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LOZ: Gravois and Indian creek

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 5th, 2016


Started out in the rain throwing a jerk bait this morning, caught a few largemouth, when the rain quit I went to Indian creek and loaded up on these whites, then started throwing a rock crawler, caught a bunch of them but only one keeper, scale said 3-6. Thought about throwing a jig early but stayed with that jerk bait. i guess we will see with this cold weather that is coming will do to the water temps. Good luck. read more…

Beaver Lake: 12-4 striper

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 5th, 2016

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Took a friend fishing with me today to go after some striper.  Was persistent with the cast net thanks to Dan and netted about 2 dozen gizzard shad. I lost  3 stripers, and caught 3 good size largemouth.  He lost a few stripers also but brought in a small 8-10 pounder and then caught this one about 20 lbs. It was his biggest striper ever and made our day.  He caught it on one of his bass baitcasters so it took a little while.  Had to spend some time reviving it but was released when it was spunky.  He didn’t keep the smaller one either because he is allergic to eating fish.

Stockton Lake: 12-3 bass bit well

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 5th, 2016


I got a later start yesterday got to mutton about 10am  launched  and fished  right around the area    Water 51.3 I had a ball with a spinnerbait buzzing it very quickly under surface but never hooked up on it read more…

Stockton Lake: Bass Report 12-4

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 5th, 2016

Put in at Orleans Trail around 8:30am while the remaining rain/mist was passing through.  Fished around Orleans trail until it cleared up some.  Then headed out and fished around the darn area for a couple hours.  Water temp was still 53-54 degrees with some cooler water around 51 deg in the backs.  Started with sbait again and caught a few but not the same consistency as earlier in the week.  Started throwing the jig more on deeper banks/channel swings in the back half of creeks and there was a steady bite all day.  Had a buddy with me today and together we had around 30 fish with around 12 keepers…nothing big just typical 15-17″ fish.  Fished around the darn to price and up by mile long bridge.  Hopefully the big girls will start showing up soon…this cold front coming this week should really cool the water down more…hope to get down next weekend to fish the Polar Bear Tourney on Sunday….should be a good one!! read more…

Stockton Lake: 12-3 bass report

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 5th, 2016

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I put in a little before 8:00 Saturday morning at Cedar Ridge.  I fished from there down the lake to a little past state park.  I had 31 total with 15 keepers.  Most of them on a spinner bait. read more…

Bull Shoals: November 27 Report

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 3rd, 2016


Trolled cranks for a couple of hours.   Ended up with 2 nice slabs (pictured 14″) and two sub legal walleye.   Several hookups weren’t landed.   Lots of fish and bait in the 16-19 range.     This is the “roll off” depth right now.    This is setting up well for great winter fishing.    Fish can go from 25′ to soak in the sun at 12′ with very little effort.    These attached Screen shots are what I usually see before I hook up with a white bass.    Im not sure why these didn’t cooperate.    They may have been shad, but my experience on these type of images is 9 times out of 10 it’s white bass. What do you guys think? read more…

Stockton Lake: Fishing Report Main Lake 12-2-16

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 3rd, 2016


Put in at old state park at noon. Water temp throughout the day was 54.3-55.8.  Fished up to and in Price Branch and back. Used two baits the entire outing a 5/16oz finesse jig and a 3/4oz fb jig in brown/purple/red with a watermelon red critter craw trailer. Fished bluffs, points and chunk rock banks. Caught 14 bass, 8 blacks with 4 keeps, 2 short spots and 4 brownies with 1 keeper and a bonus eye 181/2 in ate fb jig. Fish I caught were holding in 5-18 fow and pounding the jig on the fall or dragging in deeper water. read more…

Stockton Lake: December 1 Report

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 3rd, 2016


Decided to go back down on Thursday for a few hours. Put in at State Park Marina around 7:30 am…wanted to see if the same pattern was working from where I launch down to the bridge. Fished around Masters and Cedar Ridge and some of the bigger pockets. read more…