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  1. I earned a 16-17lb sack today on the A-rig with a bonus 22" eye for the frying pan. All in all, caught 18 with 11 of those being nice keepers. I found the fish in several different areas but mostly it was depth related. Most fish came off of chunky rock. If you had wood on it at the right depth even better. Significant feature changes on the bank seem to be what the fish wanted to relate to. Water temp was in the 42 range AM and I found 49+ by late afternoon. Tried to keep the boat in 25-30ft and casting close to bank. Most strikes.....Left me rephrase that..."Most clobbers" came 1/2 b
    4 points
  2. BFT, I fished a sculpin pattern jig that I tied almost all day and it was definitely the hot color. I mix two different sculpin colors, one is a lighter green and the other is the dark traditional green. This one jig also happened to have an extra feather in it that was a dark green/light green zebra pattern in it. I don't think that had any bearing on the fish though. As for the technique, in the deep holes I used a 1/16oz and let it fall for what felt like way too long each time. In the ripples and the shoals, I fished a 1/32oz and just fished the drift, letting it swing all the way down str
    3 points
  3. You ever have one of those days, that things just come together, well I think today was one of them! My friend Max and I decided to fish today, he took off work, and I got enough stuff done earlier in the week to make a day of it. I was concerned that the cold day yesterday, and being 24 degrees when we hit the water this morning might hinder the bite. Well, at first it did, the bite started out slow, we fished for an hour and had one fish, but it was a dandy 17 inch Smallies. We continued to fish thoughout the morning with a few bite here and there, I was throwing mostly jerk baits and jigs!
    2 points
  4. To each his own. I love fresh fried and grilled fish. And by love I mean I will go a long way out of my way for a good fish dinner!
    2 points
  5. You can pretty much catch a smallmouth on anything that looks like a meal. Kind of like me, they aren't that particular about what they eat as long as it looks good. I've searched a long time to find the best smallmouth flies. And I've tried a lot of different things. Some were successful for me and some were not. I'm sure you will get a ton of answers but I think you have to find what works the best for you and your style of fishing. After all of this time and all the different flies I have tried I have two that will go with me everywhere. One for the top and one for the bottom. I haven't
    2 points
  6. Fished the river yesterday with a buddy who had never seen it before. Introduced him to Czech nymphing and he took to it quickly. We caught 12-15 trout including a nice 15 incher for him. Saw a bald eagle around Dora. He is now hooked on the river and Czech nymphing, too. Can't wait to get back!
    1 point
  7. Jig fishing and fly fishing, myself and two other gents just killed it today on the white between buffalo shoals and Riley's. I had 53 when we stopped for lunch. We fished on through the afternoon and the highlight of the day was this 27" rainbow on 2lb test on a marabou jig.
    1 point
  8. Seth

    Pb&j Deemed Racist

    If the PB&J color offends anybody in my boat, they can just swim to shore. That's my favorite color.
    1 point
  9. As my dad used to tell me, "You aren't going to catch any fish running up and own the lake all day." Yeah I didn't pay any attention to him either. But this time of the year you can catch all the fish you need between Lightfoot and Bolivar landing. They aren't biting any better on the other side of the lake you just have to figure out where they like to eat. There are a lot of spots that hold good fish all the time in that section, and there are a lot of spots that don't. Secondary points are going to be way better than any main lake stuff. Jerkbaits, crankbaits and a jig should get you a
    1 point
  10. Excellent fish, I can't imagine the odds that fish overcame to grow so large in the lower river. Great catch.
    1 point
  11. BilletHead

    Popper Hooks

    Might pass this along, Cabelas has what I think is a pretty good deal on popper hooks. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Mustad-Signature-CK74S-SS-Fly-Hooks/1170112.uts These are stainless steel hooks. I just got in my order. I did two packages of 2/0 and 1/0 They are just a tad shorter than the ones I have been using but have a wider hook gap which I like. Here is a comparison. What I have made with the same hook below it and then the 2/0 and 1/0 CK74S SS Mustad I just got. Here are a few of the ones I have been doing since our waterfowl is done and I am warming up for fishing,
    1 point
  12. stuartsx5

