United States
38° 9' 37.7136" N, 92° 48' 41.292" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Murky
2 fish caught | Lunker: 5lb Largemouth Bass using a Bass Jig

Lake of the Ozarks-Hawg Hawlers -Tournament Recap

This weekend was very tough fishing at Lake of the Ozarks.  Weathermen were predicting massive storms for Thursday and Friday but did not hit until Sunday afternoon.  Because of the anticipated weather- they decided to draw water from the lake and between that and a cold front came Friday night fishing this weekend all over the lake was pretty difficult.

Prefishing/ Lake Conditions

The bite Thursday and Friday was fairly decent.  Most of our fish were caught on a Black and Blue Jakked Baits Finesse jig in about 4-8 feet of water on secondary points.  However, once the conditions started to change so did the pattern. Thursday we caught about a 5 pound spot and you wouldn’t believe if I didn’t show you this picture.  This thing was massive.

We explored several areas of the lake including- Linn Creek, Osage Arm, Big and Little Niangua.

Water temperatures were from the mid 50’s (55 degrees) to as high as mid 60’s (65) with water colors from Muddy to stained in most parts of the lake from recent rains.

Tournament Day

Day 1: Saturday morning our first spot was a main lake point with a channel swing. There we caught 2 right out the gate (3.5lb and a 2lb) once again on a Jakked Baits Finesse Jig- Black and Blue.  About an hour later we caught our 3rd fish (2.5 lbs) which came off a pearl square bill about 100 yards back into the cove off the Primary point. My partner and I began running the previous day’s pattern going into secondary points and hitting the back sides of primary points with a jig or plastic. We did catch a few fish but no more keepers for the rest of the day. At around 11- I began throwing a crankbait that ran about 6 to 7 foot deep, which is when is started to get a lot of bites. Unfortunately- with most crankbait bites- you will lose fish from time to time. And on this day we lost 3 of good keepers because they threw the hook or jumped out of the water and came unbuttoned. All other fish were shorts.  We finished Day 1 in 3rd pace 3 fish with 8lbs and 4 oz.

Day 2: Sunday was a different story. There was a large tournament entering out the same cove that day so we did not leave the docks until 7am and finally started fishing at 7:30. We hit our primary spot first thing in the morning that worked the day before. However, this time we decided to start on the bluff wall side, 50 yards before the main point and then work our way into the back of the cove…. With air temperatures in the 60’s, water temperatures in the high 50’s (59-59) and overcast skies the bite was on and we found that out within the first 30 minutes as we had 4 keepers in the boat before 8am.  At that point we re-established a pattern and ran the lake hitting primary points, chunk rock, with channel swings that hit those areas.  In total we caught about 25 fish that day and finished with 19 pounds.

Lures: As I had mentioned- On Thursday and Friday primary bait was a Jakked Bait Jig in Black and Blue.

On Saturday and Sunday there were 2 lures that I would switch back and forth were as follows:

1. Livingston Lures - Howeller Dream Master Classic- Guntersville Craw or XXX Shad

2. Raplala DT6 in Ikes Penguin color or Ikes Demon

Pattern: We were fishing primary points where the channel swing came right up and against them. A detail within the pattern was finding chunk rock in and along those bluff walls or deep drop offs. We were not able to catch any fish if we fished a straight drop bluff wall. The majority of our fish were caught when we could hit rip rap or some chunk rock in and around those primary points. We would parallel our boat to the bank- sitting about 3 feed off the bank and cast our baits parallel against the shore. Allowing us to keep our baits in the strike zone , consistently hitting rocks with our crankbaits, and cover a tremendous amount of water.

Set up: For this particular pattern I was using an Ardent Elite- 5.4.1 gear ratio a 6’6 to 7’ Medium Action Ardent Edge Rod, and Yo-Zuri- Monofilament Line in 10-12 pound test.

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CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassBass Jig5
2Spotted BassBass Jig5
Average: 1 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Murky 1 fish caught

Went out for crappie yesterday on the Grand Glaize arm.  Water temps hovered around 53 degrees.  We were using live minnows and caught a few keepers...like 4.  Largest fish was about 11 1/2".  All fish were caught within 3-7 feet of water within 5-10 feet from shore.  Afternoon winds really picked up and the bite was gone!

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1White CrappieMinnow
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Muddy
2 fish caught | Lunker: 4lb Largemouth Bass using a Strike King Crankbait

SFA Charity Tournament. Weather in the morning started about 40 and by mid day it was about 70.  My partner and I fished the Little Niangua as that is where we found the warmest water (55).  Linn Creek is about 45 degrees while the Osage Area is about the same. Big Niangua is starting to warm up but is still 50.  We started the morning in and around the 3 mile marker of the Little Niangua.  Fishing Docks and laydowns. We did not catching anything between 7 am till about 10am. Which is when we decided to move up further in the Little towards mile marker 4 and 5. There we found muddie water and began fishing docks in and around 3-5 feet of water. First fish of the day was caught at 11am and came off a Sexy Shad Squarebill in about 4 fee of water- North banks. Fish weighed about 4.5 pounds and crushed the squarebill... For the next 2 hours we beat the bank hard hoping for another but did not catch another keeper. On the opposite side of channel- South Side- was a bluff wall.  We knew there were fish in the area as 2 fellow anglers caught nearly 20 pounds the day before in the same area.  One was a 7.5 slaunch.  Because the water was dirtier the further you went up the Little, we decided to start throwing Black and Blue finess Jigs - 5/18 or 3/8 with a zoom beaver trailer.  For every drum we caught, we caught 3 bass. Fishing from the 5 mile marker to the 6th, we caught a total of 5 fish and about 3 drum. Broke off about 5 times on what could have been good keepers.  Overall the fishing was better in the afternoon and had a great time with a jig bite. Fish were caught mostly on transisition banks or areas with docks nearby. We would cast at the bank, let it sit, hop it once or twice and then cast again if we would not get a bite. All bites came right off the bank in shallow water. Big fish came from under a dock in about 1 foot of water. Finished the tournament in 3rd place - 4 fish with a total weight of 12.45lbs. First place was 14.56lbs and Second place was 12.65 lbs.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Largemouth BassBass JigStrike King3
2Largemouth BassCrankbaitStrike King4