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June 2017 Update
Posted on June 04, 2017

We just finished up a busy week at AP. Lots of guests and I got to fish with a group of my Tulsa oilfield buddies. We had a great time fishing two half days and boated a lot of bass on wacky worms, crankbaits, and jig.
I landed the lunker of the trip, an 8.25 lb bruiser I hooked over by the sandstone bluff. That makes 6 fish eight pounds or better as we exit May and head towards summer. We just might challenge the record of 11 such bass with that pace.
The lake is fifteen inches above full right now and with a few days before the next fishermen arrive I will pull the plug on the pipe and draw it down a bit. The rains largely missed us this weekend and the inflow has been declining for some time. We have been fortunate in missing the really big rains that wreck the fishing and for the most part I have been able to keep the water stable or rising while the fishermen were in camp. Almost everyone has been catching good numbers of fish and the big fish continue to set just a bit off of the grass bed where they are more susceptible to the jig. Topwater action has been sporadic.
We are looking forward to a busy summer and hope that you will find a slot on your calendar for a trip to AP!



2017 Fishing Underway!
Posted on January 23, 2017

Obviously Cross Country season, deer season, and the holidays took their toll on my Angler's Paradise updates. It's not that we have not had a lot going on. We had some good fishing through Oct., and I just posted a picture of a 6lb fish my guided client caught on a day of high, muddy, cold water just before the bowhunters started filtering in. Deer season was good, with two nice bucks harvested during rifle season.
Now as the calendar has turned and deer season is a memory my sights have turned to pursuit of that State record bass. Most really giant bass are caught in the late winter, early spring before the water warms and the spawn activity begins. Water temps keep the metabolism down and that makes it much easier to play a giant fish back to the boat. I have personally seen two fish 10.5 or greater landed on 8lb test and a 3" grub during March trips where the warm coat never came off.
Yesterday was a rare day in Jan. Mid 50's and very little south wind. We shoved off at 10:00 and fished until 4:00. The bites were not as numerous as I had hoped for, but like many of my winter bass experiences the quality was really good. We boated 6 fish total and only had one that was less than 15". 5/6 were caught on a 3" grub, the 6th and biggest fish (5LBS) was caught on an Alabama rig.
Remember, 50 degree days even with some wind are very fishable down in the pit. The wind can rarely get you right in the face, and is never as fierce as it is coming across a big body of water. Holler if you see a good weather day that fits with a desire to catch some crappie or pursue that fish of a lifetime.



July Guide Trip
Posted on July 23, 2016

Just got off the water from a half-day guide trip. Water temp was 91 and the heat index was 130 when we quit at 12:30. The guests had some topwater action first thing and then it was plastic worm time. Both father and son adapted to dragging the Texas rigged worm through the grass and boated 16 bass by the time we called it quits. The lake is still full with good circulation in and out. The algae bloom is hot and the bite remains strong so long as there are fishermen willing to stay after it. The weatherman has promised us some relief next week, and I doubt the slightly cooler temps or rain will change the fishing much. August and September bookings are coming in pretty fast. Openings will disappear even faster if the weather cools a bit.



June 2016
Posted on June 20, 2016

You know that hot weather equals hot fishing if you have followed AP for very long. As the hit index was busting triple digits last week the big fish started biting and it just coincided with the arrival of two of Angler's regular customers/friends. For many years now Perry and Brad have made the trek across MO to fish for a few days. During that time we have become good friends and I always try to carve out some time to join them fishing (not as a guide). For the last 30 days we have seen great numbers of fish caught, but the bigger bites had been scarce. That made a dramatic turn last week as all of our customers began noting good fish caught or lost. Here are a few pictures from the last weeks of fishing. I anticipate that the bite will remain strong through the rest of the summer. The lake is full and the water color is coming back as the bloom takes hold. Most of the good fish have been caught on big plastic worms fished slow and deep (7-10 feet).



Deer Season 2015
Posted on November 29, 2015

Deer season has been a tale of two stories. Those who hunted the traditional "pay dirt" stands/blinds saw few mature bucks and it was no mystery why as the doe traffic around the field edges was greatly reduced in spite of more food available than ever before. I spent my time hunting back in the woods mostly in the stands/blinds that can only be reached by boat. Back in those areas I saw more mature bucks than I have ever seen before, and in the first 7 days of rifle season I saw 7 mature bucks, several of which I wanted to get a shot at. The last few days of rifle season I did not have as much time to go,out in the boat, and the other hunters had departed so I put the decoys out in the open fields and hoped to pull a bruiser out of the timber/dumps. Down to the last hunt of the season I went to the north ramp blind and,put out a set that has worked well in the past. 30 minutes before last shooting time this deer came right to the decoy and in spite of his small stature I decided that he scored well enough to shoot. After reviewing the deer on the ground, I am certain this is the same deer that I passed twice this year with my bow. Why did I pass him? Because he was with a 1.5 year old deer and his small body size made me certain that I would be shooting a great 2.5 year old buck. I am now convinced that the deer is 4.5 years old. The taxidermist looked at the deer and thought it older, but just "small" and examining the teeth certainly made that seem reasonable as well. My buck scored 161 7/8". I still have not counted all the points, but there are stickers everywhere. From the bow stand I estimated this buck to be 145", but with no experience scoring non-typical deer I suppose the underestimate makes sense, and gives some credence to my other gross score estimates of bucks that got away. I learned a lot from this experience, and I hope it demonstrates my commitment to Quality Deer Management that I let this buck walk by at 5 yards when I thought he was too young to shoot...



Cold Front on the Way. Time to Fish!
Posted on September 13, 2015

Last Wednesday just felt like a day to skip supper and sneak in a few hrs of fishing before dark. Clouds were gathering and rain seemed imminent. The next day a blast of cool air was predicted; seemed like a good time for the bass to put on the feedbag. I idled out to the fingers and had a bass swing and miss at my third cast with a topwater. Fish were breaking the surface and the sky darkened enough that I took off my sunglasses. I caught one small fish on the topwater and then realized that the clouds had disappeared and the fish were no longer breaking the surface. Soon the sun was out bright enough that I put my sunglasses back on. I switched to a 10" plastic worm and began grinding it out along the grass line. I had a few half hearted pickups, but no connections. I switched sides of the pit and began working the sandstone bluff with the plastic worm and landed this beauty after being on the water for about an hour. I caught one other small bass before I headed in to the dock for pictures and release of the six pounder. Another time that the fishing was not very spectacular, and certainly not as good as I had anticipated, but also another time that a poor numbers outing turned up a good fish. The pit remains full and clear for this time of year. The grass bed is very green in most areas, and the water temp is 78 degrees. The fishing will rise and fall with the timing of each cold front from this point out.



Fishing Good Heading into August
Posted on July 30, 2015

The fish are really liking the heat and stable weather conditions. It has been a couple of weeks since the last good rain and that normally makes for some good fishing here at Angler's. This morning I fished with my friend, Tye Bell. In 4.5 hrs we caught 17 bass including a five pounder. Most of our fish came on large plastic worms or jigs. The bite was just as good when we came off the water at 11:00 as it was when we started.



We Missed the Floods!
Posted on July 12, 2015

Yesterday the phone just kept ringing, and it became apparent that a lot of folks are finding it difficult to get on their favorite body of water to fish. High, muddy water everywhere has closed many ramps, and makes for some difficult fishing. We got plenty of rain here at Angler's Paradise, but avoided the catastrophic downpours that really bring the lake up. Right now we are about 4" above normal, and there is a variable brown tint to much of the lake, but by and large it seems the fish don't mind. A group that fished yesterday reported boating 30 bass up to 3 lbs, and two of the three had never seen the water before. I just got in from checking on my guests, and in 30 minutes I boated one bass on a square bill, and two more on a junebug plastic worm (TX rig). Glad to get the 8# monkey off my back as I have botched my other opportunities this year. Really glad that my guests snapped this picture for me since Shelley and Kyle were still sleeping back at the house.



