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Does “lead” have a new lease on life?

Lead is a mineral that despite extensive use for the past two centuries, has fallen into serious disfavor recently.   That’s because the toxic effects of this mineral on both humans and animals can...

Missouri river monsters

Case Spencer struggles to hold his best-ever, 92-pound blue catfish. I met Case Spencer (Butters) about a year ago. This young outdoorsman from New Bloomfield, Mo., is good at many things, but finding huge...

His first bass

I have written articles with this same title about a dozen times. Between my 5 kids and 6 grandchildren and some of their friends, I have been blessed to teach and encourage bass fishing...

Osage River education

I grew up in SE Missouri fishing mostly crystal-clear Ozark Mountain streams and rivers.  Courtois Creek (Codeaway), Current River and Big River are where I learned what it took to be a successful angler....

Lots to do at Marguerite Bray Conservation Area

Just past the hustle and bustle of the growing college town of Rolla one can find a hidden oasis located off Bridge School Road/CR 7000.  This area of Phelps County is not only home...

Late summer bluegills

Recently I was faced with a delightful problem; Nancy and I wanted to have a fish fry for my dad and stepmom before she had her scheduled hip replacement.   Dad’s favorite fish to...

Smallmouth bass are dangerous!

Maybe you had the same reaction I had when I saw this headline recently on an internet news site. Could it be that my favorite fish — the smallmouth bass — is apparently right...

Fishing Missouri ponds

Most average anglers view fishing a farm pond or small impoundment as a piece of cake. The logic is: “There is not much water. How tough can it be?”   These average fishermen usually catch an average...