Bringing in the Catch of the Day: Fishing by the Moon Phase

The Farmer’s Almanac has been in existence since 1457, according to historians. It is a publication that advises the best times to plant garden items and the best times to harvest your crops. Many successful farmers today still enlist the help of this journal, which also revolves around the moon phases each month.

The scientific reasoning behind charting the data includes the moon phases and the zodiac sign the moon is in on a given day. This is also true for the fishing guides in the Farmer’s Almanac, though the data is not sorted by exact location.

Don’t be a Crayfish Criminal

Missouri is home to 35 species of crayfish, but they all naturally live in different parts of the state. In fact, we have more crayfish density than almost every other place in the world. In their natural environments, crayfish (we also call them crawdads) are an important part of the ecosystem. They eat debris that would otherwise clog waterways, they reproduce, and they then become the prey of some 200 other water and fowl species. Indirectly, then, they keep our waterways full of fish for those who love the sport. In fact, because crayfish are a favorite food for so many game fish, fishermen often use them as bait, and bait shops are only too happy to sell them. And herein lies the problem.

Missouri Fishing Lakes: Mark Twain Lake

Mark Twain Lake is a very popular fishing lake in the northeast area of Missouri.  Located in Ralls County and Monroe County, it is named after Samuel Clemens, noted Missouri author that used the pseudonym, Mark Twain.  Clemens was born and raised in the nearby towns of Florida and Hannibal.  The lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project, impounding the Salt River with the Clarence Cannon Dam.

Ozark Hellbender

Saving the Ozark Hellbender

The name, Ozark Hellbender, conjures images of a wicked fast roller coaster or perhaps, an outlaw biker gang yet in reality it’s neither. The Ozark Hellbender is one of the world’s largest salamanders. It’s a homely creature. It’s not going to win second prize or any prize in a beauty contest, but nonetheless it deserves a chance to live. In October 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Ozark Hellbender as an Endangered Species.

Catching More Fish

Tips for Catching More Fish in Early Spring

One of the best meals on a Missouri float trip is a fish fry. And what could be better than frying up the freshest fish ever from your catch of the day? Experienced Missouri anglers find that fishing in early spring requires different fishing strategies than those used in summer and fall. Early spring water is still generally cold. The following early spring fishing tips will help you with catching more fish.

Fall Fishing: Trout

When we think of trout fishing most of us think of those early spring gatherings for opening day.  We rarely think much about fishing for trout in the fall.  But true anglers are always thinking about fishing any time of the year.  Fall fishing can be very successful because the fish are feeding heavily in anticipation of winter.  However, fish behavior changes with the temperature changes so fishermen may need to alter their usual techniques to land major catches in the fall.

The physical environment for fall trout fishing can be very pleasant.  The large crowds of the summer months are gone.  The hot, humid Missouri days have given way to cool, crisp air.  The beautiful, multi-colored landscape makes being in the outdoors a wonderful experience.  Even with its challenges fall fishing for trout has its rewards.

Missouri Fishing Lakes: Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals Lake is a beautiful waterway known for its clear water and excellent fishing.   Located in southern Missouri, this artificially created lake or reservoir straddles the border between Missouri and Arkansas.  The lake covers over 45,000 acres of which about 16,000 are located on the Missouri side.  Nineteen parks are located along the many miles of shoreline and these include campgrounds, swimming areas, marinas and boat launches.  The Missouri side of the lake boasts various lake bottoms and shorelines made up of bluffs, rock or gravel.