Bassmaster Magazine has named the Lake of the Ozarks the 31st best lake in the country for bass fishing.
The lake is the second of three Missouri lakes to make the list. The magazine surveyed each state's Department of Natural Resources to rank their lakes for bass fishing based on electroshock and catch rate surveys.
Bass tournament results further narrowed the list. Then, the magazine requested the Federation Nation conservation directors to rank the bass lakes on access, stocking practices and fishery health.
Finally, experts organize the final 100 into the list. The top lake on the list is Lake St. Clair in Michigan.
According to Jim Divincen with Tri County Lodging Assocation, the TCLA speculates that for every person that comes to the lake area for a bass tournament that lives in a 50 mile radius from the lake, the visitor spends about $50 per day.
For visitors that live outside the 50 mile radius, they are likely to spend about $70 to$80 per day.
Divincen added that the bigger the tournament and prize, the more pre- fish activity the tournament brings which adds to the economic impact from the tournament.
The Lake of the Ozarks came in at number 31, ahead of Shasta Lake in California, Lake Havasu in Arizona and Lake Michigan. Table Rock Lake, near Branson, came in at number 39 and Bull Shoals Lake on the Missouri/Arkansas border led the pack of Missouri lakes, coming in at 18. See the entire list at http://www.bassmaster.com/news/100-best-bass-lakes.