I had the privilege of fishing this past weekend with two different groups of people. On Saturday I fished with Chris Wiley and Lee Saalfeld. Chris hails from Branson, Mo. and Lee lives in Ecuador, South America. They caught some good quality smallmouth, numbering about 25-30, with the best ones going between 15-16 inches.
On Sunday, I fished with a cardiac surgeon and his wife from Littlerock. Arkansas . They had an excellent day also, catching about the same number and size of fish. It was a beautiful two days to be on the river with some fine people!
John Dillard with a 2# smallie!
Marcus Child's with a decent smallie!
I got the privilege of fishing the last two days with some really great guys. A father and son duo, Jim and Marcus Childs of Kansas Ciry area on Saturday and John Dillard, Granite City, ill area on Sunday. The weather was great and the fishing was great, but the catching was a little tough. They caught fish and they were happy!
I fished yesterday with my friend, Dave Goehring, Cape Girardeau. We had a good day on the river. Not a large number of fish, probably 20 or so with he two best ones going right at 16 inches. Good healthy fish. A good day to be on the river.
I had another great day on the river with my good friend, Clifford Foster. We caught our limit of hog suckers plus a Yeller. And the best part was we brought them home and eat them!! — with Clifford Foster and Riverman.
I took Bob( Watercress campground host) fishing this morning. We ran up to PinOak, put on the rain jackets and started fishing! The fish are still in the faster water. Bob was throwing a lighter colored bait today and that seemed to be what they wanted. I couldn't get much action on my green pumpkin baits. We probably caught app. 12 or so smallies with the best going a good 14 inches that Bob caught. It was a good morning. Later, Riverman
I do believe I had one of the prettiest young ladies in my boat today, Madi Lucas, from Ohio. And on top of that she knows how to fish! She has big fish of the day, a 15-16 inch smallie, her first ever! We caught between 15-20 today, but only managed to get about half of them in the boat. They weren't holding on very tight. All in all, it was a great day to be on the River. June 29, 2016
I had a good day today. I took my friend, Clifford Foster, sucker fishing. We had a double limit and three yellow suckers caught by 9:30am! Then, the best part was, we cleaned them and fried some up for lunch on a gravel bar. John Conner and Danielle Conner joined us and we had a feast!
June 25, 2016
I took my neighbor today about eight miles up. The river is still falling and getting cleare each day. The fish are still not real aggressive yet, but that will come. We caught ten or so, with the biggest going 15 inches. Quit about 10:30. We bought had chores to do back at the house! Going again tomorrow to see what it brings. Later, Riverman June 9, 2016
I finally got back out on the River today. Boat had been in the shop for two weeks for fuel problems, not that it really mattered! Took a friend and ran up to Pin Oak and started fishing our way back down. River is falling and still swift. We managed 15 smallies and three goggleye. Nothing to get excited about , but we caught fish! Plan to go again tomorrow and see how it goes. Later, Riverman June 8, 2016
Well, as you know, it's been raining almost non stop. The river has been up and down for the last two weeks. Not very conducive to fishing! And, on top of that, my motor had to go in the shop! Seems my nine year old fuel line was not ethanol compliant. It separated on the inside and plugged the fuel line. I still don't have it back, don't matter though. The river is headed back up and muddy after the rain last night.
