From the July archives of the River Hills Traveler:

5 years ago

• “The meteorologists were all calling for severe thunderstorms, heavy rains, and even tornados but I had a feeling we would be okay! I know they’re calling for rain, but trust me, Mike, there will be some stream in the Ozarks that will be floatable and I’ll find out which one,” I told my buddy. And long-time Traveler reader Barry Marquart was right, he ended up catching a 19-inch smallmouth on the Courtois River on Good Friday.

Meramec River near Leasburg, Missouri

• With warmer weather here, everyone wants to be outside. Once temperatures hit 80 degrees, that includes being on the lake or river, swimming, on personal watercraft, floating a canoe, kayak, raft or inner tube, or running a vessel from a jet boat to a cabin cruiser. By law on Missouri waterways, paddled craft have the right of way. However, powered craft can use less of the river because of depth constraints.

10 years ago

• The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering a supplement stocking of largemouth bass at Giessing Lake in Farmington. It is one of two lakes MDC manages for the City of Farmington. The stocking will address an imbalance in the bass population in this lake.

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