“Time will pass and seasons will come and go.” – Roy Bean
The end of the fishing season on the rivers here in Missouri for me has come to the end of the season. On sunny days I will still float the river but fishing will have to wait until spring.
I know you all are probably getting tired of hearing my fishing stories so I will keep today’s blog short. I put in the river at 8:30 a.m. and the temperature was 30 degrees. The “weather guessers” were calling for a high of 60. The fourth cast of the day I caught a largemouth bass. It appeared the fishing would be good toaday. So I thought.
The wind was a force I really didn’t want to deal with. At one point I was going through a shallow, swift area of the river when a wind gust hit me head on and actually pushed me and the yak back up river against the current. It made it pretty difficult to fish.
That morning I caught 2 large mouth bass and one smallmouth bass. Oh well a bad day on the river is better than a good day at work. After lunch it didn’t get any better. I caught 1 smallmouth and 2 perch and that was it. It wasn’t the way I wanted to end the fishing season but next season will be here before we know it.
It was a good year. The Big River really is becoming a trophy smallmouth bass area. The largest one I caught, actually put in the boat, was 16 inches. Here in Missouri it takes approximately 7 to 9 years for them to grow to 15 inches. I also caught a 19 inch largemouth and an 8 pound channel cat.
I want to thank my high school friends David Tripp and Mark Nelson for taking time out of their busy schedules and doing some fishing with me. I had a good time and hope you two did also.
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