Spoonbills running great in the Osage

Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

Taberville Report

by Bobby Dains

Dain Fish Farm

Fishing from the bank is good right now in the Osage (Tuesday afternoon). Some of the guys have just caught the heck out of them. They are just running right up against the bank. We’ve got a lot of current out there and the rod and reel snagging is really good from the bank.

There are a lot of fish. It just went from daylight to dark. Sunday and Monday it wasn’t very good. On Tuesday, the water hit. Those fish must have run last night because they have really caught a lot of fish.

Out of 3 or 4 fish, one of them will weigh 60 probably. Some guys went down there while ago. They caught seven

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    Pursuit versus patience

    Probably nothing you do in the outdoors involves less skill than turkey hunting.

    If you are really patient, you can become an expert turkey hunter in a hurry. Despite wariness that will rival about any wild creature, a spring gobbler will occasionally do some really dumb things, because he has such a little brain. If he isn’t close to any hens, he might just run like a racehorse to some beginner using his box call for the very first time.

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    When things went wrong, teen boater kept cool

    When 15-year Matt Mainzer decided to take a couple of friends out boating one Sunday afternoon in late March, little did he know that he would find himself and his friends floating in life jackets hanging on to the overturned hull of the teen’s 17-foot flats boat awaiting rescue. But according to Mainzer, his boating safety education would help him survive the day. A graduate of the no-cost online boating safety course provided by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, Mainzer said, ‘I wouldn’t have known what I needed to know if I

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    Young turkey hunters harvest 4,441 birds during youth weekend


    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that young turkey hunters harvested 4,441 birds during the 2015 spring youth season, April 11 and 12. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 117 birds, Greene with 88 and Cedar with 87. For more harvest information by county, visit the MDC online harvest map at mdc.mo.gov/node/263.

    In Cedar County, hunters took 60 adult gobblers, 21 jakes and six bearded hens. St. Clair County hunters checked 78 birds – 49 adult gobblers and 29 jakes. Vernon County

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    Conservation Corner

    The wild turkey is native to North America and is believed to have originated in Mexico. During the 1800’s, the North American continent was home to an estimated 10 million wild turkeys. However, destruction of habitat and unregulated hunting reduced the North American population to approximately 300,000 birds by 1950.

    In 1900, “turkeys were so numerous and easily obtained as to be scarcely worthy of consideration”. Sixty years later the Missouri turkey population had been reduced from 250,000 to approximately 3,000 birds and most were limited to remote Ozark regions.

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    Paddlefish Snagging Report

    by Trish Yasger

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

    Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 50’s; flows have increased slightly yet remain low. Snagging is good, some days better than others. With the slight increase in flow we are seeing fish starting to move up. The fish are still scattered out, however we are seeing a shift upstream. Harvest is primarily small fish (34-39 inches); we are starting to see a few more of the larger females. As

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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    Fish biting at night

    Lake Stockton Report

    by Michael Weis

    Stockton State Park Marina

    A couple of guys brought in a lot of crappie the last couple of nights. They said they were using lights.

    The crappie were keepers, but not much bigger than keepers.

    We have a few crappie beds throughout this area.

    People have been bringing in a steady amount of catfish. They are using perch on trotlines and jugs. The cats run up to 10 lbs. a couple of blues but mainly flatheads.


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    Walleye bite in August in Canada

    It was hot last year, too, the first week of August.

    We wondered what the weather was like in Canada. Sondra Gray, who is the editor of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal which I publish, loves to fish, and her husband, David, had a vacation coming up. Gas was high, about 2.59 a gallon, if I remember right, but a display company in Minneapolis had asked me to build an old time wooden johnboat about 10 feet long and they would pay my expenses for delivery. So

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