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  • Champ188
    Buddy and I got in a pretty full day Wednesday at Cape Fair. Results weren't so great but we were fishing between two strong, rapid-fire cold fronts.
    Started in some shady cuts between Bridgeport and Peach Orchard and it became apparent early on that would be very little shallow action, so we soon migrated back out to the main river. For most of the day, we went 15-20 minutes between bites on the Ned rig ... not a good deal on a bait that consistently produces a bite every 5 minutes or less. The action was primarily in channel swings and bluff ends. 
    I did manage to pick up a gorgeous 4 pound-plus fish off an isolated boat dock (15 feet of water in the stall where she bit) on a finesse jig and lost beside the boat what looked to be one of the biggest spots I've ever seen in any of the river arms. Got a pretty good look at it up close and it was well over 3 pounds.
    Also managed one fish on a jerk bait. Dilly dilly!
    All told, we had a dozen fish but only two keepers. No crank bait bite at all and I spent too much time throwing one. Better days coming soon. Stay tuned. 

  • Phil Lilley
    Water levels are running at 248 cfs (350 avg) and water clarity has been clear. The river is getting very low. Overcast days have been very productive with brown and olive woollies and the big white fly has been a very hot baitfish imitation. On the sunny days when the bite is slow, a small nymph below a egg pattern can work great. Caddis and mayflies have been hatching daily on bright days. For spin fishers it will be hard to beat a hot pink trout magnet fished just off the bottom of the river. Tight lines and good luck, Mark Crawford springriverfliesandguides.com  

  • syxx
    November is nearing it's end here and we've already had our first legit cold front of the winter!  It's very early for it to be getting as cold as it did, but the weather has been crazy the last few years thats for sure.  It dipped down into the mid 60s here, and looks like Sunday night it will be doing so again!  We actually even have a tropical depression that is suppose to be making its way here during the day too and it's kind of made our weekend a wash.  Luckily though it will just be a good bit of rain and heavier than normal winds.  Fishing has been decent I myself have been doing the everglades things mostly.  Before the front we were having good action with some juvenile tarpon and snook back there.  Had a few days that were very good when it was nice and calm, and the water cleaned up substantially, and some other days where the wind was cranking but we were still able to pick away at some fish and had OK catches.  Mid October had Colin and Stephen over from the UK, they enjoyed catching a good number of snook and they each got a medium sized tarpon and also a big lemon shark.  The following day I had Jerry and his son in law Mark, they also enjoyed a good day of snook plus a couple redfish, and we got a couple of bigger 10-12 lb snook fishing deeper water as well as another lemon shark too.  Had my dad and Ron Modra out for a fun day after that, we got about 8 snook and 3 juvenile tarpon... the snook were larger on average than the previous days which was cool just not as many.  Had Philip and his buddy Andre for some tarpon fishing one day... we didn't have luck withe the tarpon we did hook one but lost him, though we banged up the snook pretty good landing a dozen or so.  Half day with Mario and Steve who are Florida folk, we caught a few snappers for dinner and got 3 juvenile tarpon while doing that and a snook and couple sharks it was great fishing!  And the last couple days after the front we had, we caught redfish, drum, and snook mostly.  Those trips were with long time customer John Watson and his family, and then Bud, Anna, and Kyle whom enjoyed their first trip back in the everglades!  It looks like after sunday the weather will be nicer again, it is suppose to dip down into the 60s again but then slowly warm up.  Northeast winds most of the week 15mph or so, which should be ideal for most of our fall/winter fishing.  I think the tarpon thing is more or less over, may have some shots at small guys when the water temps are 70 or more, but for the most part bet on doing the cooler weather options.  That usually includes snook, redfish, drum, and trout in the 'glades.  Mackerels should start showing up in the gulf which I haven't had any reports on yet but with this cold weather I'm sure there are some out there.  Also patch reef fishing will be an option, but usually that's a little easier with less wind or at least due north wind.
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  • Quillback

    Went over to Indian Creek early in the AM and fished with Mike M.  Early it was flat calm, as you can see from the pic.  That's when the fish were biting.  The smallies were hitting jigs and there was top water action, mostly stripers but a few black bass also.  We caught the smallies dragging 1/2 oz football jigs with craw or twin tailed grubs dragging them in 5 - 20 FOW.  Once the wind picked up, and it really started blowing, the bite slowed down.  We totaled about 15 bass, mostly smallies, but a couple of spots and one largemouth.  One smallie went about 3 lbs., the rest were in the 12-16" range.
    I had two stripers blow up on a pencil popper, one was a huge explosion, but he missed the popper, had another blowup, just felt a tick, but he didn't get enough of the lure.  Saw one boat fishing for striper that came in a bit later after the wind picked up, he was in the right area, don't know if he caught any.
    Saw water temps from 57-59, given the forecast that won't last.
    Quite a few eagles back in Indian if anyone wants to do some eagle watching, that's not a bad place to go.  Saw some turkeys too.


