Once again had a great time with Sue and Matt Stearns from the frozen north, as they live close to Minneapolis, Minnesota . Matt told me he had snow up the yea yang and the lakes have 27 inches of ice when they left. Matt ice fishes as often as possible and was the Minnesota High school Bass Fisherman champ for 2013. Matt wants to be a pro fisherman when he gets older and is already a outstanding fisherman and eager for more knowledge.   This mother and son beat the water to a froth this week trying to catch a Lake Ozark Monster Bass. Tough few days for the bass but the crappie were a little more willing to hit a bait. The water temp is in the mid 40s and the lake is clear.   

Long Cold Miserable Winter!

The winter of 2014 is just about over and it is time to go fishing here at beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.  It is no secret that the winter of 2014 was cold cold cold. We actually had ice on the lake for over a month, but spring and summer are just around the corner. 

I expect the fishiing, as always, to be great, but I think it could actually be better than normal. Why you might ask? With the winter being as cold as it was the water temp really nose dived into the low 30s resulting in a huge shad kill. Less shad means less food and more hungry fish.  It would be kind of like a bunch of hungry workers going to a buffet.  FYI, don’t stand in front of the fried chicken.

So with all of this non sense being said, it is time to book your fishing trip. Let’s get together to go catch some bass— hopefully one of those that make the lake go down when you pull it out of the water. Just give me a call @573-692-6710 or drop me a line at ed@bassandbaskets.com and we will make it happen.

Good Fishing!

Ed 

Had a good time fishing with Peter (Darrel) and Lois Jean this week. Lois was the Kentucky Queen and Peter was the Largemouth King.. We started off the day catching bass on a plastic worm and a crankbait. Later in the morning we switched to topwater and started catching fish off the corner of docks. We caught a few keepers and lots of shorts.  The action was steady and they had a good time. The fish were relating to Shad schools. 
Both Peter and Lois are retired and live in Montello Wi.on a little river. They love to fish and have a good time.  I really enjoyed taking them and hope to see them again.

The water temp was in the low 80s and the lake is clear .     

Had a good time fishing with Peter (Darrel) and Lois Jean this week. Lois was the Kentucky Queen and Peter was the Largemouth King.. We started off the day catching bass on a plastic worm and a crankbait. Later in the morning we switched to topwater and started catching fish off the corner of docks. We caught a few keepers and lots of shorts.  The action was steady and they had a good time. The fish were relating to Shad schools. 

Both Peter and Lois are retired and live in Montello Wi.on a little river. They love to fish and have a good time.  I really enjoyed taking them and hope to see them again.

The water temp was in the low 80s and the lake is clear .     

Busy Summer

Holy Cow it has been busy this summer.  Had lots of trips and caught lots of fish but more than anything I met some wonderful people and had some great times. Sometimes the fishing was red hot others it was as tough as a two dollar steak. But all in all the summer was good.  

Now that it is September and fall is just around the corner things will start to change. With the cooler temps just around the corner. The shad will start moving to the backs of the coves and the White Bass and the Hybrids will be chasing them down. Nothing better than having fish busting shad all around you. You can catch them on just about anything you throw when this is happening. My favorite method is fishing the bottoms of the schools with a jigging spoon. I find that I can catch more and bigger fish with this method. This usually last until mid November. Fall fishing can be really super as long as you miss the fall turnover.  The fall turnover is when the surface layer of water gets cooler than the lower level. Cooler water sinks and the bottom of the lake comes to the top.  This will shut fishing down faster than the price of gas can rise. It usually takes about a week for things to get back to normal. Until then well you might just want to get a couple of home projects finished. 

As I am writing this i hear the discussion about possible taking action against Syria for using chemical weapons against their own people.  I am sad to hear this because of the loss of people not only our troops but the innocent people that cannot get out of harms way. I feel sad for people that wish harm on others ..You know just maybe if someone had taken them fishing just maybe they would of been a better person.  Peace to all and damn I sure wish everyone could just get along.    

Good Fishing

Big Ed

Good Times

The fish have been a little picky this past week. We have had to change our fishing method and fish real slow. Our best luck seems to be on big plastic worms. They are not jumping in the boat for sure. This time of the year fishing can get super tough but that is fishing. This time of the year with the high water temps you really have to be careful and take special care of the fish. All of these fish were released to swim again.

The fall feed is just around the corner. Now is he time to book those fall fishing trips.   

Lets go fishing

Ed

Great day fishing with the boys from ESPN

Last week Thursday, I had the fantastic opportunity to not only fish with Ken Taylor and Brian Wright of ESPN Kansas City’s The Outdoor Guys, but to be the featured guest on their radio show live from Lake of the Ozarks.

To put it short and sweet, it was one of the finer mornings I’ve ever had on the water.

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There was certainly no shortage of fish being caught with these two ace anglers in the boat. Our big for the day was 6lbs+, we had two 5lbs+, and several in the 3-5lbs range. We had ten keepers in total (all of which were released of course) with several shorts in between. That was in six short hours of fishing. The morning bite was on!

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The only complaint I had for the day was that it was as hot as could be. But, the fish didn’t seem to mind, as they continued to hold in their post-spawn pattern. For me, this year, that’s been a Zoom Finesse worm on a Crock-o-Gator shakey head fished across deep main lake points. We’re talking 20+ foot of water. Deep!

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Guys, thanks for a memorable morning on the water. The fishing was great, your company even better. It’s always nice to talk hunting and fishing with two pros like yourself! I’m already looking forward to our next morning on the lake.

Good fishin’!

A GREAT DAY ON THE LAKE
No we didn’t set the world on fire catching fish. However we got to do what it is all about. We told stories we told jokes we enjoyed the beauty of the lake. Mac McCord has been a friend for a very long time and I finally got him in the boat. I wanted so bad for Mac to tie into a monster bass. Mac did catch a good one however the monsters are still on the loose. It was great getting to hang with Mac and hope we can do it again.   Monsters or not it was a great day of fishing! Thanks Mac   

A GREAT DAY ON THE LAKE

No we didn’t set the world on fire catching fish. However we got to do what it is all about. We told stories we told jokes we enjoyed the beauty of the lake. Mac McCord has been a friend for a very long time and I finally got him in the boat. I wanted so bad for Mac to tie into a monster bass. Mac did catch a good one however the monsters are still on the loose. It was great getting to hang with Mac and hope we can do it again.   Monsters or not it was a great day of fishing! Thanks Mac   

Had a fun trip with Bill and Andrew. Bill told me when he made the reservation that Andrew could not use a bait caster. I worked with Andrew with the easy cast method and before the day was over he could cast like a pro. Elbow tucked handles up and easy swing is all you need . Thanks guys I had a good time.  

Fishing has been pretty good here at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. The fish are on points and can be caught several different ways. I have had some really great times with these people the past few weeks. All of these fish were released to swim again and give someone else a good time.

A couple of good ones caught yesterday.   The young lady in the photo Addie Rogers age 8 caught her fish all by herself. She caught her fish on a plastic worm.  Her dad had a interesting catch a pair of sunglasses on a shaky head. See people I have said all along ”Those Crock o Gator  Shaker heads will catch anything”.    Nothing better than for a youngster to catch a fish. It makes me smile inside.

Scott Kirchner a friend of mine from Saint Louis is the other angler . Normally Scott targets Big Cats (inside joke)while fishing. Scott does love to fish and we always have a good time together. 

Good Fishing !