Articles by John Neporadny Jr. - February
Lake of the Ozarks’ Grand Glaize Loaded
By 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
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
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, Anderson Bay, 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 Ozarks State
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 Anderson Bay to about the 27- or
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
For information on lodging and
other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free 162-page
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 www.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.