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  1. I got a survey last year. Promptly replied. Definitely will put in my 2 cents, this year.
  2. With the rise in mountain lion sightings and now encounters, this debate will heat up and go on for a long time. The people that killed these lions are ignorant. I'm not calling them stupid. They just don't know any better. They come from the same mold as the people that kill snakes. Most snakes killed are not poisonous. Ironically, most snakebites come when people trying to kill or mess with them. When was the last reported death from a snakebite in Missouri? Better yet, when was the last snakebite death in Missouri, by a snake that wasn't being messed with? .. Chances of getting attacked, worse yet killed by any wild animal in Missouri, (yet a mountain lion) is very slim. Mountain lion attacks (very rare), has happened in California in the past. The ones that I have heard of, were by females with cubs. Understandable. A female of any animal, including humans will go to great lengths to defend their off spring. All, confirmed mountain lions in Missouri have been males, (so far). The lion killed a few weeks ago in Ray county was a male and was treed. Posing no threat. However, the hero that shot it, said that his neighbors have small children that play outdoors, so it posed a potential threat. .... That said. Your chances of being attacked by a dog is considerably greater than any wild animal. So, I guess, using these people's definition of being in danger. We shoot shoot every dog we see. Especially, the ones in town and in our neighborhoods. Because the chances of them attacking small children greatly increases. Just my two cents.....
  3. Hence the reason why I didn't post on this site, for most of the year. A thread starts out one way then gets off subject and the "debating" starts. ,,, Heck, I can get that at home, anytime. Thanks Al, for jumping back in and changing the subject. .. ... Anyway, you all have a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays (if you prefer). See you all next year and let's get back to talking fishing. I know I'll be ready to. .... wader
  4. from a canoe, kayak, or jet boat? Well, seeing that I don't own a jetboat and have never been invited to fish from one (hint), my opinion would be skewed. .. Also, on the waters that I fish, you wind up mostly wading, with the kayak or canoe floating/dragging behind you. So, my opinion won't apply here. But, when it comes to solitude, which is my bag. It's a kayak. But, as Al pointed out, in a canoe you can haul a lot more stuff, ie. rods ready to go, more tackle, a cooler, rain gear, etc. Also, the comfort level greatly increases, ie. leg room, I'm 6'-4". You can also, have another person with you. I own a 17' 6"bass boat, the only river it's ever been on is the Mighty Mo. So, going off my fishing experience in it, I'd imagine fishing from a jet boat would be the most comfortable and the casts would be the most accurate. Bottom line. It don't matter, as long as your fishing, which I ain't doing, now.
  5. I thought you'd know the bridge, Chief. ... Yea, there is still a few of the Eldon boys, around. I'll have to give them a shout. There is a private road going to the bridge from each side. I'm going to see if I can't get permission and drive down to it, and continue the wade on up stream. The water looked pretty fishy up there. Thanks for the info.
  6. I made this a picture story. Maybe you won't get to bored reading it Oct. 25th. The weather was quite warm with a strong wind out of the south, before this cool front moved in. Figured I'd better hit it. Several years ago, I met a few anglers at an access, that I used a lot. They asked me if I had went all the way to the RR bridge, I said no, especially since I didn't know there was a bridge. I looked it up on a map and figured it was about a 2 mile wade. So, for about 3 yrs. I've been trying to wade all the way to the bridge and never made it, for some reason or another. The stream is low, so I figured that I could wade all the way. It's an abandoned Colorado Midland Rwy. bridge. Probably last used by either the Katy or the Rock. Do you know, Chief? Anyway, I started at the usual access. Buzz, had suggested using a teeny craw, so that was my goal. When I opened my small crank box. I saw a "Bee" crank. I recalled seeing someone talking about using one, recently. So, I tried it first. First cast and caught a smallie: It knocked of a wing, so I removed the other one and kept using it, It still worked; After, catching quite a few sunnies and google-eye on it. I up-sized to a jointed Rapala and caught some smallies and more