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Anyone started catching smallmouth yet? I hope to escape to the Osage or Niangua pretty soon to try it out. Would love a report on the rivers if anyone has one.


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I'm with Wayne... with these warm days, the smallmouth can't help but bite. Sorry I can't make a personal report!

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I fished Wednesday...I had a goal of catching at least one Master Angler size smallmouth each month of the year this year, although I've never actually applied for a Master Angler Award and don't intend to. For smallmouths caught and released, the minimum size to qualify is 17 inches. I caught an 18 incher in January, and a 17 and an 18 in February. But thanks to bad weather, high water, and scheduling, I didn't get a chance to get out in March until yesterday.

I missed my goal by a half an inch. Caught a 16.5 incher. Smallmouths weren't very active...I caught 31 bass, but 21 of them were largemouths, 7 were spotted bass, and only 3 were smallies.

However, the warm rain we had last night will probably get them a little more active.

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