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Nicknamed "Puff The Magic Dragon" thanks to its serpentine shape, this stunning lake in the middle of Missouri is a sight for sore eyes! See the beauty it holds for yourself with a Lake of the Ozarks fishing guide, and explore some of the most productive freshwater fishing in the state. This lake covers a whopping 54,000 acres, and has so much to offer that you’ll find it hard to ever leave.

There’s no shortage of fish species in this large body of water, and you’ll find all the freshwater trophies here. Just imagine spending the day in the wilderness, going after creatures like Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Black and White Crappie, Catfish, White Bass, Hybrid Stripers, Paddlefish, Walleye, and Bluegill. Paints a nice picture, doesn’t it?

And there’s a variety of ways in which you can explore the lake. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your family, or teach your kids how to fish, a half day trip is the best choice. On the other hand, if you’re a more ambitious angler looking to fill your bags, consider booking a full day trip so you can cover more ground and maximize your chances.

As it encompasses such a huge area, Lake of the Ozarks has a varied offer of fishing charters you can book a trip with. They’re dotted along the shoreline, so a visit to places like Lincoln, Stover, or Eldon can yield great results. Just find the charter you like, and fish on!

Rules & Regulations

When it comes to fishing regulations, you should follow Missouri state law when fishing in Lake of the Ozarks. This means that you should buy a Missouri fishing license in advance and bring it with you on your trip. Booking a trip with a reputable guide is the best way to make sure you’re following all the regulations.

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What better way to start the year than a fishing adventure in the Ozarks? Thanks to the year-round fishing opportunities here, you’ll find plenty of fish. One that’s biting especially hard in January is Crappie.


In February, you’ll start seeing Bass in larger numbers, and they get hungry at this time of the year. Head over to the shallower waters for the best chance of catching all Bass varieties!


With temperatures slowly rising, you’ll find that fishing doesn’t slow down in Lake of the Ozarks. On the contrary, the Bass bite is hot, and you’ll find them swarming the shallower waters of the lake.


If Bass is what you’re after, this is the time to go for them. You’ll find that both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are biting hard, and you can also test your luck with Crappie and Paddlefish.


With spring in full swing, a day on the water can do wonders. Head on down to the lake and go after some of the prized species on offer, like Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish.


This is a great time to go after Bluegill, which are especially good when it comes to introducing your kids to the joys of fishing. You’ll get to go after tasty Catfish as well.


Summer’s here, and so are the fish! Fishing for Bluegill is at its peak, as they fill the shallow waters of the lake. Bring your kids on a great summer vacation, and have a real adventure!


The weather remains hot, and the bite does too! In August, you have the chance to target almost anything from Bass to Crappie and Bluegill. They’re all biting, so don’t miss the opportunity to fill your bags.


As the fall slowly approaches, Bass tend to flock to the lake’s deeper waters. In September you should opt for a guide who’ll take you out to all of the hotpots, and hook some trophy Bass.


The temperatures start to drop in October, and this marks the arrival of Crappie fishing. Bass fishing is still strong, especially in the deeper parts of the lake.


This is when Crappie make their way to the shoreline, so don’t hesitate to sink a line here in November! You can also head out in search of some big Catfish, as they’re still biting hard.


End your year with a blast, by heading out to the lake for some angling action! You’ll find that Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish are all in the cards in December.

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FAQs about Fishing Charters in Lake of the Ozarks

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Lake of the Ozarks costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $385. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Lake of the Ozarks is 22 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

Chauffeured Guide Service, Inc. - Lake Ozark, Mike Doll Fishing Guide Experience, and All-Out Fishing Charters LLC – Paddlefish all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake of the Ozarks.

The best way to experience fishing in Lake of the Ozarks is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Lake of the Ozarks.

The most popular fish species you can target are Bass (Largemouth), Crappie, and Catfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, jigging, and heavy tackle. Lake fishing is commonly offered by local guides.

The temperatures start to drop in October, and this marks the arrival of Crappie fishing. Bass fishing is still strong, especially in the deeper parts of the lake. Check availability for local fishing charters in Lake of the Ozarks.