Lake Fishing Report
The fish are biting at the Lake of the Ozarks! Now is the time to get on the water. In the last few weeks everything has changed, we had frozen water a month ago now the lake’s water temp is as high as 66 degrees. Most of the lake is around 59 with most of the fish are in full prespawn mode. Secondary points, main lake points, steep banks, even a few fish have moved all the way back in the coves to where you can sight fish them. There are a few beds made however I have not caught any fish on them yet. Very spooky females for the most part, I can catch a few little buck bass sight fishing so far. I imagine that will change this week with the 80 degree sunny weather for the next 5 days. The entire lake has turned on however I’m still concentrating my efforts on the Niangua and lower lake section of the lake. There is a good early morning bite, and good all day bite especially if you have some wind. In the afternoon or early evening keep your eyes open and look for fish. The surface water is the warmest and some fish are hanging around the docks or anything floating in the water. Right now you can catch fish on the whole tackle box everything from jerkbaits, jigs, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tubes, worms, mojo rig, beavers, brushhogs. Fish the wind on the bright days and try to be as stealthy as you can while casting.
The crappie are also biting really good. Mostly on jigs with a crappie nibble fished around docks. The crappie are also mostly prespawn. However some people are catching spawning crappie. My crappie are definitely turning darker every day. The males change color during the spawn to a dark black from a silver white. I would expect to catch at least one limit per person in about 5 hours. Casting accuracy is key right now or if you have permission to fish on some of the condo docks is the key to success. I’ve been using 4lb test line with a 1/16 oz jighead. Colors haven’t made a big difference however stick with your lighter colors for bright days. Something with a silver flake in it. Then a yellow crappie nibble to enhance your jig. As always fish around brush for crappie. Some are moving very shallow some are still around 10 feet deep. The crappies are also moving up in the water column later in the day. You’re able to sight fish them also.
This has been the best early April I’ve seen in many years at the Lake of the Ozarks. After such a cold winter we are now really cooking with lots of nice weather. Fish during the week when possible because the weekends are seeing so much fishing pressure. The more fishing pressure the more creative you have to be to still produce. Some people are still struggling to catch fish and I don’t know why. Of course I get to fish almost everyday so I had better be on the fish pretty good. Give me a call if you’re interested in booking a trip or if you have any questions.