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  1. Wow, nice fish!! Did he say how long the battle lasted?
  2. Used to be years ago, up until the late 70's early 80's. I grew up about 6-7 miles from there.
  3. I guess as Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park "Life finds a way" - JS I was just thinking the same thing!! Anyway, here is a link to the streams I was referring to, if you were wondering, it is public information http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/watershed/sprin...er/370agtxt.htm As you may know, MDC knows where a lot of the little areas are that have trout, after all they sample a lot of streams and springs. Fish below any private trout hatchery present or past and there is a good chance you will catch a trout if you know what you are doing.
  4. The areas that I am referring to are very small headwater streams that at one time had a private trout hatchery in place, so yes the land I fished is private (it is good to ask land owners). The hatcheries are gone, but the trout are not, humm... I grew up in the Monett area and worked for Mike Kruse for about 6 months in my former life as an MDC employee. I throughly picked his mind on this subject and informed him of my findings, and he confirmed one stream and checked the other out for himself (hook and line sampling method don't you know). There are not a lot of fish in them and the po
  5. I've seen a few little guys like that down at RR in years past (fly zone) but did not have a net or digital camera then to document. There certainly some streams in SW MO that have natural reproduction going on, one or two in particual that are not listed on this forum!! Any guesses as to which ones?
  6. One of the bigger bass I've caught was on a wad of bread trying to catch a big grass carp in our farm pond. Humm, what was that fish thinking, it was just laying on the bottom? Most likely a fluke thing.
  7. That is what I needed to know!! I only fish in the fly only zone w/ either fly rod or spinning w/ jigs and an ocassional Rooster Tail. Be nice to get down there, hopefully the weather won't be too nasty.
  8. I'm planning on coming down Saturday, but was wondering how the water looks. The recent rain do anything or is still really low?
  9. Yep, I have one of those limber yeller Eagle Claw rods and they work great for jigging. However, when the water is up and murky my graphite Lightning rod detects strikes much better. The main thing with jigs is to keep them off the bottom and keep the moss off of them and work the rod tip as you bring it in. 2-lb test helps as well for further casting, better jig action and lower line visibility, but keep that drag loose or you will snap em off.
  10. I haven't caugh too may Centrarchid's in that upper stretch but some very nice O. mykiss in the late '80s early 90s!! (MU BS FW '93, go Tigers!!).
  11. Correct me if I'm wrong but it almost looks like some female trout is rubbing on the camera, discharging eggs and the others are feasting on the eggs? What is up with that? Is this being documented/taped?
  12. I wonder how a stocker rainbow trout jig would work on the big largemouth?
  13. mhall02


    Orconectes longidigitus or the long pincered crayfish. They do get big 6" or so, maybe bigger, found in the White River drainage.
  14. Jigs are great, I have fished for trout w/ jigs since I was about 7 or 8 years old and now, nearly 30 years later, I still use them. I have learned how to fly fish and enjoy that, but jigs on a spinning rig are deadly. I have used marabou jigs from Bass Pro or event the 1/32 or 1/16 oz white or yellow crappie jigs from walmart (97 cents for 10 of em). I started fishing them at Roaring River as a kid, using 2 lb test and 1/64 to 1/100 oz during low water in the summer. Large waters like Taney and Benett use larger sizes like 1/32 to 1/16. My biggest fish to date was on a black 1/64 crappie
  15. Sounds like fun, I live in St. Charles and have ventured to MS a few times in the regular season and hated it (hardley any fish in the afternoon and no Fly Zone). The catch and release sounds promising, especially with the big brown opportunity. Have you fished any of the trout lakes out at Busch Wildlife Area this winter? I want to get out to the catch and release lakes and give it a try ASAP.
  16. Anyone tried catch and release yet? Any huge brood stock lurking in those waters?
  17. What pattern/fly do you use for these big boys?
  18. Biggest was back in the summer of '90, a 28" rainbow just below Rebar, I was at C of O at the time and went down there more than I should have as a student (but the oh the memories). Caught it on 4 lb test on a spinning rod using a 1/64 oz black jig. Took and pic and put it back.
  19. In the fly area at Benett, there used to be some big gut eaters. My dad caught one after a rain quite a few years back on a 1/32 oz white crappie jig (they still work great) that was around 4 pounds and had a gut like that big 'un.
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