Rains Still Not Hurting the Fishing
Posted on June 14, 2015

The lake remains clear and full as we face 10 more days of 30 to 100% chance of rain. Fishing is good to excellent as the storms approach and the rain falls. Fishing is at least different if not tuff depending on how strong the front was. One recent trip had the bad luck of arriving as a strong north wind appeared. Fish were scarce until I tied on a shallow running crankbait with a wide wobble. Burning it back over the grass beds was very productive and it was exciting watching the bass chase that rocket. I caught one fish in two hours using the tried and true tactics that work under more "normal" conditions, but boated 5 in 45 minutes using the crank.
July is starting to fill up and it looks like we may have another summer without triple digit temps. The wacky worm may still be working into July if we can avoid a real muddy runoff these next few days.



Lots of Rain - No Toad Stranglers Yet
Posted on May 28, 2015

We have thus far escaped the really devastating rains that muddy the entire lake and take weeks to drain off. That means that the fishing has cycled up and down each time a front passes. That's not to say that the fish don't bite when the sun comes out and the wind turns out of the north, but it does require different tactics and a lot more casts to figure out what the new "mood" looks like. A few weeks ago a couple fished two days and caught a 5# and 6# bass. They bit about 10 minutes apart. The lake is about 6" above normal and remains clear. We still have a few openings in June, and July remains relatively open for weekends or weekdays.



March 2015
Posted on March 18, 2015

Two Facebook updates from March. Seven pounder caught in Black Perch Bay last Monday. Does the location surprise anyone?? Yesterday was a March rarity at Angler's Paradise. A string of beautiful, sunny weather crossed paths with two groups of Angler's who could break away long enough to be here before the next fit of cold air hit. Both parties were new to Angler's, but took my very general recommendations and turned a few hours of fishing into a pretty successful trip. One boat landed a 7 lb fish, and the other had a fish tip the scales at 8.7 lbs. Neither boat caught great numbers, but did put some other quality fish in the boat. I will post pictures as soon as I receive them. 313 people reached Angler's Paradise Like · Comment · Share Most Relevant Bryan Robertson, Bill King, Kevin Henegar and 17 others like this. Angler's Paradise Write a comment... Jesse Myer Wow sounds like a great day at Anglers paradise! Wednesday I had a friend come out to visit and wet a line. We were short on time and I really want to move some fish out of Lone Pine this year, so after some trolling motor issues we shoved the Jon boat off at 10:30 am. There were no fish to be seen shallow so we started fishing in about 10 ' of water. I was throwing my "stocker getter" grub and my friend was using an assortment of lures. We each boated one fish over the next 3.5 hrs. It was hard to imagine that a 2 acre... See More 178 people reached Angler's Paradise Like · Comment · Share Kent Fisher, Todd J. Bishop, Chad Maxwell and 10 others like this. Angler's Paradise Write a comment...



Bass Up Shallow
Posted on April 12, 2015

I really messed up yesterday. I had two boats on the water and planned to finish prepping a 3rd boat, then go check on the fishermen. What I thought would be a one hr repair turned into 4 hrs, and the clients were coming off the water by the time I got started fishing. The guests reported the fishing as "slow", and I suspected that it might well be as I made my first cast with a wacky worm to the beaver pile. I caught a fish on that cast (never a good sign) and proceeded to the opposite brush pile where I lost a good fish in the brush. 2 fish in 10 minutes... By this time both boats were unloading their gear on the dock, so I fished my way back to them and caught a second fish. While I conversed with them I made a few more casts along a pronounced weed bed that is no more than 50' from the dock. I got a bite, set the hook, and saw a flash that I estimated to be 4 lbs. I told my guests that it was a "pretty good one". The second appearance made it certain that I had underestimated the size of my catch. 7.25 lbs on the Boga Grip. I begged the guys to stick around so I could show them the nuances of fishing the wacky rig, but family obligations were calling. I returned to the water after their departure (leaving that area for the next customer). I caught two more bass in the next 30 minutes of "exploring" and had a 12 to 14 lb bass swim over to the point where my wacky rig had entered the water. I got to watch that fish swim for 10 to 15 seconds; even cast in front of it, but no interest. I suppose there are skeptics on my size estimate, but the last fish I estimated at 12 lbs turned out to be 12.25 when the lucky angler brought it to the boat. There are a few beds showing up now, and some males have staked their claim to an area if not a bed. The other pic I posted is of an 8+ lb bass caught back in March.



What a Week!
Posted on August 18, 2014

Just wrapped up another great week of fishing at Angler's Paradise. Thursday I got to fish with a customer who started fishing with us clear back in 1995. We boated 16 bass up to 3 lbs on a half day fish. The bigger fish seem glued to 10' of water, and prefer a large plastic worm dragged on the bottom. Another angler figured this pattern out and really cashed in. Here is a picture of the 5 and 8.5 lb bass he caught the first afternoon on the water. He broke off two other "mooses" over the course of his stay.



July 2014
Posted on July 31, 2014

Sorry so long since the last update. It's tuff enough to keep up with the phone, e-mail, fishing reports and Facebook when fishing season starts, but throw in hay baling and something has to slide. Fishing remains good to spectacular. No monsters have been caught this month, but plenty of fish have been reported; mostly on plastic worms. Water temp is 85, and the lake is down a few inches. We got some much needed rain yesterday, and it was very fish friendly, ie not a deluge. Highs in the 80's thru the 10 day forecast should produce some August lunkers!



Summer Almost Here
Posted on June 19, 2014

Fishing continues to be steady to spectacular. Got to fish with a long time customer this morning. This man and I have fished together for about 16 years nearly as I can tell. We have laughed a lot and on occasion we have wept as we mourned the loss of a couple of our fishing buddies. He ran the trolling motor today so I got to ride, relax, and tell stories. Another special day on the water; we caught 22 bass in 5 1/2 hrs. No lunkers, but had several nice ones. Water is clear and 82 degrees. The lake remains full and the grass bed is well established. Wacky worm was the best lure this morning, but the jig was effective as well.



Spring 2014
Posted on April 15, 2014

Last weekend we finally had a convergence of fishermen and shallow bass. It was not a perfect match up, but lasted long enough to put a couple of big bass in the boat. The only willing crappie were about 7 feet deep over 30 feet of water. Go figure... I landed an 8 pounder on the old beaver hut outside Black Perch Bay. One of my customers landed a slightly bigger bass in Burnt Tractor Cove. Both fish were caught on a Junebug Wacky Worm. Bedding activity is sparse, and no fish have locked onto the existing beds. Water temp was 65 on Saturday, but there is frost on the grass this morning.
We are currently full up for April and May. Weekday availability starts in mid June and weekend availability begins the weekend of June 21st.



August Report
Posted on August 30, 2013

Got to fish with a long time customer 8/28/13. We left the dock at 6:00 am. Caught a couple on the Spook, and then turned to plastics. The action was never furious, and I turned to the jig when my partner started outfishing me with his Texas rigged worm. We finished the morning with 16 bass. Had a couple in the 2-3 # slot and one the was pushing 4#. I lost a good one that I just did not get a good hook set on. We were still catching 2-3 fish/hr when we came in at 12:30.



Wacky Worm Still Working
Posted on July 13, 2013

Thought the wacky worm bite was done last Wed when the bloom got going. Today the water is clearer, and the bass are clobbering the weightless worm like it was May. I caught 7 in 2.5 hrs this am, and had 3 keeper size fish. Customers were catching fish too, and had two hogs. Hope to have pictures to post later.



