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    Bill Babler got a reaction from Terrierman in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    If you stop feeding them, they will leave and its really hard to get them back. I think the resident birds are creatures of habit and if you stop and they go elsewhere you really have to work at getting them to return.  Even when and if we go on vacation we have someone fill the feeders.  Thanks Phil Lilley, he has done it for us before.
    Yes we have never seen PW's except singles and pairs, it was fantastic seeing them in a flock this morning and they are still here.
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from Terrierman in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from Champ188 in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Also heard there were a couple of trips out of Big Cedar yesterday and they just hammered them in the deep creek channels from Indian Point to Long Creek.  There was also a RK Crawler bite in the muddy water in long creek even on flat water that lasted most of the day.
    I just turned the wrong way and could not get if figured out, it was all on me.  That's the beauty of the Rock, they  are always biting somewhere.
    Good Luck
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from magicwormman in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Also heard there were a couple of trips out of Big Cedar yesterday and they just hammered them in the deep creek channels from Indian Point to Long Creek.  There was also a RK Crawler bite in the muddy water in long creek even on flat water that lasted most of the day.
    I just turned the wrong way and could not get if figured out, it was all on me.  That's the beauty of the Rock, they  are always biting somewhere.
    Good Luck
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from magicwormman in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Super Job.  I fished from 7 to noon today without a single bite, KC area.  Bait everywhere but nothing stroking them.  Fished the Keitech and the rig, along with looking for deep fish and just could not get bit.
    Surface temps at KC this morning were 45.6, the coolest I have seen.  Fog was a total mess, but then blue bird and flat water after it lifted.  At take out it had warmed to 46 degree.  Still very clear at KC.
    The guts I was catching them on in KC looked like a pool table top.  I fished from Mill Creek to Spring Branch.  Main lake there were billions of shad in the 60 ft. range but not a single fish on them.  Deep trees had nothing in the tops for me.  It was really hard.  There were two guys pulling out at Mill at noon when I hit the trailer and both said they blanked.  One guy said he thought he might have had a bite on an A-rig but it also could have been a tree.
    Sunday it seemed like some people caught them in the stained water on a wart,some big fish pictures coming in.
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from Sore Thumbs in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Also heard there were a couple of trips out of Big Cedar yesterday and they just hammered them in the deep creek channels from Indian Point to Long Creek.  There was also a RK Crawler bite in the muddy water in long creek even on flat water that lasted most of the day.
    I just turned the wrong way and could not get if figured out, it was all on me.  That's the beauty of the Rock, they  are always biting somewhere.
    Good Luck
  7. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from gurzik in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Also heard there were a couple of trips out of Big Cedar yesterday and they just hammered them in the deep creek channels from Indian Point to Long Creek.  There was also a RK Crawler bite in the muddy water in long creek even on flat water that lasted most of the day.
    I just turned the wrong way and could not get if figured out, it was all on me.  That's the beauty of the Rock, they  are always biting somewhere.
    Good Luck
  8. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from Quillback in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Also heard there were a couple of trips out of Big Cedar yesterday and they just hammered them in the deep creek channels from Indian Point to Long Creek.  There was also a RK Crawler bite in the muddy water in long creek even on flat water that lasted most of the day.
    I just turned the wrong way and could not get if figured out, it was all on me.  That's the beauty of the Rock, they  are always biting somewhere.
    Good Luck
  9. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from David Goddard in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Also heard there were a couple of trips out of Big Cedar yesterday and they just hammered them in the deep creek channels from Indian Point to Long Creek.  There was also a RK Crawler bite in the muddy water in long creek even on flat water that lasted most of the day.
    I just turned the wrong way and could not get if figured out, it was all on me.  That's the beauty of the Rock, they  are always biting somewhere.
    Good Luck
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from abkeenan in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Super Job.  I fished from 7 to noon today without a single bite, KC area.  Bait everywhere but nothing stroking them.  Fished the Keitech and the rig, along with looking for deep fish and just could not get bit.
    Surface temps at KC this morning were 45.6, the coolest I have seen.  Fog was a total mess, but then blue bird and flat water after it lifted.  At take out it had warmed to 46 degree.  Still very clear at KC.
    The guts I was catching them on in KC looked like a pool table top.  I fished from Mill Creek to Spring Branch.  Main lake there were billions of shad in the 60 ft. range but not a single fish on them.  Deep trees had nothing in the tops for me.  It was really hard.  There were two guys pulling out at Mill at noon when I hit the trailer and both said they blanked.  One guy said he thought he might have had a bite on an A-rig but it also could have been a tree.
    Sunday it seemed like some people caught them in the stained water on a wart,some big fish pictures coming in.
  11. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from David Goddard in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Super Job.  I fished from 7 to noon today without a single bite, KC area.  Bait everywhere but nothing stroking them.  Fished the Keitech and the rig, along with looking for deep fish and just could not get bit.
    Surface temps at KC this morning were 45.6, the coolest I have seen.  Fog was a total mess, but then blue bird and flat water after it lifted.  At take out it had warmed to 46 degree.  Still very clear at KC.
    The guts I was catching them on in KC looked like a pool table top.  I fished from Mill Creek to Spring Branch.  Main lake there were billions of shad in the 60 ft. range but not a single fish on them.  Deep trees had nothing in the tops for me.  It was really hard.  There were two guys pulling out at Mill at noon when I hit the trailer and both said they blanked.  One guy said he thought he might have had a bite on an A-rig but it also could have been a tree.
    Sunday it seemed like some people caught them in the stained water on a wart,some big fish pictures coming in.
