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Ozarks Fishin’ Report June 10, 2011

TABLE ROCK: Crawdads-Crawdads-Crawdads!

(James River arm): 71 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good, largemouth and spotted bass being caught on Carolina rigged plastic worms in flooded timber, best colors are plum, purple, peanut butter and jelly, and watermelon, flipping green or brown jigs up into flooded timber is working as well as soft plastic crayfish; catfish good on limb line or trotline using 2″ to 3″ bluegill or goldfish, also try pole and line with yellow fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and cut baits; all other species slow.

James River (lower): 76 degrees, normal, clear; goggle-eye good on black/white skirted spinners and black/white jigs and minnows; black bass good on nightcrawlers and crankbaits at morning and dusk; smallmouth bass good on nightcrawlers and crayfish colored crankbaits at morning and dusk; catfish good on cut baits and nightcrawlers using trotlines and limb lines; crappie fair on jigs and minnows.

(main lake): 71 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good, largemouth and spotted bass being caught on Carolina rigged plastic worms in flooded timber, best colors are plum, purple, peanut butter and jelly, and watermelon, flipping green or brown jigs up into flooded timber is working as well as soft plastic crayfish; catfish good on limb line or trotline using 2″ to 3″ bluegill or goldfish, also try pole and line with yellow fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits, and cut baits; white bass fair on topwater lures or shallow diving lures, try bright colors in the evening; all other species slow.

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BULL SHOALS: 68-72 degrees, high, dingy; Dam/Swan Creek area: black bass good on jigs, soft plastics, and nightcrawlers; walleye fair on jerkbait; white bass fair on swimming minnows; Beaver Creek area: black bass good on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers.

STOCKTON: 75 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits in coves and flooded brush; catfish good on nightcrawlers and shrimp; walleye good on points with nightcrawlers, jigs and crankbaits in 20′ of water; crappie slow, best on crankbaits while trolling in 12′ to 15′ of water.

POMME DE TERRE: 84 degrees, high, clear; crappie good on minnows in 15′ to 30′ of water over structure; black bass good on plastic baits along main lake points in early morning; walleye good while trolling flats with crankbaits or drifting nightcrawlers; catfish good on live bait using trotlines or jug lines; muskie slow, best while trolling flats with crankbaits; white bass slow.

TRUMAN: 79 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good using jigs and minnows; black bass good using spinnerbaits and jigs; catfish fair using cut bait or shad; white bass and hybrid bass fair using jigs.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: (Osage): 81 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, crankbaits and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using cut baits and stinkbaits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 81 degrees, muddy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, crankbaits and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using cut baits and stinkbaits.

Lake of the Ozarks (Glaize): 81 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics, crankbaits and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using cut baits and stinkbaits.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report June 3, 2011

TABLE ROCK: (James River arm): 70 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on white or white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, also try gray or white grubs on a 1/22 oz. jig; Carolina rigging plastic worms is also producing bites on plum, purple, motor oil or watermelon colored baits; catfish good on pole and line using Yellow Fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and cut bait, trotlines also working well; smallmouth bass good on white or shad colored Super Flukes or Slug-Go; all other species slow.

(main lake): 70 degrees, high, dingy; black bass good on white or white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, also try gray or white grubs on a 1/2 oz. jig; Carolina rigging plastic worms is also producing bites on plum, purple, motor oil or watermelon colored baits; catfish good on pole and line using Yellow Fins, creek chubs, nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and cut bait, trotlines also working well; all other species slow.

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BULL SHOALS: 68-70 degrees, high, dingy,   Tucker Hollow Marina reports:  Dam/Swan Creek area, black bass good on jigs and nightcrawlers; walleye good on jigs and nightcrawlers; Beaver Creek area, black bass good on jigs, soft plastics and nightcrawlers; all other species slow..

STOCKTON: 65 degrees, high, clear; black bass good on crankbaits off banks in 12′ of water and Texas rigged in 8′ of water; catfish good on nightcrawlers and shrimp; crappie slow, best with tube jigs near the bank in brush piles; all other species slow.

POMME DE TERRE: 71 degrees, water level is 7′ high, upper stretches dingy with lower portion of the lake clear; largemouth bass good on plastic baits in submerged vegetation around shore; catfish good on limb lines, trotlines and pole and line using hotdogs, cut shad, and live bait; crappie fair on minnows or jigs over deep structure in 15′ to 20′ of water; all other species fair.

