Outdoor News

Eleven-year old Maverick Yoakum of Dixon, shown here with his dad, Bennett Yoakum,  became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a river redhorse March 4 on Tavern Creek using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” record river redhorse weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces. The...
Fishing improved last week, even with the water temperature in the low 50s. As the water warms, fishing will only get better, and more baits will work. Bass fishing with the Bama rig is the way to go now, although crankbaits and spinnerbaits will also work. Many bass have begun moving shallow, and...
Last week’s word on Norfork Lake was inconsistent. You could catch stripers one day and then the next day nothing or just a few. Wednesday we went to Bennett’s Bayou to pre-fish for my next day’s trip. We had doubles and caught several limits in over an hour. The next day we had a debris line, and...

Purple coneflower, a Missouri native plant, is one of several Jenny Middleton recommends for Monarch gardens.
The Ozark Heritage Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Theodosia United Methodist Church on Highway 160 in Theodosia. The meeting will begin with a potluck lunch hosted by Kay and Jerry Meyers, who will provide fried chicken for everyone. Attendees are asked to bring a side...
As it said it would do, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed this road barricade and sign Wednesday, March 14, at the Tecumseh access on Highway 160. The gate blocks motorized traffic from entering the access during a $1 million renovation to repair the roadway, parking lot and boat ramp that...

Michael Beda of Theodosia caught this 20-pound striped bass March 19 while fishing on the Theodosia arm of Bull Shoals Lake.
As Ozark Countians notice winter’s dreary coloring of pastures and roadside grasses is slowly starting to turn to vibrant greens and springtime blooms., they also should be aware that more than 350 black bears in the area are emerging from their winter hibernation. The bears will be leaving their...

After last spring’s monumental flood washed away the gravel boat ramp and much of the bank at Cook’s Landing on Bryant Creek, the Missouri Department of Conservation brought in boulders so drivers wouldn’t accidentally drive off the badly eroded creek bank.
Just in time for the spring white bass run, the Missouri Department of Conservation has reopened its Florence C. Cook Access on Bryant Creek.The access, known locally as Cook’s Landing, has been closed since a large section of creek bank was washed away in the epic spring 2017 floods. MDC brought...
Spring fishing is well under way and will only get better as the days and nights continue to warm. White bass are active on both lakes with the Stump Hole area on Norfork and Gulley Creek on Bull Shoals the hot spots. A few whites have been reported under the bridge at Theodosia and a few in Spring...
This past week we saw some wild weather on Norfork Lake. The winds blew all week, with Tuesday being the worst. You would think with the cold weather and windy conditions the stripers would quit biting. On the contrary! I mainly fished the Bennett’s area most of the week while my son fished the Big...

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