Fishing Wisdom Archives - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

Hook Retention in Northern Pike Study

By Bob Randall on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


The Short Explanation: –Deeply hooked crankbaits with barbs were typically free from the fish’s mouth in a couple of days -Barbless hooks usually came out of the fish’s mouth in 24 hours or less The Longer Explanation: “This research has demonstrated that retained lures do have an impact on northern pike. In the laboratory setting […]


Catch, Release, Dead

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 in Conservation, Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


Catch, Release, Dead (Hooking Mortality): “Catch, photograph and release fishing has become so entrenched in our fishing psyche in recent years that it’s almost hard to remember that keeping nearly every fish caught was once the norm in our father’s and grandfather’s days. “ “How and how long you handle fish determines their fate.” “Bob […]


Hook removal

By Bob Randall on Friday, April 19th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


No, not from the fish – from a person: Hook Removal An emergency room physician at an Ozarks hospital says he averages 2 to 3 hook removal procedures a month. He’s not the only ER doc in this 24/7 medical facility, so let’s guess a dozen or so hooks are removed each month. In the […]


“No prudent man is a fisherman.”

By Bob Randall on Monday, April 1st, 2019 in Conservation, Fishing Wisdom, Nature, No Comments


One of my heroes is Aldo Leopold. Many people consider him to be the founder of wildlife conservation and he was one of the early leaders of the American wilderness movement. After receiving his Master of Forestry degree from Yale, he spent most of the next 20 years in the US Forest Service in New […]


Apricot Midge by Dennis Stead

By Bob Randall on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


Apricot Midge If you were at MTFA’s meeting last Thursday, you heard the fishing report from Russ Doughty. It was not about his favorite harvester midge or his other favorite the Taneycomo Sculpin. Russ was fishing at Bennett Springs and there were two people catching a trout on every cast. When Russ asked them what […]


Winter Dry Fly Fishing Tips

By Bob Randall on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, Flies, No Comments


Winter Dry Fly Fishing Tips   by Allen Gardner The Winter Hatches including insects, sizes, colors and fly suggestions. When you can fish dry flies in winter? How you should fish dry flies during the winter months? Where you can find rising trout during winter? Time of Day For the best times of day, focus on […]


Matching the hatch at Bennett Spring

By Bob Randall on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, Uncategorized, No Comments


While fishing at Bennett Spring State Park, I tested the insect population in the outflow stream below the hatchery runways.  I used an insect seine that I got from Allen Gardner’s Insect Course.  I wrap this seine over the outside rim of my fish net, hold it in the water with the rim on the […]


Catch and Release article by Jeff Rivera

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


Good article about catch and release techniques as related to fish survival. I have permission from the author, Jeff Rivera, to post it. https://agreateroutdoors.com/blogs/news/catch-and-release-fishing-best-practices-for-handling-fish Here are the bullet points: Use Barbless Hooks or Bend Down Your Barbs Don’t Drag Your Fish Onto Land or Across Rocks… Wet Your Hands and Use a Proper Net (some […]