The Best Fall Fishing Is Found At The Lake Of The Ozarks!

The Lake of the Ozarks has been home to some of the best fishing in the country for over 80 years! With 55,000 acres of water and 1,150 miles of shoreline, there's plenty of spots for lots of fish to hide. The Lake is home to many different species of fish including black and white crappie, bluegill, spoonbill, gizzard shad, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white bass, walleye, gar, hybrid striper, largemouth and spotted bass. With the large variety of fish that call the Lake home, the fishing opportunities are endless! However, fall fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks is all about bass. Whether you've been in hundreds of tournaments or you're a recreational angler who's looking for some fun, a fishing trip to the Lake of the Ozarks is perfect for any fishermen. 

Early Fall Fishing

October is one of the most beautiful times of the year to fish at the Lake of the Ozarks, as the leaves are just beginning to change. The autumn scenery and the pleasant temperatures make it a great time to head out for some fishing before it gets too cold. During October, the fish will be scattered throughout the lake with no special location. Shad fish can be found throughout the entire lake, however, anglers will be focusing their attention on bass, including white or hybrid bass. This type of fish is aggressive and will put up a fight, which makes them fun for anglers to catch. 

Late Fall Fishing

Late fall can make for interesting fishing trips, as the weather can vary greatly from beautiful days in the 70s to cold, rainy and windy days with temperature in the 30s. While it may be getting cold, the fishing is just starting to heat up as winter approaches. Late fall is the best time to be out trying to catch some bass, as the lake starts to cool. Because of the dropping water temperatures, many of the fish can be found in the shallow parts of the lake, so do not go for the deep waters. Many professional anglers refer to Lake of the Ozarks in the late fall as some of the best top water bites in the country! 

Watch For The Fall Lake Turnover

While fall is a great time to visit the Lake of the Ozarks to go fishing, there is one thing anglers need to watch out for the annual fall turnover. During the summer months, the lake separates into three layers. These layers consist of a warm top layer, a thermocline in the middle and a cool bottom layer. When the fall weather cools the top portion of the lake, the layers will start to mix together. This makes the water very unstable, which makes it very difficult to catch fish. Luckily for you, the lake is over 90 miles long, so it doesn't occur over the entire lake at the same time. If you find that the fall turnover is affecting your fishing, just move to another area and you will probably have better luck. During the late fall fishing the turnover is usually complete, and you will hopefully catch tons of fish!

Book Your Fall Fishing Trip Today!

If you are needing a place to stay at the Lake of the Ozarks during your fall fishing trip, check out Keys to the Lake! We have a variety of different vacation homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, so whether you are planning a fishing trip with all your friends or you're going solo, we have the right place for you. Visit to view what homes and condos we have available. 

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