Cast a Line

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 angler is, “When and where is the best time to catch largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, white bass, etc.?” 

For Fishing

If you want to just cut to the chase, call 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 the 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, including:

Largemouth bass

Spotted bass

Black and white crappie

Blue catfish

Channel catfish

Flathead catfish

White bass

Hybrid striper







Fishing at State Parks

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 area around The Lake.

Tips and Tricks!

See the links below for some great tips and tricks when fishing Lake of the Ozarks.


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Vacation Fishing

For over 80 years, Lake of the Ozarks has been home to some of the best fishing in the country.

Spring Fishing

March through May the temps are starting to warm up, the days are getting longer, and the fish are getting active.

Summer Fishing

As the dog days of summer heat up so does the fishing at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.

Fall Fishing

With the temps getting cooler & the trees changing colors, fishing at Lake of the Ozarks peaks.

Winter Fishing

Don't let old man winter keep you from some great winter fishing at Lake of the Ozarks.

Crankbait Fishing

A crankbait is one of the most effective tools for locating and catching active fish, especially here in the Ozarks.

Jerkbait Fishing

Fishing Lake of the Ozarks means one thing—jerkbaits.

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