Bad picture, but you get the idea. Fishing was great!The next morning we ventured further down into town to one of our favorite haunts, and Dave was into the fish yet again in just a few casts. By the time Karl and I had fried up a couple breakfast burritos on the tailgate of my pickup, Dave was well into the double digits - the guy has some serious fish mojo! We slowly got wadered up and made our way down and each caught a few fish pretty quickly, and then it slowed down a little bit. As I said before, white bass are schooling fish and they travel around a fair amount. Being mobile is a definite advantage - if you aren't catching fish, move. You'll find them eventually, and when you do there's usually a hell of a lot of them. We drove up to the stilling basin after awhile, and once we fished down the shoreline a couple hundred yards we were into a big school of them again. The water was a bit dirtier, and we were catching them right below the surface. We'd start stripping nearly immediately after the fly hit the water, and this was a school of larger fish. They hit like a ton of bricks, and would bend my 8 weight to the handle. Many of the fish we caught were just a few feet off the rod tip - I always strip the fly line to the rod tip, and then jig the fly a couple times with the rod because of this. We were catching white bass nearly every cast for quite some time - it was borderline crazy, but that's how this type of fishing usually works. You move around a lot until you find them, and when you do there's generally a ton of them. Chartreuse, white, and pink were our best colors! The Foxy Minnow was my best pattern.
Average Missouri River White BassWe ended up landing a lot of fish over the two days we were there, and it was a ton of fun! We landed White Bass, Smallies, and a couple Walleyes as well. If you have a free day or weekend over the next several weeks, I would highly recommend making the short trek over to the Missouri to fish. Swing by the shop and we can show you a few places to try, and get you pointed in the right direction for flies, tackle, and how to chase these fish! Ryan