Lake of the Ozarks

There are many positive aspects of Lake of the Ozarks in regards to its fishing, to counter its negative reputation of being covered up in the summer by boaters. The lake sprawls over mid-Missouri, covering 54,000 acres with two major river arms, the Osage and Niangua. The deepest part of the lake is only 100-feet deep, and fish have plenty of cover since new structure has been added over the past few years by anglers and dock owners alike. Lake of the Ozarks sports crappie by the millions, it seems; fishing in and around docks has become an Olympic sport there. Some of the best bass fishing can be found on the lake, according to most of the professional bass circuits that all make an annual stop here.

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Thank You MDC!!! And short lower end report ….

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 30th, 2016


I have the grandkids in from Florida this week and we went on a mid-week family trip which consisted of lots of kid stuff but there was time to spend a few hours here and there fishing, mostly the last couple hours before and an hour or so after dark.  As has been my MO I chased walleye and hybrids but caught about every other species in the process.  I had a couple of surprises, and that is the reason for the subject line: read more…

7/16 Glaize

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 17th, 2016

I got out on the lake around 2pm. Boat traffic was the usual summer mess so I went way up into a resort cove thats a no wake area to hide out. I threw quite a few cranks and big worms with not much to show. I picked up a brown/purple 1/2oz football jig and still wasnt able to produce much. Out of bordome I was moving from dock to dock and casted the jig into the 20-30 fow right along the front of the docks. Again Im new to the jig scene and normally let it go all the way to the bottom and bounce, drag, or slowly crank it in. However yesterday I tried just letting it go about halfway down the water column and swimming it back. Wow that was definately the ticket. The first one I caught was a dink, so I thought it could just be one out wondering, but the next 9 were all solid keepers.

Question, is there a certain time of year that swimming the jig is a better option, or can it be good all year? Just a trail and error thing?

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March bass fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

Posted by Phil Lilley on March 3rd, 2015

By John Neporadny Jr. March bass fishing at Lake of the Ozarks can be as unpredictable as the early spring weather. read more…