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Summer fishing and shallow water

    After last week’s column on jitterbug fishing at night in streams, I had a couple of readers complain that they were unable to paddle a canoe and spend the night on a gravel bar, and wanted to know if jitterbugs worked at night on Ozark lakes, like Norfork, Bull Shoals and Beaver, or Stockton, Pomme de Terre or Lake of the Ozarks.

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Dove season opener likely to draw crowds

With the 2014 dove hunting season opening on a national holiday, the Missouri Department of Conservation urges hunters to pay special attention to safety.

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MDC stocks larger brown trout in Meramec River

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish. And for those who love to pursue brown trout in the Meramec River, it's getting greater yet. That's because there are now even larger fish out there for anglers to catch. And it's all thanks to experiments to control a parasite.

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Racers can hit the trails with the Missouri State Parks Racing Series

Missouri State Parks is unveiling its inaugural season of the “Missouri State Parks Racing Series” this fall. Trail races of various types and distances of will take place at Finger Lakes, Johnson Shut-Ins, Stockton and Katy Trail state parks.

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You can help clean up the Meramec River on August 23-24

    This month, The Open Space Council will once again organize thousands of volunteers to restore the Meramec River Basin for its annual Operation Clean Stream project. This yearly event remains one of the largest and longest ongoing of its kind in America. Last year, over 2,000 area volunteers offered their time and labor in an ongoing effort to rid over 500 miles of the Meramec River and its four tributaries of trash and debris.

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It’s time to go fishing in the dark

    In August and early September I have enjoyed some of the best top-water fishing I can recall, with nothing more than a casting reel, my old johnboat and an old-fashioned jitterbug lure…and a headlamp. It puzzles me that when I am fishing during the daytime, that jitterbug, first made seven decades ago by the Arbogast Lure Company, doesn’t seem to get much attention from bass.  I use another old reliable Arbogast lure, the hula popper, during daylight hours and catch bass on it.  But it has an entirely different action than that you get from a jitterbug.

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