TRUMAN: 70 degrees, high, dingy; crappie fair using jigs and minnows; black bass fair using spinnerbaits and jigs; catfish fair using cut bait or shad; white bass and hybrid bass fair using jigs.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: Lake of the Ozarks (Niangua): 72 degrees, muddy; crappie slow, try minnows; white bass fair on spinners; black bass slow, try plastic worms; catfish fair using cut shad.

Lake of the Ozarks (Osage): 72 degrees, dingy; black bass fair on dark colored soft plastics and buzzbaits; white bass slow, try light colored soft plastics and Rooster Tails; crappie fair on minnows and crappie jigs; catfish good using worms, cut baits and stinkbaits.

NORFORK: 72 degrees, high, dingy; all species slow.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report May 26, 2011

Ozarks Lakes

TABLE ROCK: 65 degrees, 8-foot clarity, at 934′ -15 feet high. Smallmouth bass fair on tube baits in 25 to 35 feet of water off points; largemouth bass fair on football jigs in the river arms.

Kimberling City and around the Table Rock Dam area is looking good.  Launch areas like Mill Creek and State Park are useable.  5″ Grubs and Spinnerbaits seem to be the best bet.

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BULL SHOALS: 67º,   37′ high. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: White bass, Largemouth bass, Kentucky bass and Walleye fair to good on tube baits, topwater lures, minnows along old banks; catfish good on limb lines at night.

Water is high and continuing to rise. Boat launching is a challenge, but fish are biting. Walleye and bass can be found on main lake points and in the backs of coves and creeks. Try swimming grubs over the brush and bottom bouncers. Spinner rigs are catching walleye trolling 10 to 20 feet down over the brush. Walleye are also biting crankbaits trolled over deep water 35 to 40 feet down at the mouths of creeks on the main channel. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working for bass on windy days.

BEAVER: Stripers are being caught on free lines and balloons fished 15 feet deep with most action on free lines. Bait can still be found in the backs of coves looking for warm water flowing in. Stripers are holding on main lake structure near any cove that is holding shad. Stripers can also be taken with no. 9 Rapala original’s or Husky Jerks and/or Rattling Rogues 3 to 5-inches long trolled with planer boards to spread lines and cover shallow water near the bank. Move Rapalas at a speed of about 2 to 2.5 miles per hour. Live shad are always the way to go when trophy fishing. On the mid and lower sections check out Indian creek (free line the flats), Lost Bridge South (free lines and balloons), Lost Bridge North (free lines and balloons), Big Clifty arm (some surface activity from stripers and whites; fish flats with free lines. This area is holding the most active fish on this end of the lake. The area around Point 5 has been productive.), and Rocky Branch (Check the back of Rambo Creek arm). In the Upper section, try Hickory creek (water is very muddy, check upstream in the Richland Creek arm.), War Eagle (white bass are in the area as far up river as you can get your boat.), War Eagle/White River Junction (check upstream in War Eagle Creek arm for whites, stripers and lingering walleye). and Blue Springs area (very muddy). Most walleye are about 5 to 10 feet deep. Fish are being taken off the points and on mid-stream humps. Check upstream and downstream edges of humps and points. Flat line troll over shallow bars with Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners, or Ripstiks in natural blue or black back combos. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles are also producing. JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said all fishing has been best from Point 6 and upstream where the water clears up a bit. Bass have been hitting tubes either Carolina-rigged or drop-shot rigged around pole timber on points in 18 to 30 feet of water and spinnerbaits fished around all of the flooded cover. For crappie, try fishing a tube jig around pole timber, lay downs or brush piles in 18 to 35 feet of water. Mouths of small pockets or channel bends have been good places to look. Blue/pearl, black/chartreuse and gray have all been good colors. Clifty Arms, Rambo and Van Winkle creeks are good places to fish. For bass, try Rat-L-Traps or Kastmaster spoons along points or in mouths of small coves in the Clifty arms or Indian Creek. Catfishing is good from the bank using liver or stink bait late in the day. 5/18/2011

STOCKTON: 65º, clear on the main lake, stained in rivers, up  6′ . Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleye good to very good on jigs with night crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water off points; crappie fair to good on crankbaits trolled 15 feet down in 30 feet of water; bass good on jigs in back of creeks and along spawning banks; catfish excellent on night crawlers where the water is flowing in.

