Outdoors

Bedding bluegill offer fishing fun

By Bill Cooper
    It’s happening now. The annual bluegill spawn has begun and offers one of the best opportunities of fishing fun for the calendar year.
    Bluegills spawn from mid-May into August when water temperatures range from 65 to 80 degrees. However, the sunny, warm days of late May and June, with water temperatures in the 70- to 75-degree range, are the prime times to pursue these scrappy, saucer-shaped sunfish.

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag. Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.

Troop I to conduct special operations during Memorial Day holiday

Captain Eddie A. Blaylock, commanding officer of Troop I, announces special enforcement operations during the 2020 Memorial Day weekend.  The official counting period for this year’s holiday begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25.

Catch crappie and walleye deep at Stockton Lake

By Bill Cooper
    The big Sea-Ark boat sat in 35 feet of water on Stockton Lake north of Springfield. Damon Spurgeon and I fished eighth-ounce jigs tipped with an earthworm for walleye. My rod tipped bounced noticeably, atypical of a walleye bite. After applying pressure on the fish, it felt heavy.