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Tom Tricamo

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Tom Tricamo here. Was wondering if anyone knew the specific species of fish MDC stocks at LOZ? Trout? Shad? I spent the better part of my last fishing trip of last season throwing a crank bait in and around a school of some bait fish back in a flat up near Horseshoe Bend. I was catching lots of decent hybrids or stripers (don't know which one) and a couple nice sized bucket mouths. Anyway, I was wanting to know specifically what type of fish are stocked at LOZ as I prepare for the upcoming season.

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Tom

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All,

Tom Tricamo here. Was wondering if anyone knew the specific species of fish MDC stocks at LOZ? Trout? Shad? I spent the better part of my last fishing trip of last season throwing a crank bait in and around a school of some bait fish back in a flat up near Horseshoe Bend. I was catching lots of decent hybrids or stripers (don't know which one) and a couple nice sized bucket mouths. Anyway, I was wanting to know specifically what type of fish are stocked at LOZ as I prepare for the upcoming season.

Thanks,

Tom

I know they stock walleye and hybred whitebass. As for any other species I am not aware of any.

Are you wanting to know what species you can expect to catch from LOZ?

If so, then you might catch a wide variety of fishes. Whitebass, hybreds, stripers, channel cat, blue cat, flatheads, spoonbill, black bass, small mouth (up the rivers of course), white crappie, calico crappie, walleye, and if you go up the Gravois arm you may even catch an aligator or pirriana (rumors), as well as several different perches and bluegill. There is of course the carp, buffalo, gar, and drum. Maybe even some I don't remember or know of.

The shad are a self sustaining bait fish.

You might check a wildlife code book or go on line to MDC for more info.

Hope this helps and good luck fishing.

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Just messing with you. They don't do much stocking here, they don't need to. It's the best lake around. They stock some walleye, and quite a few paddlefish.

The baitfish you saw are shad. We have gizzard and threadfin. Most likely you saw threadfin, they are much more visible. Gizzard shad can also be seen but not as often as the threadfin. Threadfin in the fall are 2-3 inches long while most Gizzards are about 8-9 inches. Both make great bait and both do a great job of feeding all the fish in the lake.

We also have several species of bluegill, and black and white crappie, which some of the larger fish feed on at times. And most likely you caught white bass or maybe hybrid bass, I would assume.

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Just messing with you. They don't do much stocking here, they don't need to. It's the best lake around. They stock some walleye, and quite a few paddlefish.

The baitfish you saw are shad. We have gizzard and threadfin. Most likely you saw threadfin, they are much more visible. Gizzard shad can also be seen but not as often as the threadfin. Threadfin in the fall are 2-3 inches long while most Gizzards are about 8-9 inches. Both make great bait and both do a great job of feeding all the fish in the lake.

We also have several species of bluegill, and black and white crappie, which some of the larger fish feed on at times. And most likely you caught white bass or maybe hybrid bass, I would assume.

You are mistaken on the shad. There are no threadfin in LOZ, only gizzard shad. The millions you see in late summer are merely the offspring from that years

spawn. LOZ is too cold of a lake for threadfin to survive the winters. Threadfin is a southern lakes bait fish. As for the stocking program, MDC stock some paddlefish, 330,000 walleye per year, hybrids, and every fifth year stripers. This per Greg Stonner, resident fish biologist here on LOZ at Thunder Mountain in Camdenton.

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