Outdoor News

Prior to the big rain last week a few white bass were caught on both lakes. The Stump Hole area on Norfork produced a few, as did Gooley Creek on Bull Shoals. Live minnows, sliders and swimming minnows all work well. The rooster tail spinner is also a popular bait for whites. Expect the white bass...

Highway 181 near Dora VFD
Raising livestock is a way of life for many Ozark Countians, and eating beef is a way of life for most residents here. We might not think about it much, but we non-farmers and farmers alike are thankful for modern technology and machinery – plus the long, hard work on the part of agricultural...
If we get the 5 to 6 inches of rain predicted this week it will have several positive impacts on fishing. First, it will start the walleye run up the rivers for their annual spawning run, and second, we need the water to get the white bass moving. The white bass are still a few weeks away, but this...
The Missouri Department of Conservation is updating its black bear research webpage with enhanced features and information on Missouri’s native black bear population. The new webpage will offer black bear research project summaries, project updates, new research photos, videos, interactive story...
The weather may not be as good as we like, but fishing will soon break loose. In about three weeks the white bass should start, the walleye are staging for their annual spawning run, bass are active and crappie fishing has been excellent on both lakes. Bass are still hitting the Rock Crawler...
Right now the Norfork Lake water temperature is in the low 40s and will stay that way for the next several weeks. Once we start getting some consistent south winds we should see a quick warm-up.  We are experiencing the normal winter shad kill and seeing thousands of small 1-inch threadfin shad...

MDC’s feral hog strike team removed a total of 6,567 feral hogs in 2017. This photo was taken in Iron County in southeast Missouri. MDC photo.
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s feral hog strike team eliminated a total of 6,567 feral hogs from the state in 2017; the hogs were removed by MDC, in cooperation with its partner agencies and private landowners. In 2016, 5,358 feral hogs were removed. Crews removed 2,858 feral hogs in...
Six new members were recently elected to the Ozark County Extension Council. The members elected in District 1 – west were Robert Edwards, R. J. Moyers and Marlin Wallace. The members elected in District 2 – east were Lindsay Collins, Stacy Hambelton and Noel Luna.  A news release from the Ozark...

Big bass winner - Brian Sherrll caught the big bass prize winner with a 4.85-pounder in the Jan. 27 Ozark Mountain Bass Club tournament held out of Pigeon Creek ramp on Norfork Lake.
Alabama rigs and jigging spoons caught most of the fish during the monthly Ozark Mountain Bass Club tournament held Jan. 27 out of Pigeon Creek Ramp on Norfork Lake. Despite cold water temperatures, several fish were caught.  Winners were Rodney Shockey and Marty Whisnant, first place with 18.35...
Bass fishing was hit-and-miss last weekend with several people doing very good while others struggled. The winning five-fish limit at Buck Creek was a little over 18 pounds with a big bass just over 5 pounds. The A rig worked well as did jigs and tubes. Most fish were in the 20- to 25-foot range,...

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