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Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest lakes in Missouri. It is more than 84 miles long with 1,100 miles of shoreline. In places it reaches 130 feet deep. The huge lake offers great fishing for a variety of species including spotted bass, largemouth bass, catfish, and bluegill. Of course, it is also an amazing crappie lake as well. I’ve been fishing in several different states, but so far, no place I’ve been can beat this lake in…

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by Darl Black Ken Smith of Sharon, Pennsylvania, is a crappie fishing machine. I first met Ken 14 years ago in January on the ice at Pymatuning Lake while I was shooting photos for an article. He was the only person in a group of about dozen anglers who had crappies laying on the ice. It would be two years before I ran into him again. This time during mid-summer in the parking lot of a boat launch on Shenango…

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by Terry Madewell May offers sensational action for blue catfish at Lake Murray in South Carolina with bonus channel and flatheads also on a strong bite. Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre impoundment on the Saluda River in the central portion of South Carolina. Encompassing 650 miles of shoreline the lake is littered with creeks and coves in addition to the mainstream channel offering diverse catfishing opportunities. Adjacent to the state capital of Columbia, and surrounded by the bustling city of…

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The tributaries of Chesapeake Bay are home to millions of catfish, including trophy-class blue cats that reach weights exceeding 100 pounds. For catfish anglers, that sounds awesome. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to catch a whiskerfish the size of a steer? Or to fill a stringer with smaller yet delicious catfish destined for the skillet? Not everyone is thrilled that the catfish introduced by state and federal fisheries managers decades ago are thriving, however. In fact, a serious movement is…

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