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Trout not biting in Missouri

I left Princeton in good weather and travelled to Springfield, Mo., to fish with two old friends, Glenn Pilger and Dennis Michael. Too bad I didn't know how hot it is down here. They picked me up at 6 a.m., and we headed to Lake Taneycomo to catch some trout.

When we got there, the area we were to fish was really foggy. We headed upstream toward the dam to try our luck. The water coming from the dam is very cold plus the Missouri Department of Natural Resources stocks the lake year round, so we thought we could catch several trout. Well, they seemed to have lockjaw, and after two hours, we still hadn't boated a single trout.

Then the sun came out, and we began to roast. We tried for another hour and still had no luck. We decided that was enough. Other than getting caught up on their lives, our fishing trip was a flop.

I always enjoy this trip because our friendship goes back to the 1970s. They are truly total great sportsmen, and I love their company. We'll try again.

We want to congratulate the program that is getting underway that is teaching 4-H members the proper way to use firearms. They already had one session last week and will continue on this weekend. Other disciplines will include air rifle, rim fire rifle and archery. They are working in conjunction with the local chapter of Pheasants Forever. This is a great program, and I wish them great success.

Local fishermen have met with moderate success on the canal and local ponds. I can't wait to get back and try my luck.

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