Best Fishing Hole

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

Is it really possible that you can get to a pristine wilderness in the same amount of time it takes to watch a Simpsons episode? Here’s a hint: Yes. Drive west on Highway 40, then south on Highway 94, turn right onto Highway D and bam: You’re at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, a 7,000-acre fisherman’s paradise filled with forests, camping areas and more than 30 lakes. From November to February it’s go time for bass, crappie and plenty of other fish, but for catfish and trout, it’s open season all year long in the 550 total acres of fishable lakes and ponds, all located on land the federal government used to stockpile TNT during World War II. Now, the area can only boast being home to an explosive variety of fish — surely an improvement because fish are delish, and TNT tastes gross. Even fried.

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