Outdoors

Wonderful wacky Walleye

by Jim Low Missouri’s most delicious sport fish is a little wacky. If you’re like most Missouri anglers, you’ve never caught a walleye on purpose. If you’ve eaten one, you probably wished you could get more. But the ways of the walleye are mysterious, and few Show-Me State anglers have cracked the code. That’s because

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Missouri state record brown trout

A fishing guide who decided to go fishing on his day off wound up catching a German brown trout that was just short of a world record but shattered the Missouri state record.

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New Missouri record fish beats the old mark

Robert Audrain III’s new Missouri record fish beat the old mark by 33 percent. The St. Louis angler’s 4-ounce longear sunfish eclipsed the previous record longear by a whole ounce. “It’s funny because most of my friends thought it was a joke,” Audrain said, laughing. “Because of the fish’s size, they really didn’t think that

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Missouri’s BIG Game FISH

The cold pierced our bones. Rain came down in buckets, filling the bottom of the boat with water despite the bilge pump and our attempts at bailing. When the lightning raced across the sky, we caught a glimpse of the shoreline. I knew it was dangerous to be in an aluminum boat on the water

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Finland’s Best

If I had to pick a half-dozen lures to take with me all the time no matter where I intended to fish, one of them would no doubt be the celebrated floating Rapala. While we were in Canada a few summers ago, my wife lost one of my Rapalas to a hungry smallmouth, which came

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New MDC migratory bird, waterfowl hunting digest now available

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest for the 2020-2021 hunting season is now available where permits are sold and online. Learn more about waterfowl hunting in Missouri and view the hunting digest online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl. The handy, free guide has detailed information on needed permits and duck-stamp requirements,

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An Old, Old Knife

I try to always do the right thing. But it hasn’t always been that way.  I stole a candy bar once when I was five or six years old, but nothing since!  Grandma and Grandpa McNew would go into town on Saturday morning and I would tag around after my grandmother when she went from

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Proper disposal of fishing lines protects people and wildlife

Help keep rivers and lakes clean and safe Hazards for wildlife and people from lost or discarded fishing lines and hooks, and old and inactive trot lines or set lines, are not prevalent on the state’s rivers and lakes. But problems do occur sometimes, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges anglers to recover

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