Lake of the Ozarks

Osage Beach, Missouri

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Short Take: 58,500 acres; winding river arms with coves, rocky bluffs, boat docks, deep, generally clear water, springs, no vegetation or standing timber. If there truly is a lake that could be termed Mid-America’s Playground, it would be Lake of the Ozarks, the 58,500-acre impoundment on the Osage River in central Missouri. More than a dozen communities surround this winding lake, each offering a wide variety of vacation options that attract visitors from throughout the United States. Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, this added recreation pressure probably serves to reduce the number of anglers who come here, which could be one reason the fishing is so good. Another is the fact that in 1976 the Missouri Department of Conservation imposed a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass, which generally allows the bass one additional spawning season before they can be legally harvested. Primary Species: Largemouth and spotted bass, hybrid striped bass.
America's Best Bass Fishing

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America's Best Bass Fishing

by Steve Price (Falcon Guides)

Short Take: 58,500 acres; winding river arms with coves, rocky bluffs, boat docks, deep, generally clear water, springs, no vegetation or standing timber. If there truly is a lake that could be termed Mid-America’s Playground, it would be Lake of the Ozarks, the 58,500-acre impoundment on the Osage River in central Missouri.

More than a dozen communities surround this winding lake, each offering a wide variety of vacation options that attract visitors from throughout the United States. Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps, this added recreation pressure probably serves to reduce the number of anglers who come here, which could be one reason the fishing is so good. Another is the fact that in 1976 the Missouri Department of Conservation imposed a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass, which generally allows the bass one additional spawning season before they can be legally harvested. Primary Species: Largemouth and spotted bass, hybrid striped bass.

© 2000 Steve Price/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Osage Beach
Season & Limits: Best March through May, September through November
Local Contacts: Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake of the Ozarks

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