Articles by John Neporadny Jr. - September
Lake of the Ozarks Glaize arm loaded with
whites and cats
By John Neporadny Jr.
The Grand Glaize arm of the Lake of the Ozarks
is well-renowned for its bass fishing, but this section of the lake also
provides good action for white bass and catfish throughout the year.
The 16-mile stretch of the Grand Glaize arm
runs from its confluence with the Osage arm to the swinging bridges area where
the Glaize narrows down to a stream. The stream section is a prime spot for the
white bass run in the spring. The arm contains several large branches and
hollows throughout its length. Ideal structure for white bass and catfish on
this arm includes creek channel drops and bends, bluffs, humps, long gradual
gravel points and gravel flats.
Here’s how a local expert catches these two
popular species throughout the year on the Grand Glaize arm.
Camdenton, Mo., angler Robert Hunter looks
forward to October when he can catch plenty of white bass on the Glaize arm.
When the water temperature reaches in the 60- to 65-degree range, Hunter looks
for wind-blown rocky banks where he catches whites on a 1/8-ounce
purple-and-white crappie jig that he casts on 6-pound test line to the shallows.
“As soon as the jig hits the water I start reeling,” says Hunter, who
catches most of his fish in the 3- to 6-foot range.
Another prime time for Hunter to catch whites
on the Glaize is at night during the summer. He selects a Lit’l Fishie with a
1/8-ounce jighead that he casts to flat gravel banks close to the main river
channel. The ideal spots for whites at night are banks that slope off to 7 to 12
feet deep about 25 feet away from the shore.
“Most of the time at night the whites are
only in 2 to 3 feet of water but every once in a while I have to let the jig
sink to 8 to 12 feet,” Hunter recommends. He also likes to run a fire tiger
Rapala Shad Rap crankbait along the same banks to catch nocturnal white bass.
In early to mid-April, Hunter has caught
spawning white bass that make the run up to the stream section of the Glaize
around the swinging bridges area. Retrieving a crappie jig or Lit'l Fishie
through the riffles is Hunter’s most productive tactic for taking spawning
whites in the stream.
Drift fishing the coves at depths of 17 to 25
feet has produced plenty of channel catfish for Hunter throughout the years. He
rigs a slip sinker on 10-pound line and crimps a split shot on the line to keep
his sinker away from the hook. The veteran angler then attaches shad to a number
6 straight-shank hook.
Starting in the back of a cove, Hunter drifts
or pushes his boat along with the trolling motor and heads toward the main
channel. “It doesn’t seem to matter what cove you are in,” he says. “Some
days one cove will produce and another day another cove will produce.”
Hunter’s drift techniques usually produce
channel cats in the 3- to 5-pound range. He notes the technique will work well
throughout the summer but June and July are his favorite months for drifting.
“It seems like we get our better fish from mid-June to the middle of July,”
From mid-summer to fall, Hunter also runs
trotlines for big flathead and blue catfish. He set his lines along bluffs with
rock shelves and holes in the ledges. “I always like to run my lines almost
parallel with the bank out to 15 to 20 feet deep,” he says.
His favorite bait for trotlines is 4-inch
bullheads that he seines from a pond. But he suggests anglers can also catch
plenty of catfish on trotlines with live perch and goldfish.
For information on lodging and other facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to
receive a free 152-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 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.