POMME DE TERRE: 67 degrees, stained, 9 feet high. Crappie fair on minnows in 17 feet of water in timber; black bass fair on spinnerbaits.

TRUMAN: 65 degrees, slightly murky, 8 feet high. Crappie good on jigs, minnows in 10 to 20 feet of water along banks; bass fair on spinnerbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water; catfish good on jug lines, crankbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Below the dam, Rocky Top reports: white bass, hybrids good on Rooster Tails, topwater lures; crappie good on jigs, minnows; catfish good on shad.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 68 degrees, slightly stained, 1 foot low. Crappies fair to good on jigs, minnows in 8 to 15 feet of water in the brush; bass fair to good on Brush Hogs, plastic lizards, jigs in the shallows; catfish fair on jug lines, trotlines with cut shad.

NORFORK: 67 degrees, off-color, 23.6 feet high. Stripers good on Zara Spooks on the main lake; bass good on spinnerbaits, stickbaits, crankbaits on the main lake; catfish good on limb lines with live bait along the banks; walleye fair on jigs, night crawlers in 40 feet of water on the main lake.

Ozarks Rivers

Big Piney (lower, Pulaski Co.): 65 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Big Piney (Upper): 64 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Bryant Creek: 67 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Current: 64 degrees, rising, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Eleven Point: 60 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Gasconade (middle, Pulaski Co.): 65 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Gasconade (upper): 65 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

St. Francis (above Wappapello): high, dingy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

St. Francis (below Wappapello): high, dingy; water levels extremely high; fishing limited due to levees being closed; all accesses remain closed. (Report made on 5/23/2011)Jacks Fork: 65 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

North Fork: 60 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2011)

Big Niangua: 56 degrees, high, dingy; water levels still high; black bass slow, catch and release only until May 28, best on soft plastics; goggle-eye slow, best on soft plastics and jigs; trout slow, best on natural baits and Power Baits below Bennett Spring; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/24/2011)

James River (lower): 65 degrees, high, muddy; black bass and smallmouth bass (catch and release until May 28) good on nightcrawlers and plastic worms at morning and dusk; catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/26/2011)

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report May 20, 2011

TABLE ROCK: The lake cooled down after the front came through this week and Kimberling City to the dam has gotten some cooler as the rivers have flushed out after all the rain.  It’s 63 degrees, 8-foot clarity, 12′ high. Pete Wenners reports: smallmouth bass excellent on watermelon-red tube baits in 22 to 27 feet of water near old bank lines and on topwater lures early. Up the James it’s really looking good with excellent color….and Pete talks about “doubles”….what to expect this week in his video report…For a detailed report visit Pete at : Pete’s Professional Guide Service

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BULL SHOALS: 62 degrees, 10′ clarity, 36 feet high. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: largemouth bass good on topwater lures along the banks; catfish excellent on jug lines, trotines with cut bait.

STOCKTON: 64 degrees, clear, 6 ‘ high. Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleyes good early and late on jigs with night crawlers in 20 feet of water off main-lake points; crappies fair on small crankbaits trolled in 15-20 feet of water; bass fair on jigs, spinnerbaits in the brush.

POMME DE TERRE: 64 degrees, murky, 6′ high.  Bass fair on spinnerbaits in 5-10 feet of water off main-lake points; crappies fair on minnows, white jigs with red heads in the timber; catfish fair while crappie fishing.

TRUMAN: 62 degrees, slightly murky, 5 1/2 feet high. Crappie good on jigs, minnows in 10-20′ of water along banks; bass fair on crankbaits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Below the dam: Crappie good on minnows jigs in the current and the deadwater channel; hybrids good on spoons, 3-inch grubs in the current; catfish good on shad, dough baits; white bass good on jigs, small spoons in the swift water.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 70 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Crappie good to excellent on jigs, minnows along banks; bass fair to good on Brush Hogs, plastic lizards, jigs in the shallows; catfish fair on jug lines with panfish, shad.

NORFORK: 70 degrees, off-color, clear to murky, 23′ high. Stripers good on shiners on the main lake; bass good on spinnerbaits, stickbaits, crankbaits on the main lake; catfish good on limb lines with live bait along the banks.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report May 12, 2011

TABLE ROCK: Varied around 70º, muddy, up 14′ and falling .  Smallmouth bass excellent on  tube baits in 8-15′ of water. Pete tells us that the fish in some part are post spawn up near and in the James River arm and can be caught on Carolina rigs off the points.