  • cheesemaster
    I put in at 7:20 and fished a straight worm for a couple hours and had a couple shorts, and a couple swing and misses. It was pretty slow with the worm. I started throwing some cranks, spinnerbaits and squarebill with not much luck at all. 
    I went to the very back of a 50 yard cut with a black Buzzbait with a gold blade and when I pulled it over the top of a log in the far back something took a swipe at it but stopped just short of hitting it. That got me excited because it seemed big. For some reason she pulled away from it. 
    I changed to a black on black Buzzbait and did much better. I caught about 12 on it with 2 good keepers, and they really wanted it. The big one was 3.14 and the other was 3.5 on my scale. 
    It sure was good to get out again and set the hook, it has been way too long. Water temp was 55.7 and I pulled out right at noon.

  • YakSlacker
    Put in at Hwy 12 Bridge, late afternoon, most of this past week. Topwater bite has truly been amazing for the last hour/hour and a half before dark...around the islands. Pure fun for those that don’t mind sacrificing quantity for size every now and then. What has been really cool is that the schooling by species, comes in waves. On Tuesday, I observed some popping going on around me, threw out a micro-spoon, and started bringing in a mix of LM and spots, literally every cast. Action stopped for a few minutes, then started up again...but this time larger whites. Cooled off a bit, then the small whites/sand bass owned the scene for the rest of the evening. Thursday and Friday evenings, same places, larger whites then smaller walleye. Tons of fish, tons of fun...no wall-hangers...but I was in desperate need of some action so I’ll take it.

  • John Neporadny Jr.
    Tournaments keep the Grand Glaize arm of the Lake of the Ozarks well stocked with bass throughout the year.

    Nearly every weekend, a bass tournament is held at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park Grand Glaize Public Beach 2 (also known as PB2). The popular access area hosts most of the major tournaments that visit the lake and countless club, buddy and charity events. The constant releasing of fish around the access area keeps the Glaize arm stocked with plenty of keeper bass (15 inches or longer) and some trophy fish. The biggest bass I’ve ever taken from the Lake of the Ozarks was an 8.10-pounder that I caught on a clown-colored Suspending Rattlin’ Rogue on the Glaize arm one Thanksgiving weekend.

    Lake Ozark, MO, angler Greg West estimates the average size bass an angler can expect to catch on the Glaize during the winter runs from 2 1/ 2 to 4 pounds. In a fall tournament last year on the Glaize, West and his partner caught a five-fish limit weighing 18 pounds. “It can produce a 16- to 20-pound stringer if you catch it at the right time,” says the tournament competitor.   

    The Grand Glaize arm runs about 16 miles from its confluence with the Osage arm to the swinging bridges area where the tributary narrows down to a stream. The arm contains several large branches and hollows throughout its length including Watson Hollow, Red Bud Hollow, Brushy Hollow Cove, AndersonBay, Honey Run Hollow, Brasher Cove and Patterson Hollow. Bass-holding structure on this arm includes creek channel drops and bends, bluffs, humps, long gradual gravel points and gravel flats. The upper end of the Glaize also contains the only lily pad patch in the lake.

     “There aren’t as many docks on the Glaize but there are a lot more brush piles,” says West. A large section of the Glaize arm runs through the wooded and undeveloped Lake of the OzarksState Park, so most of the docks on this arm are confined to the first couple of miles around the Grand Glaize bridge and some spots from the 26- to 30-mile mark. West discloses the key to fishing the undeveloped part of the Glaize is to find the humps, ridges and sunken brush piles.  

    Starting in December, West relies on one lure to catch bass throughout the winter. He opts for a Chompers twin-tail plastic grub that he attaches to either a 3/8- or 1/ 4- ounce jighead. If it’s a calm warm day he will try the 1/ 4-ounce jig, but on windy days or if the fish have moved into deeper water he switches to the 3/8-ounce model to stay in better contact with his lure.  He usually ties his grubs on 8-pound test line although he will upgrade to 10-pound test in murky water.