  12. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from Quillback in Jan 25 & 26 Amazing Winter Fishing   
    Super Job.  I fished from 7 to noon today without a single bite, KC area.  Bait everywhere but nothing stroking them.  Fished the Keitech and the rig, along with looking for deep fish and just could not get bit.
    Surface temps at KC this morning were 45.6, the coolest I have seen.  Fog was a total mess, but then blue bird and flat water after it lifted.  At take out it had warmed to 46 degree.  Still very clear at KC.
    The guts I was catching them on in KC looked like a pool table top.  I fished from Mill Creek to Spring Branch.  Main lake there were billions of shad in the 60 ft. range but not a single fish on them.  Deep trees had nothing in the tops for me.  It was really hard.  There were two guys pulling out at Mill at noon when I hit the trailer and both said they blanked.  One guy said he thought he might have had a bite on an A-rig but it also could have been a tree.
    Sunday it seemed like some people caught them in the stained water on a wart,some big fish pictures coming in.
  13. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from Smithvillesteve in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
  14. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from STLbassbuster in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from FishnDave in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
  16. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from magicwormman in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    If you stop feeding them, they will leave and its really hard to get them back. I think the resident birds are creatures of habit and if you stop and they go elsewhere you really have to work at getting them to return.  Even when and if we go on vacation we have someone fill the feeders.  Thanks Phil Lilley, he has done it for us before.
    Yes we have never seen PW's except singles and pairs, it was fantastic seeing them in a flock this morning and they are still here.
  17. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from magicwormman in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from evilcatfish in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from Quillback in Kim City - Jan 23 - Deep bite   
    There is no thing as less pressured water here, the entire lake gets crushed most of the time.  There is a stretch from probably point 10 on the James to Big Creek that might get a bit less attention, but not much.  The thing that saves us here is multiple species of Black Bass that at times will occupy different water sections and depth.  On LOZ it's the structure that provides a refuse.
    In my "Yikes" 50+ years on the Rock it has always seemed that the numbers have came from the White River upper part from Baxter Up and the quality from the Kimberling City, Long Creek, James River areas.  At times you will see a big bag out of the Kings,  but not nearly with the regularity as the other lake sections.
    Dock has posted some fantastic fish and I will tell you few people are catching those.  I have not been out as much as I would have liked but when I have been, the size has been crazy good.  Good to the point I"m wondering where the short fish are.  Probably up the White harassing Bo.
    Good to see the pictures of the stick bait fish the other day.  I have just done zero good on it but its starting.  If they will hit an A-rig, they will hit the sticker unless you are counting down the Rig.
    Becky has guests at the Lodge this morning and I have been watching the lake while helping ie getting in her way, and have not seen a single boat.  Go figure, 44 degree and sunny while the other day 34 and raining and the lake was full.
    Good Luck
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from Mitch f in Kim City - Jan 23 - Deep bite   
    There is no thing as less pressured water here, the entire lake gets crushed most of the time.  There is a stretch from probably point 10 on the James to Big Creek that might get a bit less attention, but not much.  The thing that saves us here is multiple species of Black Bass that at times will occupy different water sections and depth.  On LOZ it's the structure that provides a refuse.
    In my "Yikes" 50+ years on the Rock it has always seemed that the numbers have came from the White River upper part from Baxter Up and the quality from the Kimberling City, Long Creek, James River areas.  At times you will see a big bag out of the Kings,  but not nearly with the regularity as the other lake sections.
    Dock has posted some fantastic fish and I will tell you few people are catching those.  I have not been out as much as I would have liked but when I have been, the size has been crazy good.  Good to the point I"m wondering where the short fish are.  Probably up the White harassing Bo.
    Good to see the pictures of the stick bait fish the other day.  I have just done zero good on it but its starting.  If they will hit an A-rig, they will hit the sticker unless you are counting down the Rig.
    Becky has guests at the Lodge this morning and I have been watching the lake while helping ie getting in her way, and have not seen a single boat.  Go figure, 44 degree and sunny while the other day 34 and raining and the lake was full.
    Good Luck
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    Bill Babler got a reaction from m&m in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
  22. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from terryj1024 in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
  23. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from MOstreamer in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
  24. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from Champ188 in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    We have lived here at the lodge for 16 years now, my how time flies.  We love the birds and critters and I always have at least 1/2 dozen bird feeders up at all times.    I have some with song bird seed mix that I make myself, some with Niger seed and some with suet in the Winter.
    One of Becky's bigger seller here are Squirrel Buster bird feeders, as she sells dozens of them a year as they are totally squirrel proof and people just love watching the birds, and the antics of the squirrels as they cannot get a seed out of the feeders and just get so frustrated.

    We have had a total plethora of birds this year.  We have been reading about the number of decreasing song birds this year, but our feeders have been full of most of the usual culprits and then lots of strange visitors, including the Robins of a few days ago.
    Today we were treated with Pileated Woodpeckers at our feeders for the first time EVER.  They are very elusive and extremely sensitive to movement.  We have heard them and seen them on the trees in small numbers for years, but have never had one approach the deck or the feeders.

    This morning there were dozens of them here, chasing and chirping, and we had them on not only the suet feeders but the seed feeders as well.  It was a wonderful site and we felt truly blessed to have them visit in such huge numbers.
  25. Like
    Bill Babler got a reaction from skeeter in Nature Abounds This Morning   
    If you stop feeding them, they will leave and its really hard to get them back. I think the resident birds are creatures of habit and if you stop and they go elsewhere you really have to work at getting them to return.  Even when and if we go on vacation we have someone fill the feeders.  Thanks Phil Lilley, he has done it for us before.
    Yes we have never seen PW's except singles and pairs, it was fantastic seeing them in a flock this morning and they are still here.
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