Jacks Fork

Jack's Fork River is undoubtedly one of Missouri's most scenic rivers to float and fish. Caves and springs, beautiful bluffs and wonderful, clear water and nice gravel bars to camp on is what brings outdoor lovers to the Fork every season.

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Posted by Phil Lilley on March 25th, 2013

Mark, a member on OzarkAnglers forum, ask a question about help on floating and fishing the Jack’s Fork River. One thing nice about OA’s forum, there’s quite a few members who’s knowledge of Missouri’s rivers is extensive and their willingness to give advice is second to none on the world wide web. The following is a compilation of postings by various people answering questions about the Jack’s Fork. read more…


October 2, 2011 Fishing Report

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 3rd, 2011

7:45am Sunday October 2

Turns (OA Forum)

My buddy and I did Buck Hollow to Bay Creek Sat and Sun. We where the only ones on that stretch other than a very nice family at Rhymers who drove down to the river. We didn’t fish a ton but until about 11 this morning(Sunday) we caught 8 or 9 1 – 1.5 lbs small mouths and a couple 1+ lbs. large mouths. All on Texas rigged Black or Green and Orange 4″ soft craws. Later in the evening I had luck with a bright frog patter 1/8 oz. roster tail. Lots of big fish sighted.

The river was very clear and beautiful. Low but I’ve seen lower this summer. We made good time by traveling light in solo canoes and only clipped rocks occasionally. We had to pick our lines carefully. Usually the last mile before Bay Creek there’s a shoals or two we have to ‘scoot’ over a little to get through. But we avoided that this trip.

However, that stretch was too long for fall. Next trip will be Buck to Rhymers so we can sleep in, fish more and paddle a little less. We didn’t put in until 1pm on Saturday and stopped to camp at 5. We had to keep moving Sunday and didn’t fish near as much as we liked. BTW Special thanks to the gentleman at Rhymers for his assistance.