Later, Riverman 05272016
I fished a couple of days the first of last week with a couple of fine fellows, Richard Mendenhall, Columbia, Mo. and Norman Leppo, St. Louis, Mo. We had been trying to get this trip in since last year, but every time we would schedule, the river would flood. But not this time. We had a great two days. The fishing was great, but the catching is off. I'm thinking the bass are going on the beds and they aren't too interested in eating! Got their minds on something else! We did manage to catch a few, though, just not anything big. Oh, well, that's fishing. A poor day of fishing always beats a good day at work. See ya on the River. The Riverman 04252016
I fished again today! Took my good friend, Pat Anderson, out for a little R&R! He's been working 6 days a week since the first of the year and no chances of getting on the river. We ran up to Sugarcamp and started fishing our way back. Never caught a fish till we got down to Hibner Rock, then caught a half dozen out of a little pocket. We thought this is going to be good, then, the wind started blowing out of the sse AGAIN! Seems like we can't get a break on the wind. It was a great day to be on the river, I just don't like fishing in the wind and the fish don't like to bite with an east wind! Oh, well, there is tomorrow. Later, RiverMan
I fished today with Ron Randen from down in the boot heel. We had a good day, in spite of that pesky southeast wind! It kind of slowed the catching down, but still was a great day. Saw several boats trying their luck at snagging some suckers. One fella said they were about done doing their "thing"! I'm taking a good friend tomorrow and try to get some good video to put together a YouTube video. 04162016
I had a great day on the River today with two fine people from Arkansas. We left the boat ramp at 0700 and ran up to just below Paint Rock and started fishing. The wife, Wendy, started us off in the first 10 minutes with a dandy smallie and never let up the pressure all day long. We finished the day with close to 50 small mouth caught and released, the biggest going a solid three pounds with several in the two pound range. Out of the 50, we only had six that were under the twelve inch mark. The fish are very healthy and aggressive. Later, RiverMan 04152016
I fished today. Put in under the bridge and went down a couple of miles before dropping the trolling motor. I had high expectations today, but it wasn't in the cards. Caught about a dozen of small fish, with the biggest going 14 1/2 inches. But, it was a gorgeous day to be on the River. Just saw a couple of other boats and a few bald eagles. All in all, it was a great day! See you on the River! 2/17/16
I fished this past Friday with a friend from Van Buren. Ran up from the bridge checking things out after the flood. There are a few changes and a couple places that are going to get interesting come summer! We threw small tubes and hair jigs and caught several smallmouth. The biggest went a solid 17 3/4 inches! All in all, it was a good day. Saw quite a few Eagles, mature and immature. Looking forward to getting back out there!
Later, Riverman 1/31/16
I fished today with John Dillard and his faithful companion, Pearl(his West Highland Terrier). We had a Great day, and the fishing and catching was really good also! We boated between 20-30 smallies with John catching his best ever smallie, a 2.82#! Our best (5) fish would have been pushing close to (9) pound. That would probably put us in the money if we had been fishing a tourney. We caught them on a little bit of everything, Senkos, spinnerbaits, jerk baits and swim baits. John even caught a hefty largemouth. All in all, a great day to be on the River. I also had a great view from my office today! Tight lines and heavy stringers, the Riverman
The gigs were gluon' and the suckers were dyin' tonite! My partner and I killed an even dozen this evening and a couple of them were biggin's! There is some good eatin' coming our way Are you ready Vicky Lofting?
took Ben Davis and his son,Landon gigging last night. Also, had my son in law, John Conner. We killed a few suckers and came back to the house and fried them up. A good time was had by all!
I took my son, Ben Davis and his son, Landon from Walla Walla, Washington smallmouth fishing for a few hours this morning. The fishing was great, but catching a little slow. We all agreed that a poor day fishing beats a good day at work or school! It was a gorgeous morning to be on Current River.
I've been doing quite a bit of fishing the last couple of weeks. The River has gotten low and clear, but it hasn't stopped the smallies from biting! I've been fishing downriver below Big Springs. We've had some good trips with the biggest fish going 16-17 inches and really chunky. A lot of 12-13 inchers. Probably caught 60-80 smallies with the majority over 12 inches. Hoping we get some rain to put a little color and some water in the River. Tight lines and heavy stringers!
Later, the Riverman
I was asked what they were biting. I'm still fishing the Senko, but have downsized to a 3 inch on an 1/8* Slider head. Still using the freeness pimpkin
I had a great week, this past week. I got to fish with two great guys, Bob Aletano, Greenwood, Mo. and Kent Holder, Nixa, Mo. We fished on Wednesday starting out in the rain with the rain suits on. It was pretty slow until about 10:30 when the rain quit. We tried my usual honey holes, nothing. So, we started hitting the fast water, skinny and deep. We started picking up fish, with the best going 17 3/4 and a real pig at 19 inches. Numerous fish in the 11/13 inch range. Probably 30-35 fish total.
