Fisherman's river returns

Posted: October 31, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Russ Tonkinson battles a log as well as the fish to catch a smallmouth bass from the Elk River near Pineville, Mo. The bass was holed up in a tub-sized pool and ambushed a top-water lure.

Most times a few cranks of the reel brings a fish to the boat. Sometimes you've got to jump in the water and grab 'em.

Tonkinson shows a Whopper Plopper top-water lure that worked best for catching smallmouth bass from the Elk River. Fishing slows in fall as the river...

The Elk River in southwest Missouri, seen here on Sept. 8., offers a scenic, serene trip for paddlers after the Labor Day holiday.

Elk’s sister river

Big Sugar Creek, a tributary of the Elk River, is a prime destination for a fall foliage float or fishing trip.

A popular four-mile float starts at the Crag ‘O Lea bridge on Big Suger and ends on the Elk River at Big Elk Camp, or the Missouri Department of Conservation access across the river from the camp.

Information: Big Elk Camp, 417-223-4635.

Source: Staff report

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