Birthday trip to Michigan helped achieve ‘Steelhead Dreams’

    If you are a fly fisherman, you probably have a short list of species you’d like to catch (other than rainbow and brown trout). On many of those lists have to be bonefish, redfish, and permit in saltwater, and salmon, cutthroat trout, and steelhead in freshwater. I knocked redfish off my list last summer, but it was a steelhead trip to Michigan in December that was a highlight of 2018 for me.

MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through trashcan decorating contest

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State -- and to have creative and educational fun -- by participating in the 2019 "Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free" trashcan-decorating contest. The annual contest is sponsored by MDC and MoDOT as part of the state's "No MOre Trash!" statewide litter campaign.

Catch a crappie, climb a mountain

    We just walked around on this big dock, dropping a small rubber jig here and there among the empty boat slips, hooking and landing some big crappie, from one spot and then another. It is easily the most comfortable winter crappie fishing I have ever seen, and the crappie are big. And then we had a big basket of fish and had to climb that mountain!

There certainly are a lot of fish out there

    As a child I often thought I was whatever I was looking at the time. A social life was practically non-existent. Therefore, I spent a lot of time by myself reflecting on what was around me, primarily the wilds of nature.

There will be nothing new in the New Year

There won't be any New Year’s Eve party here on Lightnin' Ridge. Things will be about like they are almost every night. Before midnight, a pair of raccoons will be ambling along the small creek that leads down to the river, looking for food that is becoming harder to find because the crawdads are in deep water and the frogs are buried in the mud, just as it has been for hundreds and hundreds of years.