Articles by John Neporadny Jr. - July
Family Fishing Vacation at Lake of the
By John Neporadny Jr.
When I was a kid, I always cherished our summer
fishing trips more than any of our other family vacation excursions.
When I moved from St. Louis to Lake of the Ozarks
with my own family, we spent a lot of our summers at home where my daughters
learned to fish, swim and water ski. We also visited most of the local
attractions including Big Surf water park, HaHa Tonka State Park, the Bagnell
Dam Strip and Bridal Cave.
So I have spent a lot of family fishing outings
at one of the best lakes in the state, which can also be a great family-friendly
Heavy recreational boat traffic makes fishing
tough on my home lake during the summer, but families can still catch plenty of
fish if they pick the right times and locations.
When I guided on the lake, I would usually take
my clients out bass fishing early in the morning and try to get off the water
before noon. In June, we would catch keeper bass and plenty of sub-legal fish on
Texas-rigged plastic worms, medium-diving crankbaits, topwater chuggers and
Carolina-rigged plastic lizards. I would usually start out on the main lake
points in the early morning and as the boat traffic increased I would head for
the backs of the major coves and have my clients work plastic worms through the
brush piles around docks.
Catfish provide plenty of action for families on
vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. Blue and channel catfish can be taken on
juglines, trotlines or drifting with cut shad or tight lining from the resort
docks with stink baits, nightcrawlers or chicken livers.
Kids can catch bluegill and green sunfish all day
long off the resort docks or seawalls. Attaching a small bobber to their lines
and baiting their hooks with red wigglers, crickets or even pieces of bread or
hot dogs will keep the kids busy until they get tired of catching fish.
Resort owners usually sink brush piles around
their docks, which makes these spots ideal for catching crappie at night under
the lights. Minnows and jigs are all a family needs to catch some nighttime
crappie in June.
The lake area offers families plenty of amenities
and attractions when they come off the water. Popular activities at the lake
include visiting Big Surf and Big Shot amusement parks, Miner Mike’s Indoor
Family Fun Center, HaHa Tonka State Park, Bridal Cave and the Bagnell Dam Strip
or shopping at the Osage Beach Premium Outlets mall.
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.