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BULL SHOALS: 66º,   36′ high. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: largemouth bass good on stickbaits and suspending crankbaits on the old banks in the parks and on topwater lures along the tree lines; walleye, white bass, crappie excellent at night under lights on large minnows 15-20′ deep along the bluffs.

STOCKTON: 64º, clear on the main lake, stained in rivers, up  7′ . Stockton Lake Guide Service reports: walleye fair to good on jigs with night crawlers in 12-15′ of water off main-lake points; crappie fair on jigs, minnows 17′ down in 30′ of water; bass fair to good on jigs, spinnerbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water from the secondary points to the back of coves; catfish fair on cut bait in the rivers.

POMME DE TERRE: 60º, slightly murky, up  9′ . Bass fair on spinnerbaits in 5 -10′ of water off points; crappie fair on minnows, chartreuse jigs in the timber.

TRUMAN: 68º, slightly murky, 8′ high. White bass excellent on small jigs off points and on the flats; crappie are HOT on jigs and minnows on spawning banks in the Fairfield area. Below the dam crappie and catfish are good when there is current.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 67º, slightly murky, 2 ‘  low. Crappie good to excellent on jigs, minnows along spawning banks; bass fair to good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits in the shallows.

NORFORK: 62º, clear to murky, 24′ high. Bass good on a variety of baits in newly flooded bushes; stripers good on Zara Spooks in the clear water.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report

May 5, 2011

TABLE ROCK: 58-60º, lake level 931, water condition is clearing at Kimberling City area and dingy blue/green in the arms a perfect combination for all anglers. Just a few short days after the rains and flooding and “The Rock” is Hot! The Smallmouth bit is incredible however it’s deep, those fish are being caught in 30-40′ of water on tubes, chompers and grubs in watermelon, centipede and motoroil colors. The fish are sitting in and around the old bank lines in the first brush found near the original bank line. Reliable reports say this could be the best bite in years with large numbers being caught. Black Bass are taking spinnerbaits, sluggos and suspending stickbaits. The dogwood bloom also signals the topwater bite and this year is no exception. Fish are also starting to take the Pop R, Spook and buzzbait.

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BULL SHOALS: 59 degrees, murky, 35 feet high. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: largemouth bass fair on topwater lures, grubs along old bank lines in adjacent brush and timber much like the Table Rock report. Norfork continues slow fall, Bull Shoals still rising: Area residents are getting a chance to give their rain gauges a needed break starting today, but the impact of ten days of rains totaling nearly 16-inches will be around for a long time especially on area lakes and for people living on the White and North Fork Rivers where the situation remains tense. (read more)

STOCKTON: 59 degrees, clear on the main lake, muddy in creeks, 8′ high. Walleye good on jigs with night crawlers in 20-25′ of water; bass fair on spinnerbaits, jigs in the flooded brush; crappie fair on jigs, minnows in 20-25′ of water close to spawning banks.

Good luck, and remember, don’t ever be ashamed to wear a life jacket!!

For more information check out Bob’s report here. Bob Bennett – Stockton Lake Guide Service

POMME DE TERRE: 60º, stained, 13′ high. Nemo Landing reports: crappies good on minnows in 5′ of water along spawning banks in timber.

TRUMAN: 59 degrees, slightly murky, 6′ high.. Rocky Top Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on jigs, minnows in 2 to 10 feet of water along spawning banks; bass fair on a variety of baits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Below the dam:  all species poor

NORFORK: 61 degrees, clear at the dam, muddy on the upper end, 27 feet high. Stripers, hybrids, walleye fair on shiners,  jerkbaits working along the old shoreline.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 60 degrees, clear, 3′ low. Crappie good on minnows, jigs along spawning banks; bass good on  spinnerbaits and  jigs along boat docks. We had good reports on crappie late last weekend with good numbers coming in the Osage arm.

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Pete Wenner’s Updated Fishing Report

April 28, 2011

At 935′ Table Rock crested at it’s highest level in history. Water temps continue to hold at about 58º. Obviously there is lots of debris in the water so be careful around docks. The lake is still fishable and the fish are sitting on the old bank line at about 18-25 foot. The fish are feeding on a specific item and Pete has that info in his report. Carolina rigs are working but the bite is light. As the sun increases and the temps continue to get better some fish will go to the bank and spinnerbaits should work.