google-eye; And one nice fat 15" smallie, the biggest smallie of the day; After several more smallies, I moved on. I remembered the Teeny-craw. So, put it on and caught quite a few of these; and these; and a few more of these; I moved on and after a lot of ankle deep water, I came to a nice rocky pool with a good current running through it. The Teeny-craw caught several more sunnies and some rock bass, and a few smallies. I put on a 3" twister tail on a 1/16 oz. head. and caught bunch of these; I moved on and found a slow deep pool. I caught quite a few sunnies and several more goggle-eye. I saw a rocky structure with some down trees so. I removed the twister tail and put a 5" candy corn, Bass Pro Stik-o-worm. First cast I caught a plump 15" largemouth; followed by several of his buddies: A little farther up, I finally made it to my destination: Under the bridge was a small hole. I caught a 12" largemouth on the first cast. Followed by a slew of sunnies and bluegill. So, I moved above the bridge. There was a long narrow run. I cuaght a 8" smallie followed by a gob of sunnies and several google-eyes; I headed back and threw a couple more times, where I caught the largemouths and caught this guy, my first on this stream; It was getting late so, I headed back cross country. It was quite a jaunt in waders, across fields, through the timber and over a bluff. But, definitely quicker. I made it to my goal and along the way, I caught a plethora of sunnies and bluegill, a bunch of google-eye, over 30 smallies and about 5 or so largemouth. And oh yea, the crappie. Seen a eagle, several turkeys and treed a small coon. I realize the fish aren't bragging material. But, I had fun and seen the" bridge".
  7. It wasn't that long ago, that I would see some political poll results on a news show, and "ask who are these people that they polled"? "They never asked me." Then a few years ago, I was polled during some election. I was happy to give my opinion. My father used to use the old adage, "becareful for what you wish for, it may come true". ... Well, now it seems that I'm polled several times a week. Of course, the call comes at the most inconvenient time. .. ie. trying to sleep in, or watch a game. Now, I notice that usually halfway through the poll, I can tell which party or candidate's people, is taking the poll. It seems that the political "polls", aren't so much poll, but are poltical messages, trying to swing your vote to their candidate or their side of the issue. Some questions sound more like a mini infomercial. Or as I call them, mini "misinformation" commercial, then an actual question. .. Granted it is a smart tactic. But, dishonest and the "polls" couldn't be accurate. I believe that they are now using them as political tools. ... Anyway, my wife either hangs up or hands me the phone. I've started declining some polls or when I smell a rat, I hang up. I'll do any unbias poll, as long as they are legit. Anyway, I'm getting off subject. .. I think a few of you feel left out for not getting the survey. I know that I would. I can see where your coming from. It's pretty rare to get a survey on smallies. But, I don't smell a rat. I figure if my data can do some good, then I'll definitely take part.
  8. Got mine, too. They sent one all the way up to Joetown.
  9. I've lived in Missouri almost as long as Nebraska. Mizzou has always been my 2nd favorite team. I want them to win every game, but one. Last Saturday, two of my sons and my daughter in-law were at the game.(they're Mizzou fans, ouch). For that one day, I was a huge Mizzou fan. Cheering them all the way. I think Mizzou finally beat Nebraska about 7 yrs. ago. It's been back and forth since. The game is a finally rivalry. (It took about 35 yrs. or so.) Mizzou needs this game, to finally be a real contender for the National title. Cudos to them and all that. .... but.... it's Husker week. ...GO BIG RED !!!!!!
  10. On the streams that I fish, most all the fish are in the deeper, slow moving holes. Have been for several weeks. Not sure if it is because winter is coming on, or the low water. Anyway, that's where they are, right now.
  11. When I first started fishing the streams for smallies, the Teeny-Craw was my "go to" bait. I slayed them on it. One drawback. I couldn't keep the sunnies off it. Not that it is a bad thing. I just wanted bass. I moved up from my ultra light to a little heavier gear and got away from the Teeny-Craw. Like you said, you need light gear to cast it. Al, talked about it in depth in another post. It is a reaction bite, because it doesn't swim or act like a crawfish. But, boy does it work. I think I'll try it today. I have quite a few of them.
