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Old 05-22-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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Ozarks Gravel Road Trip

Thought I'd share this with my fellow Missourian Jeepers, here's the backfill for the cut and paste below:

The Missouri Smallmouth Alliance has MDC approved signs at all public accesses encouraging anglers to release quality smallmouth (it shows how an 18 inch Smallie is an 8-10 year old fish and reminds anglers of our responsibility as well as the benefits of a quality fishery)

Most of these places have the signs torn down by the following year.

This year I volunteered to distribute signs to 9 different local public accesses on the Niangua and Little Niangua, my note are below:

MSA sign Trip

Charity- someone had physically ripped the previous MSA sign right off of the screws. *

The water was very skinny, but exceptionally gorgeous.. *

No fish though*

Wait, what did that sign say?



Big John Access
Already had a fisherman there, very Smallie lookin water with deep pockets.. *Had one 11 inch Smallie (or monster gogglie?) *swipe at the buzzbait, but thats it.

Williams Ford
We didn't have directions to stop here, but we decided to check it out anyway. Really pretty water:

*but no bite. *And nowhere to hang a sign!

Moon Valley
Full of people, typical skinny warm water... *The sign was ripped off, not seeing any fishing reg signs?

Bennett
Full of people, signage was quite apparent..

Barclay
Didn't stop to fish


Leadmine*
Didnt stop to fish, MSA sign was ripped off of the post.. *I'm seeing a trend developing with this:


Mule Shoe
I think I like the Lil Niangua.. *It's really fishy lookin', and it produced my first fish of the day, a fat lil spot, I think.. *Red eyed and feisty...

I honestly expected a few more from that really fishy water, but alas..

Lots of these types of Fords:


Then we trucked on over toward Fiery Fork and found a couple more unmarked accesses along the way where I hooked the only Smallie of the day..

**We also got some amazing jeep photos..




Fiery Fork

Still absolutely gorgeous Smallie water, it was running really late and Patty was hungry so we didn't get to stick around long.


*I did manage one more spot just a bit too far downstream to run it back up and get a photo..

141 miles, most of it gravel. *The Jeep requires a dusting, me thinks. Still have to hit Prosperine, I'll prolly do that next week.*

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
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Peek-a-booo!!!

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Nice pics.
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Thanks for sharing you photographs of locations many of us don't get an opportunity to see.
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You're welcome!!
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That brings back lots of my childhood memorys fishing with my mom, we didnt havea boat but we would get the map out and look for all the low water fords to go fish at.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #7
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That brings back lots of my childhood memorys fishing with my mom, we didnt havea boat but we would get the map out and look for all the low water fords to go fish at.
I grew up doing the same thing! As you can see, we have many options here in the Ozarks.. If you look through my photobucket you'll find a wealth of similar photos. Hmmm.. Maybe I should post fishig reports here?
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That one is a nice size goggle eye man! I've been to leadmine as well very pretty area. let's go fishin sometime!
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:38 AM   #9
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That one is a nice size goggle eye man! I've been to leadmine as well very pretty area. let's go fishin sometime!
Brotha you don't know the half of it!!

Boom! lol

Did you know the state record Gog is 16 inches? Can you imagine the fight one of those would put up on an ultralight?? wow

Let's!! I'll PM ya my number...
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Awesome man and yeah a 16 rock bass is insane! How long did it take u to go to all those places?
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Awesome man and yeah a 16 rock bass is insane! How long did it take u to go to all those places?
It was an all day drive just because of all the gravel, which added an extra 60 miles to the trip.. And a good 4 hours was wasted while I cast to every pool we drove past. lol

Oh, and I don't think I'll ever be able to get ALL the dust out of the jeeps back seats! :face_palm:
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Williams Ford is on my families old farm! It's named after them! Great place to fish.

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