Fireworks on the Water
Posted on July 07, 2013

Got to fish parts of 3 days over the 4th. My good friend, Jon and his wife came in from OKC to fish, visit, and shoot fireworks. We found the fishing spotty. Might go an hour without a bite, then have 7 bites on 5 casts. Location was the key, and the spots changed from day to day. We caught 21 in less than a half day on Thursday, 17 in less than a full day on Friday, and 10 in less than a half day on Sat. Big fish was 9 lbs. Wacky worm continues to be the most consistent bite. Water temp remains in the 80's, and the clarity is just sufficient to make the wacky worm effective.



June 29th Guide Trip
Posted on June 30, 2013

Yesterday's guide trip went well. Great weather, lazy 8:00 start. My two guests caught 12 bass up to 2 lbs, and more than 30 bluegill in 4.5hrs. Two giant gills were landed. We saw a young buck dive off the high wall into the water, then swim across the pit. Also saw a doe walking thru the culvert at the chain link fence spot. Two other bucks down at the water drinking and a red tailed hawk gliding in the refreshing north, Canadian born wind.



Summer About Here
Posted on June 28, 2013

Sorry so long to post a fishing report. I had to take over cabin cleaning duties this spring as my parent's health has kept my sister (who cleaned for me)close to their house. Late in May my Father passed away, then a close cousin in a car accident.
Spring temps were cool and made for an on and off again spawn. Two groups did hit it right and caught fish off of the beds, including a 9.5 lb fish.
Water temp finally got into the 80's last week, and it's time to drag out the big plastic worms. There has been some good topwater action and I hooked two in the 4 lb range on one evening bite. I had a monster blow up on my Spook that same evening, a much bigger fish.
The water is high, and stable. Clarity is variable across the lake, but on average is not as stained as normal for June. I am looking forward to the onset of a strong summer bite as the grass beds are back after 2 years where the flooding wiped them out. Reservations continue to trickle in and follow the usual July-August pattern of 15 days advance notice for a weekend spot.
I am doing a better job of updating our facebook page with current photos and reports. Check us out over there!
Don Kentner



Summer 2012 Update
Posted on August 19, 2012

Fishing remains a struggle. Seems that they are always biting, just takes a lot of casts/trial and error to figure out what they want. Yesterday I fished for 4.5 hrs without catching a fish and only muffed one solid pickup. I tried the tried and true lures/spots before going against the grain and fishing shallow in the middle of the day. Pretty easy then, caught 3 in 30 minutes.
I repeatedly tell AP customers that our lake fishes more like a big lake than a pond. There's a lot of water to eliminate when the fish get finicky and it is slow going when so many of the fish are suspended 10 feet deep.
This morning I went to Lone Pine Lake to catch some stockers for the big lake. I got a late start, but expected to catch my fish on grubs and/or plastic worm near a couple of beaver huts. I caught zilch til I got to the first and smaller of the two huts. I caught 8 bass in about 30 minutes before I moved to the next hut with hi expectations. I never even got a bump at the second hut and only managed 3 more bass in the remaining hour of fishing. Not sure I would have caught a fish had I not know where that first hut was. I caught 8/11 bass from a 10 foot circle on a 2.5 acre pit. The big pit is 45 acres with 6X the shoreline. Guess it should not be any wonder that it takes some creative thinking and determination to find those bites on the big lake!
Water temp dropped 5 degrees (77 degrees) from Thursday to Saturday. The water is a bit less stained and continues to drop by way of evaporation. The lake is ~ 7 inches below full.



June 2012 Update
Posted on June 09, 2011

Fishing has been tuff to mediocre for several days. Worst afternoon was Monday when I fished for 7 hrs and boated two small bass. The lake has been mysteriously clear and no doubt that has forced the fish off the banks and made them suspend. Evenings have been the only reliable action, mostly on topwater. This morning I got to fish with two Angler's Paradise customers and the three of us boated 18 bass and had one 4 lb fish along with several 2 lb'rs. Many of the fish were caught off the shoreline by swimming a jig and Zoom Super Chunk trailer. Not sure if the fish just started biting or I finally solved the puzzle, but it was sure a relief to have some steady action. The water remains clear and the temp is in the lower 80's.



Food, Friends, Fishing, & Fun
Posted on May 12, 2012

Great couple of partial days fishing with my best fishing partner, Kevmo. We were joined by our lifelong friend for a picnic lunch and dinner at Chicken Mary's. Fished 8 hrs and boated 17 fish. I had the big one at 4 lbs. Wacky worm still working best. Water temp 77. Lake is full and clear. Yesterday my guests had boated 20+ crappie by noon. Shallow action might hold up thru May!




Posted on April 26, 2012

Had some great fishing last week. Two customers reported >40 fish days. Several sightings of big fish, none locked on beds. One fish spotted that was "the biggest bass I ever saw". No small statement from my friend who has landed a 10.75# bass and has been in the boat with a 12.25# bass. I had a nice guide trip Friday, followed by the passage of a cold front that knocked things back a bit. I really thought the fish would have recovered by Tues evening when my next group came in. 4 new AP customers who drove a long way to catch a very few fish yesterday. I went out to see what was going on, and found that there were some marked differences in water clarity; caught a few once I found the clear water and felt like it was a matter of time til the bite got hot again. Not sure why, but the new clients decided they had seen enough after fishing for about the same amount of time that they spent driving round trip; so they packed up and headed home last night. I tried my best to keep them here and begged them not to pay for the fishing since they were obviously not "satisfied". This morning I had to go see for myself and spent about 45 minutes before I caught my first fish, but then it was full on. 10 fish in the boat over the next 2.25 hrs and lost two that I REALLY wanted to see. The bed that had a 3-4lb male on it yesteday now had an 8lb female hanging around; still not quite ready to bite, maybe this afternoon. Still mulling over what I did wrong w/ these new clients. I know it's about expectations, but as usual, I had tried my best to undersell the fishing.



4-21-12
Posted on April 21, 2012

Self-guided client caught 44 on Thursday w/ a 4+ lb fish. Full day of guiding two fishermen new to AP yesterday. Figured it would be tuff w/ the cooler weather and wind out of the north, but the two boated 26 bass, lost a 5+ lb that never got stung and broke off 2 other fish we never got a look at. Only time I picked up a rod was to show them how to work a jig and wacky worm. That's the sure sign of a successful AP guided fishing trip!



April 14th, 2012 Report
Posted on April 14, 2012

Fished 1 1/2 days w/ my friend, Tye Bell and his son last weekend. Lost a bass about like this one and broke off something much bigger. Fishing was slow, but improving when I hooked this one on the last cast of the day. Fishing thru the week was good, but no big fish were caught. Many beds popped up in Black Perch Bay, but then the fish backed off when the clouds returned. This morning we are receiving rain, but have avoided the type of deluge that can wreck the fishing. Water is clear and the temp has dropped back to the mid-60's.



Fish or Hunt for Sheds?
Posted on March 03, 2012

Fishing or shed hunting? That was my dilemma this afternoon. A quick inspection of the temp revealed 50 degrees w/ 5-10 mph winds, weather much more suited to a walk in the woods. Shelley had just been to town and noted that the cows were all laying down. In this household that's a sure sign that the fish would not be biting. I really wanted to fish so I checked the barometer and the graph revealed that it had started dropping about the time Shelley got home. I grabbed an extra wind jacket, called the dog and headed for the boat. In 1.75 hrs I caught 8 bass, the big one was 5 lbs. Really should have caught several more, but I lost one good fish that just came unbuttoned and had other strikes that I snoozed on. Water temp was 50 and the fish did not seem to mind that a cloud bank moved in just as I launched the boat. Looks like it could be a an early spring!



