The fish have been up on the beds for a few weeks now and things are about to change. The fishing this spring has really been a hit or miss. The ever changing weather has been a real issue to say the least. But that is all behind us now. The fish will start moving to their summer haunts and hopefully be hungry hungry when they get there. SOOOOOOOOO with that said it is time to go fishing. Book now for some summer fun lets go fishing.
Top water fishing for bass is good right now at Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. My clients have been doing some old school top water fishing and the fish are loving it. There is nothing better than Twitch Twitch Pause and see the bait disappear after a big splash . Top water fishing is the most exciting fishing there is for sure.
The bass are on the beds and just can’t stand anything getting close to their nest. Fun times for sure right now.
Water temp is in the low to mid 60s and the lake is stained.
Happy Birthday Fish
Jim Warren caught this nice bass on 68 birthday . The bass bit a Mega Bass jerk bait on a secondary point. Jim and I had a real good time celebrating his special day. Is there a better way to celebrate than going fishing on beautiful Lake of the Ozarks? During the day Jim shared stories of fishing trips he has taken all over the world. Jim has caught fish I have never even heard of. Thanks for spending the day with me I had a great time.
Mother and Son
This week I had the pleasure of fishing with Sue and Matt Stearns from Lakeville, MN. They came south from the frozen north for a little warmer weather and some fishing. Matt told me the lakes around his area still have thirty plus inches of ice on them. BURRRRRRRRRR, that sounds a little cold to me. However escaping the cooler weather did not happen here at beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. They were greeted with cool weather and cool water temperatures resulting in cool fishing. We did manage to bang out over a dozen keepers and some short fish. However we were unable to catch a monster that I was hoping they would catch. You know the ones that the lake goes down when you pull it out of the water.
I really admire the relationship that Matt and his mother have. You can really tell by their interaction that they are very close. Matt is an outstanding young man that is plain ate up with bass fishing. Matt is 14 years old and has a ton of fishing knowledge and is constantly wanting to learn more. He is constantly thinking about what the fish are doing and what will make them bite.
Matt told me that where he lives he has eight great fishing lakes within a few miles of home. He fishes just about every day he can. His mother told me that he has a boat and she takes him and a friend to the lake and they fish while she goes to work and then comes back to get them on her way home. Hey, let’s hear it for a mom like that! She told me that she fishes with Matt as much as she can. Matt told me that his dad likes to Walleye fish and hopes that someday he sees the light and starts bass fishing more. (Dad, Matt really didn’t say that. I read his mind.)
It was a pure pleasure getting to fish with Matt and Sue and I hope Matt fullfills his dreams of fishing the big time bass tournament series. I really think he has got what it takes.
BETTER TIMES COMING!
It was cold and the wind well it was so windy that the birds were walking. But I could not stand to be in the house all day. I fished a couple of hours and was rewarded with some bass and crappie. Looking at the ten day forecast it looks as if Spring is about to Sprung. By the end of the weekend the weather is going to be in the fifties and looks like it is going up from there. Thank God! Looking forward to fishing in shorts and a t shirt.
Have a great day!
Lets go fishing !
Now that spring is here (Yea Right) and we have snow in the forecast for the next few days. It is time to book a spring fishing trip at beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. The past few days have been slow fishing but anyday things should pick up.
Finally back to fishing. With all of the snow and travel I have been dockside for a while. Yesterday I made it out for a few hours and had a pretty productive and fun trip. I caught several nice bass and this dandy while fishing a jerk bait.
The water temp is in the low 40s and the lake is clear. With the weather trend the fishing should only get better by the day.
Thanks to Bill at Osage Tackle for hooking me up with a good deal on some Pro Guide trolling motor batteries.
Hurry Hurry. Get the sleet off. I want to go fishing today. This past couple of days the temp has dropped below freezing and we had that sleet storm yesterday. I am waiting for my mother in law to get my sidewalks cleared so that I can once again hit the lake. No this isn’t my mother in law. It is actually my wife. Yep, you are right. As soon as she reads this I will have all the time in the world to fish. I will probably be sleeping in the boat. OH WELL !
Fishing this week has had its ups and downs The water temp is in the lower 40s and this end of the lake is clear.
Bass: Catching a few on a jerk bait off of steep banks and over the tops of brush piles. I only fished a jerk bait this week so I really don’t have any other info. Take that back I did fish a jig and drug it through lots of piles and never got a bite on it.
Crappie: Good week for them again. Seems like you can always catch them but some days are better than others. Once you find some, stick with them as they bite for a while and then take a break. I have been catching them on a jig and a jerk bait. Having crappie for supper tonight and the best thing about it I am not the cook. Life is good when you live at the lake.
Worked on tackle organization yesterday and realized a couple of things. Tackle is like a drug. It is addicting. I am a tackle addict and need to get into recovery. The biggest problem is that I don’t feel like I have what I need. I have lots of stuff that I don’t use and very little of my lure of choice. Zoom, you must love me as I must have visited your dealers more than I should have. I stopped counting when the count got over a hundred bags and had more than I want to admit. Do the math. That is a major investment. I wish I could trade in the stuff I don’t use for the stuff I do. That would make me Happy Happy Happy.
Took two gents out crappie fishing yesterday and had a slow start but finished with a bang. We caught fish that were suspended on the corner of a dock at first. As the sun got higher and the wind picked up they moved up and they moved into shallow water. Hard to believe in 43 degree water the fish were in less than five feet of water. When they left both Bob And Chris had a smile ear to ear.
This week was different as the fishing has changed and not really for the better. The lake is level is 656.4 and the lake is clear.I have been seeing water surface temps range from 42 to 45.
Bass: To be honest I simply can not find the big fish or a reliable pattern. I have fished jerk baits,A-rigs and jigs and I have not got them figured out yet. I have been catching keepers early but I am struggling mid day. This time of the year normally mid day has been better than morning for me. The shad are really moving and the fish and are not hanging in one area as they have in the past. I am not seeing dying shad because the water temp is not cold enough and this has affected the jerk bait fishing. Fishing has been pretty good but not consistent for me YET.
Crappie: The jerk bait crappie bite has slowed for me. Bummer as that was really productive and fun. I did catch several on it yesterday evening but the action only lasted about 10 minutes. I took out a couple of men Tuesday and we had to catch suspended fish in twenty plus feet of water on jigs. The fish were not relating to anything just stacked up in the water column. Wierd thing is you would catch two or three then it was like someone turned they switch and they were gone. Without good electronics I would of never found these fish and we would of blanked. Thanks Lowrance you made our day.
Drum (aka Rubber Mouth): Although I don’t go out and fish for them it seems that I do catch my share. This freshwater species is a bottom feeder, trash sucker that I have no idea what it is good for other than sucking the goop off the bottom. I am sure that there is a good purpose for them but I just don’t know what the purpose is. I know that they can suck one of your favorite jerk baits down and make you feel like you have a monster on the line. They will hit just about anything that you will throw. They pull your string pretty good and can make you heart thump but they give up fast. After a short hard fought battle even the biggest ones roll on their side and give up. Then you can reel them in and they come straight to the boat begging to come on board only to slime your carpet. The biggest one that I have ever caught weighed just a little over 22 pounds. I caught that fish on a crank bait and there was a man watching on a boat dock. After I got the bait out of the rubber lips, I weighed the fish and the guy on the dock said “that sure is a huge bass” I said yes it is and tossed it in the lake.. When I tossed the fish back in the lake the guy said I can’t believe that you are not getting that bass mounted. I told him it wasn’t big enough smiled and went on.
Have a great day and Good Fishin!