Covering 54,000 acres and over 1,150 miles of shoreline, the Lake of the Ozarks is home to some of the best fishing in the country. The biggest question for the average fishmerman is, "When and where is the best time to catch largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, white bass, etc?" If you want to just cut to the chase, call on one of the Lake's independent fishing guides. These pros will take you directly to the "hot spots" and give you some pointers on when, where and how to fish the many coves, docks and shorelines at Lake of the Ozarks. Please check out Missouri Conservation Department's Fishing Prospect Report for more Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Tips.
The Lake is loaded with a variety of fish species: largemouth bass, spotted bass, black and white crappie, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, hybrid stripers, paddlefish, walleye and bluegill.
The Lake's state parks also attract anglers year-round. Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Osage Beach offers boat ramps, dock-fishing and crappie beds. Ha Ha Tonka State Park near Camdenton has two boat docks and allows fishing from marked access points. Numerous bait shops and full-service marinas also serve the Lake area.