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Fun on the Osage River

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 27th, 2016


About a 2 weeks ago the  brother and I decided to go out on the lower Osage and try a little largemouth fishing. We’ll we struck out on the largemouth but did manage to get into a couple hybrids by the lock and dam.  The water was just barely flowing over the wall so it was perfect conditions.  (I think they are hybrids anyway? I’m not real educated on my hybrids, whites, and stripers.)  We only caught 2 but we didn’t fish long. So Saturday evening we decided to give it another shot. read more…

Table Rock Lake: 36 Hour TR Trip – Dam Area + Intruder in MY Cove

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 27th, 2016


Brother and I were able to get away and come down for a short weekend trip. Saturday morning tried a little of everything (plopper, spook, jig, ned, 10″ worm, 10XD, spoon) with very little success. Spent a good amount of time trying to spoon docks but they weren’t having it. Not even one bite on the spoon thus Saturday morning/day was a bust. I have a habit of trying to force feed fish on what I WANT them to eat…not what THEY want to eat. read more…

MDC encourages campers to buy firewood where they plan to burn it!

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 27th, 2016

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JEFFERSON CTY, Mo. – For many Missourians, summer means float trips, camping, and spending lots of time outdoors. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people not to move firewood. Don’t give tree-killing insects and diseases rides to favorite camping locations. Instead, buy firewood at or near the camping destination. read more…

Table Rock Lake: Cape Fair 6/26

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 26th, 2016


Put in 15 minutes before sun up and fished shelf rock paralleling the bank to start with. Actually caught several shorts and 1 that was 16″.  I was having fun so I just kept hitting the same bank until 7:15 with about 18 shorts total with several hits and misses. By 7:15 I was out of bank. read more…

Table Rock Lake: June 26 Upper End Report

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 26th, 2016


I went out early and found zero top water bass. I switched to a Ned and caught 10 or 11 sitting on a flat in 25 feet of water and throwing to 12 feet of water. I tried two bluff end points and caught another 4 or 5. All were small and the best one did not measure. I decided to try the new rig trolling. I learned a number of things. For example, a boat with a wheel is more awkward than a tiller boat for trolling. Example two: MinnKota makes their drift socks with cheap hook eyes. read more…

A quickie throwing the fries around again

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 26th, 2016

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Two that smashed the fry on top. No other hits. Fun morning with Mrs. BilletHead. She just watched not even stringing up her fly rod. The bass weighed four pounds and the hybrid close to six pounds. Same spot last week missed six on top and hooked two just to have them unbutton themselves before landing them. read more…

Guide to Walking the Dawg

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 24th, 2016


I can’t remember when I first fell in love with walking the dog for river smallmouth. I believe I first began to use these lures back in the 1980s, when about all that was available was the Zara Spook (no rattles back then), the Baby Zara Spook (not to be confused with the Super Spook Jr.), and the Zara Puppy. I thought the big Spook was too large for river fishing. I considered the Puppy too small, though I used it occasionally. The Baby Zara was a shorter but just as fat version that worked fairly well, and it became my walking bait for a while. But I wasn’t yet in love with them. read more…

Table Rock: White River Arm Report

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 23rd, 2016


Just a quick report on the upper White River from this Morning.  We splashed in at 5:15 and fished till 1 PM  Long day in the 95 degree heat but for some reason the lake had cooled down considerably over night. 84 at Viney, to a high at Campbell Point of 88  We fished from Big M to Campbell Point and I had a very lucky day, catching fish on most all my guested at locations. read more…