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Jack’s Fork/ Current River Overnighter 9/13-9/14

Posted by Phil Lilley on September 16th, 2013
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by moguy1973, OA forum. Bassmaster#1 and I drove down to Two Rivers campground at the confluence of the Jack’s and Current Friday morning and they shuttled us to Eminence. Got on the river around 9:30ish and we pretty much had the river to ourselves all day long. There were 3 kayaks putting in right before us that we never saw again and one group with a canoe and a kayak later in the day, and that’s all the people we saw until we got back to Two Rivers. Fishing wasn’t bad, at least for Bassmaster#1. He caught 22 smallies a goggle eye and a chain pickerel but I only caught 10 smallies. Nothing real big, I think my biggest was 13″ and his was 15″. Water was pretty low and it was hard to find deeper pockets that held fish, but usually where there was structure and current there were fish.

We got to Two Rivers around 7:30, set up camp on the gravel bar there instead of up in the campground where it seemed a little noisy, and then drove into Eminence for a quick sandwich before heading back for a short campfire before heading to bed.

Got up around 6:15 Saturday morning, packed up camp, left the car for Two Rivers to drive down to Powder Mill for us, and we hit the Current. It was pretty foggy until the sun burned it off which made it hard to see how to read the river. Once the fog left it was a gorgeous day. We both agreed that the Current defiintely was a harder river to fish than the Jack’s was, mainly because it’s a lot wider and faster. Plus where it seemed there would be fish, there wasn’t any to be found. Most fish on the Current were caught in some kind of current and around boulders or down trees. It was a tough day of fishing with only 11 fish for me and 10 for him (his mainly came on live minnows), with his biggest being 16″ and mine 15″. It seemed the biggest problem we had was because the current was a bit faster than we are used to, we would get to a good looking spot but by the time we got positioned to cast we had already blown past all the good stuff and had to 180 and paddle back up to the spot. Had the river mainly to ourselves though, with only about a half dozen or so jet boats buzzing by us and only a couple canoes during the day. We did get to watch a Bald Eagle soaring overhead at one point.

All in all, it was a good trip even if the fishing on the Current was less than stellar. Didn’t get many pictures of fish but I did get this cool panorama of the confluence.

http://forums.ozarkanglers.com/topic/40887-jacks-forkcurrent-overnighter-913-914/

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