Winter Fishing
Posted on February 24, 2012

Got to go fishing for 3 hrs Wed. afternoon, 2/22. Wind had turned to the north, but it was still sunny and warm (60's). Fish did not seem to mind the north wind. I caught 6 bass in 2.5 hrs, just no biguns. I caught 9 keeper crappie in the other 30 minutes of fishing. Water temp was 47.5 in the shallows.



The September Chill
Posted on September 11, 2011

Cooler weather always makes the AP phone ring, particularly after a scorching summer like 2011. The first cold front actually arrived in August and brought some much needed rain. Water temp dropped from 94 to 87 almost overnight. While the fishermen reveled in the cool temps, the fish were not so stirred up.
Fishing had been great til that 1st blush of northern air, and remained good til the second push arrived in September. Not only did the fish get finicky, but the active fish could only be found in certain areas of the lake those areas changed almost daily. One day we found fish in the west end of Beaver Hut Cove, turned the corner & headed south for 2.5 hrs w/o a bite. We picked up 2-3 fish as soon as we returned to BHC, and continued to catch fish there on every pass.
As usual, when the bite gets tuff, the big fish start to turn up w/ greater frequency. I fished with a couple of friends on Saturday, we only boated 4 fish, but one weighed 6.5 lbs.
Currently the lake is about 8" below full, the water is slightly stained, and the surf temp is ~ 67 degrees. I expect the fishing to continue to rise and fall with each approaching/passing cold front.
Don Kentner



Water Temp Cooling 8-14-2011
Posted on August 14, 2010

REPORT WRITTEN 8-14-2011 Just got a dose of what a 10 degree drop in water temperature does to the fishing. Had a good outing Wednesday in the rain, but found the bites few and far between the last two days. Fished 4.5 hrs yesterday & caught two little bass, while I broke off a big fish and lost another good one. This morning I fished 3 hrs and had 4 bites, caught one little bass and a 6 lb bass. So I contacted 3 big fish on 10 bites. Always seems that the big bites are more prevalent when the little guys take a day off.
Water temp has dropped 10 degrees in the last week, and the wind has been out of the north for the first time in months. The lake is full and remains stained. The fishing will now rise and fall with the approach & passage of each cold front. Jigs & big plastic worms are still the best lures to throw. Don Kentner



July 2011 Fishing
Posted on July 01, 2010

REPORT WRITTEN 7/5/11 Weather has been a major factor these last few weeks. Temps in triple digits & heat index has touched 123! Fishing has remained solid w/ occasional bursts of spectacular. I have had the good fortune to get out with clients & friends many times over the last 10 days & we have averaged one fish 4 lbs or better every 7 hrs of fishing. This is not unusual for Angler's Paradise during the dog days of summer. Big plastic worms & jigs w/ the Zoom Super Chunk (Flippin Blue color) have been producing best. The deep crankbait bite should start soon and that can really make for some eye-popping big fish trips.
The lake is full & stable, but we will need some rain soon as evaporation is about to exceed run in from the groundwater.



Summer Patterns
Posted on June 18, 2010

REPORT DATE 6/18/2011 STILL CAN'T POST PROPER DATE Weather has remained stable for the month of May and early June. AP missed out on the monster rains and got no part of the tornado outbreak that devastated Joplin. Thanks again to those of you who inquired about us. It's always nice to hear from you. Last Monday night I went out for a couple hrs with a local friend. We boated only five bass, but my friend broke off two fish & lost a 7-8 lb fish beside the boat. Tuesday morning I got to fish w/ a long time AP customer. We boated 12 bass in 5 hrs. I caught a 4, he lost a 6 lb fish near the boat, and broke off two fish.
Most of the big bites were on a jig- Zoom Super Chunk Combo. Big plastic worms are working also, and there has been some topwater action. The lake is full and stable. The water is stained and most importantly, the grass beds are back! Looking forward to a great summer of fishing & family fun. Come visit us if you can get away!



Reflection
Posted on April 14, 2010

Report Date 4/14/2011 When we started AP 18 yrs ago, many of my friends said, "You will hate dealing w/ the people." Found out two days ago that for the 3rd yr in a row the AP community has lost a dear friend, Jerry Bock to natural causes. He was a barber in the KC area & loved to fish. He had great places to fish around the city, but enjoyed his experiences @ AP & sent us alot of customers over the yrs. I fished w/ a mutual friend yesterday, and while we talked of Jerry; I lamented that I really did not see this part of the "people thing" when I started AP, so many good friends I have made over the yrs. I have watched the customer's kids grow up & now they come back to fish w/ their friends. Yeah, my friends were right 18 yrs ago, but the problem is a good one to have. RIP Jerry Bock. Keepin it real in SWMO. Don Kentner



Spring Has Sprung
Posted on April 10, 2010

For some reason I can't change the yr on this report, but this was written 4/11. It's always something... Guess that's why I'm always too busy to write an update. Anyway, big bass showed up in Black Perch Bay for the 1st time on 4/6 this week and there is currently an 8-10 lb bass on the bed just below the Mill cabin. Customer caught 4,5, & 6lb bass yesterday pm. Crappie fishing has been excellent for some time now, but as of yesterday they had not moved into the shallower parts of the lake. The lake is full and somewhat stained for this time of yr. Water temp is above 60 degrees even w/o bright sunshine.



Fall or Winter?
Posted on December 10, 2010

The calendar says fall, but the temperatures of late feel more like winter. I was pleasantly surprised to get an e-mail from Robert Paradise last week inquiring about the possibility of coming fishing. Robert usually fishes several days at AP every year, but had to cancel his fall trip and had limited opportunity to fish closer to home as well.
I have seen some really good winter fishing at AP over the years, usually on days w/ bright, sunny skies and south wind, so I told him to pick out a day that looked favorable weather and schedule wise and come on down. I decided to go out with him as a friend (not the guide) when he could not con any of his buddies into joining him on this great adventure.
We put the boat in the water shortly after 9:00 AM and caught our first fish about half way down the s bank of Beaver Hut Cove. We boated 22 more fish over the next 6 hrs after locating the fish and tuning the retrieve on the smoke grub that got all of the strikes. The only downer of the day was the 5 fish I broke off, but I did land a 3 lb fish and we had several keeper size bass as well.
The sun only came out for a few minutes, and we figured that it probably never got much above 40 degrees, but as usual the stiff south breeze had little opportunity to get on us and we were warm enough that we ate lunch in the boat instead of heading to the house and a warm fire.
This was not an unheard of winter fishing experience at AP. Give us a shout if you see a favorable weather day and would like to try some light line bass fishing. Don Kentner Angler's Paradise - The Midwest's Finest Fishing Camp



Bucks are Moving!
Posted on October 18, 2010

Just posted a couple of deer pictures that Shelley took from the back door of our house. Great 3 1/2 yr old buck that I don't recall seeing before.
I have been in a bowstand a few mornings and in the woods working on stands most days. Most of the deer movement is still limited to the first couple hours of daylight and 30 minutes before dark. The promise of cooler weather moving in tonight could push the pre-rut into full swing as the bachelor groups have disbanded and the bucks will soon be looking to establish their milkrun of scrapes and rubs. Don Kentner Angler's Paradise



Great Fall Fishing??????
Posted on October 18, 2010

Not sure how many years it has been since we had great fall fishing at AP. Always seems that the fish should bite as the temp drops and the fall colors appear. The reality has been that my memory of hard fall bites gets more and more distant each year. I'm not sure if this is a symptom of my turn toward bowhunting or if the fish just transition from summer to winter dormancy without putting on the feedbag.
I have been putting in a few hours on the water over the last week. Mostly filling time as I check/put up deer stands. Most of my fish have been caught on the grub. Big fish return to hitting the grub in the fall, and I have broken off a couple of good fish. I have seen a couple of bursts of great activity (6 fish in 30 minutes & fish on back to back casts yesterday), but when I average it all out - 2 fish per hour; just the same as the overall average for the year.
It's still a great time to be out on the water and maybe this will be the year that we see the return of a November buzzbait bite! Don Kentner Angler's Paradise - Best Fishing Camp in the Midwest!



