Celebrating the 4th of July — Horseshoe Lake style

Celebrating the 4th of July — Horseshoe Lake style

By John Criner

Times Outdoors Columnist Because the 4th this year was on Wednesday, the celebration and good times stretched over two weekends. The fireworks and good times started the Saturday before the 4th and ended on the Saturday after the 4th.

Horseshoe Lake’s big celebration day was on July 7, with a 5K race, bicycle race, boat parade on the lake, pier judging, and the grand finale fireworks display.

Fortunately the weather was cooler with a light north wind for the 150 bikers and 5K walkers that traveled around the lake winning trophies in several divisions. Folks that had homes along the lake gathered in front of the houses waving and cheering the runners and riders with some offering cold water.

It was a fun atmosphere for several hours.

As boaters launched boats at KareFree, Bonds, and Surf Club, they were greeted by several game wardens checking life jackets to ensure safe boating.

Later in the day, the wardens were on the water visiting both fishemien and ski boaters. The wardens have large boats with high perfomiance motors and they even have blue lights, just like the trucks. There were some citations for drinking and reckless boating.

About dark folks gather on the piers and porches to watch the fire works shot from the Five Lakes side of the lake. The display lasted almost 30 minutes much to the pleasure of the watchers. It was a day of fun and especially, good food.

Papa Duck and Colleen were invited to Pat and Nancy Bonds’ house on the lake to enjoy visiting with both new and old friends.

It was not a place to go if you are on a diet. The food was outstanding and everybody enjoyed it too much. From their pier we watched the boat parade and waved at old friends motoring by. The evening was finished up with a good view of the fireworks display. We do not take enough time to visit with people that mean a lot to us.

Summer is traditionally slow fishing due to the heat and almost all of the spawning is over until the cooler fall weather. There are a few die hards that are on the lakes early and late that really know the waters and catch fish. The spider rigs are having the best luck. One local fishemian told me they had gone from catching only six to seven crappie to 60 nice fish on Tuesday. The catfish are doing well in almost any lake or river.

The rivers are producing very large blue cats with a 74 pounder caught near the bridges on the Mississippi.

Warden Cheers said he checked a few good bream catches at Wapanocca but most fishemien had bad luck. Trout fishemien seemed to have better luck because the high temps do not affect the cold trout waters. Jeff Bennett caught a nice five-i- pound brown trout at Calico Rocks. Send some pics and infomiation of your trips.

Papa Duck seldom gets to trout stream country and tales of good catches are appreciated.

Angels Way Baptist Church is holding its’ monthly men and boys wild game supper on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy Christian Fellowship and a good fish fry. Call the church at 870-739-


Send me some questions to ask Game Warden Andy. Take the kids with you when you enjoy Mother Nature. Make those memories that last a life time.

Lakeside Taxidemiy appreciates getting to mount your trophies. Go more often and get more to bring to Lakeside. We are reasonably priced, very good, and get the job done quickly. This is the GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD! Enjoy it.

PapaDuck Lakeside Taxidermy 870-732-0455 or 901482-3430 jhcriner@hotmail. com