Beginner May 2020 News/Columns

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors


May is a time for fishermen to over indulge themselves. It’s a time to sample all the great fishing that May has to offer. Mornings are made for fan casting rocky points for walleyes before jigging for slab crappie until sundown.

The next day might be roll casting wooly worms under some shoreline’s overhanging shrubbery hoping to catch bull bluegills or trying to match the hatch on your favorite trout stream. Buzz bait bass action on a local pond can be your night activity.

The next morning you cast into a school of white bass. Then head to a stream for smallmouth and rock bass. If it rains, the feeder creeks will be full of big channel cats. The larger rivers will be stuffed with jumbo blues and flatheads.

Then there’s pike, salmon, yellow perch, musky and the list goes on and I haven’t even mentioned all the saltwater fishing.

May is definitely a time for fishermen so go enjoy this special month.

New 05012020_Great_Outdoors SPECIAL TREAT

Crappie are special because they are abundant pretty much throughout the year and always ready for a tussle.

There’s lots of great ways to fix crappie but to this old Missouri boy it’s pretty hard to beat rolling crappie filets in corn meal, deep frying then serving with fried potatoes and onions, baked beans and cornbread for a really special treat.


If you’re going to a strange lake to fish, or perhaps going on vacation and plan to do a little fishing, you might want to consider hiring a fishing guide. Fishing guides are a lot like lawyers, car salesmen or preachers – there are excellent ones and there are so-so ones.

Most professional fishing guides will give an honest day’s effort for their fee because they know if they do a good job, they might merit a tip or at the very least, a good recommendation from you to future clients.


 We now have computerized weather forecasts to tell us what the wind or temperature will be. We have apps which suggest the best times and days to fish. There are studies which tell us how much they react to color. We know the temperature and dissolved oxygen content each species like best.

However, we are still faced with the same problem that anglers have always faced. No matter how much information we have, we still can’t answer the question: Will the fish still follow the rules?

When all the conditions are perfect for catching fish, you may catch none. The opposite is also true. At times when a certain fish isn’t supposed to be biting, in water temperature and wind conditions which aren’t supposed to be suitable for catching that fish, you can still catch it.

Fish aren’t robots and their behavior can’t always be predicted. This fact makes them harder to catch but it also creates the challenge which makes fishing such a great sport. If it was easy it would be called catching not fishing.


“Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.”

Susan Taylor


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