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  1. Started out of the Knob at 5:30 and I was not the first boat on the water. It is a total disaster up there at the ramp that is pretty much caved in from the wake boats. Shoreline damage at Shell Knob is without a doubt the worst on the lake. It is totally full of wake boats and now I am seeing lots of 35' plus type boats, cruser style. Headed up steam to the mouth of the Kings and fished 3 pts. that are very good to me usually. Mostly with a 2.8 inch Keitech and a drop shot either crawler or Yamamoto cut tail. Three small K's about 14 inch the first hour and all three had multiple ho
    27 points
  2. saturday night was windier than heck. ended up with 7 keepers. biggest was in the 4 lb. range. caught some on a 1/2 Elite SpinJig, june bug, with # 6 nickle colorado blade. caught some on the 1/4 GrassJig with buzz cut skirt, and some on the 3/8 GrassJig brown and blue, with blue trailer. bank to 15 ft. last night had over a dozen keepers. several in the 3 lb. range and one in the 7 lb. range. it was a bit over 23 inches in length and over 8 inches tall. everything last night came on the 3/8 GrassJig brown and blue with blue trailer. most of the bigger ones were 10 to 15 ft. deep
    23 points
  3. Quillback

    Keeper walleye!

    Finally got a keeper sized walleye - as a matter of fact I caught 2 keepers today. Couple of short walleye too, one was just a hair short of 18", it was tough to let it go when at the time I had one in the livewell, but I just could not get it to that 18' mark. These walleye were all on gravel points in about 10 FOW. One on a Pointer 78 and the others on the 2.8 Keitech. Bass fishing was slow for me, caught 9 spots and only one was a keeper. Most came on the Ned rig. I found a school of them just inside a cove in the trees, they were goofy biters, missed several but caught 5 in t
    23 points
  4. Fished a little tournament on the Osage Saturday and had this beast eat my little cricket !!
    23 points
  5. The things my little girl comes up with in the boat........ "Dad, that's a fish landing violation. 2 minute penalty." "Dad, how close to the dock are we? I need to pee." My response....."we just left the house". Me: "Hey Ally....do you know why the fish get under the docks when it's raining? So they don't get soaking wet!". Ally: looks at me like I have 7 eyes. Such a blessing to have her ask......"can I go" before I have a chance to ask her.
    23 points
  6. Mitch f

    New Ride

    I told a few of you that my boat got totaled while sitting in a storage lot by a drunk, driving through the fence. 😳 anyway, took the insurance claim from the driver and bought a different rig. Alweld 1856 with a 115/80 Merc jet drive. And today happens to be my anniversary! Look what I got you honey!😂😂😂
    22 points
  7. Got in the water about 0730, another boat was launching just before me and that was the only other boat I saw up until I left at 1:30 in the PM. Decent bite on the Ned rig, usual chunk rock banks, points with timber on them. Only exception was catching a couple on old boat ramps. Fish were anywhere from 10 feet out to about 25. Slow dragging on the bottom. Caught 17 with 5 keepers. WT was 44 early when I checked.
    21 points
  8. moguy1973

    I'm blown away

    A few weeks ago I was over on Bass Resource and a topic about fly fishing came up and the guy that started the thread wanted to know who fly fished and if they fly fished for species other than trout. I put my 2 cents in and said I've only ever fly fished for trout but sometime when I have more time on my hands I wouldn't mind giving fly fishing for bass a try. The farm pond I fish in would work great for fly fishing, there are decent sized bass in it, and there aren't many trees around it that would get in the way of casting. I also have a nice St. Croix 7wt rod my mom left me when she passe
    21 points
  9. MarkG52

    accident

    My wife and I went to the visitation last night and the funeral was at 10:00 this morning. Private, pretty much family only. Ted was a really good dude and well respected. Great turnout at our church for visitation. Just an awful tragedy. His wife had to tell the the other children that Ted and John would not be coming home from their fishing trip but instead they were going to Heaven to see Jesus. Tears filled my eyes as I was typing this but so thankful that Trish had that assurance. I think that is the only thing keeping her from totally losing it right now. Please if you don't mind, keep t
    21 points
  10. The little man talked me into taking him tubing last week so of course i did. Then he wanted to catch a fish. Bridge pillars are always a for sure thing, had to hit a couple and then he caught a couple on a drop shot. Livescope helped a bunch to find what side of the pillar they were on. It was all he could do to get that smallmouth in, i thought either him or my rod was going overboard
    21 points
  11. Quillback

