Articles by John Neporadny Jr. - October
Falling For Lake of the Ozarks Bass
by John Neporadny Jr.
The autumn spectacle of leaves turning the
landscape into a blend of gold, red and orange hues attracts droves of
sightseers to the Ozark hills. This colorful display also signals a prime time
for bass fishing on Lake of the Ozarks.
The shorter days and cooler nights of fall cuts
down on the food-making process for trees which causes the leaves to turn
colors. A different reaction occurs in the Lake of the Ozarks waters though as
fall's cooler weather triggers bass into feeding heavily in preparation for
Fall is one of my favorite fishing seasons
since the cooler temperatures provide a relief from the scorching heat of summer
and the leaves changing colors adds an extra touch of scenic beauty to the lake.
Fishing pressure also diminishes in the fall as some anglers turn their
attention to hunting.
The action can get fast and furious when you
find bass feeding in the fall. In September, bass continue to hold in the
man-made brush piles along the main lake structure of this massive central
Missouri reservoir If the water temperature is still hot, then stay with a big
(10-inch) plastic worm. The fish usually hold in the brush piles from 8 to 20
feet deep. Work the worm as slow as possible through the cover for the best
As the water continues to cool, bass start
migrating into the shallows of coves. Search for fish in shallow wood cover or
along docks with sunken brush piles.
Bass usually suspend over the brush during
October, so try a square-bill crankbait that produces a wide wobble and dives
down to only 6 feet. Retrieve the lure at a slow pace and try to bump it into
the wood. Other lures that produce when bass are feeding in the coves include
topwater lures and spinnerbaits.
In the late fall, bass move back to the main
lake chunk-rock points where they stage before moving to their deep-water winter
haunts. A good lure in November is a deep-diving crankbait retrieved at a medium
speed which allows it to run at depths of 12 to 14 feet.
The lower end of the lake offers the most
consistent fishing in the fall. The upper Osage produces some good action during
autumn as well. If Truman Dam is dumping water the Osage river arm is good but
if there is no flow the upper end becomes dead water. and it's hard to catch any
fish. You might go up there and catch one or two big fish but at the same time a
guy fishing down lake will catch a limit.
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.