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  1. "The few females we caught looked to be assimilating their eggs. " I have been sort of expecting this. I have seen it a few times in past years when temps vary a lot and water roses rapidly. I remember back in April and very early May the temps would be in the 50s a couple of days and then the 70s for a couple days over and over. That can certainly cause then to reabsorb their eggs.
  2. Now that is a fishing report. I appreciate all the details. Great job Old dog.
  3. Ditto. Focus on rocky areas or chunk rock and shallow.
  4. I hear maybe 2" of rain this weekend and maybe some more heavy rain around Wed.
  5. I just noticed that the Corp have started running water out of Stockton. Started yesterday. O thought you all might want to know. It may pull the fish a little deeper.
  6. FYI - They have not been pulling water out of Stockton for around 2 weeks.
  7. Actually a foam filled bass boat with 900 lbs of positive floatation will sink. Mine did. I had a long talk to the Coast Guard office and they explained it this way. The 900 pounds of positive flotation is a rating for the boat and its recommended motor. If you install more than 900 lbs in the boat (batteries, gear, people, trolling motor, etc the edge of the boat will drop below water line and the boat will sink. Of course the batteries. outboard, and many mechanical items are in the back of the boat and pull the rear down first. It will sink like a huge bobber going down. lol I talked to Ranger and they said if loaded to heavy they certainly will sink and it happens a lot of times when people use two outboards, 3 or 4 batteries as well. The Coast Guard directed me to a website database with their records of boat sinking. You would not believe how many bass boats sink on LOZ and other local lakes.
  8. I had a bass boat of mine sink on me about 20 years ago. All my friends and workers said I was crazy because bass boats don't sink. I had a picture of it but many still wouldn't believe me. Either that boat partly sunk or it is the biggest bobber I have ever seen. lol
  9. I just heard back from the Conservation Commission guy I talked to last weekend. He confirmed the new length limit on Spotted bass and said that all agents have been sent an email notifying them of the new limit. I hope they read their emails. lol
  10. OK, just got off the phone with a MDC official. He said the new regulation on 12 inch spotted bass was passed to late to be in the new fishing regulation code book. They are trying to find out why the Secretary of States office has not been notified and made an official change to the regulations. This official said he would also contact the Enforcement division and see if they new what was going on and what their position is at this time. When he calls back I will let you all know what he says.
  11. This is straight from the official Missouri State Regulations maintained by the Secretary of State's Office in Jefferson City. 3 CSR 10-6.505 Black Bass Section (4)(2)(b)(1) 1. All black bass less than fifteen inches (15") in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught from Blue Springs Lake, Long Branch Lake, Longview Lake, Mark Twain Lake, Smithville Lake, Stockton Lake, Table Rock Lake, or Thomas Hill Lake. During my call to the office they said they were not aware of any changes to the regulation nor are there any plans to change it. Don't you love how our government works?
  12. I see that the USGS has updated their information for their collection sites in the USA. The following site shows a brief explanation of the new data format. Looks interesting but as of this point Stockton and the rest of the southern Missouri lakes do not have a new page yet. https://help.waterdata.usgs.gov/news/Feb-12-2019
  13. April is the hot time in that area. Plenty of walleye and crappie (usually).
  14. straw hat

    CC area

    The only problem was that my wife caught the two biggest smallmouths. (sound of crying). lol
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    CC area

    Well the wife and I ran down to a mile or so from CC today. The water is fairly dingy and 44F. We know a point on the end of a bluff we can walk to. On the point is 4 or 5 stumps and 5 or 6 big rocks. This is within a few feet of the main channel in 5 to 8 ft of water. We always hit this spot during warm weather periods in Feb and/or March and always manage to catch a few nice largemouth up on that shallow water warming themselves. Usually not huge but 2 to 3 lbs. Well today we caught 9 bass with 4 being keepers. There were 2 at 16" each, one at 18" and one at 20". The real surprise was they were all smallmouths. That was a blast for some bass fishing from the bank. It surprises me because we do not usually catch many smallmouth around CC and never caught any off that point before. A nice day on the lake.
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