    Big M area Feb 26

    Launched at 10 AM today, there was some light rain in Bella Vista early so I decided to wait it out, but it didn't make much difference as it was drizzly and cold at the lake when I got there. Air temp 39, water temp 40 but not much wind. Fishing was kind of funny today, lots of blank time with short bursts of some fish on every cast. When I found them, they were schooled up. Put 20 in the boat with 9 being keepers, couple of 17" spots were the biggest. Best spots were near the mouth of a couple of coves around sparse timber, fish were in that 15-25 foot range. Even split on fi
    20 points
  12. Have some new neighbors to the south a half mile. Good folks moving from Kansas and building a house. There are two older ponds on the property. We have become good friends with them. So the last few years even before they bought the place beaver have set up residence there. They asked if there was anything that could be done. This being said I have trapped many things and done well doing that but have never trapped beaver. Done muskrat and mink but this would be the first for beaver. So last year I borrowed three 330 conibear traps and got some instruction and set them. So I did not buy a tra
    20 points
  13. Solo trip, and my first on this section. Put in 9/27 and took out 10/1. The Harriet gauge was 150 cfs (3 ft). Only had to get out and drag a handful of times, but I wouldn't float it any lower. I heeded advice regarding the wind, it can really blow through the canyons! I rode a NW wind the first 10 miles and stayed put near big creek for a day until it turned back around from the South. Caught smallmouth just about non-stop. Crawdad crankbait worked the best. Nothing over 16" though. Lots of eagles and deer and solitude. The scenery is hard to put into words... It's really
    20 points
  14. Its been a minute since I have posted in here and seems like forever since I have been fishing. Corona-Rona took away almost all of my senior season of bass fishing for Mizzou and made it one hell of a time to enter the job market. I was fortunate enough to get an offer to work for Marcus Sykora at State Farm and I have really enjoyed that so if any of you need any insurance give me a call (573)365-5088. Any how I am getting married Aug. 8th so for my bachelor party a group of us went down to my favorite lake in the US that I have ever fished. Justin and I fished Friday the 24th . Caught
    20 points
  15. BilletHead

    Her biggest

    Decided to try a different place. Pulling Flicker shad. This thing made a run like a hybrid. When we seen it flash in the clear water we knew it was a good one. Then when the behemoth breached the surface and Pat's eyes got rather large.. This is her largest to date of any species. 30 inch plus blue cat. Pat said lets weigh it, I said no scale in the boat. Where is your "Bogo grip"? I about lost it laughing. One of the nicest specimens I have ever seen. Its back in there awaiting the next lucky angler,
    20 points
  16. merc1997 Bo

    last two days

    been out the last two days doing some snooping. yesterday was a 20" walter and 3 keeper lmg. 5 or 6 shorts. that kind of zeroed me in a bit, and i fine tuned that today. 10 keeps, one lmg over 6 and a 5lb.+ walter. several shorts. kind of bo-garted onto a spot they were piled up on. sometimes many years of fishing will help you kind of know a small spot that needs to be sampled. was fishing crystal clear water with hi-vis yellow braid tied straight to the lure. most bites were at dead rest. bites were 10 to 15ft. these bass are really nearly asleep, and you just have to have the pat
    19 points
  17. It just didn't happen to be a bass.
    19 points
  18. Toby Estes

    Big Walleye

    I usually don’t post much, but I had to put a picture of my wifes walleye she caught today. We were bass fishing and she caught it on a stinkin ned! She kills me with that thing. It was 5.76 lbs on our scale. Unfortunately I didn’t have any thing to get the length. It was way past my 18 “ ruler.
    19 points
  19. BilletHead

    Thanks

    Thank you Veterans, Appreciate what you have done and remember the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
    19 points
  20. laker67

