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Fishing Report For June 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June 2013 Monthly Fishing Report for Lake of the Ozarks. The Bassing Bob Monthly Fishing Report provides timely angling information for Lake of the Ozarks covering largemouth and Spotted Bass as well the location of shad. This report is provided by three Bassing Bob Experts, James Dill owner of Crock-O-Gator Baits, Wayne Fitzpatrick owner of Fitz Bait and Tackle and Jack Uxa guide with Jacks Guide Service.


The Bassing Bob Monthly Fishing Report provides timely angling information for Lake of the Ozarks covering largemouth and Spotted Bass as well the location of shad.   This report is provided by three Bassing Bob Experts, James Dill owner of Crock-O-Gator Baits, Wayne Fitzpatrick owner of Fitz Bait and Tackle and Jack Uxa guide with Jacks Guide Service.

The May Monthly Statistics are now available.

This report by these experts are based on combined bass fishing experience of 75 years at Lake of the Ozarks. Here is what they have to say about what to expect fishing the month of June 2013 for bass.

The water temperature this June should range from 70-75 degrees.  This time of the year it is not about the water temperature but much more important is the amount of water being pulled.   In June according to the experts it is all about current, which is created as the effect of water being discharged through Bagnell dam.  There is normally current throughout the month of June.  If Truman Lake falls to full pool this can cause the lake to lose current.

With the small to heavy amount of current the fish will position themselves in very catchable positions.  They will remain in those general areass and are not going anywhere until early July. The lake is a little lower now and this will pull the fish out on the points. The current will draw those fish towards the very end of the points and towards the bottom.  Look for schools of shad on the points to determine where they are in the water column.  If the current is heavy they are normally pulled deeper towards the bottom.  Look for points with current.  These are normally main lake points but the fish can be holding on secondary points as well.  The current will position the bass.  They will be located on the current side near a ledge or drop off.  If the shad are not there the bass are not either.

On longer points it may take a little longer to locate exactly where the bass are located on that point.  They will be on the point but maybe closer to the bank.  Zigzag back and forth across the bank until you locate the bass always looking for shad on your depth finder.  These areas on the point or hump where the shad are can be the real sweet spot.  The bass do move up and down on these points therefore zigzagging and keeping a close eye on your depth finder to locate shad is crucial.

Fish are exhausted right now from the spawn and the migration to points.  They don’t have as much meat or muscle. They are all beat up and occasionally may look like they are sick.  This is normal this time of the year due to stress and lack of food.  You can find them moving in schools or big groups towards the points are on the points.

The go to preference in June is fishing the bottom on these points as described.  The depth range around these points is 6 feet to 20 feet.   The range of depth or where they are located can be determined by factors such as overcast or low light.  With these conditions the bass may be shallower. If there is bright sun or wind, they can be repositioned a little deeper.

The baits suggested by the experts on these type points in June are big 10-12 inch worms, big jigs such as mop jigs, large football head jigs and deep diving crank baits.  The number one bait to use is the football jig.

If the water is clear use green pumpkin or PBJ(peanut butter and jelly).  If the water is stained to murky add chartreuse or a color that has more visibility.

Use at least a 7 foot medium heavy action rod, fast reels with 7.1 gear ratio and 15-20 pound fluorocarbon fishing line.

Setting the hook is crucial according to the experts.  Many fish are lost due to week hook sets.  Do not be shy when setting the hook.  Set the hook firmly with a quick snapping action.

The docks in June are not that important to fish for the larger bass.  The bass are there but normally smaller bass.  For the bank fisherman, beginners and children fishing from the bank around the docks with a small crankbait, purple plastic worm, brush hog.  Drag the worm and brush hog back from 15 feet of water.  Early in the morning and evening try a topwater around the bank and around seawalls.

If you’re going to fish main points try getting out real early(6 AM) to avoid the big boats and jet skis that will eventually show up.  

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