The Rivermom and I had a good day on the river today sucker fishing. Total count was (8) hogs and (2) pea mouth yellers. We fried a few filets with taters and onions for lunch. We're saving the rest for lunch on Sunday after church. It was a great day to be on the river. Later, the Riverman
I fished today with my good friend,Dave Goehring of Cape Girardeau,Mo. The day started off a little rainy, but the fish were biting. We kept the rain suits on till a little before noon when it finally let up a little. Heard thunder a couple of times, but nothing close! Dave a couple of nice smallies, 16 1/4 inchers. One during the rain and one in the bright sunshine. Go figure. All in all, we had a good day, caught probably 20-25 nice smallies with some small ones thrown in the mix.
Later, The Riverman
Fished yesterday with Jim Moody from St. Louis , Mo. Had a good day, rover was still a little high, but we managed to catch 15-20 smallies. Nothing over 15 inches , but a lot between 12-15. Later, Riverman
I had another good day on the River yesterday with two fine people, Joan Morrison and Robert Ott, from South Carolina. Joan is an Ellington native that likes to come back home to the River she loves. She has been coming the past four years and bringing her friend, Robert with her. We had a good day fishing, the catching was just off a little. We managed probably 25 or so smallies with the biggest going about 14 inches. As Robert said though, we had a Large day on the River. Later, The Riverman
I just got off the River after spending two day s with two great guys to run the River with, Tommy Riggins of Hot springs, Ar. And Doug Hale from West Plains, Mo.
We fished Wed. afternoon from about 2:30 till 6:30. We caught several smallies, but nothing going much over 13 inches. But, today was a different story! Tommy started us off with a 19 1/2 inch smallie and then backed her up with a 17 incher five minutes later. Doug was doing his best to try to stay in the game, but just past that 13-14 inch mark. We stopped at Pin Oak bluff for lunch, then shoved off and started fishing on down the River. I shortly caught a 17 incher and that really started putting the pressure on Doug! A little bit farther, Tommy caught another 19 inch smallie! I think Doug was starting to bluebill a little by then. We floated on down into Peach Orchard and right before dropping into Waymeyer, Doug set the hook and hollered out, GET THE NET! We were right on the shoal, so, I got the Mercury and kept us off the shoal and Tommy ran the net. When we finally got her in the boat, a solid 20 inch four pound smallmouth! Doug and come thru big time! We fished a ways farther down to Raftyard, but just caught a few smaller smallies and by then, it was time to call the dogs, put out the fire and head for home. Later, The Riverman. Hope to see ya on the River
We finished out our trip to Alabama this morning with a couple of hours of fishing before heading home. We got on to some white bass action and Bob Todd even caught a Dog fish. This was a new one for me! We threw it back! That thing has Teeth! April 18, 2015
This was our excitement for the day, we had a tug come by pushing two barges. April 17, 2015
Well, we've got another day of fishing in the books. It was a tough day today. They had shut the water off last night and dropped the river app three foot! That really turned the fish off. Then they raised it back up today. The fish didn't know what to do. I only took one picture today. Dave finally caught him a smallie. Tomorrow is another day. April 17, 2015
Another good day in the books. My buddy, Bob Todd caught another 20 inch plus smallie today. I backed him up with a 21 incher! All of our fish were from 15 inches up. We had a little fish fry for lunch with: Joey Crafton, Bill Crafton, Chris Crafton, Red Roberts, Bubba Roberts, Dennis ?(Bill Crafton's brother in law), Bob Todd, Dave Goehring, and yours truly. We're going for that five pound plus tomorrow! April 16, 2015
First day in Alabama. My buddy, Bob Todd, caught a 21 inch smallie pushing 4 1/2 pound. I managed a 15 1-2 inch smallie and then that shut down. Well get'em tomorrow!
Spring is officially here Tomorrow! WooHoo! And with it comes thoughts of getting on the River. If you like to float, but don't relish the idea of carrying all your gear for an overnight trip, let Current River Guide Service do the hard work for you. I just purchased a 16 foot new Osagian freighter canoe rated to handle 700 pounds just to do commissary work. I'm scheduled to do a two-three night float trip for a couple of ladies in late May. We will be putting in at Baptist Camp and probably taking out at Pulltite. I'll be hauling all the tents, cots, food, cooking gear, etc. if you think you might be interested in this experience, give me a call and we can set up an excursion for you. Hope to see you on the River! March 19, 2015
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