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Finding Fish on Table Rock

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 17th, 2017


Slothman started a very interesting topic on CHIRP and I’m going to carry it on a little here, and I want to preface this by saying Table Rock Lake as it is what I know the best but am still learning on every trip to the lake. read more…

Norfork Tailwater: Trout Report 1/14/2017

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 14th, 2017


Finally got some low water on Norfork today, so I decided to drive over and do some wade fishing.  I got to the river around 12:00, which was right around when they shut the water off, and fished until dark. read more…

Sowbug Roundup fly tying contest is on the way

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 14th, 2017

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As many of you know, the Sowbug Roundup is the biggest, most respected fly tying show in the Southeast and one of the most important fly tying shows in the United States. read more…

Spring River: Trout Report 1/8/2017

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 14th, 2017

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I got out to the Spring River at about 10:00 AM and it was a balmy 23 degrees.  There were a couple of guys fishing near the hatchery outflow.  Otherwise, the place was deserted. read more…

Table Rock: Champ188 Baxter area Thursday, 1-11-17

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 14th, 2017


As winter days on Table Rock are known to do, this outing started far easier than it progressed. After catching up on some freelance editing work, I left Bella Vista about 7:15 a.m. under cloudy skies with temps in the mid-50s. read more…

Outdoor Revelations: Late season gigging blowout

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 13th, 2017
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The official end to sucker gigging season arrived on January 15. Unseasonably cold, nasty weather held giggers at bay in early January.

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Lake Taneycomo fishing report, January 13

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 13th, 2017

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Generation patterns haven’t changed much in the past few weeks.  They’re running water from 2 to 4 hours in the morning when the temperatures are at or below the freezing mark, and then again in the evening.  But on weekends, all bets are off on that pattern.  They usually don’t run any water on weekends unless we have a big cold snap. read more…

New State Park named after outgoing governor

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 10th, 2017


Missouri’s newest state park offers an outstanding backpacking experience in the heart of the rugged St. Francois Mountains. Missouri State Parks has announced the opening of Jay Nixon State Park, 1,230 acres of wooded, rugged terrain that includes opportunities for backpacking with a connection to the Ozark Trail. read more…