Sunday, June 27, 2010

Osage Fork, Gasconade River, Laclede County, MO.: Nice river with some sporty spots

I had originally wanted to get on the Gasconade directly, but the put in spot that I stopped at (just south of I-44) had the boat ramp closed..looked like they were getting ready to pour a new concrete pad. So I got out my handy Missouri Delorme atlas out in search of another put in. I ended up putting in on the Osage Branch. This spot was fabulous! It is a gravel ramp, but I can imagine the largest boat you would want to put in here is either a kayak or canoe or a small Jon Boat.
Paddled up current (as I will always do....many reasons) and found a couple of spots too shallow for the kayak, so I had to portage. I feel like I got my arm workout in within about 15 min. I found a pool upstream just a little (I did not want to go too far...did not put in until 5:00 p.m.) and beached the kayak and wade fished. My "go to" bait for small streams is a rooster tail inline spinner- 2 favorite colors...brown and brown!
Second cast caught a nice Rock Bass (in photo)....the rest of the fish caught were Long Ear Sunfish....what a beautiful fish! They are really aggressive attackers for their size!
This river system really has sparked my interest and imagination.....I plan on visiting more put in spots (especially on the main river further south)....."Life is better on a kayak!"
Fish ON!


Coloradocasters said...

What a cool kayak trip. Sunfish are pretty amazing with their variety and color. Great pictures too.

Anonymous said...

that river is my home water if you want more luck try a 1/16 oz pink lead head jig with a yellow twister tail grub not chartreuse just yellow

Mike Tobin said...

I will give that a shot next some in my tackle box...thanks for the tip :)