Aquatic Vegetation Makes a Comeback
Posted on September 06, 2010

The May 11th flood wiped out our grass beds, particularly the fine bladed grass that normally rings the lake by June. Coontail made a valiant effort to fill the void, but its growth was hampered by falling water levels. The result was a mass movement of the bass to the timber. Most of our big bass are caught from the grass in normal years; as a result I had forgotten the agony of trying to winch fish out of the brush. Big fish have eluded capture all summer as the fish remained glued to the wood. During an evening fish I had one stretch where 4 out of 6 fish I caught were tangled in some type of wood.
Yesterday I went out for an hour of fishing, mostly to check on guests. The fish were still tight to the cover, but since temperatures have cooled the grass beds have returned with a vengeance. I was continually feeling and dragging back bright green grass in areas that had been void of any of plant life just 10 days previous. The bass are actually responding to the jig better than the plastic worm right now, a switch coincident with the new plant life?
We received 7+" of rain last week and the lake level is now back to 4" above full and steady. Runoff was minimal and the water has its normal algae stain. Looking forward to the bass migrating back to the grass for the fall. Still have plenty of openings for late Sept and all of October. Hope you can squeeze in one last outing before the snow flies!



Yep, It's Officially Hot!
Posted on August 11, 2010

I'm a bit late with my 1st of the month report, late hay season is the main culprit. It has indeed turned hot even by my standards, when every piece of equipment needs to be in the shade to be handled without gloves, it's hot! July saw a quick shutdown on the great topwater action we had in June. Plastic worms and jigs were most effective and I found a deep crank to be the best bet on a couple of outings. One weekend we had 5 boats out at various times and 4 out of the 5 reported catching a fish 4lbs or better. The real lunkers (>8lbs) are hanging around the wood this summer and mad they have just given us fits. My last tally was 10 breakoffs for the month, a few of them were mine.
Aug 2nd two anglers headed out at 7:00 am and fished til mid afternoon with a cooling siesta in the Trapper's Cabin for lunch. They boated 20 bass and reported catching two fish on their last few casts before giving in to the heat. Yesterday 3 young men from Blue Springs made their first trip to AP. A late start (10:00 am) still got them a 20 bass day, and they landed one over 7 lbs, almost exclusively on Red Shad worms.
The lake is still full and the weatherman's promise of rain and a break from the heat should make for some more great August fishing!
Don Kentner Angler's Paradise - Missouri's Best Trophy Bass Fishing



Summer Arrives As Scheduled
Posted on July 05, 2010

Sunny, hot weather arrived as the calendar predicted. Several days of mid-ninety hi's made the fish start looking for the shade and kicked off the same reliable pattern of bass activity we saw last summer.
Big plastics quickly became the rule of the day with fish biting shallow early in the morning and then in deeper spots as mid-day arrived. The morning of 6/17 I shared the boat with a couple of visitors and we boated 16 bass up to 4 lbs. Five of the fish were caught between 11:30 AM and noon as we fished our way back to the dock. Fish over 8 lbs started biting the next day, but have completely outwitted our fishermen. One couple lost 3 big fish in 1 1/2 days of fishing.
July 2nd I fished 1/2 day with my long time fishing buddy from Tulsa and we caught 16 bass up to 5 lbs. We did not get on the water til 7:30 AM, but still landed 4 fish on topwater.
Currently the lake is full and slightly stained. The summer bloom is very active on cloudless days and really juices up the bite even in the middle of the day.



May Closes With A Flurry
Posted on June 01, 2010

May fishing was quite a roller coaster ride. By the 2nd week of the month I was quite convinced that the first stage of the spawn happened in early March, bass fry were everywhere and most fishermen reported good numbers of fish, but few big fish were caught. That usually is an indication that the majority of the big fish have spawned and moved off to deeper water, a pattern I have seen many times, but almost always in late May.
On May 11th I had a half day guide trip and my clients boated 19 bass and 8 nice crappie in 6 hours. That night we were clobbered by a 6" rain that was the beginning of continual torrential rains that brought the lake up to 24" above full pool. Not only was the water high and falling, but it was muddy. It took 10 days for any part of the lake to return to acceptable clarity, and even now there are portions that are somewhat murky.
The fish have started biting again over most of the lake. This past weekend I had the good fortune to share the boat with a long time guest who accepted my offer to fish with him in lieu of guiding. Sat thru Sun we boated 31, 38, and 57 bass; the biggest was a 9 lb lunker I caught out of a brushpile on a jig. The topwater action was great early, and wacky worms worked well the rest of the day.
Currently the lake is 14" above normal and holding steady. The water continues to clear and will probably return to normal over the next week. I expect that the big fish will become even more vulnerable as the water regains it's usual color.



Something That Makes Sense
Posted on May 09, 2010

All through April I waited and watched for the mass arrival of big females on the beds at Black Perch Bay. We saw a few good fish that were definitely locked on a bed, but never for more than a few hours and some days every bed in the bay was vacated. I have finally concluded that the early, shallow spawn must have occurred back in March. Fry balls were observed more than 10 days ago, which seems at least a couple of weeks early.
The early spawn has made the fishing sometimes difficult and always puzzling. One two-man group in April caught 100 bass over a two day period, but nothing over 3 lbs. They did break off a good fish right before leaving, but that was their best contact with a big fish. The surge of small bass usually does not happen until well into May and is my signal to start fishing further from the bank with bulky baits to target recovering females.
This weekend seems to have restored a bit of sanity. The water remains clear, and wacky worms are a great springtime choice when the fish can make visual contact with the straight worm fished weightless. My party caught 19 bass yesterday morning, almost all on the worm. We lost a couple of quality fish, but did not see them to make an estimate on size.
The upcoming week's fishing calendar is pretty full and I am anticipating some great action. Weekend bookings are pushing out toward July, don't let the summer slip away with out getting to Angler's Paradise to do a little bass fishing! Don Kentner Owner - Angler's Paradise



2009 Fishing By The Numbers
Posted on March 27, 2009

I really meant to post this before the first fishing report of 2010, but time never seems to stand still for this writer! For the first time in years I kept a log of all of my fishing in 2009. 25 years working in the oil industry taught me how to observe statistical samples and develop a "feel" for important probablilities and I had relied on that "feel" for way too long. It was time to put some numbers on paper.
I always try to explain expectations for what the fishing at AP is like by citing what I catch, primarily because I have yet to really identify what the "average" angler looks like. My fishing time is a mixture of time spent with family, friends, clients, and scouting/checking on customers. While I am always thinking "big fish" when I'm on the water, much of my time is spent making sure I am getting bit, not just searching for big bass. Most AP fishermen automatically ask if I have caught anything before they inquire about size. It rings hollow if I have to answer, "No, I have not caught anything, but I have been throwing this rediculous size plug." I do experiment looking for better ways to target big bass; those hours are counted in the following statistical analysis. I don't get to fish just during the best weather/times of year. Muddy water, clear water, rising water, falling water, hot and cold; it's all there in the journal!
Hrs spent fishing 166.75
360 bass caught
22 bass greater than 4 lbs
2.2 bass/hr
16.4 bass caught/4lb or greater
7.6 hr/bass > 4lb
My goal for '09 was to be the first angler to go double digits twice in the same year at AP. I fell short as I caught a 10 lb and a 9.25 lb bass last year. The AP record for fish better than 9 lbs in a year is 3.
Hope these numbers make sense and give you a sense for what to expect on your next trip to Angler's Paradise!



