A news release from Gov. Jay Nixon said the Department of Public Safety and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were monitoring conditions at the lake and recommended that water levels dropped enough so the no-wake zone could be lifted.
After two months of almost nonstop rain, many popular water playgrounds in the region were left flooded. But heavy releases by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have dropped water levels to the point where boat ramps and campgrounds are accessible.
In Missouri, the best bet is Smithville, where the white bass fishing has been excellent. In Kansas, Milford is the place to go. White bass and wipers have been hitting topwater baits early and late, and catfish have been caught throughout the day.
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Chris Jones and Angel were inseparable for more than 14 years. Wherever Jones went, Angel was at his side. Especially in the fishing boat. Jones wanted to do something to honor Angel and the Odessa Animal Clinic that provided such loving care for her in her dying days.
In Missouri, Longview Lake is the place to go, with the fishing rated as good for crappies, channel catfish and bass. In Kansas, Wilson is the best bet, with channel catfish, stripers and smallmouth bass hitting.
The walleye population is down from the days when the giant Minnesota lake was known nationally for its excellent fishing. And the crowds of fishermen who once flocked to Mille Lacs have dwindled. But Mille Lacs still has plenty of life to it in smallmouth bass.
There are times when the thought of going to the gym makes me want to curl up into a ball and stop time - the kind of toddler-tantrum reluctance of holding onto the legs of a desk and having to be dragged out of the building by someone in charge. Except as an adult, there's nobody to pry your grip away and make you do the thing you don't want to do, except yourself. I just started working out again consistently after a 10-year hiatus, and I've managed to nail down a few tricks for forcing myself to work out when it feels like the last thing I want to do (or am capable of doing).
It seems like everyone has an activity monitor these days. For those who don't want to broadcast the fact, Polar's A300 activity monitor allows you to fly under the radar with a design that looks and functions like a watch - and even accepts interchangeable wristbands in a range of colors (sold separately) to fit any style or mood.
Sometimes at night, Tim Navis lies awake thinking about camping alongside a dirt road in Kazakhstan or, too tired to drive, slumping over the steering wheel of a beat-up Fiat in Russia - just two experiences from a saga-like journey a few years back that began in England and ended in Mongolia.
Stew Pappenfort perused the data on a recent morning and wondered if the Arkansas River was about to reach its peak. After weeks of high water, a single heat wave could melt what's left of Colorado's banner snowpack in the Arkansas River Valley, potentially pushing the churning river into record territory.