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Ozarks Fishin’ Report

April 21, 2011

TABLE ROCK: 57-60º, clear, 3 1/2′ low. Pete Wenners Guide Service reports: Lake will be rising, some bass spawning, bass are moving due to weather changes. Wind has been tough on the lake, Kentucky are being caught on grubs 20-25′ deep, jerkbaits are still working on main lake points; Bass should be spawning through the next 5 weeks. Crappie are fair on white jigs along banks and in the river arms.

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BULL SHOALS: 60º, clear, 2′ low. Tucker Hollow Marina reports: bass good at night on Gitzits, lizards and grubs in 5′-10′ of water along rocky banks; crappies fair to good on minnows in 15-20′of water in the brush.

STOCKTON: 60º, clear, 2′ high. Water temp 57 up the rivers and 49 at the dam. Lave level 869.77 +2.77 Clarity-muddy up the rivers and normal on the main lake
Walleye are pretty much done with the spawn up the creek arms, but have been going strong on the main lake. Depending on the day depends on what you need to use. I have caught some on jerk baits, some on crankbaits, and some on jigs. As it gets darker in the evenings, move up and fish the edge of the brush. There are boats lined up on the banks and needless to say this is the area that you need to be fishing. I have thrown jerkbaits right in front of other people and they catch 3 or 4 and I catch 1 (which I guess is good on a guide trip) and then just the opposite later. If they won’t attack the stick baits, then try something a little slower like a grub or jig.

Good luck, and remember, don’t ever be ashamed to wear a life jacket!!

For more information check out Bob’s report here. Bob Bennett – Stockton Lake Guide Service

POMME DE TERRE: 60º, stained, 13′ high. Nemo Landing reports: crappies good on minnows in 10-20′ of water along spawning banks. With the high water fishing a spinnerbait in and around buck brush would be a great choice.

TRUMAN: 58-60º, murky, 4′ high. Rocky Top Bait and Tackle reports: crappies good on minnows in and along spawning banks (from Bucksaw north and in the Barry Bend area). Below the dam: crappies good on jigs, minnows in the deadwater channel; hybrids, catfish good when there is current on shad.

NORFORK: 58º clear on the main lake, murky in the creeks, 3 1/2′ low. Bink’s Guide Service reports: stripers have been good on stickbaits off main-lake points; bass fair on a variety of baits along spawning banks; white bass good on white jigs in the creeks; walleye are fair on stickbaits, jigs, minnows in the flats.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS: 61º, clear, 3′ low. Gier’s Bass Pro reports: crappies excellent on jigs, minnows in 6-8′ of water in brush just off from spawning banks; bass good on jigs, lizards around docks.

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It’s going to happen-eventually: The Nightmare Guide

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011

By: Jim Shepherd – The Outdoor Wire

We all know how much a professional guide contributes to a fishing trip. The knowledge of the fishery, ability to run efficiently between hot spots and to put anglers on fish make guides well worth the money.

So what happens when your guide turns out to be a professional jerk? It’s a lesson that you will eventually learn through bitter experience if you don’t do some serious checking before showing up at the docks fired up and ready to fish.

When you’re fishing with a lodge, the guides will all be qualified and about equally equipped. There will still be quiet guides, talkative guides, helpful guides and guys who simply drive the boat and put you on fish. If you have a preference, tell the lodge beforehand.

They’re going to work to get you with the right personality type -before you hit the water.

Recently, I re-learned that lesson – the hard way.

Here are some hints that should have told my group to either reconsider our assigned guide or cut our trip short:

Guide or client? You might have the wrong guide.

When we introduced ourselves, he grunted, but didn’t tell us his name;

Guide or client? If you can’t tell, you have the wrong guide.
At the first fishing spot, he took the front seat and used the trolling motor to turn everyone in the fishing party (except himself) downwind and away from the hot bite;

He yelled at us to get the net- to land his catch. He never touched the net again until stowing the gear to head back. The anglers (his customers) handled the net the rest of the trip;

When one angler tangled a line, our guide watched -disgustedly-for twenty minutes without offering to help. Instead, he does offer the observation that “everyone knows you don’t make that kind of cast in a stiff breeze”.

When asked about his choice of bait for the morning, his response was “it was the cheapest they had at the dock this morning”. He then complained we were “wasting bait” with the size of the pieces we were putting on your hook.

