Bass Fishing

Missouri fishermen can cast their lines into 34,700 miles of rivers and streams, 17 reservoirs, 800 lakes, and over 500,000 ponds.

Many of these offer great bass fishing opportunities. Anglers can try their luck for bass at Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock and Hazel Creek lakes or the Meramec and Gasconade rivers.

Few fish are more challenging to find, hook and get in the boat than the largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass. And few fish taste as good pan-fried over the campfire, deep-fried, or baked at home.

The successful angler considers which reel and bait to use, how weather will affect bass behavior, and what water conditions are best.

Tips from the pros to help 'hook the big one':

  • In spring find the warmest water; later in the season when water temperature is over 80 degrees or pressure is high consider cooler water
  • Fish in areas with underwater vegetation that affords cover for the bass
  • Fish the bottom, moving bait or lure with a slow, steady hand
  • Consider fishing just before or after the sun goes down
  • Experiment with different types and colors of lures and baits
  • Bass boats add to the enjoyment, but don't overlook the fun fishing from the shore (bass love to hide underneath docks)
  • Learn catch-and-release techniques
  • Contact Missouri's Department of Conservation to find where the bass are biting
  • Follow restrictions - Bass season is open all year in impoundments, but have opening and closing dates for streams; bag limit is 6 daily

A recent survey found three popular reasons to fish are to relax, catch fish, and get outdoors. Bass anglers can enjoy all three in Missouri. Get hooked with these titles from our digital collections.

Review provided by Hoopla
This book is for the novice fisherman who is interested in learning more about bass fishing. Topics covered include technique, equipment, safety, laws, and sportsmanship. Readers will learn what tools to use, where the best places to fish are, and what time of day and season is most suitable for bass fishing.

Review provided by OverDrive
Modifications of lures and development of new baits and techniques continue to keep the fare fish, and that's important. Bass seem to become "accustomed" to the same artificials and presentations seen over and over again. As a result, they become harder to catch. It's the new approach that again sparks the interest on the largemouth. To that end, this book explores some of the latest ideas for modifying; rigging and using bass lures. All are highly effective when utilized in the correct environment and conditions.

Review provided by Hoopla
John Neporadny is an expert bass fisherman, and he's here to offer his secrets and those of other fishing greats on hooking hawg largemouths in 101 Bass Fishing Tips. The latest techniques and tactics are revealed in this book full of tips from the top touring pros. The best competitors of the Bassmaster and FLW circuits share their secrets on how to catch largemouth bass throughout the year on various bodies of water.

Review provided by Hoopla
Striped bass - in fresh and salt water - are one of the world's greatest gamefish, and The Complete Book of Striped Bass Fishing is the fullest, most authoritative, most helpful book ever written on the species. Nick Karas, one of the world's great experts on the striped bass, offers proven techniques for more successful fishing. He details fishing from the surf; from boats; from bank, pier, jetty, and bridge - with all kinds of tackle and methods. And he takes an especially careful look at the growing popularity of fly rodding for stripers, fishing at night, and even how to catch striped bass in fresh water. An entire section of the book is devoted to tackle - where he takes a thorough look at the best rods, reels, lines, hooks, live and natural baits, artificial lures, accessory equipment of all kinds, bass boats, and the most innovative and practical beach vehicles.

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