Spring fishing is well under way and will only get better as the days and nights continue to warm. White bass are active on both lakes with the Stump Hole area on Norfork and Gulley Creek on Bull Shoals the hot spots. A few whites have been reported under the bridge at Theodosia and a few in Spring Creek. Sliders, pin minnows, swimming minnows and rooster tails are among the baits most popular with fishermen wanting to catch whites. Live minnows work well also and will bring a crappie in as well.
Bass are only a few weeks from their annual spawn and will be feeding heavily in anticipation of the spawn. Look for bass on main lake points and in the first third of major creeks. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and shakey-head worms all work well this time of year. The Carolina rig is also a good choice, and like every other bait, needs to be fished slowly until water temps rise.
Walleye are looking to spawn, and many have moved into the river systems. Live minnows and jerkbaits work well this time of year. The best walleye fishing occurs at dusk and a little after dark. The Smithwick rogue is a popular jerkbait for walleye, and currently we are running a 25 percent off sale on this lure.
We are loaded with spinning reels and rods as well as combos for all price ranges. During white bass season we will be open till 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Ozark County Times

504 Third Steet
PO Box 188
Gainesville, MO 65655

Phone: (417) 679-4641
Fax: (417) 679-3423