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On 6/23/2019 at 7:54 PM, TroutRinger said:

Strike King Bitsy Tubes...is that what you’re using? I’ve caught 80% of my smallmouth on those. I shove 1/8 oz crappie jigs up the them for the hook. Various topwater baits are effective. I have had good success recently on the whopper plopper 90 and torpedos. Walk the dog lures are popular too. 

I pretty pretty much have those two tied on at all times. I usually have three rods. The third rod has a HD craw, Bomber Model A real craw, jig and pig, or Ned rig. 

A lot of people only fish the really obvious spots on a river. You know, the ones that look like they just hold fish. Don’t overlook other areas.

-Push water: the area above a rapid where the water kind of pushes/rises before going over the rocks.

-Shallow areas with current that are off the main channel: a lot of people I fish with will be casting into the deep area in the current. There are definitely fish there. If I see current moving on the other/shallow side, especially if there is a lot of low hanging limbs from the bank, I cast there and almost always catch more fish. 

We still need to get together and fish. We tried last summer but I worked weekends. I only work Monday-Thursday this summer.

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45 minutes ago, FishermanTodd said:

We still need to get together and fish. We tried last summer but I worked weekends. I only work Monday-Thursday this summer.

I may have this Friday off. Or if not, I may at least take a friend Saturday. 

I really want to get on the river this weekend barring flooding. 

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13 hours ago, TroutRinger said:

I may have this Friday off. Or if not, I may at least take a friend Saturday. 

I really want to get on the river this weekend barring flooding. 

I think the Niangua is in good shape, can’t say I know about anywhere else 

 

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I’m heading down tomorrow morning early.  Gonna try Barkley down to Mountain Creek. It’s roughly a 4 hour drive each way. So that cuts into my fishing big time. 

if I have any success at all I’m going to try a 2 or 3 day float to Lead mine, later in the year. 

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I used Mountan Creek for shuttle. I had a good day. Not a great day. Caught around 25 smallies. Several  nice goggle eye and a nice rainbow. Most smallies were less than 12”. Biggest smallie of the day was a 17”. 

Im not used to fishing a stream with such a fast flow. Shot right by a lot of spots without getting a cast. When I tried to cast while moving, I snagged a lot. Lost a lot off tackle. So I switched to weightless soft plastics. Neds, flukes, swim baits, and senkos. Started catching fish, then.197EA5E1-D403-488E-B255-18B6B71E2F53.jpeg

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