White bass are the lyin’est fish in the river

By Larry Dablemont
    I love to fish for white bass this time of year, mostly because sooner or later I can catch them on topwater lures with ultra-lite gear. Now that is fishing!
    There’s a million places to find them, and that’s what pleases me the most, is finding a passel of white bass where no one else knows they are, and fishing all alone with the ambience of spring all around, and female white bass on the prowl. I like being alone because I don’t want somebody telling his buddies, “I saw that outdoor writer guy fishing way up the river and he was talking to the fish he caught.”

MDC invites people to enjoy a hike while learning about Ozark habitats

    Now is a great time to hike a trail in the Ozarks. A lack of tree leaves and undergrowth makes it easier to see wildlife and natural formations. Plus, ticks and chiggers aren’t a problem.

Spring hunting, fishing booklets now available

    Missouri hunters, trappers, anglers, and others can get free copies of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) updated booklets on spring turkey hunting, hunting and trapping, fishing, and the Wildlife Code of Missouri. The handy booklets have information on related permits, seasons, species, regulations, limits, conservation areas, sunrise and sunset tables, and more.

Area representative’s attack on Conservation Department fails

By Bill Cooper
    Missouri State Representative Robert Ross, of District 142, which covers parts of the south-central counties of Howell, Phelps, Pulaski, and Phelps, has made it clear that he abhors the Missouri Department of Conservation. His stance seems especially strange in light of the fact that the area consists of beautiful country complete with rolling hills, and fabulous clear water streams. In a word, it’s an outdoorsman’s paradise.

Missouri Whitewater Championships set for March 20-22

It’s one of the most exciting spring sports rituals in all of Missouri. Every year, whitewater kayakers and canoeists from all over the state and nation gather at the St. Francis River in southeast Missouri to test their skills — against the current and against each other.