  12. I haven't posted any reports, lately. After reading some of my past posts, I found my posts to be a bit boring, even trivial. I fish smaller streams and mainly wade fish. The fish are smaller and less in numbers compared to other peoples' adventures. So, I've just been enjoying reading the posts of others. I thought I'd recap this years fishing, in case anyone was interested. Out of respect for others, that fish the same streams that I do. I won't mention them by name. Anyone that has read my posts in the past, know what streams that I fish. Anyway, I started doing well on smallies and some nice largemouth early this spring. Then the rains started. The streams came out of their banks several times this year. If they weren't flooding, it was usually raining. So, I didn't really get going till mid-August. I'm glad that I did. I fished several different accesses that I've never tried before, and a few that I haven't been to in years. The streams are very low and quite clear right now. The clearest that I've ever fished. I'm having to walk/wade long distances between fish-able spots. I've been catching most fish in 1' to 3' of water. But, the fish are there and very active. I've used a variety of lures from 2" to 6" soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwater. The one thing that hasn't worked very well is crankbaits. But, that makes me try them even more. I like the challenge. If I'm catching them on one kind lure, I switch to another to see if I can get them to hit on it. If the fish are small, I'll up-size to go for bigger fish. If they are hitting on soft plastics, after a couple of fish, I'll go to topwater. Something about a smallie crashing the surface.... well you know. I've been catching mainly smallies. But, have caught some largemouth and Kentuckies. I've caught quite a few Google-eye, this year, too. Every year, I seem to catch more and more. A 15" smallie is a good fish on these two streams. Most smallies are in the 8" to 14" range. With a few fish up to 18". Last year I caught my first and only 20". This year, I've landed two 18", and several 16" and 17" smalles. Everyone likes some fish porn so here's a few pics:
  13. Woodman, Glad to see that you had a good time on the Lil' Niangua. It's one of my favorite streams. Fished it several times a yr. for about 5 yrs. Missed the last couple, though. We always go mid-week before Memorial Day. Always had the stream to ourselves. My have to try a fall float sometime.
  14. it looks like you were down at the old lock n' dam, is that right?
  15. . Rob sums it up well, We have more to fear from the people toting guns, that shouldn't be! We all know the type. The ones that say "Here, hold my beer and watch this." ... lol.
  16. After reading the material and looking at the pics, that JD, posted. It is definately a Chestnut Lamprey. Being from out of state, I enjoy seeing different and unusal fish and animals in the Ozarks. I still haven't seen my first Hellbender, hope to run across one, someday. It wasn't long ago, that I caught my first Kentucky Spotted/Smallmouth hybrid, in an Ozark stream. I thought it was cool at the time. Now their fairely common. I guess I'll probably be seeing a few more of these things. Next time, I won't be as nervous when it starts squimming around the boat. As long as one doesn't drop in my lap again. . ... Thanks guys. .... wader
  17. Thanks for the info. I've seen larger eels. Caught in the missouri river. But never one the size. And attatched to a bass
  18. Finally made my first stream fishing trip for the year. This is not normal for me. Usually, I've been out a dozen or so times, by now. Took my yak on one of my my usual Ozark streams. I tried a section that I've never fished before. I went solo, so I didn't have a shuttle. I had to paddle back to my put in. It limited the amount of water that I could cover. I only fished about a mile section. The stream was low for this time of year and I was reduced to mainly fishing the holes, as the runs were quite shallow. I started by throwing a 3" dinger, and caught a 14" largemouth, right out of the gate. A few casts later, I caught a 13" smallie on a hula grub. After that, the bass fishing slowed down for awhile, and the sunnies went crazy. The male"s fins were tipped with black, so they were well into the spawn. I went to a 3/8 oz. spinnerbait to get away from the sunnies, but it didn't matter. I think I must of caught at least 25 sunnies before I caught my next bass. The sunnies were very aggressive, and didn't give the bass didn't have a chance to get to the lure. Finally I picked up a few largemouth and smallies in the 12" range, before I caught a hard fighting 18" largemouth. Followed by two more in the same range. Altogether, I only caught 12 largemouth and 6 smallies. Mostly on the spinnerbait with a few on a 3" grub. Also, at least 30 sunnies landed, not to mention another 30 or so tail biters. They kept me busy in between the bass. Anyway, I caught a nice largemouth with, what I thought was an 8" leech attached. At least till it fell off him, while I was taking a pic. It fell in my lap and shot like a lightening bolt under my leg then to the other end of the yak. I had my camera phone in one hand, the bass in the other, still hooked up, my pole about ready to fall out of the yak, and my paddle rolling across my legs, along with this "devil" thing flying around my yak. I'm wearing shorts and trying to move my feet and legs away from this thing. I finally released the bass, secured my pole and phone. Then fished my paddle out of the water. I tried to grab this thing and found out where the phrase "slippery as an eel", came from. I got a few pics of it. I looked it up on the net and finally came to the conclusion that it was an American eel. I could be wrong, though. It had a row of gill like holes on both sides. A suction cup for a mouth with what looked like some teeth. It wasn't flat on the back like a leech but flat on the sides. It also, had something like a fin down the back. I dunno. You guys tell me.
