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It’s finally here …fall is set to arrive in the next few hours!
Not only will we experience growing relief from the heat of summer but Mozingo Lake fishing in general and bass fishing in particular will be getting better and better for the next several weeks …
The changing seasons also means changing environments for our finny-friends so we need to re-think our approach when heading over to Mozingo for a little bass fishing (or walleye or crappie or … you get the picture ) …
Cooler nights and shorter days mean Mozingo Lake’s water temperatures will be “falling” making shallow water environments much more comfortable than even a few short weeks ago … With that in mind, here are a few quick tips to consider the next time you are out on Mozingo taking advantage of the fall bass action:
- Steeper points at the end of coves provide excellent migration pathways between deeper water safe areas and the shallows. Work these points with deep running crankbaits, Carolina rigs, and jigs to intercept these transient fish;
- Use weedless lures like frogs over emergent vegetation while the weeds are still healthy and holding fish;
- Work spinnerbaits and buzzbaits (a personal favorite for fall bass) around the edges of weed beds and through stands of timber in the coves and upper portions of Mozingo;
- Bass and other gamefish will also be moving shallower along the face of the dam. Don’t be afraid to check the area out with crankbaits, jerkbaits or even a buzzbait; and
- Use weedless-rigged plastics along with jigs to fish the creek channel edges (particularly on the north end of the reservoir).
So now is the time to head out and enjoy some really great Mozingo Lake bass fishing before “Old Man Winter” sets in with his icy grip …
Happy Independence Day everyone!
Maryville’s annual 4th of Jully fireworks display will start at dusk (approximately 9 PM CDT) at the Mozingo Lake Recreational Area on Thursday evening.
Be sure and get there early for the best viewing locations …
Now here’s a Mozingo Lake fishing tip meant for the less-than-avid angler, especially those who only think about fishing one or two days per year and never get around to it …
Each year, the State of Missouri designates at least two days as “Missouri’s Free Fishing Days” where anyone can visit there local public fishing areas and wet a line.
“This is your chance to try fishing without having to buy a permit. Our annual Free Fishing Days are the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. Any person may fish state waters without permit, trout permit and prescribed area daily tag during Free Fishing Days.”
This is the perfect opportunity for many otherwise busy individuals to get out with their families, spend a day enjoying what nature has to offer and wet a line.
So if you have even the tiniest inclination to spend a little time fishing at Mozingo Lake, get the calendar out and block out some time on either June 8 or 9, 2013 and get ready to pull in a big-one …
Now that spring has finally sprung and water levels have returned to the point where all ramps are open, the 2013 fishing tournament season at Mozingo Lake is well underway…
Here is a list of upcoming bass and other fishing tournaments scheduled at on Mozingo…
May 4, 2013 – Leavenworth Bass Club (Closed Tournament)
May 5, 2013 – N2IT Fishing (Open Team Bass Tournament)
May 11, 2013 – Men of Honor Fishing (Closed Tournament)
May 18th, 2013 – American Bass Anglers (Open Draw Bass Tournament)
May 19, 2013 – Mozingo Lake Park Tournament
The Tightlines-N2IT Fishing series buddy-style bass tournament series has announced their schedule for the 2013 bass fishing season on Mozingo Lake.
The opening date for the tournament series is set for April 7th and will commence from the main boat ramp. Additional dates for the 2013 season include: May 5th, June 2nd, June 23rd, August 11th, September 8th with their annual classic event set for October 5th & 6th.
More information is available via the Tightlines-N2IT website (<== active link)…
Two area bass fishing organizations have released their schedules for their 2011 Mozingo Lake bass tournaments recently.
Both Division #59 of the American Bass Anglers and N2It Fishing have scheduled several tournaments at Mozingo Lake throughout the 2011 season.
The American Bass Anglers (ABA) Division #59 facilitates draw-style tournaments across parts of northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa as qualifiers to the national championship tournament of the parent organization, ABA.
ABA Division #59 has three one-day and one two-day tournaments pending on:
April 9, 2011,
June 19, 2011,
July 30, 2011 and
For more information about these tournaments contact, Rick Riley @ (402) 455-6445.
The N2It Fishing/Tightlines series are buddy-style bass tournaments where the entire series is held at Mozingo Lake. N2It Fishing holds six one-day qualifying events and a final two-day “classic” starting in April and ending in October, 2011.
The six one-day events are scheduled on:
April 10, 2011,
May 15, 2011,
June 5, 2011,
June 26, 2011,
August 14, 2011,
September 11, 2011 and
the two-day Classic is set for October 1-2, 2011.
If you would like more information on the N2It Fishing series, contact Tim Jackson at email@example.com putting N2It Fishing as the subject line or call (660) 582-8842 and leave a message.
Working North End Cover
It’s that time of year again folks where the ice has waned and waters are warming plus spring has arrived …
In tune with these moderating conditions, the walleye, crappie and bass inhabitants of Mozingo Lake are starting to gear up for another phenomenal season of fish catching action.
According to the MDC, one of the first gamefish to head shallow are the walleye they stocked into both Mozingo Lake as well as Bilby Ranch Lake ever since there construction. Both lakes harbor trophy-sized fish (8 pounds plus) that head into rocky shallows at night from now through mid-April to partake in their springtime spawning rituals.
Though spawning walleyes can be difficult to entice with bait or lure, the prospects of catching a true trophy will keep many an angler stoked during their sometimes chilly quest …
In addition to the walleyes, crappie will also be making their rise into the shallows to spawn later in the month with the bass following thereafter.
Definitely an exciting time for anglers who have been patiently(?) waiting for winter to leave and Mozingo Lake fishing to start heating up
Even though the temps have risen again over the last few days, the Fall Equinox has passed and autumn is settling in …
The fishing report from Mozingo Lake and Bilby Ranch Lake finds water temperatures dropping towards the 70 degree mark with water levels and clarity normal for this time of year …
Largemouth bass have been cooperative on both Mozingo and Bilby with the best luck for those focusing on deep to shallow water transition areas as well as areas with brush (Bilby) or flooded timber (both).
Where channel cats are somewhat active if heading to Mozingo Lake, they are more so at Bilby Ranch. Crappie, bluegill and walleye fishing has been fairly good on lakes.
With a frontal system passing later today and cooling temperatures, this Saturday might be a great day to head out to either lakes … just watch out for the wind!
Just in time for the start of a new month, here is the August 2010 Astro Table to help select those better Mozingo Lake fishing periods …