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Where can I fish for smallmouth bass in Missouri?

Where can I fish for smallmouth bass in Missouri?

Some excellent smallmouth bass streams in Missouri include the Big Piney River, the James River, Current River, Jacks Fork River, Meramec River, Bourbeuse River, Big River, Gasconade River, and the upper Black River. Excellent smallmouth bass lakes include Bull Shoals, Norfork, Stockton, and Table Rock Lake.

Are there smallmouth bass in Missouri?

Smallmouth bass are native to the Missouri Ozarks. As a matter of fact, many of our rivers have heritage strain fish, which means they have the same subspecies of smallmouth that originally adapted to the river. Most Ozark streams have prototypical smallmouth habitat.

What is the best fishing lure for smallmouth bass?

Jigs
Jigs are the most popular and best overall smallmouth bass lure, for two main reasons. There is no wrong time of year to be fishing for smallmouth with some kind of a jig. And secondly, jigs are well-known as big bass producers, so they have high potential for landing a trophy smallmouth.

What is the best time to catch smallmouth bass?

In North America, anglers are most likely to find the best fishing from late March to mid-October. As the chill of late fall and winter sets in, smallmouth head to deeper water, feed less, and are less aggressive. Some warmer, southern reservoirs provide the exception, where smallmouth remain active through the winter.

Are there smallmouth bass in Lake of the Ozarks?

Because the spotted bass population is almost totally protected from harvest, the number of spotted bass in Lake of the Ozarks has increased steadily since 1976. The 15-inch minimum length limit still applies to largemouth and smallmouth bass on Lake of the Ozarks.

Are there smallmouth in Lake of the Ozarks?

In the Ozarks, the smallmouth bass is the dominant species of large, predatory fish in most streams. It is the ecological replacement, or counterpart, for the spotted bass and the largemouth bass in the clear, cool, permanent-flowing streams of the Ozarks.

What colors do smallmouth bass like?

In clear water, natural colors like: brown, green pumpkin, watermelon are the best options. When the water is stained or murky bold colors like chartreuse, white, black and blue tend to be the best.

What is the best time of day to fish for bass?

Without question, the best time of day to fish for bass is at night. Bass are known to feed more heavily at night than during any other time of day. Not only is night the best time to fish for bass due to bass being more active, there are often fewer anglers and less commotion on the waterways during the evening hours.

What is a smallmouth bass favorite food?

Smallmouth are not picky feeders. They’ll go for insects, bait fish and crustaceans. Crayfish or crawfish (as they’re called in the southern United States), are their top prey and will always land a good sized bass if they’re the right size.

What is the biggest fish caught in Lake of the Ozarks?

Cesar Rodriguez, of Carthage, is now the state record-holder for hybrid-striped bass after catching a 21-pound, 11-ounce fish May 19 at Lake of the Ozarks, the Missouri Department of Conservation announced in a Thursday news release.

Are there walleye in Lake of the Ozarks?

Walleye have been consistently stocked in Lake of the Ozarks since the mid-1990’s. Although most walleye are caught incidentally by anglers targeting other species, anglers fishing specifically for walleye are becoming increasingly successful.

Which is the Best Kept Secret in Missouri smallmouth fishing?

Depending on who you ask, Big River is either the best kept secret in Missouri smallmouth fishing or a river that a combination of word of mouth, residual effects of mining spills, and the dreaded spotted bass has on the ropes.

What kind of smallmouth bass are in the Big River?

The truth is probably somewhere in between and the fact remains that the upper/middle Big River and its tributaries are some of the most consistent smallmouth fishing in the state. One of the first Special Management areas for Smallmouth bass, the Big River consistently produces fish in the 16 to 18 inch range with plenty more under.

Where is the best place to go fishing in Missouri?

James River; Winding 130 miles from its origin near Seymour, Missouri to Table Rock Lake, the James River is a popular destination for recreational floaters and anglers alike. Teeming with Smallmouth Bass, the James also has a good population of Largemouth, Spots and Goggle Eye, it’s my go-to destination when I need a quick fix.

Where to fish in the Ozarks on weekends?

Flanked by towering bluffs, Courtois Creek especially is a classic Ozarks stream, full of with deep submerged boulders and logs teeming with fish. Fish during the work week if you can, or weekends when the threat of inclement weather keeps the “aluminum hatch” at bay but do not miss the opportunity to float or fish these rivers.