  19. Finally made my first stream fishing trip for the year. This is not normal for me. Usually, I've been out a dozen or so times, by now. Took my yak on one of my my usual Ozark streams. I tried a section that I've never fished before. I went solo, so I didn't have a shuttle. I had to paddle back to my put in. It limited the amount of water that I could cover. I only fished about a mile section. The stream was low for this time of year and I was reduced to mainly fishing the holes, as the runs were quite shallow. I started by throwing a 3" dinger, and caught a 14" largemouth, right out of the gate. A few casts later, I caught a 13" smallie on a hula grub. After that, the bass fishing slowed down for awhile, and the sunnies went crazy. The male"s fins were tipped with black, so they were well into the spawn. I went to a 3/8 oz. spinnerbait to get away from the sunnies, but it didn't matter. I think I must of caught at least 25 sunnies before I caught my next bass. The sunnies were very aggressive, and didn't give the bass didn't have a chance to get to the lure. Finally I picked up a few largemouth and smallies in the 12" range, before I caught a hard fighting 18" largemouth. Followed by two more in the same range. Altogether, I only caught 12 largemouth and 6 smallies. Mostly on the spinnerbait with a few on a 3" grub. Also, at least 30 sunnies landed, not to mention another 30 or so tail biters. They kept me busy in between the bass. Anyway, I caught a nice largemouth with, what I thought was an 8" leech attached. At least till it fell off him, while I was taking a pic. It fell in my lap and shot like a lightening bolt under my leg then to the other end of the yak. I had my camera phone in one hand, the bass in the other, still hooked up, my pole about ready to fall out of the yak, and my paddle rolling across my legs, along with this "devil" thing flying around my yak. I'm wearing shorts and trying to move my feet and legs away from this thing. I finally released the bass, secured my pole and phone. Then fished my paddle out of the water. I tried to grab this thing and found out where the phrase "slippery as an eel", came from. I got a few pics of it. I looked it up on the net and finally came to the conclusion that it was an American eel. I could be wrong, though. It had a row of gill like holes on both sides. A suction cup for a mouth with what looked like some teeth. It wasn't flat on the back like a leech but flat on the sides. It also, had something like a fin down the back. I dunno. You guys tell me.
  20. Well, Maybe I did back down. I just didn't want to ruffle any feathers, most of the people that have read my previous posts, know where I fish. I just try to keep the peace. If anyone is interested in any info, I'm always willing to give it out, if they message me.
  21. Poker, I hear you. I went through the same thing as you last year. I received a message very similar to the one you received (it wasn't from Chief). Now, instead of mentioning the name of the stream I simply say "Ozark stream". I've made it easy on myself and everyone concerned. .... good luck ...wader
  22. I fished for a few hours below Bagnell, on Monday. No bites. The only person catching anything was cat fishing, catching a few small ones. They were releasing good amounts of water. But, I saw no shad or birds dive bombing shad. Good indication the fishing would be slow. Still a little early. Maybe next week.
  23. Way to go Buzz. Glad to hear stream bass fishing has finally arrived. Long winter. We still have snow up here at St. Joe, but it's melting fast. Think I'll leave them urban trout alone and hit some streams down at Jeff. City. I'm getting the fever, bad!!!... By the way post some pics, next time. So, I can really get fired up!!!
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