There’s nothing like the thrill one gets when they feel their line go taut and they see their rod bend to absorb the strength of a fish as it fights to get free. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first fish someone’s ever caught or the thousandth, the excitement never wanes. It’s for this reason so many anglers return time and time again to Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks – because no matter the season, the “bite is on.”
The Lake of the Ozarks, which has been an angler’s paradise since its creation in 1932, is a must-visit for anyone that wants great odds of catching their daily limit of fish. Known as one of the best fresh-water fisheries in the nation, this man-made reservoir features 54,000 acres of water stretching 92 miles end to end with 1,150 miles of shoreline. That’s a lot of water holding a lot of fish.
The variety of fish at the “Best Recreational Lake in the Nation” includes largemouth and spotted bass; white bass; black and white crappie; hybrid white bass/stripers; bluegill; walleye; and channel, flathead, and blue catfish, as well as paddlefish. However, the most popular species are easily crappie and bass. The Lake hosts over 500 professional and amateur fishing tournaments each year, the two most popular being the semi-annual spring and fall Big Bass Bash tournaments, with each typically paying out a whopping $100,000 cash prize to the amateur that reels in the biggest fish.
For any first-timers to the Lake of the Ozarks — whether it’s someone’s first-ever attempt at fishing or their first time fishing at the Lake — the surest strategy for success is to get hooked up with a professional guide. The local pros know the water better than anyone and have all the equipment and knowledge to make for a memorable day (or days) out on the water. The Lake of the Ozarks’ guides are a great resource and they are eager to show off the highlights of their home waters. With a guide, beginners can learn the basics: how to properly cast, what habitat the fish like, and what type of baits work best for each species and during which time of year. They’ll also pick up many simple tips on easily overlooked essentials that will help them catch more fish and have more fun. To book a Lake of the Ozarks fishing guide, visit www.FunLake.com.
With more than 200 restaurants and nightspots in the Lake of the Ozarks area, there is no shortage of options for great places to eat. One of the most memorable and popular ways to enjoy a meal is dining lakeside, where the views are as spectacular as the food. Named as one of the top five destinations in the country to “dock and dine,” Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks features over 60 restaurants that are situated lakeside, either with a stunning view of the water or with convenient marinas where boaters can tie up their vessels, step off their boats and onto the dock and walk up to the restaurant to enjoy their meal. Some of the most popular “dock and dine” restaurants at the Lake offer a variety of fare, ranging from Cajun cooking to classic American cuisine and beyond. And, most feature live musical entertainment and each has its own unique amenities and experiences as well. Although arriving at dinner by water is arguably a lot more fun, having a boat is not necessary to enjoy these great lakeside dining options – all of the restaurants are also accessible by land.
The Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council has launched a new “Pass it On!” Campaign to raise funds for local charities
Beginning today, the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council launched a 45-day “Pass it On!” fundraising campaign to benefit four Lake-area charities.
During the “Pass It On!” campaign, anyone that makes a minimum $20 donation between now and June 30 to Citizens Against Domestic Violence, Dream Factory of the Lake of the Ozarks, Feeding Lake of the Ozarks Food Bank and/or Kids’ Harbor will have a chance to win one of four Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail Passcards, valued at $750 each. The winners of the four “Pass it On!” Golf Trail Pass cards will be announced the first week of July.
With a Golf Trail Pass card a golfer can play up to 26 rounds of golf – two rounds at each of the 13 Golf Trail courses – for the minimal cost of a cart fee per round. Participating courses include Bear Creek Valley Golf Club, the Golf Club at Deer Chase, Eldon Golf Club, Indian Rock Golf Club, Lake Valley Golf Club, The Cove and The Ridge at The Lodge of Four Seasons, The Nine Hole Course and The Oaks at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Osage National Golf Resort, Old Kinderhook, Redfield Golf Course, and Rolling Hills Country Club. For more information about the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council, current safety guidelines or to book tee times at the 13 Golf Trail courses, visit www.GolfingMissouri.com.