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Good to Be Back on Lake of the Ozarks Today – Lots of Bites

Daily Fishing Log For May 24, 2022

General Info Weather / Water Conditions
Date May 24, 2022 Air Temp 50's Current Generation Heavy
Fisherman Bob Water Temp 68-70
Hours Fished 4 Sky Precipitation Water Clarity Slightly Stained
Fishing Overall Good Wind Light
Fish Caught
Total Bass Caught Total Keepers
25+ 3
Size/Weight (Pounds)
3 4 5 6+
Baits Used
Keepers Other Fish
Shaky Head w Senco 5" Worm Same
Bait Colors
Keepers Other Fish
Black n Blue Fleck Senco Worm Same

Lower Glaize to 22mm.  Fishing main lake points, secondary points, brush piles and bluff ledges.


Fishing Notes

After being off the water here for about a week with some minor leg artery procedures and then at Grand Lake in Oklahoma this past weekend fishing the Big Bass Bash.  We had twelve BB Members including Jack Uxa all hang together at Grand Lake, awesome camaraderie and great BBQ meals and a few spirits, LoL.

Grand Lake Big Bass Bash Summary

The water at Grand was 3′ high and heavily stained to muddy lake wide.  I caught about 6 keepers and 20 or so shorts over 2 days, most on swim bait and beaver, fishing main lake points, secondary points and flipping behind boat docks.  Similar patterns as Lake of the Ozarks spawn and post spawn bass.  Steve Heitman, who works with me, caught a money fish, 4.02 pounds on shaky head worm, flipping flooded bushes.  Jack caught caught a lot fish and a lot of keepers on the Glide Bait and Shaky Head behind docks and secondary points, he weighted in one trying for a exact three pounder but just a bit shy.  BB Member caught fish on the shaky head and BB Member and good friend, Robbie Cox caught some quality fish on the Buzz Bait and bottom baits.  Had one that was tweener, 3.3 pounds.

The winner at Grand caught a 6.75 pounder in the last time period on a whacky senco flipping bushes, 2nd and third tied with 16.16 pounders.  The last checks, paid twenty places each 2 hour period was taking a heavy 3 pounder to just over 4 pounds.

Back on Lake of the Ozarks Today

With the heavy current and early stages of the post spawn, I started off this afternoon on main lake points and bluff ends, fishing the Zoom 5″ Swim Bait on 6th Sense 3/4 OZ Swim Bait Head, the 6th Sense Cloud 20 Crank Bait – BlueTruese color, shaky head worm and Chompers 5/8oz Brush Jig in Davenport Special color.   I had zero bites in the first two hours running that pattern.   That pattern and those baits will get on fire any day now and throughout June and perhaps into July if the dam continues to pull a lot of current.

I did have a few blow-ups on the Crock-o-Gator 3/4oz Black Head Knocker Buzz Bait on main lake banks with big rocks, but the fish were just swiping at it, not eating it.

I then fished a small stretch of bluff ledges and caught 4 fish and a small keeper, I thought maybe I should try this pattern a bit more.

That bluff ledge bite was on.  I fished that pattern with the shaky head for 2 hours before the heavy rain and eventually thunder/lightning forced me off the lake about 5PM.  While I caught a 3.2 pound spawned out female and another small keeper, I caught at lest 25 bass, some real small ones and several 13-14″ fish, all on the shaky head.   The bite was really subtle, just a small tick or a bit of weight and I would set the hook.  For several fish I lost contact with my bait, I think they were picking it up and swimming with it toward the boat, so once I could load up, I set the hook and caught them.  Others also bit the bait on the fall.  Most fish came from bank to 10-12′ for of water. some  were right on the bank.

Fun afternoon fishing in the rain.

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