Outdoor News

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...
The 12th annual Verne D. Cubbage Memorial Bass Tournament out of Pontiac Cove Marina is set for Saturday, March 31, on Bull Shoals Lake. The tournament honors Verne Cubbage who, after moving to the Ozarks and operating a fishing resort on Bull Shoals, had two favorite pastimes, fishing and driving...
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...

Tecumseh resident Bill Driscoll and a friend caught 26 white bass and a few crappie Saturday on Norfork Lake at the Bridges Creek Access, known locally as Stump Hole.
Local residents got their first taste of the spring white bass run last weekend as temperatures warmed and the fish began biting.On Saturday, Tecumseh resident Bill Driscoll and a friend took to Norfork Lake at the Bridges Creek Access, locally known as Stump Hole, off County Road 551 (Smokey...

First place Greg Phillips, left, and Pete Pearson won first place in the Ozark Mountain Bass Club’s February tournament held out of Buck Creek Ramp on Bull Shoals Lake.
The Ozark Mountain Bass Club held its February tournament recently out of the Buck Creek Ramp on Bull Shoals Lake. It was a cold day with temperatures below the freezing mark  that caused the eyes on the rods to ice over. The water temperature was 44º F. Fish were caught on Alabama rigs.The winners...
This past week I fished for striper, walleye and crappie on Norfork Lake. The stripers are just about ready to turn on. The water temperature in Bennett’s Bayou is ranging from 51 to 55 degrees, depending on how long the sun stays out and how cold it was during the night. The shad are shallow in...
Last week’s rain got the walleye and white bass moving. On Norfork Lake, several keeper walleye were caught from the bank at the Florence Cook Access on jerkbaits. Live minnows would have worked just as well. White bass have been caught on both lakes as they begin their annual run also. On Bull...

Ray Grisham caught this smallmouth bass, which weighed about 3 pounds, while fishing with Wyatt in the Spring Creek area of the lake.
Wyatt Grisham and his dad, Ray Grisham, enjoyed some fishing success last week on Bull Shoals Lake.

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