    Bragging Rights

    We were just talking about not advertising a favorite fishing spot, but I have to brag on my lovely wife's recent fly rod catches. Of course they were caught at a secret location using a top secret fly. All background landmarks were self imposed to hide the true location. First picture is a 10.12 and the second an 8.65. All released unharmed.
    19 points
  21. 18 points
  22. Really good day today. Caught fish regularly all day long. Probably 10-15 keepers. Really good morning bite with cloud cover. Several spinnerbait fish early. Then went to shaky heads, ned, and finese jig. Wife put a big fish whoopin on me. We were fishing around a dock in the back of a creek and she yelled “NET”. I said your hung up, your line isn’t moving. Well I was very wrong. Fish went right at 6lbs.
    18 points
  23. Launched at ER at 0700 and fished today between the 86 bridge and Holiday Island. Really just fished a single mile long bluff bank for 5 hrs. Don't think I went 5 minutes without a bite. Surface temp in that neck of the woods is 45.7, water is clear and with the winds we had today it set up more than perfect for the jerk bait. Absolutely nothing big, but 13" to 16" K's one after the other, it was a total blast. Last week I caught a ton of buck LM up the James. The White River Spots would have pinned them in a wrestling match in 15 seconds. The weight and strength of these spotted b
    18 points
  24. Warm temps in the forecast so I had to get out. Today it was Ned rigs and Keitechs, got zero bites on cranks and jerk baits. Started fishing a 2.8 Keitech on a 1/4 oz head, letting it fall to the bottom in 15-30 foot deep water and then slow rolled it back. If the bank I wanted to fish had a lot of trees and chunk rock, I would throw a Ned as that kind of stuff is too snaggy for the Kietech on an open jig head. Caught 14 today, 6 were keepers and all were spots except for one smallie. Caught a couple of short walleye too. Surface temp 47. Air temp was 61 when I left at 1:30 P
    18 points
  25. Dutch

    Cape Fair 11/17

    I fished from 10-2 up river above Pt 15. I threw spinner baits, brush hogs, Ned Rigs and zeros. I only had 8 bites, all on zeros, and managed to catch 7 of them. However only 2 would measure. One of them was 4 1/2#. Zero colors that worked were green pumpkin, watermelon red and dirt. The water was typical James River off color and ranged from 55 to 60°.
    18 points
  26. Dutch

    They’re back....

    I haven’t white bass fished on that pond since the die off several years ago. I decided to try it today. I launched at Lightfoot about 9:30 and fished down toward the dam. I hit 6-8 spots. Some only had a couple but 3 of them were loaded. I saw at least 3 year classes and possibly 5. By lunch time I had caught an even 100. I was looking for a banner day but had trolling motor trouble and had to quit.
    18 points
  27. Lifes2Short

    This Morning!

    Had a great morning this morning out of state park on top water, the smallmouth and kentucky’s were smashing the plopper. Had a limit by 8:15!
    18 points
  28. Lifes2Short

    Banner Morning!!!

