Saving Rockaway Beach, as if they are asking for help. I doubt it, I have never heard one complaint from this town regarding their situation. Some of the business and people may just like Rockaway the way it is. I’ll bet money that if they had a choice they would like to go back to their former glory and luster that the town garnered in the 1940’s and ’50’s. We’ll get into that soon enough. I watched intensely as the casino vote went down and as Pete Herschend spearheaded the downfall of the vote. My question is this, what did Herschend do to help the local economy of Rockaway Beach and it’s citizens after the vote was over? Did he have grand plans to build a water park?
I understand the position the casinos would have put Ozark Mountain Country into, it put the mountain folks on the road to the casinos in Oklahoma and on the banks of the Mississippi along with their revenue, that sure helped our pocketbooks at home. Sure it’s not family entertainment, sure it brings vice…but you know it would help the jobless rate with employment opportunities via a Rockaway Police Department. Who said it couldn’t be addressed prior to any construction? I would venture to say it may have driven some nails in Rockaway Beach’s coffin.
An example of the kind of situation they have can be seen with something as small as a car show. For many years the Rods & Relics Club held a Rockaway Beach Rod Run in the sleepy little town. Guess where it moved to? Yes sir Branson. I can’t blame the club for moving to a more entertaining town what with Silver Dollar City and Showboat Branson Belle to entertain them. I can’t imagine the old Skee Ball Arcade would keep them here longer.
Let’s face it Rockaway is dead with the exception of a few trout fishermen and folks who come back to visit because of habit. I am one of those. Are we silly enough to let this town just die on the vine? Where can you find a town built right on the banks of a world class trout fishery? I imagine the lure of Rockaway was just that. The lake cabins and summer homes are still there sitting on the hillside built out of native rock, looking like they were a century ago. Eureka Springs capitalized on their houses, main street and many historic buildings. Can’t we look to Rockaway to perhaps become an artists colony as well? It might be a good idea to look into ways to boost their economy with some donated ideas, planning some family outings at Rockaway or investing in renovation for the purpose of drawing in artists, or Heaven forbid…tourists.
Here’s a quick look at the “quaint” building in and around Rockaway…just imagine.
Now the economy has taken the biggest hit since the depression…who wants another stab at the vote for casinos? Bring in the casinos with pre-planned and themed ideas that fit into our culture. Set some type of standards the casinos must live by in order to hold their gaming license in the county and or state. Bring in some government grants for renovation and create some construction jobs. Bring back the people, the fun and the excitement Rockaway and our area needs. Tell Pete to stay over in Branson and watch Undercover Boss re-runs, just because he is 10 miles up river doesn’t mean he has Rockaway’s best interest at heart.
We welcome other opinions.
April 6, 2010 – 5:00AM
Rounding up the coffee, can’t get too motivated without it. I almost overslept this morning. We are heading back down to the same spot to give it another go and strike while the iron is hot. I’ll post up the report when I get back.
Fishing was very light, speaking of light the fish shut completely off once the sun cleared the hills. I noticed on the mud banks they were hugging the shadowed side. I did bring home 8 nice ones, but it wasn’t a limit. They were hitting on sliders in white/pearl and swimmin’ minnows in smoke with a silver flake.
April 5, 2010
Fished on Beaver Creek up stream from the 160 bridge. We caught right at 20 with half being sows, the eggs are bloody and ready to drop right away. Those of you who are waiting for the run to really get going will be surprised to find it is already over. The water temp is right and with the warm days it will be over, at most, in 10-14 days.
April 2, 2010
After spending 3 days on the James in various locations I found this…
Upper James to Wilson’s Creek is below average all the way to Galena, at Galena…
Spoonbill were still giving business to those on the hunt in and around Ashers up to Galena in the James. Craig and Dylan Mashburn reported that a pair of 50# Spoonbill were landed May 29, 2010 under the Y Bridge area! That seems to be the story from most everyone here in Galena. Lots of fresh carcasses laying around, another visual confirmation.
The white bass, almost all male, were on and off depending on the sky and time of day. The water, which has been high is now starting to drop and clear up. One local at Galena had brought in 15 nice males, all caught early in the day to mid day, nothing large and nothing special. He told me he really had to work for them and had caught them all on a swimmin’ minnow in white, I can verify this firsthand, visual confirmation ladies!
The daytime temps in the 80’s for the last few days will make those whites really get serious about a big run. At present the sows are still holding downstream.
In the mouth of the Swan on Bull Shoals the story is much the same, the biggest difference is the water is very high and dingy. A few White Bass were spotted on Tuesday May 30, 2010 with a very few sows being caught. The traffic is light during the midweek and I have to think the run there is also still on the horizon. Walleye were being caught at night in the pothole which is not unusual with the size average to small.
On Table Rock you’ll find the blacks still hammering a spinnerbait in the shallows, mostly smaller fish but it can keep you busy all day. Spotted Wayne Fowler up in and around the Viola area and he gave me the same story I had already found myself. Wayne had taken some temp reading and had found 50º water in a spot or two but for the most part it’s still in the mid to upper 40º range. Fishing is good…keep chucking.
When getting my report here on Hootenton you can be guaranteed that the information is true and it’s on target, there’s no sugar coated information to get business here.
MDC Report for SOUTHWEST REGION
Bull Shoals (West): 52-54 degrees, high, clear; dam area: white bass fair on chartreuse, white and purple swimming minnows; black bass fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits; walleye fair on jerkbaits and nightcrawlers Beaver Creek: white bass fair on chartreuse, white and purple swimming minnows; black bass good on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits (Report made on 4/1/10)
Lake Taneycomo: 44 degrees, high, clear; upper lake: rainbow trout fair on white/olive colored jigs; lower lake: rainbow trout good on orange/chartreuse Power Bait and nightcrawlers (Report made on 3/31/10)
Pomme de Terre: 50 degrees, normal, clear; walleye good around the dam and upstream; white bass good upstream; black bass good, better on crankbaits; crappie slow, better in late evening; catfish and muskie slow (Report made on 3/31/10)
Stockton: 42 degrees, high, dingy; crappie good on jigs and minnows; black bass fair; white bass fair but small in size; all other species slow (Report made on 4/1/10)
Table Rock (James River arm): 54 degrees, rising, dingy; white bass good on white 1/8-ounce Vibric Rooster Tails and soft plastic swim baits; crappie good on live minnows and small tube jigs; black bass good on 1/4-ounce jigs and soft plastic crayfish (Report made on 3/31/10)
Table Rock (main lake): 54 degrees, rising, dingy; white bass good on white 1/8-ounce Vibric Rooster Tails and soft plastic swim baits; crappie good on live minnows and small tube jigs; black bass good on 1/4-ounce jigs and soft plastic crayfish (Report made on 3/31/10)
Big Niangua: 52 degrees, high, dingy; goggle-eye fair on bright jigs and worms; trout good on bright Power Baits below Bennett Spring; all other species slow (Report made on 4/1/10)
James River (lower): 48 degrees, high, dingy; paddlefish are moving upstream and are scattered from Table Rock to Springfield Dam; all other species slow (Report made on 3/31/10)
This next set of videos have been added to remind you of the high water and the great spawns of the last few years. Get ready for 2010 it should be some fantastic fishing.