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steve l

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  1. There has been discussion in various river forums about whether "navigable waters" applies to the usual rivers we fish/canoe, typically around access or ability to camp on gravel bars. Interesting that in this case that the Lake of the Ozarks was ruled to be not navigable waters for the purpose of the federal charges. Not sure if this is behind the paywall or not so here is a portion of the article. The indictment also said Lanham, the general manager of Ride the Ducks in Branson, and Baltzell, the supervisor, did not properly monitor the approaching storm and the risks it
  2. Thanks for the replies. The fishing I would rate as ok minus. Caught fish, but perhaps not as many as I would have figured.
  3. I caught one between 160 and 142 yesterday. First I or my brothers have caught in over 15 years of floating the 11P. Now, we don't target crappie, but seems we might have caught one by accident before this (or this is the accident...). An escapee from a farm pond somewhere in the watershed? Or they there but uncommon? Or...?
  4. https://ozarktrail.com/ And you might check out the Ozark Trail Section Hikers and Backpackers group on Facebook.
  5. Lots of lightly used boats for sale in a couple of years?
  6. What stretch did you float?
  7. Kindof skeptical of the theory I brought a spider from it's very extreme northern range if it even makes it up this far that somehow survived being packed and unpacked on four previous gravel bars just to show up on the fifth... We floated Whitten to 142. Got three or four in the 16-16.5 range but yeah, tough is a good word.
  8. Got done with the five days with the brother this morning. On the gravel bar, a bit above 142, this morning and packing up. Shook out/off my bags before packing the tent and sleeping bags etc and a black widow fell out! That's a new one. We had set the tent maybe 15 foot or so from the tree/willow line. I guess it wondered down from there? The bags were all kept outside the tent like I always do. Can only imagine if it hadn't dropped out and come home with us or possibly decided to wander about the car. Might have been interesting. On a related note we saw last night a was
  9. My wife & I floated with them in Mid-September - Boiling Springs down to Ross - and had no issues at all including their driving the car down to Ross on time to meet us on Sunday. Now we weren't high season and went in on a Thursday, but perhaps they are finding their legs a bit.
  10. Echo Al's comment on dry shoes/sandals for camp. I suggest two 18' or so lengths of rope - one to each end of the canoe. Here is my list - refined over many years (the time I forgot matches...). My wife & I use a canoe - and we load it heavy.
  11. Always love reading the prelims and reports from Olliefest.
  12. Had two raccoons get into a fight over our garbage bag one night on the Jacks Fork. That was pretty funny. Was raided one night on the Eleven Point where the raccoon(s?) ate my oatmeal packets that had apples but didn't touch the other packets.
  13. By semi-popular request, from the original trophy presentation in 1998 and then from this year's presentation. The top ten fish by weight make up the scoring creel. As with that other great trophy the winner's name (and winning creel) is added each year. The plate you see on the original was moved to the new when it outgrew the space. And...gotta love the Data photo bomb! Trophy has been the subject of keen competition and much trash talk over the years.
  14. My brother thinks he might have (somehow...) left our fishing trophy behind at the 142 access. Anyone happen to find? It's kindof hard to mistake. Found at 142!
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