Running Late
Posted on March 24, 2010

The winter that just won't give up. Still had snow on the ground here yesterday. Our first fishing expedition headed out on 3/14, I fished w/ a couple of the guys that came up from TX. Chilly weather, water, and fish were what we found. I did manage to catch 15 bass on a 3" grub fished painfully slow and broke off something that I did not get a look at. By the end of the day one of the guys in my boat had developed the touch and boated 6 small bass. Definitely not the spring fishing our visitors were looking for! Yesterday our second group of fishermen went out and had a somewhat normal "winter March" trip - two fishermen caught 3 fish all day long, fortunately one of the fish weighed 9 lbs 6 oz. Beautiful fish caught on spinning gear and a grub. I have seen this happen many times during March at AP and I guess that's why I always try to make it out a few times, even when the weather says I ought to stay inside and be content to organize my gear for a better day.
My guess is that we are about two weeks behind last year's spawn schedule. I would expect that delay to shorten as April arrives. Guess I will go out on a limb and say that the fish will first move on the beds in the 4th week of April.
Don Kentner Mgr. Angler's Paradise - Midwest's Premier Bass Fishing Camp



First Bowhunt of Fall
Posted on October 11, 2009

Finally got into a stand last night, 30 minutes to hunt before dark. I had three small bucks and one doe in bow range. The biggest of the three bucks was a well muscled 2 1/2 yr old 8 pt that would already score 115".
Rifle season is booked up at AP, but right now I am the only one with reservations to bowhunt on our 800 acres. Last year I bowhunted 87.5 hrs in the first half of bow season and saw 37 bucks (one buck every 2.5 hrs). Eleven of those bucks were gross P&Y. Bowhunts are still priced at $100/day, which includes your on-site lodging and choice of over 15 stands. Call us at 417-639-4111 if you are interested in a great deal on a pre-rut bowhunt!



October Rain
Posted on October 11, 2009

Anglers Paradise was not spared by the giant rains that hung over the Midwest last week. We received ~ 8 of rain in a 48 hr period. The lake rose 24 and the water turned from 5 of visibility to coffee. The south winds that had driven the Gulf moisture our way reversed to the north just in time for my guided trip on Friday. Our fishermen arrived Thursday night in spite of my dire predictions for the fishing on Friday. We hit the water at 8:30 am in a slight drizzle. We struck out at both waterfalls and my expectations were at an all time low. Fortunately my visitors had enough optimism to go around and dutifully ground it out with the 3 smoke grubs that you have to master in these conditions at AP.
Before the day ended my three fishermen boated 14 bass, 12 on the grub. No picture fish, but a couple of solid 15 inchers and one fish that doubled up the rod on the jig & flippin blue super chunk that has produced a lot of big fish this year. Never got a look at him, but it was on the north bank of Burnt Tractor Cove, a place where many of the bass are as big as your imagination.
Two brothers and their dad spending some quality time together at a secluded lake and cabin. Fish were optional, but welcome. A big thanks to the Calvert men for giving it a go! Don Kentner Anglers Paradise 417-639-4111



Three Cold Fronts
Posted on October 05, 2009

10/5/09 The third rush of north wind and high pressure has knocked the fish off of the summer pattern that had prevailed since mid-May. Normally the first cold front of the year moves the pattern around and knocks a hole in the bite, but I suppose the cool summer weather made the fish and the bite more resilient this fall.
This past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we had two to four boats out on the lake. Fish were still biting the big plastic worm and jig, but some anglers reported good success on spinnerbaits, spooks, and crankbaits. At least three fish in the four lb range were landed and two anglers reported losing BIG fish. All boats said that the activity was sporadic and sometimes just downright tough. I suppose that makes sense as the fish reposition from their summer haunts and feeding patterns.
The lake is full and clearing up after the peak of the bloom. Still time to put three more fish over 8 lbs in the books and break the record of nine fish better than 8 lbs.



September Report
Posted on September 07, 2009

Fished a couple of times over the last 10 days. 8/29 I fished with Scott Kentner, who was an AP guide for several years. In the early going Scott was better than me at working the worm deep, and boated three fish before I had one in the boat. I finally quit jacking my jaw long enough to catch a small bass. Scotts next bite was a big one and he broke off on the hookset. He was gracious enough to overlook the fact that I had tied the knot for him. A few casts later I broke off a big bass as well. All of this action was in our first hour on the water. We picked up jigs later in the morning and caught fish til 11:30 am when we came off of the lake. Finished up with 12 bass in the boat, 3 were in the 2lb+ range.
Yesterday I fished for 2.5 hrs and caught fish like it was summer, although the cool, foggy weather was more reminiscent of mid-October. Most of the bites were in 12 to 15 feet of water working a jig or plastic worm 8 to 10 feet deep. I caught 5 bass and 4 crappie in 2.5 hours. The biggest bass was ~ 4 lbs. AP guests have reported some topwater action early in the morning, mostly on buzzbaits and Spooks. This morning a guest caught an 8 lb bass while I was helping another boat get launched. That pushes our total to 7 fish 8 lbs or better this year. Still time to break our record of 9 fish greater than 8 lbs ??????



Last Summer '09 Update?
Posted on August 23, 2009

Two out of state anglers arrived at AP this Thursday and were met by cool weather and some good bass fishing. Cool, dry air finally pushed the rain out of our area Thursday morning and overnight lows dipped into the 50s. Dry north wind signaled the arrival of Canadian air, which always makes my stomach ache when the fish have been biting as changing weather patterns can knock a hole in even the best of summer bites. The bass were indeed affected, but the bite was not destroyed and the second morning of a two day trip actually brought a nice topwater bite. Our two guests fished hard and reported catching fish on crankbaits, soft plastics, buzz baits, and Zara Spooks. The lunker of the trip was a 7 pounder, closely followed by a 5 and 5 +.
This morning I got on the water at 8:00 and fished for 2.5 hours. I caught 6 bass, my biggest was 4.25 lbs. I did break off a fish on my jig at one of my big fish spots. I never got a look at the fish as I broke her off on the hookset. I also caught 3 nice crappie that have accepted an invitation to dinner.



August Update
Posted on August 09, 2009

Got on the water this morning (8/9/09) at 8:00. I boated seven bass in two hours, five of which were keepers up to 3 lbs. The first three fish came on a 10.5 worm and the last four were on a jig. I fished my chartreuse crankbait for about 20 minutes without a bite, but did not really make it to any of my favorite cranking spots. First time clients fishing self-guided reported losing an 8+ lb fish and another good one during a half-day of fishing.
Earlier in the week I guided two days; bass in the morning and crappie in the afternoon with a three to four hour break for lunch. Over the two days the clients averaged 15 bass/day and eight big crappie averaging 11.
July 09 was one of the coolest on record in SW MO, but August has brought more seasonable temperatures. The weatherman has promised a cool down this week. Hope you can break free to enjoy some great fishing before summer turns to fall!
Don Kentner
Anglers Paradise 417-639-4111



One Big One Did Not Escape
Posted on August 02, 2009

July was very kind to us. The weather was cool by summer standards and regular showers have kept the lake full and running water. The weekend of the 18th was particularly good for a pair of anglers who each boated fish over 5 lbs, one that weighed 9 lbs. That fish brings us into August with six fish over 8 lbs this season. On the 19th I fished for 45 minutes while I went out to check on my AP guests. I caught 4 bass; one dink, one 2lb, one 3lb, and a 5lb. Most importantly, three of the fish were caught on a crankbait, which could be the beginning of a hot crankbait bite. Last weekend I was on vacation, but tomorrow I will be out on the water guiding and hope to confirm that the bass are indeed ready to jump on that big crank! August-September bookings are relatively light so contact us if you are interested in getting in one more fishing trip before school gets started!
Don Kentner
Anglers Paradise 417-639-4111



