An Ozark August Can Produce Great Fishing!

Table Rock and Bull Shoals

Fishing Report, August 2012


The heat of  an Ozark August allows both the top water bite, and great night fishing to continue for another month! 


Early morning, just at dawn, and continuing until the sun comes over the horizon, there is a great top water bite on Ozark lakes!  Ahhh…! Yes!, the top water bite!  There is an explosion of silver water droplets, as the tail dancing fish that are the cause of the commotion,  put on an aerial display that will cause giggling and uncontrollable smiling on the part of the angler.


With Bass Pro Shops new Deadly 5 Swim Rig, which is a three lead buzz bait head, fishermen will be able to present a school of top water shad to breakfast-hungry bass!  Try this rig as soon as you can!  Find a rock bottom flat, one where the water gets deeper and deeper, in a gradual manner, and fish the Deadly 5 Buzz bait head with swim baits, Heddon Super Spooks, Storm Chug Bugs, or like top water baits, to early morning and late evening, rising fish.  With luck, your arm will get tired from catching fish.


Night fishing can be unbelievably exciting!  You never know what you have on, when you get a bite, until you get it in!  Try 10” or longer dark colored plastic worms, heavy spinner baits, ½oz or better (single, large Colorado blades), dark jigs, and deep running crank baits.  Fish in close to the banks, off main and secondary points, and near any structure.  Hold on to your rod tight, and be ready for some awesome action!!!  The dark causes you to imagine every fish is a monster!!! Oh boy…Let’s go right now!!!


The sunfish are spawning again, and where beds are around docks with deep water access, large, predator bass are waiting in ambush, alert and ready to dart out and attack these unsuspecting sunfish.  Try drop shotting Chompers or other finesse worms, to these bass.  All over the lakes, main lake points and the structure near these points, offer an opportunity for jigging a jiggin’ spoon for bass.  Also, during the day, try crawfish colored jigs (in the Ozarks, there are both green and brown crawfish, and both colors will work).   Another crawfish imitator is the tube.  Try it on points, and, along with jigs and shakey heads, on transition banks (these are banks where the type of  lake bottom changes from one angle or structure to another).


Shad like areas with current, and often congregate off main lake points.  Try these areas at dawn and dusk, especially, with a shad colored spinner bait or crank bait.  If the shad are not there, they might be found on channel swings in a main or secondary lake cove. 


During the middle of each day, bass will suspend close to structure (rock piles or depressions on the bottom, timber, weed beds, etc.). Try drop shotting or jiggin’ spooning these fish (ask a fishing associate about this).  Suspended fish will often gather in deep timber, especially where it is at the edge of a main lake channel, at, or close to a main lake point.  Warm water also causes bass to suspend at maximum oxygen level (thermocline level) on the main lake, in the middle of each day.


If it rains, or gets really windy, try jigs, square billed crank baits, or spinner baits, close to the bank.  White bladed spinner baits, or fire tiger color, will both work in the murky water.


Try pattern fishing, after you catch the first fish.  Did you catch that fish on a main or secondary point?  Was it on a sunny or shaded bank?  Was the wind blowing into the bank, or away from it?  Was the bank chunk rock or gravel, and what was the angle of the bank as it entered the water?  Ask questions like this, and try to establish a pattern to help identify where the fish are holding, and then get ready for some action!!!



Finesse Carolina rigs are working now.  Watermelon red and green pumpkin finesse worms, centipedes (French fries), lizards and fish doctors, all will work, when presented to hungry fish. 


This bite is on now!   It is exciting, since you get to see the actual bite!  This time of the year is wonderful!   


Good Luck and Good Fishing!

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