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Month: February 2019

10 Ice Fishing Accessories for Hard Water Success

10 Ice Fishing Accessories for Hard Water Success

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Saltwater vs Freshwater Fishing Rods: What to Know Before You Buy

Saltwater vs Freshwater Fishing Rods: What to Know Before You Buy

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Top Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Tips for Bass Anglers

Top Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Tips for Bass Anglers

For decades, Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks has been a popular year-round fishing destination with big bass being the most popular target species. When viewed on a map, the Ozarks don’t appear as a large circular-shaped lake; instead, it’s snake-like water bodies are long and winding with extending arms, points, bluffs, and hollows. The lake covers 54,000 acres with 1,150 miles of shoreline, stretching 92 miles from end to end. This offers incredible fishing opportunities and plenty of space to spread out. Check out these Lake of the Ozarks fishing tips on seasonal bass fishing.

 

  • Before hitting the water, get a Missouri fishing license at one of the lakeside marinas or tackle shops.
  • Check out our interactive map to find marinas, ramps, dining, and Lake of the Ozarks fishing guides available on the lake.
  • In March, catch bass during pre-spawn along the lower and middle sections of the lake. Cast lures or crankbaits along the black rocks or steep banks and use a slow twitch retrieve.
  • In April, target bass in shallower waters as they begin feeding to fuel up for the spawn
  • The peak of the bass spawn takes place around May. Fish the shallow beds where you’ll encounter aggressive fish guarding their nests.
  • Catch post-spawn bass in June using a topwater plug. Alternate with diving plugs and jigs along current-swept points. Bass are hungry and aggressive after the spawn.
  • During the summer, fish deep brushpiles in the mid-water column.
  • In the winter, use suspending jerkbaits, jigs, and an Alabama rig. With low water temperatures, slow down your retrieve with longer pauses in between twitches.
  • Fish early in the morning at first daylight when the best bite is known to happen.
  • Fish the docks which provide structure and habitat for bass.
  • Talk with the local bait and tackle shop to get Lake of the Ozarks fishing tips, find out what’s biting and best baits to use.
  • Hire a Lake of the Ozarks fishing guide for expert knowledge and big bass fishing tips.

For more Lake of the Ozarks fishing tips, check out our guide to fishing in Missouri. The lake can get pretty crowded during the summertime so if you’re looking for less competition with pleasure boaters, consider booking a fall or winter trip. Happy fishing!

How to Avoid a Suspended Fishing License

How to Avoid a Suspended Fishing License

If you love fishing, having a suspended fishing license could be devastating. Keep your passion and your privileges on the water active by being mindful of the ways in which you could potentially lose them. Having your fishing license revoked means you can’t go fishing, […]

A Few Salmon Fishing Tips for Beginners

A Few Salmon Fishing Tips for Beginners

Salmon are one of the most famous fish species. Noted for amazing runs from oceans or, if stocked, lakes to spawn up streams and amazing runs once hooked.  Also, they are famous for being found on menus everywhere. Among the first salmon fishing tips for […]

How To Catch Grass Carp Like a Pro

How To Catch Grass Carp Like a Pro

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4 Species for Fish Farming in the US

4 Species for Fish Farming in the US

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, The US fish farming industry is well established and diverse. The first fish hatchery in the U.S. was in Madison, Wisconsin in 1887 but there are now several thousand. Although some fish farming in […]

These 7 Waters Are Among the Best Fishing Spots in Michigan

These 7 Waters Are Among the Best Fishing Spots in Michigan

Photos © Ken Schultz  With more big-water coastline than Florida and Oregon combined, plus 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 rivers, Michigan has a plethora of places to fish. Fittingly, it also has a very diverse array of freshwater species to pursue. So it’s a tall […]

6 King Mackerel Lures Every Angler Should Have

6 King Mackerel Lures Every Angler Should Have

King mackerel are one of the most sought-after game fish in saltwater angling, with many tournament circuits revolving around the species. They can be found in waters around Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas, and, weighing in at 20-pounds average, King mackerel are known to put up a royal fight. When fishing for king mackerel, large live bait is king. Frozen bait can be used, but are best when fresh. And if bait supplies are low, the kings certainly won’t deny big, shiny king mackerel lures. If you prefer using fakes, here are some king mackerel lures that will help you land this saltwater royalty.

Your first task is to find the fish by slow-trolling with king mackerel trolling lures. Diving birds can indicate kingfish feeding near the surface.

 

  1. Deep-diving plugs. These king mackerel lures have a metal or plastic lip that allow them to dive deep. Go for a pattern that resembles a cigar minnow and pair with a wire leader and light 40-pound braid to maximize depth.
  2. Vinyl skirts. Slip this colorful skirt over a frozen ballyhoo or cigar minnow. Use one that has some flash to grab their attention.
  3. Trolling spoons. Use silver or gold diamond-shaped spoons, size No. 1, 2, or 3. Use keeled trolling sinkers and swivels to prevent line twists. The shine will lure them in for an epic strike.
  4. Ribbonfish lure. This eel-like fish is a staple of the kingfish diet and the lifelike lures are highly effective for targeting kings.
  5. Bucktail jig. Once you’ve found the fish while trolling, cast and bounce bucktail jigs to invite strikes.
  6. Topwater popper. These fishing lures are best used when kingfish are feeding near the surface.

Be sure to pair your king mackerel trolling lures with wire leader to ensure it doesn’t fall prey to their sharp teeth. Try blue/silver colored lures in clear, green water and black/silver or red/white in darker water. Now that you’re ready to catch the king, be sure your fishing license is up-to-date before hitting the water. Tight lines!.

7 Great East Coast Boating and Fishing Destinations

7 Great East Coast Boating and Fishing Destinations

Photos © Ken Schultz Spanning more than 2,000 miles, and with warm and cold water, inshore and offshore options, and a plethora of harbors and fish species, East Coast boating is as diverse as it gets. Within this vast range are some of North America’s […]