Hot Weather Good For Fishing????
Posted on July 12, 2009

Hot, stable weather always gives way to great summer fishing on Three Mile Lake. Each morning has been bringing good action on plastic worms and an occasional topwater bite. About 9:30 there is a lull in the action as the fish seek shade and oxygen, then about 10:30 the bite begins to pick up, particularly when the guide guesses right and chooses the right cover first. Some days its the deep weed line, sometimes its the overhead foliage, and other times its the high wall.
Jigs have been consistently producing well during the middle part of the day and the plastic worm has been a little more erratic. Two to three fish/hr/boat seems to be typical for experienced anglers and my old rule of thumb one out of fifteen bass will be over 4 lbs *** has been holding up. I went out for a couple of hours this morning and caught my first crankbait bass of the summer. Typically late July and August fishing are dominated by those anglers that can successfully dredge the depths with a big billed hard lure.
Monster fish have been giving anglers a rough go the last few weeks. Most everybody has a hard-luck story. July 3rd I watched a young man lose three fish that were undoubtedly better than 7 lbs. The most heart-wrenching pulled free on less than 10 feet of line. I have seen the luck change on a dime and I expect AP visitors to add several fish to the 8lb+ tally by the end of August.
The lake level has almost returned to full and the water has returned to its normal stained-green tint.
***If you are using normal bass size lures.
Don Kentner Anglers Paradise 417-639-4111



Big Lure = Big Bass
Posted on June 14, 2009

This week turned out to be a business wipeout as most of our booked trips were cancelled due to an assortment of maladies. Fortunately I was joined by my life-long fishing partner, Kevin Morris, and his son Brian for a couple of days of fishing. We got on the water Friday evening for 2.5 hrs of fishing and landed 12 bass before dark. Brian caught one that was 4 lbs and lost one that was even bigger. My 13 year old son caught 4 bass. All of our fish were caught on soft plastics and junebug was the best color. Saturday we fished most of the day and landed 27 bass. I had honors for the day with a 9.25 lb beauty. I had boated 14 bass up to 3 lbs on a 7 junebug worm when I decided to use a 10.5 worm. I often tell people that my observation is that 1 out of every 15 fish on Three Mile Lake will exceed 4 lbs when I fish normal to large bass lures. We had several 3 lb fish to go along with my big bass, which is the fifth fish over 8 lbs this year at AP.
This morning we landed 21 bass and again had several in the 3 lb range. The big fish eluded us today and broke off before we got a look at her.
The lake is still full and circulating water. Clarity is good and approaching more normal levels for June. Sporadic topwater action may be indicating that we will have solid topwater action when summer arrives in full force.
Many open dates remain in July so give us a call if some great worm or topwater bass fishing gets you excited! Don Kentner 417-639-4111



The Bite is Back On!
Posted on June 03, 2009

Seems like the lake had been high, muddy, and falling for weeks now. Each day I held my breath waiting for the fishing to go in the tank. The bite remained strong as the water level stabilized at 10 above full. The water running into the lake tailed off late last week and the lake level started dropping again in time for my next wave of fishermen to find tough fishing conditions Saturday and Sunday.
Yesterday the lake level again stabilized; this time 8 above full and the bite was back on this morning. I caught 9 fish in 2.5 hours. Four fish were in the 2 to 3 lb category and I broke off a 4 lb fish. I caught fish on a Zara Spook, wacky worm, grub, and jig. The water is now more clear than normal for June; hangover from the muddy conditions that inhibited the onset of the plankton bloom. Looks to be pretty normal summer time patterns with the exception of the wacky worm. That bite will tail off as the bloom returns to the water.
Don Kentner Anglers Paradise 417-639-4111



Great Holiday Fishing
Posted on May 26, 2009

Three Mile Lake has returned to normal water clarity and the lake level remains high. Fishing never was destroyed by the falling water levels and the holiday weekend anglers all reported good numbers of fish being caught on many different lures.
A few spawning fish remain, and one angler caught an 8.5 lb bass that was on a bed. I got out for 3 hours yesterday evening and caught 14 fish up to 3 lbs and lost a 5 lb fish, all on a wacky worm. I also boated 6 crappie on 6 casts, guess thats a new definition of fast food. Don Kentner



Rain and Rain
Posted on May 15, 2009

High, muddy, falling lake levels were a challenge for my three day fishing trip this past week. My friend/fishing companion/client was Wes Powell. Wes has been fishing at AP for many years. This year Wes was forced to make the trip to Missouri by himself, so I selflessly offered to fish with him instead of guiding.
Wes is an outstanding fly fisherman, who was up to task of finding a way to get fish to bite in the chocolate brown water he found on his arrival. Tuesday we landed 34 bass up to 2 pounds, Wednesday we caught 18 bass up to 4 lbs and spent 3 hours on the crystal clear water of Deer Lake and caught conservatively 100 small bass.
Wednesday night brought tornadic weather and another downpour. Three-Mile Lake was again muddy and high. Never the less, we caught 35 bass up to 3 lbs. I lost a 5 pound fish near the boat, and Wes lost an 8 pound fish on his flyrod. We were both continually commenting that we could not have expected such fishing in the adverse conditions. It will take at least a week of stable weather to return the lake to normal conditions. The spawn is in the last stage and will probably wrap up around Memorial Day.
Don Kentner



There Really Was a 12 lb Bass In Black Perch Bay
Posted on May 01, 2009

I previously reported that I had spotted a bass in Black Perch Bay which I estimated weighed 11 to 12 lbs. Well, a first time visitor from St. Louis confirmed my suspicion when he landed a lunker which I personally weighed on my calibrated Boga grip at 12 lbs 2 ounces. The fish was not on the spot where I saw her, but was ~ 120 yards away in the south end of the cove when she was hooked. I have posted a picture in the photo album. What a beautiful fish, and she swam off none the worse for the experience. I was only 20 yards away when the fish was caught. Amazingly enough she was caught by the third boat to go by that spot in less than an hour!
Currently the spawn has moved out to the deeper parts of the lake. Good numbers are being caught and another first time visitor caught several bass yesterday afternoon including a five pounder and a couple keeper size fish. We have not had a monster rain, but I am ready for the skies to lighten get some drying started. The lake clarity is still holding up and the water temp is in the low 60s.
Don Kentner



Bass on the Beds
Posted on April 20, 2009

The big bass finally decided to move onto the beds Friday. It was not the sunshine that got them there as it was mostly cloudy and rainy when a couple of the many daily visitors to Black Perch Bay settled into a bed and began the spawning rituals in earnest. One five pound bass was taken by sight fishing and a 9 pounder was lost in the brush. When camp cleared yesterday I decided to head out on the water and see if I could draw a strike from the 12 pound bass I had spotted the night before. The 12 pounder was no where to be seen as the weather conditions had degraded even further. Driving rain and north wind had lowered the water temp from 55 degrees 3 days previous. I did locate a bass that I estimated to be 7 or 8 pounds and she appeared to be in a mood to bite. It took about 15 minutes and a few lure changes, but she struck a lizard that had been setting on the bed for several seconds. I successfully landed this fish and weighed it in at 10 pounds even, but knew that my visual estimate was light as soon as the fish first surfaced.
Any chance that my 12 pound estimate was off by the same margin???? Fishermen should have a chance to find out this week as we finally have a favorable weather forecast. Don Kentner



Upcoming Turkey Season
Posted on April 12, 2009

Frost on the docks yesterday and a thick fog sure fired up the turkeys. Hens and toms could be heard in every direction at first light. Looks like it should be a great spring season as the toms have continued to inhabit some of our favorite hunting grounds.
At this time my son and I are the only hunters scheduled for our 800 acres. The cabins are booked for each weekend of MO turkey season, but there is availability during the week. Typically the fishing is spectacular during turkey season and with the 1:00 PM shutdown on hunting in MO, it makes for a great day in the outdoors. Hunting in the morning and fishing in the afternoon. Throw in some mushrooms and crappie for dinner and I'm not sure it's legal to ask for more!
Self-guided turkey hunts are $100/day, which includes the on-site lodging. Call soon to reserve a spot as I will be turning over some of this ground to Oak Valley Outfitters if I do not have reservations for hunts.
Don Kentner



