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Fishing Missouri  (1990)

Fishing Missouri (1990)


Fishing Missouri (1990) (nature sounds) NARRATOR: There’s only one thing better than dreaming about fishing in Missouri, and that’s getting out there and doing it. (splashing sounds) NARRATOR: Deciding where to fish in Missouri is easy. There’s lots of choices: streams, sloughs, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs. They’re all out there, all waiting. More than 200 species of fish thrive in Missouri waters; fish like bowfin, crappie, and catfish. You’ll find others like paddlefish too. With so much variety, you’ll get many fine
meals and even more fishing pleasure. MAN: Let’s get those started. Set them down right there. Okay. NARRATOR: Whether you’re camped along an Ozark stream or gliding on its surface, fishing in Missouri draws you outdoors for the best of times. MAN: You like being out here don’t you? BOY: Yes. (nature sounds) MAN: Okay, Ben, you’ve got a good spot there. Let’s see what you can catch. Hey, you got something on there, bud, reel it in. Oh, bring him up, slow, slow, don’t break him off. Take it slow. Look at that fish, would ya. Look at that fish, son. Oh, looky there, boy that’s a dandy. They don’t come much better than that. Oh, that made all worthwhile right there. What do you think about that? NARRATOR: Small mouth and rock bass aren’t the
only rewards hidden in Ozark streams. Gigging suckers is a long time tradition. Try this root wad over here, Bob. Okay, looks good. NARRATOR: It’s changed from the early days, but still going strong. That’s a dandy. That’s a dandy. (inaudible) (owl hooting) You did a good job on the potatoes tonight. You did a good job on the potatoes tonight. Well good. I tell you what fellas, this looks like
the last of the fish, so help yourself. Looks good to me. One more, thank you sir. You can’t beat them out here on a gravel bar like tonight. They are good. Who scored those up anyway? I scored those up. Any complaints you can blame me. Well no complaints, those are fixed just right. They are good. (inaudible) Yeah, an I was glad to see you bring suckers back too. These are the really the good ones. Our grandparents used to sit here on these old Ozark streams
and do the very same thing we’re doing tonight, except our equipment’s a little more sophisticated than theirs is. Yeah, my grandpa used to talk about using pine
knots as a light to gig by. Yeah, not only pine knots, think of the gigging equipment they had. Think of the boat, no motor, a push pole
to push up and down the stream. They built their own gigging light so they didn’t have anything else. They would take ‘em an old piece of metal and bend it around and get a pine knot because they burned real good
and real bright and they’d gig with those. It’s just amazing. An Ozark tradition, it’s something that’s been handed down from generation…. NARRATOR: Native fish like bass and suckers are only a few of
the attractions in the cool waters of the Ozarks. Since trout were first brought to Missouri in the late
1800s, they’ve captured the interest of thousands of anglers. It’s hard to say exactly what makes trout so popular. Maybe it’s because you find them in natural spring-fed streams, or because their picky eating challenges a fly tyer’s imagination, or maybe it is just that they move like quicksilver. Since rainbow and brown trout don’t reproduce well on their own in Missouri, they’re raised in cold-water hatcheries and stocked
in trout parks and other streams. But great fishing depends on more than just adding them to the water. You have to be sure there’s good habitat for the trout— plenty of places to hide and stay cool on a hot summer’s day. Improving the streams, and setting limits on the fish taken, help the trout live longer and grow larger. (music) NARRATOR: Special trout management areas are stocked several times a year. At these more remote streams you can
really get away from it all and enjoy the fun of catching a larger fish
and releasing it for another day. (music) NARRATOR: For those who like fishing shoulder to shoulder, there’s always the March first opener at the trout parks. It’s a celebration of the start of trout season and the
hope, however distant, of the spring to come. (nature sounds) NARRATOR: Since fishing pressure is intense at the trout parks, the Conservation Department stocks trout each evening during the March-through-October season. As waters warm to those magic temperatures that draw fish from the deep, boats scatter across the big reservoirs in the state. WOMAN: I’ve got one. NARRATOR: Crappie, bass, walleye, and a Muskie now and then bring
lots of excitement to all kinds of anglers. MAN: It’s going to be close. WOMAN: Hey girls, just one or two more and
I think we can head toward home. GIRL: I think I got one. I do. WOMAN: You do. You have all the luck. Let me net him
for you. Reel him in here. A little bit closer. Got him. There you go, Amy, that’s a good one. GIRL: Yeah, do we get to keep him? WOMAN: I hope so. Let me check him here real
quick and I’ll see. Yep, he’s a keeper. He’ll be for dinner tonight. I got one. All right. It’s a big fish. All right. NARRATOR: Careful research on the fish, and what
if takes to make them thrive, have helped conservation biologists and managers turn the reservoirs into
prime opportunities for anyone with a hook, have helped conservation biologists and managers turn the reservoirs into
