Back in early December I made three trips to warm water discharges on the lower Missouri River. The first trip was to the Labadie, MO power plant discharge. Access is from boat launch 1 mile down river on the opposite side. I made the trip in search of Hybrid Bass, but landed a number of Skipjack Herring and even a little largemouth.
Above is the view down river to the boat launch. Getting up and across river in a kayak is one hell of an adventure…add freezing weather and…well you get the idea. Best to have a boat.
This is a Skipjack Herring. This fish really seems to love a two handed fast as you can go retrieve. The fly is back to you in about 3-4 seconds when your going really fast. The fish will slash the fly repeatedly until you can set the hook, sometime bursting out of the water on the take. I’ve heard these fish are excellent light tackle sport. I enjoyed catching them even with my 8wt…
Oh yeah! This is the bad ass I came for. This fish had me hootin and hollarin, man these fish are a blast! Just wish I could find more of em in one spot.
Another nice skipjack
The next two trips were to Portage Des Sioux warm water outlet via Dresser Island boat launch. Its a mile plus to the next portage over the rock wall into the Mississippi and then into the power plant outlet.
on the road again…
View of the plant from the launch site.
There was a lot of Grass carp action going on in the shallow mud flats, I only managed one fish this day…
Closer to the discharge the water was thick with Goldeye…I’ve never seen so many goldeye in one place! I got hits on virtually every cast, getting a hook set was another mater all together. Somehow, someway they are tough to hook….but 1 in 3 or 4 usually came to hand.
Oh yeah! I love you Hybrid Bass….Tickle tickle.
Till next time!
P.S. if you haven’t already , Check out the latest “all fly” issue of Carppro Magazine for my piece on Carp flies, and lots of other great topics all relating to carp on the fly!