I'm over in the KC area and my dad lives in East Central IL. St. Louis is about halfway between us and I'm trying to set up a surprise fishing trip for him on the MO river near St. Louis for the last weekend in July or beginning of August depending on the weather and the river. My stepmom is my "inside man" as far as letting me know his work schedule and everything, but I need some info on a boat ramp on the West side of St. Louis and any tips or cautions regarding the MO down that way would be appreciated. I fish it pretty hard in my area, but not sure how much different it is over East. Dad's been out my way a few times to fish the MO wtih me, but he seems to be kind of cursed (this year he got here just in time for the surprise Easter cold snap). If we can meet up closer to each of us it's not so disapointing if we don't get on some fish. He doesn't have any big water close to him so he's never had the chance to get a decent (or any) blue. It would be great to put him on a nice fish or two. Thanks in advance for your help!