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Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide

March 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

This is a guest post from local Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide Jack Uxa.

Fishing Lake of the Ozarks is a very, very popular activity. In fact thousands of fisherman and tournament anglers come to the lake every year. Many hard core anglers fish nearly year round since the lake rarely freezes solid. In the spring, bass and crappie receive the majority of the attention from fisherman as the lakes water temperatures slowly warm. Pre-spawn bass generally weigh the heaviest at this time and that makes tournament winning stringers exceed the 20lb mark regularly. Lake of the Ozarks is well known for great stickbait fishing for bass. Early spring, Crappie are a little more fisherman friendly than bass and I think taste much better. The limit is 15 Crappie per angler with a minimum length of 9 inches. The lakes numerous docks and brushpiles make for excellent cover for these fish. Crappie fishing is a great way for beginners or the more experienced fisherman to have success on the water.

Summer Fishing at the Lake

As the waters continue to warm the fish begin to leave the shallows in early summer. Bass and crappie fishing remains good in addition the bluegill head into their spawning ritual. Kids love to fish for bluegills, hey, even I like to fish for bluegills in early summer. It’s non-stop action with a little ultra light rod watching the little fish attack anything that moves into their honeycomb shaped beds. When July comes around the weather gets hot and so does the catfishing. In any of the river sections of the lake or any of the large main lake coves try drifting cut bait; it’s something anyone can do. Keep in mind July and August is prime recreational boat season. You’ll want to fish early in the morning, or the evening, or even all night long. During the warmest summer months, the early morning is when the best fishing is anyways, you wouldn’t want to be in fishing in the middle of the afternoon, particularly on Saturday afternoons.

Fall Fishing at the Lake

Once September/October comes the recreational boat traffic slows down and we are left with lots of nice sunny mid 70′s picture perfect kind of days. White bass fishing is my favorite way to spend the fall months. The secret is having the right wind. White bass are generally found in groups and are aggressive, speedy little fish. Size ranging from 1 to 4 pounds they will pull drag readily. Late fall the crappie and bass begin to feed heavily in anticipation for winter. There is usually a good topwater bite in November/December as the waters cool and the number of fisherman decline greatly. I love hunting season, but not because I hunt that much, it’s because there is less fisherman on the water!! It’s a great time to still enjoy some cool weather before it gets cold.

Winter Fishing at the Lake

If you are a true fisherman, like me, you can even fish though the winter months. Bundle up for excellent crappie fishing, bass fishing, or catfishing. The lake also has a few heated/enclosed docks that one could fish for a small fee. Late winter the lake’s water level is dropped for the winter draw down. It is an excellent time to scout out new fishing hot spots to remember for the spring. Fishing in the winter can be either great or rather challenging but it is likely your best chance of catching a really big fish. If you hold off until late winter/early spring, Paddlefish, also known as spoonbill, reach enormous sizes such as 30, 50, 70 pounds. There was even one recently caught that exceeded 100 lbs.

If I can be of any assistance to you, or if you are interested in booking a guided fishing trip, call me. My name is Jack Uxa and my cell phone (573) 434-2570. Check out my website at You can also email me at


One Response to “Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide”
  1. fishing is an enjoyable hobby and a great past time.:”-

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