If you’re 50 or older, you might remember when Herter’s opened a store in Mitchell. That store would pale in comparison to today’s Cabela’s, but back then it was a very big deal. I still have plastic ammo boxes, fishing lures and reloading components purchased in that store where every product was “World’s Finest.”
Our daughter Laurie and her family have a second home on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. The home is set on the sprawling lake, and a front stairway leads to their partially covered floating dock. The dock includes boats and slips, lounge chairs, sound system, television, fridge, and most important, a good place to fish. Betsy and I were guests for four days last week.
In this column two weeks ago, I was very upbeat about fishing conditions on our Lake Francis Case Reservoir. This related mostly to the phenomenal growth I’d observed in walleyes and smallmouth bass since last year. Now, I’m even more enthusiastic than I was two weeks ago. This relates to the appearance of a healthy northern pike population. I feel like a kid with a new toy.
On the morning of April 6, Jerry and I were fishing in the boat ramp basin beneath the dam at Pickstown with 16 other nearby boats. I don’t mind not catching fish, but when all the other boats are enjoying success with nice walleyes, it bothers me. Such was the case that morning.
There is little question that many of this column’s readers hunt deer with a rifle during the respective seasons. In all likelihood, the majority of rifles used by column readers are Remington Model 700 bolt-action high power rifles. This makes today’s column highly relevant.
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