Friday, October 2, 2015

The Fish of the Lake of the Ozarks

Fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks is incredible in the Fall.  The waters are emptier and much calmer, and there are plenty of active fish to catch.  BomBay Boat Rental Company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some info for you about a few fish that are commonly found in the area this time of year.   


You can catch these fish throughout the year, but fishing is the best for them in the Spring and the Fall.  They are the most active early in the morning and at dusk.  Many tournaments in the Lake area are dedicated to this particular fish. You will find them anywhere between 9-15 inches in length and anywhere from 1/4 pound to just over a pound, although larger ones have been caught around here. 


Crappie in the Lake are generally 9-10 inches long and around 4 pounds.  Small jigs and minnows work the best on crappie.  This is one of the most popular panfish caught in Missouri.  You are most likely to find them in open water closet to plenty of cover, like trees or brush that have fallen into the water.   You can find them all times of the day, but night is when they are the most active.


This fish is a popular one to catch and cook at the Lake.  Blue catfish remain active later into the Fall season.  They love open water.  You are most likely to find them well away from the shoreline, often in deep flats, river channel breaks, and the mouths of coves.  They vary in length anywhere between 20-44 inches, and can weigh as little as 3 pounds and as much as 40 most of the time. Rumors of "monster catfish" run rampant in the area, and although this is a tall tale, catfish have been known to have been caught between 80-100 pounds.    


Since the mid-1990's, the Lake has been stocked with Walleye.  They seem to prefer brightly colored jigs.  Using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers and minnows works extremely well too.  They make their way up to shallower waters at night, but they tend to hang out in pools that are 12 feet or deeper during the day. Their weight varies between 8 ounces to 8 pounds  most of the time, but they can get larger.  They are usually 12-28 inches long.    


Fisherman enjoy the flavor of the bluegill, and so do larger fish. They prefer to inhabit warm, clear water where there is plenty of cover.  A school of about 20-30 are normally found swimming together.  Most of them are just over 9 inches long and weigh around 12 ounces.  

You bring the poles and bait, we've got the boats, and the Lake is full of fish. Spend some time on the water this Fall in one of our Lake of the Ozarks boat rentals enjoying the relaxing sport of fishing.  One more incredible way to enjoy this magnificent lake in this crisp Autumn weather.  


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