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Striper and walleye fishing on Norfork Lake is the hot bite right now. The stripers have set into their summer pattern of being higher in the water column at early light then moving deeper as the sun comes up. The good news is the bite is lasting longer in the morning. We have been catching...
Grubs, jigs, flutter spoons and swim baits have all been effective recently on bass. Most of the bigger bass are down 15 to 20 feet during the day. Look for the old brush line and throw a jig, or fish the main lake bluff ends with a grub or flutter spoon. Both grubs and swimbaits have been most...

MTNF photo Forest Service employees Daniel Oldham and Kyle Young removed a particularly dangerous tree from the Current River one section at a time after several floaters got caught in the “strainer,” resulting in more than 20 MSHP Water Division rescues over the Memorial Day weekend.
Doniphan – During the busy Memorial Day weekend, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division conducted approximately 20 water rescues on the Current River, including a near drowning, when river-goers got caught in the limbs and root system of a particularly large scarlet oak that had recently...

Jamie Pate holds the 45-pound bighead carp he and his father, John Pate, shot on Bull Shoals Lake. It’s the first bighead they’ve encountered at the lake.
Bull Shoals Lake is renowned for its monster striped bass, largemouth bass and delicious walleye. Straddling the Missouri and Arkansas border, it’s a great lake to whet a youngster’s appetite for a day or night of family fishing.But a recent catch by two bowfishermen is sending some shock waves...

Times photo/Sue Ann Jones Outfitters and individuals launched dozens of canoes, kayaks and rafts Saturday morning at the North Fork Recreation area (locally known as Hammond Campground) off CC Highway south of Dora. Plans to create a separate swimming area, away from this boat launch area, were put on hold after last year’s flood, but campground Ranger Carrie Bond said Saturday it’s hoped work can resume on the project soon. Meanwhile, she said, by early afternoon, after most floaters have launched for the day, the boat launch part of the recreation area is “a great swimming hole.” The day use fee for the campground is $2 per vehicle.
Many folks may have wondered a year ago, following the most devastating flood on record, if Ozark County’s rivers would rebound. County officials and those operating tourist-dependent businesses worried that tourists and locals who had flocked to the river in previous years might not come back.But...
The striper fishing on Norfork Lake continues to be very good for the first two hours each morning. Now that we are entering the dark moon phase, you can expect to find feeding stripers later in the morning on the flats in water depths of 40 to 60 feet. We are still catching some stripers on long...
Even in the heat, bass fishing this past week was very good. The Special Olympics tournament out of Theodosia was won with 18.43 pounds. Numerous boats came in with a five-fish limit. Top-water early in the day works well; then it’s time for jigs and plastic worms. Both the creeks and main lake...

Mark Sanders of Ava, right, was the lucky winner of the 2018 Gravely ZT-X Zero Turn Lawn Mower donated by West Plains Marine that was raffled off at the Angling for Athletes Benefit Bass Tournament Saturday out of Theodosia Marina.
Fifty-six teams turned out Saturday morning for the third annual Angling for Athletes Benefit Bass Tournament at Theodosia Marina on Bull Shoals Lake. Even with high temperatures and sunny skies, the anglers showed how skilled they were, with several 4-pound fish being brought to weigh- in,...

Trish Boone shared this trail-camera photo of a black bear that visited her family’s farm on County Road 829 between Gainesville and Theodosia on Wednesday, June 6.
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently launched a new website dedicated to the extensive scientific its research staff members do on several topics, including how it manages the state’s black bear population.Common questions include: Where are they and where do they move around? How many...
Area residents can learn more about kayaks at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s “Beginner Kayaking” clinic to be held June 19 at MDC’s George O. White Nursery near Licking. The free event is for ages 12 and up; individuals under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.Topics covered...

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