Articles by John Neporadny Jr. -
Lake of Ozarks Dam Area
Attracts White Bass
By John Neporadny Jr.
deep, clear, wide-open waters of the dam area at the Lake of the Ozarks are
ideal for roaming schools of white bass throughout the year.
The North Shore and Horseshoe Bend sides have a variety
of structures white bass crave, including gradual sloping points, bluff walls,
islands and off-shore humps. These spots are especially productive in the summer
Trolling a double rig (medium- or
deep-diving crankbait with a white jig tied on a 2-foot trailer line) along the
main channel produces some white bass and an occasional hybrid striper during
the winter on the North Shore.
Fishing for white bass in the spring is also
spotty, but some fish can be taken on spinners such as Roostertails and
Roadrunners when the whites chase shad in the coves.
White bass action picks up in the summer when schools of
the marauding fish bust shad fry on the surface. The best action usually occurs
on the main lake at daylight in the middle of June and July. “It looks like
10,000 washing machines going all the way across the main lake,” describes Bruce
Gier, a veteran angler from Eldon, Mo. He suggests several lures will work when
the fish are busting shad, but he usually opts for twitching a Zara Spook Puppy
or running a Rat-L-Trap (in any size or color) at a high rate of speed through
the surface activity.
Whites are also taken at night during the summer along
wind-blown main lake points. Try casting black or blue Lit'l Fishie Shad on
1/8-ounce jigheads along the rocky banks about 3 to 10 feet deep.
October and November are Gier’s
favorite months for pursuing white bass on the North Shore and the lower end of
the Gravois arm.
When the water temperature settles in the 50-
to 65-degree range, Gier searches for whites along chunk rock banks. His
favorite technique involves using a shad-colored Rebel Pop-R with a white
1/16-ounce feather jig
as a trailer.
Gier casts his rig with a bait-cast rod and reel filled
with 8- or 10-pound test line. He ties an 18-inch leader of 10-pound test on the
back hook of the chugger and removes the front hook of the lure to keep the
leader line from tangling up in the hooks.
Casting as close to the bank as possible, Gier retrieves
the chugger-and-jig combination in a popping manner. The speed of the retrieve
may vary, but the chugger must make a deliberate pop. “The chugger’s got to
throw water out front,” recommends Gier. “It’s got to look like an explosion.”
Sometimes Gier catches
doubles on his rig. When he hooks a fish on the
chugger, Gier lets the fish swim around until another white hits the jig.
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 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.