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Dale H

10-23-15 Report

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Water level and clarity was the same as my last trip. Fished the lodge hole and caught around 20 decent 'bows and kept 4 by 8:30 am. Decided to catch and release south of the camp bridge since I have never fished there. Caught my first nice brown there. 

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I wouldn't be surprised.  I saw 2 browns moving upstream in the shallower part behind the lodge a few weeks back.  Evidently they do this in the fall to try and spawn (although no record of successful natural spawn in Missouri). 

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we were down there this wknd as well. I didn't fish much as I was helping and teaching my wife how to fish.  She refuses to touch anything but the pole.  We fished the low water bridge and then from behind maintenance shed to the low water bridge.  caught some fish but threw back a bunch of small fish.  We haven't been down there in a few years and we thought the total stream is getting shallower.   it just seems the holes are filling in with sediment.  very disappointed in size of fish amount in the stream and again depth of some holes.  whats your opinion on this?  maybe its just me.  all in all wife kept 6 I kept 2.  that's all we need.

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I really can't give a definitive answer concerning sediment since I have only been consistently going down there for the last 2 years.  What I have seen are that areas in the stream have changed (former minor holes filled up with sediment or new small holes formed) from the large amount of rain had earlier this year.  Water levels were high all the way into mid-summer. 

My Dad fished the social hole earlier this month and caught decent stockers. I normally fish the lodge hole and wade down to the camp bridge.  At times, the overall fish size has been small, but I have never came home with all dinks in the cooler.  I tend to think that the areas from the hatchery to the low water bridge are more heavily fished, and this is why there are less larger holdover fish. 

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