How's The Fishing?????
Posted on April 12, 2009

"How's the fishing?" That's always been my toughest question to answer. Don't want to build it up too high when it has been good, and don't want to discourage people too much when it has been bad. I always knew that whatever the fishing had been like; it would soon change. What I did not always understand was just how fast it does change.
This week we saw two full days of sunshine. The first day brought many 1-2 lb bass to the shallowest water in Black Perch Bay. The second day I counted five fish > five lbs in 15 minutes at the same spot along with lots of smaller fish. The next morning brought clouds, north wind and much cooler temperatures. The fish had once again disappeared.
The cloudy weather even knocked the crappie off of the shallow cover for a couple of days. This weekend with one full day of sunshine under our belt the crappie returned shallow and were biting, the small bass were returning to the shallows, but the bite was extremely tough out on the big lake. One pair of first-time guests caught one fish all day; at least it was a good one - 5 pounds.
Yesterday, during the sunshine I took a pair of fishermen down to Lone Pine Lake and we caught 15 bass up to 2 lbs in ~ 2 hours. Lone Pine is much smaller and shallower than our big lake, but even in that smaller body of water the active fish were five feet deep suspended over 10' of water. None of our fish were caught in the shallow end of the lake.
The lesson of the week is that it seems to take less time for the fish to recover as the days come off the calendar. At some point I believe the bass will move shallow regardless of the sunshine. It will prove interesting to see when that is.
This morning it is raining and the forcast hi for today and tomorrow is 48 degrees. Up to 3" of rain is forcast, so it looks like we will be in for another cycle of cold, high, muddy water. Don Kentner



Turkeys Are Gobbling
Posted on March 27, 2009

The toms have been gobbling in the morning for a week now, but yesterday there was a bird fired up back in the dumps at 3:00 pm. Two of the six big "house" gobblers have split off and are courting the hens that stay across the road from our house.
We have three sets of toms right here around the house; not sure how many more groups on the remainder of the 800+ acres we have available to hunt.
Currently we have one pair of hunters scheduled for turkey season. I will probably chase them a few times and I hope to get my son out for youth season. We certainly have room and enough birds for two to four more hunters.
Call if a self-guided turkey hunt with on-site cabins is a possibility for Missouri turkey season. 417-639-4111 Don Kentner



4th Day of Sunshine
Posted on March 20, 2009

I previously reported that it takes four days of bright, uninterrupted sunshine to get our fish to turn on. Last Wednesday was the 3rd such day, beautiful. with a cold front bearing down to boot. I had a half-day guide special trip that got kicked off about 11:30 am. Fished until about 6:00 pm and caught a total of 10 small bass between the three of us. I tried most everything I thought would work. We caught fish shallow on stick baits and deep on grubs, but found only a couple of spurts of reasonably aggressive fish.
By the end of the day I felt like a defeated man. In spite of my own admonitions of "it's only the third day" I had my expectations/hopes too high.
Yesterday I was scheduled to take a friend crappie fishing. We were going to do a little work and then hit the water. The day time high was 20 degrees cooler than on Wednesday and the wind was sharp out of the east. When I got to my friends shop he was using good fishing judgement and offered to let me out of the fishing. I gave his offer careful consideration, but finally talked him into bring a rod with the promise that we would not turn our fishing into an all day affair if we could not get some cooperation.
What a wise choice we made! We started fishing about 3:30 pm and caught 34 big crappie by 6:30. They were in a treetop about 4 feet deep. We laughed and laughed about our efforts to talk ourselves out of going. My cell phone rang when we first got started fishing. I had caught one nice crappie and a couple smaller ones when I answered the phone. It was an AP customer calling to cancel his Friday trip due to "bad weather". He asked my advice and as always I told him, "You need to go fishing when you can." This is always my advise barring ice, lightening, or tornados.
Should find out today if the bass have responded to the 5th day of sunshine. They have disappeared from the shallows so the cold front definitely knocked them back to the deeper water. I will keep you posted!
Don Kentner



Moving Shallow
Posted on March 17, 2009

Just got back from The Mill; had to sneak a peek down into the water as yesterday was the first time that numbers of fish could be seen cruising in the shallows. On Sunday there were no fish in these same waters, today they are everywhere. This morning there were four bass visible in one brushpile that averaged 8 lbs. The largest was 10 lbs. Fishermen show up at noon today so we will find out if these cruising fish will bite. Most often they are tough to catch in this part of the spring ritual, but man it's tough to move off of fish like that! Don



Still Winter
Posted on March 09, 2009

Last week's warm weather turned up fishing hopes more than it did the fish's activity level. I wanted to believe that the warm air temps and filtered, partly sunny skies would wake the fish up, but my heart kept saying "Four days of direct sunshine." Got to go out for 1 1/2 days of fishing this past weekend. Temps in the 70's, but tell that to the fish. I fished for about 6 hrs with a couple of first time AP guests on Friday. I managed to stratch out 3 bass on 12 bites. I did lose a couple of keeper size fish. I was not very pleased with the bite and even less pleased by my fishing prowess. The guests caught 8 nice crappie in about 30 minutes on jigs about 15' deep. On Saturday I knew what the game plan was. Leave the spring gear in the house and plan on fishing grubs, jigs, and suspending Rougues. The outcome was much better, but the fish were still not as aggressive as they were 3 weeks ago. I caught 10 bass bass in seven hours of fishing, mostly on a 3" smoke grub.
It seems that the warm weather has pulled some fish up shallow, however they are not feeding intensively. The bass left in the winter havens appear to be somewhat more aggessive, but are 10 feet deep and suspended.
On Saturday I went down to the Toledo Bend area of our lake. It is the largest piece of shallow water on the lake and receives direct sunshine most of the day. I found more active fish there than in the other, more easily accessed spring haunts. Tomorrow's plan - start at Toledo Bend! Don Kentner



Fishing With the Guide Special
Posted on February 03, 2009

The ice is getting soft and the forecast is for a solid stretch of warm weather after tomorrow. A little wind and sunshine should polish off the last of the ice and make for a few hours of good fishing in the afternoon.
This year I am running a special for February and March. I'm calling it the "Fishing With the Guide Special". If you (or you and 1 partner) want to come down and fish with me we can use my boat and the only charge will be for the fishing. As always, if we get blanked you don't pay anything for the fishing. This isn't a guide trip, so I will fish, but I promise not to front-end you and it should provide an opportunity to learn a few more of the spots/techniques that produce fish on Three Mile Lake.
Last year was my first chance to be at AP everyday and monitor the fishing on a regular basis. The first observation that I made last winter was that it really took four consecutive days of bright sunshine to get the fish to start biting. The air temperature was a secondary factor and a 45 degree sunny day was far superior to a 60 degree day with cloudy to partly cloudy skies.
My second observation was that our customers missed out on some great fishing in February and March. Our lake record fish was caught in March, my personal best was in March last year, and I know of at least one other personal best fish that was landed in March two years ago. Last year the month produced a 10.5 lb bass, a 7.5 lb bass and a 52 fish half-day creel (two fishermen), but there were only 6 fishermen who fished a total of 7 man-days.
Day trips on short notice or tenative reservations based on a favorable weather forecast are very "do-able" now that I am on the property full time.
Give us a call if you see a time to get away and grab a quick dose of fishing to cure cabin fever.



Hunting and Fishing Reports Coming Soon
Posted on February 01, 2009

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Thanks for checking out the new site. I will be posting hunting and fishing reports often on this page so keep checking back.



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