    West’s favorite hues for his Chompers grubs are root beer green flake on sunny days or green pumpkin in overcast weather. He also dips the tails in chartreuse dye.

    “When the fish get in the brush piles  during the winter months I just drag that thing slowly,” says West of his presentation.  With this tactic, West can work an area thoroughly  yet still cover a lot of water.  The fish will be 20 to 25 feet deep on main lake humps and ridges throughout most of the winter.

    During the cold months, West prefers fishing the upper half of the Glaize. “The farther up you go the better, but you have to get into some coves that have deep water,” he recommends. “If they keep dropping the lake too much  then you have to keep coming back down lake. His favorite stretch for wintertime fishing is from AndersonBay to about the 27- or 28-mile mark. 

    The brown Jewel Eakins’ Pro Model Jig tipped with a Chompers twin-tail grub also produces for West during early winter on the Glaize.  When the water turns colder, the other predominant winter pattern is slowly twitching a Suspending Rattlin’ Rogue (silver-and-black, silver-and-blue and clown) over brush piles or along steep rocky banks. 

    The patterns usually remain stable throughout most of the winter when the fish congregate on the structure. “When the water gets colder in January and February the fish start stacking up and you might fish four rounded points and not get a bite, but then the fifth point will have fish bunched up on it,” says West.

    The water color on the Glaize arm usually has more color to it than the other arms of the lake during the winter. “It is a little murky,” describes West.  “You can usually see down about 1 foot to 1  1/ 2 feet.” 

    Since so many bass are released around the PB2 area, the lower end of the Glaize usually receives the heaviest fishing pressure. West notes the pressure diminishes the farther you run up the Glaize.

    Other areas of the Lake of the Ozarks probably produce bigger stringers of bass in the winter than the Glaize, but if you want consistent action on a cold day, then try the undeveloped stretch of the Grand Glaize.

    For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.  

    Copies of John Neporadny's book, "THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide" are
    available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.


  • Phil Lilley
    Over the years, Brent Frazee has been a friend to all outdoor lovers, writing mainly for the esteemed paper, the Kansas City Star.  He's a great writer, a superb angler but even more, he's a good person and fun to be around.
    His retirement from the Star hasn't dampened his enthusiasm for the outdoors in the least.  He is still writing, now at his pace. 
    Brent drove down from his home in Park Hill, Missouri Tuesday and the plan was to go fishing Wednesday morning.  But rain was in the forecast so we went to Clockers for some breakfast.
    Getting back to the resort, and still no rain, we decided to brave it and go.  The radar showed rain from the SW coming but nothing hard.  I boated to Short Creek and started there thinking we could duck in to a dock if it started.  It didn't.  And the fish weren't interested there.
    We boated on up to Fall Creek.  We threw 1/16th and 3/32nd oz jigs at them in dark colors - sculpin, black, brown.  They still weren't loving us too much, then the rain started.  
    We sought shelter under one of the docks for a short time, then went back out, this time boating up past the Narrows.  We tried jigs, them drifting a scud but still not much of anything.
    Another short rain and sitting under Fall Creek Marina's dock, then seeing the end of the weather, we boated to the dam.
    Again, throwing jigs, we started connecting to some rainbows.  Brent was the first to hook and land a nice rainbow, about 18 inches.  He wanted some photos for the article he was writing so that was our picture fish.  After that, he said, "the pressure was off".  But it wasn't the only 18-incher we caught.
    The wind picked up after the rain stopped, blowing up the lake.  We had to go with a heavier jig, trying to start connected to the jig and the bite.  Black/olive and black/gray was our best colors.  I did try a white jig towards the end of the trip and caught a couple of rainbows.
    All in all, we caught about 18 rainbows and Brent did catch one smallmouth bass on a sculpin/ginger jig down just past the MDC boat ramp.
    Water temperature is 58 degrees and stained.  They've been running the same water for a week straight now -- anywhere from a half unit to a full one, day and night.  This is actually a good thing seeing the only oxygen our lake is getting is from generation and from the hatchery outlets.
    There's a weather change starting next week, with colder days and nights.  This will help Table Rock turn over and hopefully we'll see a reprieve in our low oxygen fall event.

  • dan hufferd
    Well teaching myself how to catch winter crappie is going slow. 
    I did find some nice brush piles. Then it all came together, I thought all right I have found them!
    This feeling of joy lasted for 2 fish in 35 feet of water, then nothing.
    I did find that if a person throws something that swims up on the bank you catch as many sub-legal bass as you want.
    It's a good life !


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