about getting a jet boat (friend has jet, I will take my canoe to float one day) very far upstream or downstream from accesses. We have camped just about everywhere on the Turner to Whitten stretch and most familiar with that section, and want something new. If he launches boat at Turner, how far upstream will he be able to get and any good campsites we can get to. Or if he launches at Greer CG, how far downstream can we get and is there any good camp sites? OR if he launches at Whitten, how far down can we go downstream with the current low water level? Looking for some new scenery to camp. Advice appreciated. We need Rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mark
  3. First timer asking advice

    fishinwrench - what is F3T shindig?? Notice you replied to my post on NFOW also. Our fishing trips are almost limited to Eleven Point. We're wanting to try something different and see different scenery. Would like to catch some fish, of course, but mostly interested in a nice campsite on water, off the beaten path, pretty scenery, and some wading water. Any advice would be appreciated on any of the rivers you fish, and probably a one time trip for us so you wouldn't be given away info to somebody who is going to fish out your spots.
  4. Buddy and myself have 3 day weekend Oct 7-9 and looking for some new fishing. Bringing own canoe w/2.5 HP motor. Prefer base camping at or near access with wade fishing, and float 1 day - several hr drive for both so arrive noonish on sat. and leave noonish on monday. I'll do some quick research but prefer 1st hand advice, understand not wanting to give up honey holes. Basically looking for a good somewhat secluded place to camp and wade fish, build a fire/BBQ/play some guitars/listen to ballgames and not get hassled or overrun by partyers. and hoping Oct is slow time for crowds. All advice appreciated and totally unfamiliar with the area. Mark
  5. Is the Patrick Bridge campground open? With the current low river level, is it good wade fishing? Wanting to try something new, and interested in what it's like.
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  7. A Question of Ethics?

    Should be limited to nongame fish. Shoot all the Asian carp you can!!
  8. 2 or 3 night July float - Help

    Jeff, good info to be forewarned on lack of gravel bars and I'm sure you wouldn't be happy in the float camps off the river as short distance. However as long as you don't wait too late to claim a spot on a gravel bar, you'll be ok finding a spot on the river. Like I said previously, about 5:00 or 6:00 you will need to start looking seriously for your spot. I've seen many people floating by when it is getting late and hear them say "Oh no they have our spot!!". Don't forget a fishing pole. Drift fishing is a good technique. Below Turner is no bait/size restrictions - worms, shrimp, minnows, crawdad, or any plastic likeness will work. Just a hook and enough weight to bounce off the bottom, cast behind the canoe, and keep floating and wait for a tug, (tug may be light so be ready to set the hook), and a good chance you'll caught something to throw on the grill!! Heading down Monday myself!! Usually very little traffic during the week.
  9. WOW JD, I wasn't aware of that!!
  10. Yeah, I think I remember reading something in American Govt class about "unreasonable search and seizure". Same for alcohol checkpoints. Not condoning poaching or drunk driving, but both reek of gestapo tactics and violation of our right to not be hassled by govt with unreasonable searches.
  11. Camping

    You won't find electric on the river. Otherwise Greer CG is nice on the river at Hwy 19 bridge. Private CGs w/electric near Alton but a few miles from river.
  12. 2 or 3 night July float - Help

    See Trip planning thread pinned at top.... Rivers levels should be good. All depends on how many miles you want to cover daily and if you are floating 2 full days or 3 full days. The Greer to Riverton float is 21 miles and the most scenic section but also the most traffic, although traffic is never what I consider congested on the 11 pt except for holidays. The river flattens out below Riverton for a good stretch, but the Narrows area is pretty. Open gravel bars can get scarce so you want to start looking by 5 or 6pm. If you haven't explored the springs on your first trip, I would recommend taking the time - Greer is a hike but worth it, Turner, Boze, Morgan, and the Narrows are all scenic. Lots of firewood!! Trout fishing was good 2 weeks ago. From Turner access down is White Ribbon - any bait, limit of 4 any size. Throw a line out 30' behind you as you float w/hook and enough sinker to bounce off the bottom and use corn, worms, catch a craydad or seine a few minnows, and you'll likely catch supper. Trout tap it lightly, be ready to set the hook!! Mike and Wendy Jones at Huffstedlers Canoe Rental at Riverton are good too and down river where you will likely take out. They will shuttle you or your vehicle. The MDC mile by mile map is useful.
  13. Just an average trip...

    Geez, Al, your average day is a record day for me. Wish I had your expertise! And wish I knew more about how to fish Ozark streams. I'm clueless, but enjoy trying!! I've thought about the old wood also from watching that TV show Ax Men about the loggers harvesting the old Cyprus in the bayou for big money.
  14. Just camping - best choice

    Thanks guys, gonna hold off for a couple weeks. I was afraid it would still be tough wading, May hit the lake for blue gill. Love the fresh blue gill!!
  15. Just camping - best choice

    Rymers, Buck Hollow, and Alley Springs open. Gavin, I've only went sight seeing once at all JF accesses. You seem pretty familiar. River is at 500 cfs now but was at 280 before Sat. rain. Nothing major in near future so I expect it to be back under 300cfs by next week. Do you think we can wade a good ways upstream and downstream at Rymers? Or do you have a better choice? My buddy isn't big on spending all day in a canoe, so we want some place to wade.

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