Author Archives: Scott Pauley

The Toughest Race in America: MR340

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Believed to be the longest continuous canoe marathon in the world, we are a day away from the 10th Annual Missouri American Water MR340, a 340-mile endurance race across Missouri via the Missouri River. The MR 340 starts in Kansas City and ends in St. Charles, and this year’s competition is expected to bring paddlers from across the U.S. (at ... Read More »

Missouri’s Best Dry Fly Pattern

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I have heard it said many times, new trends from the east or west coasts will find their way to Missouri in just a few years. Well I guess that even goes for trout dry flies. Recently I was fortunate enough to sit in on two fantastic fly-fishing seminars given by a couple of the best fly-fishing instructors in Missouri. ... Read More »

An Unexpected Call

Recently I was sitting in line waiting to get the oil changed in my truck when my cell phone rang.  I didn’t recognize the number and it wasn’t programed into my phone but I answered it anyway. The voice on the other end of the line was an old friend who I had not seen in several years.  He said, ... Read More »

A Different Look at Kids Fishing: Today’s Youth Angler

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A few weeks ago, as springtime started peaking around the corner, my thoughts turned to bass and crappie fishing in ponds and smaller bodies of water and getting the young anglers out and about. Normally, when I think about taking kids fishing, my mind goes straight to what type of bait or lures to use, what size and style of ... Read More »

Finding the Best Places to Fish in Missouri

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One of the reasons I love living in Missouri so much is our great topographic diversity. When you combined that with four distinct weather seasons, the outcome is a state full of lakes, streams and rivers with their own “personalities.” No two lakes, rivers or streams fish exactly the same; each changes not only from year to year, season to ... Read More »

Winter Fishing in Missouri: It May Be the Best Fishing Season

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Last week I was attending a holiday event when asked: “So are you done fishing for the year?” I responded: “No, I just fished a bass tournament last weekend.” “Really?” he asked. “I didn’t know you could even catch fish this time of the year.” I went on to explain that some of the best fishing of the year is ... Read More »

Calmer Waters: Fishing Small Lakes in Missouri

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During the last week, I had the opportunity to fish several of the smaller lakes of mid-Missouri: Little Dixie near Fulton, Teal Lake and Lakeview Park Lake in Mexico, Sugar Creek near Moberly and Binder Lake outside of Jefferson City. These are lakes you’ve maybe never heard of, but a common thread is they are managed by the Missouri Department ... Read More »

Fishing on Stockton Lake

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Like many people, I often catch myself thinking of Stockton Lake as “The Sailboat Lake.” While that may be true in some regards, Stockton Lake is a fantastic fishery.  I had the opportunity to spend four days bass fishing on Stockton a couple of weeks ago. What I found was that it wasn’t only the sun that was shining. Catching ... Read More »