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James Baughn

The surprise at McClure

Posted Monday, February 14, 2011, at 5:23 PM

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  • FYI - The river has risen quickly thanks to all of the snowmelt up north. It's approaching flood stage, so Devil's Island is going to be unreachable for some time.

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 1:12 PM
  • This was really interesting. Enjoyed the info.

    -- Posted by The_Forwarding_Party on Sat, Feb 26, 2011, at 9:21 PM
  • Does anyone know if you can fish there? Can you fish with either a MO or IL permit?

    -- Posted by Little Joey on Wed, Mar 2, 2011, at 8:42 PM
  • I would guess a person would have to have Illinois permits to fish there since the access is from the Illinois side of the river.

    -- Posted by mynameismud on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 10:39 PM
  • I was born and lived in McClure until 1965. Graduated SEMO in same year, drafted into Army. I hunted all over Devil's Island during the late 50'/early 60's. Great place for huge deer during Missouri deer season, they swim over to Devil's Island. There was a rock dam across the Chute not far from the confluence with the Mississippi, with great fishing for white bass at daybreak. It may still be there, access is about halfway between the new bridge and McClure along the levy road. I have many stories to tell about Devil's Island.

    -- Posted by jerknu6 on Tue, Sep 23, 2014, at 5:26 PM
  • So glad to see this article since Ernest Caldwell was related to my family. Interesting history. Thanks!

    -- Posted by TaraArt on Sat, Mar 11, 2017, at 1:22 PM