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First place: Caleb Kline, left, and Pete Pearson won first place in Ozark Mountain Bass Club’s December tournament with a total of 24.82 pounds. Pearson also won the big bass prize with 4.56 pounds.
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club held its monthly tournament Dec. 16 out of Pontiac Cove Marina on Bull Shoals Lake. For the  2018 year, the format has gone back to team competition where partners are drawn for each event. Winners of the December tournament were Caleb Kline and Pete Pearson, first...

Bob Stickles
Crappie fishing on both lakes continues to be very good. Brush piles on Norfork and timbered bluffs on Bull Shoals are both producing well. Chrome-head jigs in 1/16 or 1/8 have been hard to beat. Live minnows soaked about 15 feet deep are also producing well. On Bull Shoals, crappie appear to be in...

Craig Barulich
Craig Barulich of Kansas City became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a skipjack herring Nov. 12 on the Missouri River using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” skipjack herring record weighed 3 pounds, breaking the previous state record of 2 pounds, 11 ounces....

Jeff Rowland
Jeff Rowland of Poplar Bluff became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he gigged a northern hog sucker on the Current River in Ripley County, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Rowland on Oct. 15 weighed 2...
Crappie are still doing well on chrome head jigs, minnows and a variety of small plastic baits. Look for crappie around brush piles or standing timber. When you find one continue to fish as they are schooled up right now. Crappie fishing remains steady even after a cold week.  If you find a log...
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club recently held its 2017 end-of-year banquet and awards ceremony at Cookie’s Restaurant in Theodosia. The top 10 Angler of the Year winners received plaques and will also be receiving jackets courtesy of Wing n Fin Resort and United Country-Willow Springs Realty. The club...

photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation show that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 7,728 deer during the antlerless portion of the fall firearms deer season, which ran Dec. 1-3. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 250, Macon with 212 and Pike with 205 deer checked. In...
Crappie fishing on both lakes is as good as ever. S&M chrome-head jigs, live minnows and swimming minnows are all working. It has been a long time since so many limits have come off both lakes. Saturday I watched a man catch big crappie on a jerkbait around standing timber. Some exceptionally...
Warmer than usual weather has made bass fishing fun as many baits that normally don’t work well this time of year are doing fine. Spinnerbaits, top water, spoons, Bama rigs and jigs are all working and working well. Try fishing docks by pitching a jig or crawfish-type bait as several anglers have...

Ethan Donley shot this 10-point buck while hunting with his Grandpa Paul Tucker on his Grandpa Dan Donley’s farm in Thornfield.
Young hunters ages 6 to 15 took 50 additional deer (25 bucks, 2 button bucks and 23 does) over the three-day youth-specific late deer season. That makd a total of  218 deer killed during youth seasons this year when paired with the 168 deer killed during the early youth season Oct. 28-29. ...

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