prime opportunities for anyone with a hook, and a line, and a little know how. Limiting the catch to certain sizes helps to keep the fish population strong. Catching and releasing fish is another way to
help more people enjoy the sport. MAN: Yesterday we fished back in coves like
this, some of these side channels, points, and we fished 18 to 25 foot
deep and didn’t do very well. Today I think we’re going to go out
around here on the main lake and fish some of these points that break off into
the river channel, some of these points…. NARRATOR: By taking time the time to study the structure of a lake you can turn random luck into real success at
predicting where you’ll find the fish. MAN: …walleye. It’s time to start catching walleye on this lake. MAN: Good fish, good fish. Good fish. Hey, good fish. NARRATOR: The paddlefish, or spoonbill, is an ancient type of fish found as fossils over 65 million years old. Since their native rivers were damned, paddlefish
no longer reproduce well in Missouri. Now they’re raised in hatcheries, added to reservoirs, and helped by limits on the size and numbers of the fish taken. Like sharks, their boneless bodies get strength from cartilage. But unlike sharks, the paddlefish eat only microscopic creatures,
which they filter from the water. Since they aren’t interested in bait, they’re caught by snagging. WOMAN: Oh, I’ve got one. I’ve got one.
Oh, boy that’s a nice one. Oh, he’s putting up a fight. All right. He’s fighting. WOMAN: Hang on. That is a nice one. WOMAN: All right. MAN: All right. WOMAN: All right. MAN: That’s a nice one. WOMAN: Oh, wow. WOMAN: Nice one. That’s good. Good for you. WOMAN: Oh, man, got a hold of him right in the tail. WOMAN: I’ve got him pretty good. Hold on. Ready? All right. MAN: Hey.
WOMAN: All right. NARRATOR: Like the paddlefish itself, Otter Slough echoes an ancient world. From the air, it looks like a wet
forest in a field of rice. Once you’re within its borders though, you travel in another time, another place. MAN: Nice and quiet on the old slough. NARRATOR: It’s a chance to experience what used to be
the vast, swampy lowlands of southeast Missouri, with waters rich in bowfin, pickerel, flyer, and crappie and bluegill, too. (music) (whistling) NARRATOR: Otter Slough is a place protected, bought by Missourians
to conserve now and for the future. You don’t need to go far from home to relax outdoors. Urban lakes give lots of people a chance to get
away from it all right in the city. Bullhead, carp, and channel catfish are all stocked and
managed by the Department of Conservation in more than 30 urban lakes in our large cities. CONSERVATION OFFICER: You can have a limit of up to six fish. Once you put the sixth fish on your stringer,
then you can’t fish any more. Now if you want to continue to fish, you
put five fish on your stringer and then…. NARRATOR: Fishing clinics held throughout the summer introduce new generations to the fun
of a line and a hook and a wiggling worm. CONSERVATION OFFICER: …because the most likely fish you’re
going to catch today is the bullhead and we want to you learn about the limit. MAN: Yeah, he’s doing real good. Bring it in. BOY: I got a catfish, whoa! Finally I caught one! I caught one! NARRATOR: If you live in the country and own a pond, chances are the Conservation Department has helped to stock
it with bass, bluegill and channel catfish. BOY: He’s a biggie. Uh-oh, whoa! It’s a bigger one. I got a bluegill. NARRATOR: Landowners can also get tips on how to manage the pond
for better fishing for themselves and their chosen guests. The prairie streams of north Missouri wind their way past farm after farm. Catfish and drum lull in the waters. Fishing
lines are cast hopefully in their direction. MAN: We usually put in a trout line and, you
know, depending if we usually have friends with us, and maybe they’ll put in a trout line, and we’ll
have a couple of trout lines in. And we go run those about every two or
three hours, especially of a night. And then come back and just fish with a rod off the bank. Oh, sometimes when we’re down here, and we spend the whole
weekend down here and fish and just camp out. And lots of time seems like the moon will just set right up in there and
just shine off the river and it’s just beautiful down here of a night. (nature sounds) NARRATOR: The big rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi, draw anglers to their shores and out in boats for the harvests they hold. Whether it’s just the pleasure of being
near a wide expanse of water or hauling in a big blue catfish, who can say? Whatever it is, those who fish the big rivers know they hold
something unique for anyone who ventures near. MAN: Keep your eye on that right rod. MAN: He’s working on it, I’m going to cross his eyes. MAN: Get him? MAN: Got him. MAN: If we get us a shot at
him we don’t want to muff it. MAN: We may only get one. Now he’s going down. You better raise that motor, he’s going ‘round
the back side of the boat. (motor buzzing) (splashing sounds) MANA: He’s a mule. He’s going back down, watch him.
Get that net back, he don’t like it. MAN: There he is. Got him. Way to go, partner. That’s
what we’re looking for right there. Way to go. MAN: I believe he’ll go 35, 40 pound. MAN: At least that much or more. (music) NARRATOR: Rivers, ponds, streams and reservoirs make all kind of fishing possible in Missouri. A good conservation program, and people who
support it, keep the resource strong. So why wait? Grab your gear and head outdoors. Fishing in Missouri is just a cast away (music) (nature sounds)

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