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About Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is a 57,000 acre lake located in central Missouri. Built for power generation and recreation, Bagnell Dam and the Lake of the Ozarks were constructed in the early 1930's. All of the trees in the lake were removed to allow resorts and private homes to be built along the lakes shoreline, but there are still many parts of the lake where the shoreline has not been developed.

Lake of the Ozarks offers resort and camping accommodations, music shows, water parks, shopping malls, and other forms of family recreational facilities and entertainment. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, and even a small airport are available at nearby Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Though most resorts have their own boat ramps and docks, there are two public boat ramps located on the Grandglaize Arm, and one ramp located on the Gravois Arm near Eldon.

The lake is littered with boat docks which provide cover for the many sport fishes found in the lake. There is a variety of shoreline structure on the lake which includes rock, gravel, bluffs, sand, mud, stumps, fall downs, and brush. Most of the lake is deep and clear with coves that taper to shallow areas that are excellent for spawning. Large flats can be found in the back of some of the major arms. There are four major arms on the lake. The Gravois, Grandglaize, Niangua, and Osage. All of these areas provide excellent fishing and lodging. The available fish in Lake of the Ozarks are Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, White Bass, Catfish, and Walleye.

Detailed Lake Information:

Type of Lake: Hilland

Average Depth of Lake: 60-80 feet

Average Water Temperature:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
60
95
72
5


Spring Thaw: March
Fall Turnover: October
* Lake of the Ozarks does freeze over during Winter with the exception of the main channel.

Heavy Rains: Affects entire lake with the exception of the Gravois, Grandglaize, and Niangua Arms. The rest of the lake takes 1-2 weeks to clear up.

Winds:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
All conditions
All conditions
All conditions
All conditions

Detailed Lake Characteristics:

This information describes the makeup of the bottom, shoreline, structure, and water color for various parts of Lake of the Ozarks.

Gravois Arm:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Rock, Gravel
Mud, Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Bluffs, Stumps, Falldowns, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)
-

Osage Arm:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Rock
Mud, Rock, Bluffs
Rocks, Stumps, Falldowns, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Niangua Arm:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Rock, Gravel
Mud, Rock, Bluffs
Rocks, Bluffs, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Grandglaize Arm:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Gravel
Mud, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Bluffs, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Lakeland Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Rock, Gravel
Mud, Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Horseshoe Bend Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Rock, Gravel
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Shawnee Bend Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Rock, Gravel
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Turkey Bend Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Rock, Gravel
Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Bluffs, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Linn Creek Bend Area:

Bottom:
Shoreline:
Structure:
Water Color:
-
Mud, Rock, Gravel
Mud, Rock, Gravel, Bluffs
Rocks, Bluffs, Flats, Boat Docks
Clear-Muddy (Conditions vary)

Detailed Fishing Information:

Main Forage: Shad, Crayfish

Average time of year when fish spawn:
Bass:
Crappie:
Bluegill:
White Bass:
Catfish:
Walleye:
April-May
April-May
April-May
June
June
April

Best baits to use during seasons:

Bass:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Rogues, Jig-Pig
Plastic Worms
Crankbaits
Rogues
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Crappie:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows, Jigs
Minnows, Jigs
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Bluegill:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Worms
Wax Worms
Worms
Wax Worms
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White Bass:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Roadrunners
Roadrunners
Roadrunners
Roadrunners, Jigs
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Catfish:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Worms, Liver
Goldfish, Stinkbait, Shrimp
Perch, Worms, Stinkbait
Worms
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Walleye:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Minnows, Crankbaits
Lipless Crankbaits (Rattle Traps)
Lipless Crankbaits, Crankbaits
Jigs, Spoons
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Night Fishing Conditions:

Spring:
Summer:
Fall:
Winter:
Fair
Excellent
Good
Poor

Lake of the Ozarks Guides:
American Angler Bait and Tackle, Inc.
Route 4, Box 2289
Osage Beach, MO 65065
314-Get Number

For more information contact:
Greater Lake of the Ozarks
Convention and Visitor Bureau
P.O. Box 98, Dept MT-90
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
314-365-3371 or 1-800-325-0213


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