Outdoors

Lake of the Ozarks bass fishing is simply superb

By Bill Cooper
    Lake of the Ozarks, in south central Missouri, has long been known as one of the premiere bass fishing destinations in the U.S. The lake was built for hydro-electric purposes by Ameren Missouri Electric in 1929. With 54,000 surface acres winding through the rugged Ozark hills, the lake attracted the attention of anglers nationwide. It was the largest manmade lake in the nation at the time and one of the largest in the world.

Missouri State Parks and Mid-Continental Library host Black Baseball and Black History virtual program June 17

Missouri State Parks and Mid-Continental Library invite the public to attend the Black Baseball and Black History virtual program at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17. The program will be held virtually as a Zoom meeting and is part of the Show-Me Kansas City: A Missouri Bicentennial Lecture Series.  

Discover the traditional treasures of classic long and recurve bows with virtual MDC program June 15

Use of the bow and arrow for hunting dates back longer than recorded history.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the opportunity for archery enthusiasts to learn about the more traditional forms of the bow—the long and recurve bows.

Missouri State Parks kicks off the swimming recreational season during Memorial Day weekend

Missouri state park beaches open for the season on Friday, May 28. Missouri State Parks offers 18 designated swimming beaches to cool off and enjoy time with family and friends during the 2021 recreational season, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The woodpecker and the walleye

By Larry Dablemont
    Rain crows came back to Lightning Ridge last week, and now the spring ensemble of birds is complete. There are a lot of species to see now, and an individual of one common species, acts way out of character. A red-bellied woodpecker has been drinking sugar water from the oriole feeder and seems to really love the grape jelly we have out for the colorful orioles. I think it is just one individual, and he has taken a liking to sweet stuff. If you have seen any woodpeckers do the same thing, let me know.