    Got on the water at daybreak out of Mutton Creek. Headed up the Big Sac and had a ball on top-water and also gitzits. I was catching top water fish up until about noon when it got hot enough for me to come home. LOL
    18 points
  29. I’ve been following this forum for a couple years and decided to quit creeping and contribute. I read a lot on here about how to troll crankbaits for crappie and started trying it last year with good success. Yesterday I got my dad out for the first time in years and we had a great day. We ended up 1 shy of our limit due to a miscount in just under 3 hours. We put in at Greenfield boat ramp and caught all of our fish on the second bank we trolled. Most for around 12” with a few 13” fish mixed in. We started with Bandit 300’s and 200’s but nearly ev
    18 points
  30. With heavy rain in the forecast, and the expected rise in the water level at TR, parking spots at the ramps will be limited. Therefore the COE has requested that boat owners use the least amount of space possible to park their rigs. Here's the pic they posted of the recommended way to park.
    18 points
  31. I took my cousin youth hunting this weekend and invited some friends with kids that were eager to chase some turkeys. Saturday we spent most of the day drenched in rain, trudging through the woods. After the storms past, we loaded up the boat to see if the walleye were biting for the last 2 hours of the day. It was these kids first time walleye fishing and I was hoping we could at least boat one fish. Considering it had rained for the past 12 hours I was slightly pessimistic. It turned into a great night with us boating 15-20 walleye with 7 nice keepers. Sunday the turkey were firing off in e
    17 points
  32. My wife and I were out yesterday afternoon for 3 hours. We started fishing around point 9 with several other boats nearby. After an hour moved to the Mill Creek area and fished there an hour with no strikes. We then moved to near point 10 and begin to get a few hits using a grey grub with red flakes in it. Small fish were nipping at the tail but not hanging on. Around 6:00 pm the wind picked up and fish started nailed the grub. We caught 6 nice bass from 1.5 lbs to 2.8 lbs on the grub in 45 min. Boat was positioned in 12 to 14 foot of water and casts were both toward the bank and in par
    17 points
  33. Cody @gotmuddy and I met up for a day of fishing. I was like a kid running across a playground on the way down. I drove through the Scenic Riverway along the Current River. So many access points, and conservation areas. Got down to the access, met Cody and shoved off. We got fish early on, a double at one point, but it slowed quickly. It rained through the night and early morning, was just moving out as we launched. I got a couple smallmouth, Cody got Smallies, a rainbow, and a pickerel. The day was going too well, so after the trolling motor remote control battery died, Cody decide
    17 points
  34. Today we went again to a new location and again Mitch beat me out n numbers but I got this one. He wouldn’t have his picture taken with the lowly 15”ers he was catching. It was cold again. 30 at the ramp and water temp was 40. Great time and @Mitch fis the man. He put me right on this one. The tail was just a hair under 20”. Thanks, Mitch! I had a great time.
    17 points
  35. Last Sunday 11/15, I headed to Arcadia, MO to hunt with long time friend, Paul Crews. He has a nice, small spread and a "hunting cabin" in the woods. I only wanted to kill a doe. I'd take 2 if given the chance. But I didn't want to kill a buck. It was Paul's land and he was hunting a big buck. I don't care about horns. Sunday evening, Paul had me sit on the ground inside a wooded area. Saw nothing. Monday morning, we hunted the opposite corner of the woods because the wind had shifted. I sat on the ground again looking slightly down a dip -- very brushy conditions which I'm p
    17 points
  36. Hey all. I had a bit of a revelation this fall and I thought I'd write about it. I grew up in New England with lots of great largemouth bass fishing in ponds and lakes, so when I got to St. Louis in 1999 that's the kind of water body I looked for. Over the years I fished places like Jefferson Lake near my house, Spanish Lake, and Busch Conservation Area, and caught a few fish, but never enough to get excited about. I also did a few float trips on the Current and Meramec with grad school friends. These were not "take in the scenic beauty of nature" trips but rather "let's get as hammered as pos
    17 points
  37. Quillback

    October 5, Big M area

    I have read a couple of reports where people have mentioned catching fish on the Ned rig, so I had one tied on this morning. Threw a buzzbait for about 10 minutes, didn't get a look, but saw some fish chasing shad so I knew I was around some. 2nd cast with the Ned and I hooked a pretty good fish that got off, so I decided to fish it. Action was decent, put 15 bass and a catfish in the boat. Mix of smallies and spots, did not catch a largemouth. 4 were keeper sized. Rocky points and steep rocky banks were holding fish, and I was getting bites in 10-20 FOW dragging bottom, except for a
    17 points
  38. Quick trip out this morning. As reported elsewhere: fish are on the move but certainly seemed scattered. We only had a few hours today. Were on the water at about 6:40 and off by 11:00. Thick fog this morning which really limited our options until about 9:30 when you could actually move around the lake safely. We went out focused on creek arms (wasn't going to sit on a main lake point in the fog) and pretty committed to a shallow bite. We caught 4 fish throwing a Loon whopper plopper and black buzz bait shallow. 2 keepers, two shorts. We fished a couple of creeks all the way to t
    17 points
  39. I spent memorial day weekend on the lake with some friends. Before they all came up I decided to hit the lake, thanks to a short work day. After the last four years chasing ol' Walter I caught my biggest Stockton eye to date 26". The following days the water was really murky and we caught a few, but it was hard fishing for the most part.
    17 points
  40. So, pretty much everyone knows what I like to do, and more or less where I prefer to do it. Not much change in any of that. I walk a different path, for sure. But it's working. And it's an alternative to some other options. Now, by working...I don't think most people will have the patience (tolerance, confidence, total lack of sense) to do it. Numbers are down for me this trip, but quality is up. Translation: multiple limits most days, but not a lot of shorts. Bunch of 15-25 fish days, with 10-20 legals. Some of that is probably on me for specifically fishing bigger fish places. Bunch of
    16 points
  41. liphunter

