Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't have fun at the Lake of the Ozarks. Many anglers don't realize that these cooler months can offer some of the best jig fishing of the year! Summerset Boat Lifts wants you to make the most of fishing during the winter months - so let's take a look at what makes the Lake of the Ozarks a great place for winter fishing and where the best spots are for winter fishing!

Winter Lake Conditions

There are 3 specific conditions that make the Lake of the Ozarks a great place to fish in the wintertime:
  1. Whether on the main lake or in creeks, bass fish prefer to relate to the channels for security and travel paths. They simply hold on at the ends of channels throughout the winter. 
  2. When the water temperatures are around 39-42 degrees and stays the same throughout the lake's depths. This is because the water is the densest at these temperatures. As a result, anglers are able to find bass anywhere from 5-2- feet deep. 
  3. On sunny days, the sun will warm some of the dark-colored banks, attracting the bass in order to warm themselves. Crawfish also move to the same banks, making the banks even more desirable for the bass to grab an easy meal. 

Best Spots for Winter Fishing

When winter fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks, start in the more shallow areas of the lake, working your way to the deeper areas. Head to the back of creeks or coves first - you're likely to have the best luck in those areas, especially on sunny days. Some other areas of the lake to tackle first include: 
  • Isolated Stumps
  • Large Rocks
  • Brush 
  • Laydowns (trees or stumps laying on the lake floor) 

If you love fishing and have a boat here at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help you keep it in the water all year long, allowing you to fish here in the winter months too! Our Lake of the Ozarks boat lift accessories such as de-icers and remote controls for your lift are perfect for keeping your boat, lift and dock in proper working condition throughout the year. Give Summerset Boat Lifts a call at 573-348-5073 today!

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