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White River Report 10/13 and 10/14

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 17th, 2016


Got home after work last Thursday and decided to head over to the White to mess around for a couple of hours off the bank, even though they were generating water around 12,000 cfs…  Found a current break and caught a few Rainbow Trout and White Bass on 1/16 zig jigs.  I threw a 1/8 ounce zig jig and a jerkbait for a while, but they seemed to favor the 1/16 ounce jig.      After the bite in the first spot slowed, I walked upstream and found another current break and cast right behind the break.  I started to pump my rod, and it doubled over.  The fish pulled 30 yards of line off my reel and then jumped out of the water. It was a good Brown. It made some more runs downstream, and I had to chase it a ways before I landed it.  It measured 24.75 ” and had me pretty nervous in that flow with 4 lb test.  Got my shoes soaked, but it was worth it. read more…

Been keeping myself real busy!

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 15th, 2016


With the new crossbow law in effect in Missouri, I decided to go out and purchase one each for my wife and I. This is the first time in 9 years that I have been able to hunt the first month of bow season. I’m usually still in Alaska till mid October. I found a new to me place to hunt during spring turkey season. The problem was, it is about a 5 mile hike in from the closest parking lot. Now that’s not too bad if just hunting turkeys, but I’ve been seeing lots of deer back there too. The only other way in would be by boat and with that, I would be committing a full day to the woods. Not such a bad thing if a full day is available. I came up with a possible solution early this summer and started putting the system together along wth getting myself in shape. A mountain bike and tow behind bicycle cart!  I spent the summer biking up and down these hollers in the Brandon area to get ready for the hunting season.

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Table Rock: Big M area 10/14

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 15th, 2016


My big fish of the day – Thought I had a good bass there for a minute.  Couldn’t find any deep fish, they were gone from the spots they had been in.  Couldn’t find the shad or the bass out off the banks. read more…

Echo Bluff State Park, The New Crown Jewel

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 13th, 2016


Ancient Kings built temples, pyramids, and other monuments to themselves.  Missouri has really overdone it on this one.  Some of the best concrete roads in the state.  State of the art architecture and design.  A luxury bridge over a small crick.  Huge lodge with meeting rooms and dining facility.  Condos.  RV sites packed in side to side out in the open. read more…

Musky Monday

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 7th, 2016

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I had planned a musky trip with a couple of guys for the 3rd. We were going to fish the northern Missouri musky lake. Jamie is the experienced musky fisherman who volunteered to take out a couple of novices. It probably helped that he is one of my employees and we have been talking about musky fishing for some time. As of Thursday the weather was going to be questionable if it would be good musky weather, i.e., overcast, blowing winds, chance of rain. Seems like the weather stalled and we did get some reasonable musky weather. It was mostly cloudy with a pretty steady 10 mile per hour wind. We were on the water around 10 to 10:30 am. We saw a musky surface in a wooded cove, but never saw it again. We didn’t even see any follows to our casts. So we left theupper lake and headed towards the dam. We were fishing laydown trees on the windblown bank. This wood was on a bank were there was dropoff into some deeper water. Jamie made a cast to about 2 feet from shore near some wood and his crappie colored shallow crankbait got hammered as it was heading back to the boat. We had our first musky in the net by 12:10. read more…

Hunt turned to mushrooms

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 7th, 2016


On Sunday I went out for small game or a possible fall turkey with my daughter. We went to a close by national forest land. We found a small herd of cattle with at least one mature bull in the group. As we were getting ready to hunt and within a couple of minutes they were all up to the fence and gate. read more…

Little Piney River: Lane Spring Camping/Fishing

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 7th, 2016

Well the wife and I went camping at Lane last weekend.  Enjoyed the great weather and the great fishing. It wasn’t all peace and quiet but the camping was interesting. Saturday morning I woke up around 545 to people running thru the campground. They were doing some sort of race. Our neighbors were yelling and cussing at them from their tent which was mildly amusing while I was preparing for the creek. I walked out of the campground to see a Bass river resort van and about 30 kayaks on the ground.  The folks who had been running thru camp earlier were now dragging yaks thru the field to the creek.  So I stopped and talked to the Bass guy for a bit and watched the race some. I hope they didn’t run into any trouble downstream near Vida…  read more…

Bull Shoals: Walleye Report

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 7th, 2016


Had 2 good weekends chasing walters with my brother. ….Sept 23-26 fished out of K-Dock down….found them in 30-37 feet on white and cole slaw colored  spoons….had 43 walleye with 19 keepers…2 over 5, 1 over 6….went back down October 1st &2nd….lost them….moved up to Beaver…fished from Beaver to the Johnson Hole…ended up catching 18 walleye…with 8 keepers…nothing of any size 18-20 inchers….2 on spoons…started dragging bottom bouncers….found the rest in 27-30 feet.