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First Time on the Gasconade

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We are going down to the Gasconade for a float trip this up coming weekend and this is my first time on that river.  What kind of tackle would you recommend?  I have done a ton of smallmouth fishing on big lakes in Minnesota lakes, but never on a Missouri stream so I really do not know what to expect.   

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9 minutes ago, Mitch f said:

Topwater, jigs tipped with plastic trailers or tubes, Super Flukes, a few smaller crankbaits, and a few spinnerbaits. That's all you'll need. 

Thank you! 

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Make sure you aren't floating in a raft.  They will not allow you to bring fishing equipment.   Rafts don't like sharp items is what I was told last weekend.   

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The water will most likely be up and dirty after this rain. I went out for a little bit last night and it was coming up and looked like chocolate milk. Chartreuse or red craw crankbaits, black or chartreuse single colorado blade spinnerbait and black jigs and soft plastics are what I'd be throwing. Then again, I haven't been doing worth a darn in the dirty water so maybe you shouldn't use anything I mentioned.

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I had hoped to spend next weekend on the Gasconade. I think I'll be shopping for a river that didn't get quite as much water. 

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