    The sows where out

    Launched at Roark yesterday. I was looking for black bass. Caught a few with just one keeper. RC and bleeding shad 1/2 ounce Spinner. I was slow rolling the blade just off the bottom in 13' of water and got slammed by a 16 inch white. At first I blew it off, but then thought about how much fun those are. I turned on the scope and there they were. I must have caught 30 to forty in the 12 to 16''. I quit counting at 27. That was really a lot of fun . I looked in the box and seen a 3.5 kitech tied on. Worked really well. They wanted it real slow. WT 55. 11 to 15 feet. Slightly colored. Saved a f
    16 points
  42. I've been itching to get back on the Big Lake, there was a pretty good bass bite here on the Bella Vista lakes so that and weather has kept me off the Rock for a couple of weeks, finally made it over yesterday. I have some pre-spawn spots that I can almost always find bass on this time of year, but they just weren't there yesterday. The water is pretty stained, pea green soup in color, and that seems to have pushed the fish much shallower than I thought they would be. It took me a while to figure that out so lost valuable fishing time trying to find them. Got a few early on a Shad
    16 points
  43. They are biting and the river is about to be blown. Too many fish for One dork.
    16 points
  44. Dutch

    Cape Fair

    The bite was slow. I tried skaky, jigs, tubes, and Ned without so much as a nudge. I drug out an Arig and did 5 hours of chunk and wind. I had 5 bites and boated all of them. Only 3 were keepers but they were nice ones.
    16 points
  45. All those pictures of big bass from Bull Shoals got me fired up. Launched at old 86 at 0900 and went looking for some deep fish. Air temp at a balmy 30 degree and surface temp at 48.9 Had been looking for about an hour when the wind came up pretty good so I headed for some shelf Rock, the kind of stuff that Mike said they were on. Flat rock mixed with gravel. He had told me boat in 15 to 18 ft. Phantom Brown RK Crawler. First location 4th cast and wham! Nice K. Caught a total if 4 on that location and then just started to look for wind on that type of bank. It's amazing
    16 points
  46. Blessings to each and every one of you and your families...I was thinking that for as weird as it is this year it is teaching us to slow down and focus on people other than our selves. C4F
    16 points
  47. Shot the biggest bodied deer I have ever shot. The pics don't do it justice. It was HEAVY!!! The rack is nothing special except for the mass; I can't get my hand around his bases.
    16 points
  48. I carry my camera bag everywhere. Well almost everywhere. Today for whatever reason it was not with me. I took the long way home finishing up some calls before I called it a day. Then I saw this. Well almost this. Home was close so I ran there to grab my gear. The rain clouds were moving so I wasn’t positive if there would still be light. Made it back and did the best I could to line the sun up. Which just happened to be in front of my wife’s Grandparents. 30 seconds later the sun was gone.
    16 points
  49. Did a very short float this morning and only caught 4 fish. Right at the end of my little cruise I threw a Plopper parallel to a long big log and witnessed one of the best top water explosions I have ever seen and barely hooked this fatty. Sorry by myself and the pics suck but, she was long and fat and I am happy. I hope all you gentlemen and women have been doing good as I haven’t been on here much and keeping a low profile. Stay safe and stay outside ✌️🙂
    16 points
  50. Went to Barnes Jewish today on the West Side and got kicked out. Told not to come back for a year. Cancer got moved over to the "BEAT IT" column. That one is officially over.
    16 points
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