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Fishing in Lake of the Ozarks

Fishing a top destination, like Lake of the Ozarks, is a thrill for any angler.
  • Known For

    Known for being located in the scenic Ozark Mountains and created by the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River, this lake offers swimming, boating, camping, picnic areas, and of course, fantastic fishing. The lake itself is massive in size, covering 54,000 acres and providing visitors with 1,150 miles of spectacular shoreline.

    Inside of its shorelines, it's absolutely filled with fish. Blue Catfish, Walleye, White Bass, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Hybrid Stripers, and Paddlefish call this lake home.

  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    While every state has its own regulations and license requirements, they also have unique rules to the bodies of waters within its borders.

    First and foremost, a freshwater fishing permit will need to be purchased to fish any public water in the state. The money is used to keep the lakes stocked and provide vital habitats for fish to thrive. A one-day fishing permit will cost $7 for residents and non-residents. Residents have the option to buy an annual license for $12.

    If you've ever gone fishing in Missouri, then you know that the Missouri Department of Conservation does an excellent job at maintaining and improving the fish and wildlife of the state for future generations. To keep this going, they ask you to stay up to date by visiting their website online.

  • Types of Fishing

    Many types of fishing can prove fruitful if you know where to go and how the weather influences your technique. To quickly get familiar with this lake, we recommend getting straight to the point and booking a Lake of the Ozarks fishing guide. You might spend a little bit of money, but in the end, you save money on fuel, lures, and possibly boat rental.

    If you want to give it a go solo, then constraint on the creek channels. Chances are high that the big bass is in these channels, the only trick is figuring out which one. Soft plastic worms on a texas rig will work great in this type of fishing spot.

  • Best Seasons to Fish

    The best time of year for Lake of the Ozark bass fishing can often be in early spring. During this brief period, the bigger bass can be found near the black colored rocks. The darker stones can give off the heat as the bass start to enjoy the warmer weather. So pitch a jig and prepare to land a trophy bass.

    Crappie fishing Lake of the Ozarks in February to late May can't be beaten! When the water temperature starts to get in the lower 40 degrees, the Gravois Arm fishing spot is a crappie angler's best friend. The further it gets into March means you will need to catch crappie in brush piles and other places of structure, such as docks.

    If you cant handle the colder weather and want to get a tan while you catch these great tasting fish, then you will need to fish in deep water areas with jigs and minnows.


Does Lake of the Ozarks freeze?

Winter can bring some frigid temperatures to the area, causing the cover and channel areas to freeze. It is very uncommon for the open water areas of Lake of the Ozarks to freeze.

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