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Kansas City fisherman catches new state record flathead

Posted October 1, 2015 at 8:49 am

NEW STATE RECORD FLATHEAD – (From left) Fisherman Mathew McConkey and his two friends Lloyd Kendall and Wes Coke hold the 100-pound new state-record falthead catfish.

Mathew McConkey of Kansas City became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he caught his giant flathead catfish on the Missouri River using a trotline. The new “alternative methods” record flathead catfish caught by McConkey on Sept. 19 weighed 100 pounds and was 57-inches long. He caught the fish around 10:30 a.m. on a four-inch goldfish.

“Once I grabbed the line I knew right away that I had big one,” McConkey said. “The giant moved my 17-foot Lowe boat around like it was nothing.”

The new behemoth broke the previous alternative-method state-record flathead

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    MDC: turkey production about average, fall hunting prospects vary regionally

    The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) annual wild-turkey brood-survey shows mixed results for fall turkey hunting prospects. According to MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle, statewide turkey production in 2015 was lower than last year, but similar to the five-year average.

    Each summer, citizen volunteers and MDC staff record the number of wild turkey hens and recently hatched turkeys, called poults, they see. These observations are then tallied for the annual brood survey. The number of poults is divided by the number of

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    MDC seeking public input on changes for smallmouth and rock bass

    Potential regulation changes will improve fishing and simplify length and daily limits.

    Smallmouth bass and rock bass — also called goggle eye — are very popular with anglers on Missouri’s Ozark streams. However, research by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that both species grow slowly and that many do not reach a quality size before dying from natural causes or being caught by anglers.

    As a result, many anglers surveyed by MDC have reported that fishing quality for rock bass has declined over the past decade.

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    For Fatherless Boys

    I hadn’t done much of anything important in my life until the summer of my twentieth year. That summer I needed a job before returning to the University of Missouri for the final semester. A man name Gilbert Rader, with the University’s Extension Service, asked me if I would like to come back to Texas County, where I was born and raised, and work with young troubled boys who were already getting into trouble at the age of 12 or 13. It was a great summer and I knew then I would like to

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    Cats, crappie biting some in Osage

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    Over the weekend, fishing was a little slow. We had some camper trotlining using a mix of goldfish and carp.

    They caught a few 20 to 30 pound white cats.

    During last week we had some campers They used big carp and caught a 70 lb. flathead.

    I don’t think the river is doing anything. It is pretty low I don’t think it has

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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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    Regular spring turkey harvest totals 40,447

    Hunters checked 40,447 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season, up by 2,120 from 38,327 last spring, or about one percent. The harvest of 4,319 turkeys during this year’s spring youth weekend, March 31 and April 1, brought the 2012 spring turkey harvest to 44,766, up about one percent from 2011. Youth hunters harvested 3,893 turkeys during the 2011 spring youth weekend for a 2011 spring total of 42,220.

    Top harvest counties during the regular 2012 spring turkey season, April 16 through May 6, were Franklin with 852, Texas with 803 and

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    Landowner Tags


    I got my landowner permits yesterday, the darndest roll of yellow tags you ever saw. I actually have some land in three counties, but

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