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TIPS FOR FINDING THE CLEANEST FISHING STREAMS STORY AND PHOTOS BY forrest Wilsey

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ne of the greatest and most understated natural resources of Missouri is its number of watersheds. With a wide variety of aquatic environments that house species native only to Missouri’s streams and tributaries, the state offers a diversity of water activities, especially fishing. Quality streams in south and central Missouri also contribute to these diverse species and excellent fishing conditions, which means that Missouri offers a huge opportunity for any angler.

Gone Fishing

Despite Missouri having two large rivers bordering the state, these rivers are largely industrialized near the urban centers, making them unfavorable for diversity. Likewise, the amount of water traffic contributes to a scarcer number of fish, making fishing conditions more difficult along certain stretches of the rivers. While many people are content with fishing just to enjoy the scenery, a number of fishers go with the intent of catching as much as possible. While each fisherman’s intent is different, the methods tend to be the same. The first step is to consider what is wanted in a fishing spot, whether it is large catches, small catches, numerous fish, specific types or species of

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fish. The second step to net the desired catch is to think of a place where this catch could be found. Finding the appropriate equipment is a task that has to be tackled next, but once all of the right pieces are in the fisherman’s net, the scene is set for a clear afternoon of sport. After that, fishing really is just a matter of going out and angling.

“Fishing location all depends on what you’re looking for.” LaRoy Brandt Dr. LaRoy Brandt, an entomologist and one of two professors heading Truman State University’s Stream Team initiative, says fishing is all about where you go. “If you’re talking trout fishing I go to Bennett Springs, but if I just want a bunch of fish to take home, I’d be looking for a city lake to catch crappie. I’ve been fishing on the Grand River, the Missouri River and down around Truman Lake. Each place has its own draws, but fishing location all depends on what you’re looking for.”

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