When he decided to move locations, the only warning we got was his pushing by on the way to the controls.

He asked if everyone brought water – about an hour into the trip-as he reached under his seat and pulled out a bottle -for himself. Fortunately, everyone did bring a bottle of water, but only as a backup position.

When I landed a fish, he asked if I wanted to keep it. Then he tossed it back before I had time to answer. Turned out he doesn’t consider the fish you’d told him you wanted to catch to be “real fishing”.

Back at the dock – finally- he tossed the group’s catch into a basket and started doing something else. When asked when he’d be done filleting them (part of the deal), he didn’t answer. Instead, he grabbed a fish, slammed it onto the cleaning table and started cutting. When he finished, he pointed the pile of fillets and asked “happy now?”

Every one of these things happened -on a single half-day fishing trip.

And it wasn’t with a group of tourists with limited experience. It was a group of writers, primarily fishing specialists, visiting an area the local tourism officials were hoping to get written up in the various publications represented on the trip.

Fortunately, our guide was the exception and not the rule. Everyone else was horrified at the treatment we received.

Other writers were skeptical about our laughingly recounting our misadventure – until one remembered he’d heard a guide in the marina coffee shop complaining about the “idiots” he was taking fishing. You guessed it- he was our guide.

At that point, began exploring all the things we should have done to keep the nightmare trip from ever happening.

A few of the suggestions should might make your next guided trip more enjoyable:

Before you leave the dock, talk with the guide about the nature of the group. If you’re relatively inexperienced; tell him.

If your guide doesn’t offer some opening remarks that include a basic safety brief, and short tour of the boat -including dry storage areas where you can store your gear and where the water and/or snacks are located- you can bet he’s not going to be much more helpful once you’re underway.

Talk about your expectations for the charter -and ask questions.

This should be the goal of the guide: a happy client.

Ask if he normally fishes when he takes a group out. If he does, make it clear that his primary job – on this trip – is to guide, instruct and help your group catch fish, not demonstrate his fishing skills. If he objects, remind him you are paying him to guide, not to fish.

If he has a problem with that, let him go fishing -alone. Get another guide.

Ask about the most popular game fish in the area. If you want to fish for something other than the local preference, make certain you communicate that clearly.

If you’re after for redfish and the local preference is spotted trout, make it clear to the guide that redfish are the primary target- but the other fish would cool as well.

Why? Because the bites might be entirely different. Redfish hit baits hard; spotted trout are a much more subtle bite.

If you’re looking for an easy hookup and brisk fight, you’re looking for redfish. Redfish might be the choice that turns a frustrating trip into an enjoyable one. If you happen to catch trout, they’re just a bonus. We might call it fishing, but when you’re paying for a charter, “catching” is the ultimate goal.

If your guide puts you on schools of fish and you can’t catch them, he should offer suggestions and encouragement. Suggestions and encouragement do not mean pointing at a spot somewhere out on the water and screaming, “dang it, throw it right there, right now.”

This should be the guide’s goal: a happy client.
A “guide” is supposed to be the knowledge-filled expert that gets you to your goal -and makes the trip enjoyable.

If your instincts tell you that won’t be the case with a particular guide, either get another one or don’t go.

It’s your money – and making it enjoyable is, ultimately, the guide’s job.

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Tucker Hollow Report

Snapped this shot in The Tucker Hollow area of Bull Shoals yesterday, the males are working the spawning banks.

BULL SHOALS: 59 degrees, clear, 2 feet low. Bass good to excellent on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, live bait from the bank to 30 feet deep. The crappie are moving in and out in regard to the temps and sunlight, look for them to be bedding very shortly; crappies good to excellent on jigs and minnows in the brush piles.

Fished Tucker Hollow yesterday, after seeing these fish going to the bank I decided to drag a Zoom cotton candy lizard with some good results. I did see the spinnerbait on more than one boat, and I saw a whole lot of running from area to area. With the upcoming rain expected next week I think that the spinnerbait bite will improve. The crankbait bite is working and it’s working on one particular bait that the Tucker Hollow Marina will be glad to share with you. Great launch facility, nice marina. Drop by the dock when you put in and the dock will be glad to share the information. Crappie are in 15′ of water over 20-30′ and ready to spawn, should be on the bank weather permitting in a week. Walleye are being caught trolling.

Tucker Hollow Marina

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