Spoonbilling is good now, crappie biting

Posted April 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

Taberville Report

by Bobby Dains

Dains Fish Farm

Spoonbilling is good.

Every boat you see has several fish tied on it. Spoonbilling is good even from the bank, too.

There have been a lot of 50 and 60 lb. fish caught. I guess I should say a lot of female fish caught.

I weighed a 90 and an 88 this weekend and several 70s. There was probably a half a dozen that would have weighed 80.

They are catching crappie in the Schell lakes on minnows. It’s good.

They are finding gray mushrooms. I think red mushroom season is about over.

It’s good weather for fishing if a tornado doesn’t

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    Volunteer to help MDC with breeding bird survey

    Calling all bird-lovers and nature enthusiasts. Are you someone who can tell the difference between a Baltimore oriole, indigo bunting and a scissor-tailed flycatcher? Do you know what a cerulean warbler sounds like? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in need of volunteers to assist with the 2015 North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).

    The BBS is a long-term, large-scale, international bird monitoring program that started in 1966. According to MDC Resource Scientist Janet Haslerig, the purpose of the BBS

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    Missouri Department of Conservation tracking deer by satellite

     

    Biologists for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are learning more about white-tailed deer survival, reproduction and movement as a five-year study progresses. The new study utilizes computer, telemetry and satellite technology to track deer in partnership with researchers at the University of Missouri at Columbia (UMC).

    Researchers are currently tracking 90 deer wearing collars using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Crews from January through March trapped deer and placed collars on them. Transmitters on the collars give satellites readings on a deer’s movements, and biologists are able to download that data

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    Paddlefish Snagging Report and Advisories

    Report for March 25, 2015

    by Trish Yasger

    For Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River (below Bagnell Dam).

    Water temperatures are around 50F, and flows remain low. Snagging is good for early in the season, with some days better than others. The fish remain scattered out, which is typical with the cool water temperatures and low flows. Harvest is primarily small fish (34-37 inches); we are seeing a few 60+ pound fish. As water temperatures and flows increase the fish

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    Help prevent forest fires

    A combination of strong winds, low humidity, dry conditions, and warming temperatures this time of year has the potential for unexpected wildfires.

    Each year, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff work with fire departments around the state to help suppress thousands of wildfires that can consume tens-of-thousands of acres.

    According to MDC’s Forestry Division, the main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as trash and brush piles. The Department urges landowners, hunters, campers, and others in the outdoors to help prevent wildfires and offers the

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    Succulent filets in the frigerator

     

    Fishing shouldn’t be work. Folks like me like to catch lots of fish in a hurry, but if we can’t do that, then catching fish as a result of fishing hard sure beats not catching anything as a result of our hard work.

    That’s what happened to me before the rains came. I found some nice-sized white bass in a lake tributary and I caught about two dozen. But it took all afternoon to do it. I threw back the little ones, and when I got through fishing

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    Conservation Corner

    All hummingbirds are unique to the Western Hemisphere. Having originated in the South American tropics, the majority of the 320 species of hummingbirds still occur only there. About two dozen species have extended their ranges into North America, but only one, the ruby-throated hummingbird, lives east of the Rockies.

    A mere three inches long and weighing less than one-eighth ounce, the ruby-throat is by far Missouri’s smallest bird. The name comes from the adult male’s crimson throat feathers, which he uses for signals in courtship and

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    Spoonbill report for March 25

    Report for March 25, 2015

    by Trish Yasger

    For Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River (below Bagnell Dam).

    With the cold water temperatures and low flows, snagging is good for early season; on some days snaggers harvest a lot of fish and other days not so much. The fish are scattered, which is typical early in the season. Harvest is primarily small fish (34-37 inches); we are seeing a few 60+ pound fish. On Saturday 21 March Andy Belobraydic III

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    Early spring is late

     

     

    By the time you read this, it will be April, and I just wonder if you have heard any spring peepers yet in the evening. I haven’t. And though it is always different each season than the one a year before, I don’t think I ever went through all of March without hearing spring peepers. 

    The yellow flowers of jonquils and forsythia are just now coming into full bloom and it is about as late as I have seen things develop. I just wonder if the mushrooms will

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    Malta Bend man lands record 120-pound blue catfish

     

    Burr Edde III of Malta Bend became Missouri’s most recent record-breaking angler when he landed a giant blue catfish on a stretch of the Missouri River in Saline County using a trotline. The new “alternative method” record blue catfish caught by Edde on March 21 weighed 120 pounds, 8 ounces, with a length of 55 and 1/8 inches and a girth of 45 inches. Edde used cut Asian carp as bait.

    The new giant broke the previous alternative-method state-record blue catfish of 117 pounds caught more than 50 years ago on the

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