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The Lower Little Mo' / Re: Are there scuds and/or sowbugs in the Little Mo
« Last post by Jeff Guerin on March 18, 2022, 02:33:19 PM »
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…
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The Upper River / White Bass
« Last post by GORDOBRY on March 18, 2022, 12:53:34 PM »
Does Lake Greeson have white (or sand bass as they're called in Texas) bass and if so do they run up the tributaries to the lake to spawn?
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The Lower Little Mo' / Are there scuds and/or sowbugs in the Little Mo
« Last post by GORDOBRY on March 18, 2022, 12:51:24 PM »
I'm not familiar with the natural aquatic insects that inhabit the Little Mo.  I've not heard anyone talking about using scuds or sowbug flies so I'd assumed there might not be any in the river.  Am I wrong?
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Fire Away! / Re: Where is the Trough and Triangle
« Last post by GORDOBRY on March 16, 2022, 12:33:37 PM »
Thanks Jeff, that's good enough.  And I respect your position as a guide.  You've been very informative and we appreciate that.
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Fire Away! / Re: Where is the Trough and Triangle
« Last post by Jeff Guerin 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!” 😎
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Fire Away! / Where is the Trough and Triangle
« Last post by GORDOBRY on March 13, 2022, 05:07:32 PM »
I don't get to fish the Little Mo nearly as much as I'd like, and I'm not familiar with the names and location given to several spots on the river.  Particularly I don't know which area is referred to as the Trough and the Triangle.  Any help would be appreciated.
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Generation Schedule / March 7 - 13, 2022
« Last post by Jeff Guerin 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!
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Generation Schedule / Feb 28 - March 6, 2022
« Last post by Jeff Guerin 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)
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Generation Schedule / February 21-27, 2022
« Last post by Jeff Guerin 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...
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The Lower Little Mo' / Re: Where are the fish??
« Last post by Jeff Guerin 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.

 
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