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Wiggling Our Bait in the Ozarks

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An April 2006 trip to Missouri by MCJ graduate

Blue catfish Photo, More Photos
Quote: Wiggling our bait in the Ozarks was our favorite pastime. We fished in a variety of areas and sometimes for different species of fish.

Wiggling Our Bait in the Ozarks

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Overview

Blue catfish Photo,
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I think it is fair to say most women would like to shop than fish. And where we vacationed at in Osage Beach many women would faint to know there is an enormous outlet mall there to shop at. The store names such as Polo, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, etc., were present. But these names meant nothing to us, because we are two women that are avid anglers. We wanted to fish in different areas of the Ozarks. This is because some areas have more species of a certain fish, or a different species of fish or we were at state parks anyway to see other attractions. Consequently, we fished at the following places: Lakewood Resort in Osage Beach, MO, Bagnell Dam in Bagnell, MO, Shawnee Bend Public Access in...Read More

Fishing at Shawnee Bend Public Access

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Attraction

Shawnee Bend Public Access Photo,
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After the fiasco at Bagnell Dam, we decided to fish somewhere else . We went to Shawnee Bend Public Access. There my poles were rigged up for catfish. I had the Texas rig. This consisted of a Eagle Claw, size 2/0 hook, with a bullet sinker. I used live shiners. And I fished on the bottom. But Sharon fished with both live shiners and soft plastic bait. She immediately caught an 8-inch bass (which she released) on a yummy frenzy (soft plastic bait) by the shoreline. And then a half hour later, Sharon caught a 14-inch bass on a Texas rig set up (the same as mine) with a big shiner. This bass was too small too, so she released it. Sharon later caught two bluegills on bobbers and minnows. Since we hat...Read More

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Fishing at Bagnell Dam

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Attraction

Bagnell Dam Fishing Photo,
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I have mixed feelings about visiting Bagnell Dam. I appreciate the fact that it impounds the Osage River in MO, creating an angler’s paradise, Lake of the Ozarks; and provides electricity to a large area of the state. However, our fishing experience here was disastrous.I had heard so much about this place to fish, that we decided to try it. We were boat less so we had to fish from the shoreline here. We fished fairly close to the ramp, since we were told by a worker at the Beabout’s Bait Shop and Tackle this would be a good place to fish. We just rigged some of the poles up for Crappies (had a small minnow and a bobber and a size 6 crappie circle hook, by Eagle Claw, with a 10-pound test line)...Read More

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park

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Attraction | "Fishing at Ha Ha Tonka State Park"

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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We only had a chance to fish here for two hours, since we explored this park’s other attractions such as trails, castle ruins, visitor center, etc. Therefore, our time that day was limited for fishing, especially since the park closed at sunset. At the visitor center, we met a worker named Rita. She gave us great fishing advice. (I recommend you visit with her if you come to this park to fish.) Being an angler herself, she knew where the fish were in this park. She told us if we wanted to fish for crappies we needed to go to an area considered to be the sunken island (by the balanced rock formation). There, near a dock, is a crappie bed. She said she had caught some crappies. The only problem ...Read More

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park
1491 State Road D
Camdenton, Missouri 65020
(573) 346-2986

Fishing at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Part II

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Attraction

Ha Ha Tonka State Park Photo, Camdenton, Missouri
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We ended up fishing on one of the docks at the park. It was easy access for me. It was a very long dock for several anglers to fish from. Here Sharon was fishing for bass and I was fishing for catfish. Sharon was using her jitter bug bass lure near the shoreline line with a 10-pound test line with one of her poles. And on her other rod (medium action) she was using her frenzy yummy soft plastic bait and casting it too, by the shoreline. The bass was in shallow water. I, on the other hand, was fishing for catfish again. I was fishing on the bottom. I used my normal rig set up called the Texas rig. This is where I used either a 15- to 20-pound test line, with a bullet sinker and a Eagle Claw 2/0 ho...Read More

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Fishing at Lakewood Resort

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Attraction

Fishing at Lakewood Resort Photo, Osage Beach, Missouri
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The best fishing facilities and fishing I had was just fishing off our condo rental’s dock. Our resort had a covered dock, a great lighting system at night on the dock, a garbage disposal, a cleaning station on the dock and a spray hose. In addition, it had two plastic benches and a small fishing hole for children to fish from. It also had a railing all around it. The floor to the dock was concrete too. This place also had a trash can. The area was kept very clean by both the guests and the staff .Although we fished daily on this dock, my best fishing experience was the first 2 days here. I know it was because the blue catfish would bite only in the worse weather. The first two days we we...Read More

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Fishing at Lakewood Resort
1029 Lakewood Circle
Osage Beach, Missouri 65065
(573) 348-5506

Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park

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Attraction | "Trout fishing at Bennett Spring State Park"

Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park Photo,
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While vacationing in the Ozarks, we went to Bennett Spring State Park twice to fish. From Osage Beach where we stayed at, it was about an hour up and an hour back. It was well worth the trip. This park is a gorgeous one! And the fishing here is great for both the novice and the expert fly angler. I was absolutely amazed to watch both the men and the women fly fishing, especially. I was mesmerized at how they whipped the fly line out and brought their trout in. The first day we were there, we scoped out this park. We looked at the trout hatchery there, the picnic areas, The Park Store (where you buy your daily trout tag and/or fishing license, fishing supplies, souvenirs, groceries, etc....Read More

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Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park
26250 Hwy. 64A
Lebanon, Missouri 65536
(417) 532-4338

Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park

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Attraction | "Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park, Part II"

Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park Photo,
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The regulations for fishing for trout here: "All anglers throughout the year need a state fishing license except those 15 years or younger or MO residents 65 and older, besides a fishing permit you need a daily tag to fish and the cost is $3 and it must be displayed on your body where it can be seen, it is required that each angler keep his/her trout separate at all times and have the angler’s name and address on whatever they are in, the daily limit of trout is four, possession limit are eight trout, there is no minimum limit length on rainbow but brown trout less than 15 inches must be released unharmed immediately after they are caught, only a single pole or rod may be used, there is no gigging, sn...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2006

Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park
26250 Hwy. 64A
Lebanon, Missouri 65536
(417) 532-4338