As some of you know I live most of the year in Missouri. I am also a guide for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Adventures. We had a good bite going in my neck of the woods before this last week long cold front we all have been experiencing.
Right before the front I was able to get out in the boat with my ten year old daughter and we caught 15 white bass in about 2 and 1/2 hours. It was a blast. Fast action and the average weight was around 2 to 2 1/2 pounds so they were great fighters on light tackle.
No matter how many clients I put in the fish this year, no matter how many we boat or how large they are, it will never compare to the time I spend with my kids on the water. I have my son with me year round, but I only have my daughter with me about 3 months a year... so in my eyes, as you may guess, she was the most important person I will have in my boat this year.
Most were caught on original floating Rapala's. Best color was white/chartruese. They wanted the bait with a good bit of "herky/jerky" action to it. When they were a little deeper a Little Cleo spoon was the ticket. Chrome/blue was the best spoon color we found that day.
Well let's see. It was 3 below zero this morning and they're calling for at least 4 inches of snow (maybe more) in the next 36 hours. This along with winds of 30 mph. So "NO" I don't have any fishing reports this week.
The secret to fishing is to catch the biggest fish and to catch it early.
I have been fishing ....but you know how that's been going!!! (Don't want to say on the ice cuz some think i'm fibbing) was and still is a super winter bite! God willing there will be one more trip this year!
Fishing on the river has been pretty slow. Mostly catching perch and a few eyes. Most eyes are good sized and the perch are running 9-12. Also got a about a 32 inch pike yesterday. If the water temp. comes up a few degrees the eyes should really start bitting.
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If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988