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Hen's Nest Reports! / Re: 4 August 2022. “The Hexagenia hatch”
« on: August 05, 2022, 12:28:05 PM »
Just got Hen's pics resized and loaded! Thanks Mike!!!

Hen's Nest Reports! / Mike Ingram on the river!!!
« on: July 28, 2022, 06:01:02 PM »
I just created a whole new section for Mike "Hen" Ingram to directly posts about his near daily fishing excursions!

Of late, he's been keeping much better tabs on the river than I have! I'll see what I can add on occasion! But look for more reports from Mike to be forthcoming.

Generation Schedule / Re: March 21-27, 2022
« on: March 24, 2022, 02:02:43 PM »
🤔 Apparently an adjustment for a change!!!

The schedule is now showing high water starting at 7:00 and running till 1:00 on Saturday! 😱

We’ll be doing things a little differently Saturday, but I DO like fishing falling water! 😎

Generation Schedule / March 21-27, 2022
« on: March 21, 2022, 08:31:30 PM »
There was release till early afternoon today!
Nothing slated for Tuesday.
Wednesday 6:00 AM - Noon
Nothing scheduled for the rest of the week! 🤙

The Upper River / Re: White Bass
« on: March 18, 2022, 02:47:24 PM »
There’s a very significant White Bass run up into the Upper River!

Timing is huge and it could even be happening right now, though I haven’t heard anything myself. Water temperatures and flow levels are the trigger and I suspect temperatures are probably in line, but there hasn’t been a lot of flow.

Might have to check in with SWAHA or Self Creek Marina on the north end to see if they’ve heard.

I doubt that the rest of the lake’s feeder streams would have any runs - not big enough.

I’ve seen either Stripers or VERY large Whites all the way up to the confluence of Long Creek and the Little Mo’ above Albert Pike! 😲 There was one occasion there I had sunfish on and two or four big stripey things came up from green water after it! That sunfish was never so happy to be hauled up out of the water! 🤪

Yep! You will find both is the short answer.

The sow bugs are there in decent numbers, but they tend to be quite small and are hardly ever seen out from under their rocks! Since there’s not tons of vegetation, like the limestone Ozark streams, they are not a primary food source.

The mayflies and Caddis are WAY more important, with stoneflies and midges coming in next.

That’s not to say sow bug and scud patterns won’t be useable. Just not my first choices…

Fire Away! / Re: Where is the Trough and Triangle
« on: March 15, 2022, 12:02:44 PM »
Both are very finite spots I like to refer to. Both are within the overall “Flat” area at Riverside… Both are frequently walked through by those thinking fish might be somewhere else! 🤔 Somewhat cryptic, maybe?  😉

But, as I’ve oft mentioned over the last twenty-five years - “If I tell everybody everything, I’ll put myself out of business!” 😎

Generation Schedule / March 7 - 13, 2022
« on: March 05, 2022, 08:52:58 PM »
Nothing for Monday.
Tuesday: cranking up at 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Wednesday: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
None for Thursday thru the rest of the weekend!

Generation Schedule / Feb 28 - March 6, 2022
« on: February 27, 2022, 09:04:43 PM »
Well, this is a little different!

Monday - no generation.
Tuesday- 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  ;D
Wednesday - 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM!!!  :o :o
The rest of the week - zeros!   ;)

I hope they stock on Wednesday!  8)

Generation Schedule / February 21-27, 2022
« on: February 24, 2022, 07:21:00 PM »
Sorry I was late posting this. A little sickly this week!

Wednesday and Thursday cranking up at 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and Friday 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Nothing for Saturday or Sunday.

I prefer morning generation, but some is better than none! Enjoy...

The Lower Little Mo' / Re: Where are the fish??
« on: February 24, 2022, 07:18:05 PM »
Hey George, there's any number of explanations for your observations.

Yes, there are fewer fish generally, and seemingly more anglers. And often, it truly is a matter of location, location, location - and being in the right place at the right time! I've often run across the situation where I may have gotten into quite a good number of fish one day and hit the spot the next day or two later and find none.

The fish DO move around quite a bit on high water, for one. So if you get into fish in a certain place one day, they might have all cleared out by the next - particularly if there was high water in between. Granted so far this season, there has not been a lot of generation until lately, and even now it's been minimal and inconsistent!

You may recall, back in the days of the tagging studies, I personally documented fish that were released at Riverside being caught at Low Water and vice versa - WITHIN TWO WEEKS of being stocked!!! That is, freshly stocked fish covered the river in both directions that quickly. Granted there was consistent generation during the time frame, but the fact that they moved that quickly and that far was quite surprising!

Pressure has been significant in recent years and with fewer fish and just as many, if not more anglers, it doesn't take but one group of, say, five meat hunters to take out no less than 75 fish in an afternoon! The AGFC changed the possession limit from two days to three statewide, I believe. And we know how meat hunters can be about "adherence to regulations".  Indeed I've seen one occasion where a dad and two kids caught three limits of fish. The dad took the fish away, leaving the boys to fish, came back and they took out another three daily limits. This was back when it was a two day possession limit.

So, there certainly is a degree of poaching going on!

Fish also react to weather conditions in a strange way. The trout do prefer blue bird days and definitely do not like unstable conditions. This past Sunday was an example of that. We were fishing the Factory Site with very steady action and lots of fish on the feed. It had been a beautiful sunny day to that point, but about 3:30 the cool overcast moved in and the fish shut down! Once they decided it was okay, they got busy again, but it did take them a while...

I've seen that kind of thing on many occasions.

The fish develop fairly defined seasonal patterns as well. So there's that to consider. But that doesn't seem to be the issue you're putting up for consideration here. I think it's much more likely fish moving in and out of a location rapidly, as well as a certain percentage being removed. The variables abound! Last Friday we tore them up in The Trough at Riverside. Two days later, not a fish to be seen in the same spot, which by the way, almost always has fish in good numbers!

It is still somewhat early in the '21-'22 season and we are seeing the greatest numbers of fish being stocked over this January - March period. And with some semi-consistent water releases, we may start to see some more predictable fish patterns.

Don't know if this helps, but it is what insight I can give you from my years of observations! Wait them out and see how the next month goes. Make some notes of when and where you find numbers, what water and weather conditions are like at the time and if that changed or varied from one trip to the next.


Generation Schedule / February 14-20, 2022
« on: February 12, 2022, 07:55:04 AM »
Only two days with generation scheduled this week!

Monday cranking up from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Friday from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Plan ahead! 😎

Generation Schedule / Feb 7 - 13, 2022
« on: February 07, 2022, 01:47:57 PM »
Had four hours of release this morning!✅

Tuesday and Wednesday - 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Nice!

Nothing on the charts for the rest of the week!

I plan to be there Thursday, barring any cancellations again, so we’ll see how it goes! 😎

Generation Schedule / January 31 - February 6, 2022
« on: January 31, 2022, 12:20:17 PM »
The only releases on the schedule this week are:
Thursday and Friday mornings - 7:00 to 9:00
Thursday and Friday evenings - 6:00 to 8:00

That couple of hours early in the day will make for some good fishing down river the rest of the day!!!  8)

Generation Schedule / January 24 - 30, 2021
« on: January 26, 2022, 05:22:40 PM »
A little late getting posted here (I've been painting the redone bathroom!), but there were four hours of release yesterday (Tuesday) and four hours of release from 6:00 to 10:00 this morning! Not bad and, again, enough to move some fish around.

Nothing on the schedule the rest of this week, though!  8)

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