Tag Archives: bass

Springtime Bass Fishing Tips


In Missouri, spring is always one of the best times to catch your biggest bass of the year. With an unusually warm winter and early spring, the bass are already hungry and ready for the spawn.  The bass have already moved into the shallows and are pretty predictable.  This time of the year, a variety of lures work well, and at …

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Winter Bass Fishing Survival Pack

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Winter is here, but Missouri’s great bass fishing is still going strong. There are three lures you need in your arsenal to develop a fishing system to get you well into spring. I have always tried to keep my bass fishing as simple as possible by focusing in on two of a bass’ main source of food, crayfish (or as …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Table Rock


This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Located on Table Rock Lake and near the Branson …

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An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The …

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Get Out and Fish!

Scott Pauley

Scott Pauley, a professional fisherman and the Missouri Division of Tourism’s fishing and outdoors expert, says it’s a great time to get out to Missouri’s rivers, lakes and streams for a great fishing experience. We asked Pauley a few questions about early spring fishing in Missouri, in anticipation of some warmer days ahead. MDT: Temperatures are fluctuating around Missouri; we …

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Make the Most of Your Missouri Fishing Trip

Here's a brown trout taken from Lake Taneycomo, near Branson.

“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” is a quote from famous author and fisherman, not necessarily in that order, A.K. Best. And every time I read this quote, I think to myself and laugh a little, because that must have been a day Mr. Best didn’t use a fishing guide. Missouri is blessed with an …

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