    Crappie Fishing

    If you are on facebook there is a page called Lake of the Ozarks Crappie Guys (I think that is the name). They have been catching them in Lynn Creek and where it meets the Osage is the last I seen on there.
    1 point
  13. IT WAS WHERE WE FISHED......fishing in a yak in the wind sucks!!! I'm ready for a jet, the frustration level was high for me yesterday. We caught 8 fish between the two of us, two Smallies and 6Spots from 10 to 14 inches....ouch!!! but, fishing from a yak you are limited. If we would have had a jet we could have been able to do a run and identify the productive holes, with a yak you are limited to how much water you can fish and how long you can keep the bait in the zone it needs to be in to get bit.....sorry for the rant but, I'm just not liking fishing from a boat at water level...I guess I
    1 point
  14. Spider Creek Resort, River View Resort. Both are on the White River and within 5 miles from a boat launch on the lake near the dam. Jim
    1 point
  15. Brandon, Misery loves company... I fished for about 6 hours this weekend with 1 13" fish to show for it. The fact that they are dropping the lake is what I attribute the slow fishing to. Great weekend to be on the water.
    1 point
  16. Quillback

    Ice Jig & Gar

    Always wondered where gar went in the winter.
    1 point
  17. Amery

    New To The Site.

    You don't have to golf to enjoy the courses of Bella vista. The creek that flows through them is a stellar smallmouth creek.
    1 point
  18. It makes me sick when I see someone throw away a walleye without taking those cheeks out. I save them for last when I eat fish and nibble on them for as long as I can make them last, lol.
    1 point
  19. Where I'm from especially growing up we ate what we caught usually, money was tight as a kid and a fish dinner caught was appreciated! folks round here think it's silly i drive an hour to catch fish I have to release. Lol, but they just don't understand the passion for ozark fishing I have, and the protection of it! Here it's all about crappie and catfish! I LOVE me some fish, but catch flathead and crappie for my fish frys. The last time I've actually cleaned and cooked a bass was in the early 90s, I wasn't a big fan of it then, but that fish the other day was awesome, but everything t
    1 point
  20. Deadstream

    Greetings

    Just a quick hello. I'm a new member from Northwest Missouri / Northern Michigan. I've spent many days on the various Ozark streams,lakes and rivers over the years and after a recent stay at Lilleys I discovered this site. Wish I would have earlier. I grew up in Michigan about 10 minutes from the Manistee and Ausable rivers and have chased brookies,bows,browns and salmon all over with spinning gear and when nobodies looking I get out the fly rod. Every once in a while I trick a few, my goal this year is to unlearn my bad form/habits, practice my knots and get a good pair of glasses (tuff get
    1 point
  21. Ever since jetboats became popular among river anglers, the better fishing streams (in warm weather) have become the ones too small for jetboats. Wading size streams can be terrific, but their vulnerability to even just a few anglers keeping fish makes some of them much poorer fishing than others. Back in the pre-jetboat days, I always felt my best chance at big smallmouth was on larger streams like lower Big River and the middle and lower Meramec. Now, in the summer at least, I have far more confidence in the streams that are only marginally canoeable by mid-summer. So yeah, I really love
    1 point
  22. Who tries to make fish taste like something else? I'd be willing to bet that if you ate small bass, bluegill, and crappie any one of the ways I like to fix them you'd be a quick convert to a fish eater. If all you've had is fish sticks from the grocery store, you'd be in for a big surprise. Just give me about 6 10-13 inch bass (no, I don't keep undersized bass from the streams, but spotted bass have no length limit on my rivers, and besides, many of the bass I eat come from my pond or a nearby private lake that gets far too little fishing pressure), a deep fryer full of oil, an egg mixed w
    1 point
  23. You were right about the fishing Scott, It turned out better than I had anticipated. We decided to go try the Osage since I haven't fished it yet this winter. The was was 43-44 degrees and pretty dingy. My buddy and I caught around a dozen bass, two crappie and 1 bluegill. He caught his PB river largemouth that weighed 4.19 on a shad rap. My biggest for the day was a 2.33 large mouth that I caught on a crappie jig after I decided to quit bass fishing and try for some crappie. Go figure!
    1 point
  24. Having eaten lake trout before, I'm curious how many small ones came home? One of the best fish I've had.
    1 point
  25. rps

    I Need Some New Ideas!

    Ok. Make a fly up. Start with a name. The Sunshine Lady. Use red and orange and yellow and tie a fly with a seductive wiggle but no brains.
    1 point
  26. Quillback

    Monday Report

    I like a shot of Scotch.. Sorry, couldn't resist
    1 point
  27. Terrierman

    Bronzeback News

    Good read. I wish there were something similar over here in the Southwest part of the state. They have some very nice activities planned!
    1 point
  28. Typically, the presence of deep water over a spring formerly on land or in shallow water will cause it to shut off or greatly diminish. Some kind of temperature probe would be needed anyway to pinpoint a spring. My original post was referring to springs in shallow water feeders.
    1 point
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