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.
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!
Full of people, typical skinny warm water... *The sign was ripped off, not seeing any fishing reg signs?
Full of people, signage was quite apparent..
Didn't stop to fish
Didnt stop to fish, MSA sign was ripped off of the post.. *I'm seeing a trend developing with this:
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..
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.*