Smallmouth bass and terrapins
Bass season opens on Ozark Rivers this week, and some of them will absolutely be choked with kayakers, canoeists, and vehicle campers at access points. Weekend holidays are terrible times to be on the rivers, so on the Memorial Day weekend, I will be home working on the garden. It hurts too much to see what those people from the cities will do to our rivers, the drugs and alcohol and the litter on gravel bars.
Outdoor adventures await in Missouri State Parks
With summer around the corner, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature in Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. Spending a night under the stars, hitting the trails and enjoying a day on the water are all options for guests enjoying Missouri State Parks.
The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Meramec State Park near Sullivan on Sunday, May 25. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center.
Ornithologizing and such
People who are certified bird watchers keep lists of all the birds they have seen in their life. They wear short pants and funny looking hats and use names like Coccyzus Americanus and Mimus Polyglottos. The first is a rain crow, or yellow-billed cuckoo, and the latter is a mockingbird.
Squirrel, black-bass seasons open May 24
Memorial Day is an even bigger deal for hunters and anglers than it is for other Missourians. That is the weekend when squirrel season opens and anglers can keep legal-sized black bass in most southern Missouri streams.
Catch crappie and watch birds
Crappie fishing is the simplest kind of fishing you can do, and it produces more fish per hour for the fisherman than anything else, unless you count fishing for sunfish. They aren’t hard to catch in the spring, because there are so many of them, and they are such an aggressive little fish. Fishermen who do not own a boat, and use the simplest, most economical fishing gear, can catch just as many crappie in the spring as anyone else.