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Escaped minnows and fat crappie

Posted July 16, 2015 at 8:53 am

NIGHT CRAPPIE – If you don’t lose your minnows, crappie bite all night long.

Crappies are about my least favorite fish to catch because you can’t catch them on a Zara Spook or a Jitterbug or a Rapala Floating Minnow. You can only get a good fight out of them on four pound line and a switch for a rod. But I had some fresh crappie filets to eat this week despite the high water, fishing for them only because I like to eat them on occasion.

Rich Abdoler and I went out on the Friday evening before the Fourth of July and fished for bass awhile. Didn’t have much luck. I brought a minnow bucket along with two-dozen minnows in it

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    Fishing report for July 16

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    Fishing has been really, really good.

    We had a couple of guys trotlining over the weekend. They weighed in 43 and 50 plus pound blue cats.

    They caught them baiting with perch. They were way up the river.

    We had several people camped out down at the boat ramp fishing with worms catching white cats three to nine pounds. They got several stringers of

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    Conservation Corner

    by Nancy L. Zuschlag, Missouri Conservationist Magazine

    Spiders live in virtually every type of habitat in Missouri and in staggering numbers. Estimated populations range from 11,000 spiders per acre in woodlands to more than 1 1⁄2 million individuals in a grassland acre. On agricultural lands, spiders are a boon, destroying huge numbers of crop-damaging insects. Since each spider in a field may consume at least one insect per day, their cumulative effect on insect populations is significant.

    Some hibernate in winter under tree bark or rocks, or

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    Katy Trail State Park celebrates 25 years

    by Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks

    This is a success story.

    Eldon Meyer brought his wife, Maggie, from the East to a rundown farmhouse on a hill outside his hometown of Hermann on the Missouri River.

    She was not happy.

    “I was a Jersey girl – I thought it was the Wild West,” Maggie said. “I guess you could call it a mid-life crisis. We thought it would be nice to have a farm, but this was a dump.”

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    Zebra mussels and yellow perch


    Norfork Lake is a heckuva fishing lake. It is where my good friend and fellow outdoor writer, Jim Spencer, catches big catfish on a rod and reel. A year or so ago, I made another friend at Norfork, a fellow who left his home in Joplin with his family to take over a resort there known as Three Oaks. It is situated on the Arkansas side of the lake near Gamaliel, not far from the Missouri Line.

    It was quite a change for Don Lawellin and his wife,

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    Fishing report for July 9

    Caplinger Mills Report

    by Ron Masters

    Riverside Bait & Canoe

    They are starting to catch several decent size crappie, nothing huge. I’ve seen a few catfish. I’ve seen two keeper walleye caught today (Tuesday).

    The Corps is running the water from 2 to 7 today. I’d say that is probably what they are going to try to stick to. I guess they can’t run it a whole lot because of the Lake of the Ozarks being so high.

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    Conservation Corner

    Nearly everyone in Missouri at one time or another has suffered from the tiny little chigger larvae as they are found throughout the state.

    Adult chigger mites have eight legs and are a little larger than the period at the end of this sentence but the larvae are almost too small to see. You can sometimes spot the adults in the soil, but they are harmless to us. Adults feed on insects and their eggs as well as on smaller mites.

    Chigger adults bear problem children, however…at least

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    White giants of the rivers

    When I was a little boy, my dad and I dug up a sycamore sapling on the banks of the Big Piney River and planted it in a wet place below the house. It was about an inch in diameter then. In 40 years it had became a towering white tree with a diameter of nearly two feet.

    I guess my favorite tree in the Ozarks must be the sycamore because it has been such a big

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    Fishing report for July 2

    Taberville Report

    by Bobby Dains

    Dains Fish Farm

    The boat ramp still has water on it. Fishing’s good. It’s just hard on the fishermen. I think you can still catch the heck out of fish. They are just too burned out to go. A lot of them are, I know. They are getting tired of cleaning them.

    As far as I know, they are still catching fish. The boat ramp is a pain.

    The river

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    Conservation Corner

    by Lana Wilson

    Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Kansas City Region’s first ever Girls Camp that was held at Camp Palestine near Chilhowee. My granddaughter, Adi, and her friend, both 14 years old, went with me.

    We arrived on a Monday afternoon, got our schedules and room assignments and settled in for the night in anticipation of the next 2 1⁄2 days. Thirty-two girls had pre-registered and all but one began arriving at 8 the next morning.

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