Spring is spawning time for bass at the Lake of the Ozarks and that means one thing for fishermen and fisherwomen — big fish and big prize money!
Spring is spawning time for bass at the Lake of the Ozarks and that means one thing for fishermen and fisherwomen — big fish and big prize money! The Lake of the Ozarks features two spring fishing tournaments that are sure to be favorites with anglers.
March 29-30 boats take to the water for the Annual Alhonna Resort Early Bird Open Buddy Bass Tournament. This spring tournament offers a great way to start a new fishing season at Lake of the Ozarks and draws anglers from throughout the Midwest. Because the tournament often occurs during the bass' natural spawning period, seven- and eight-pound fish are not uncommon. Take-off occurs at 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Weigh-ins are at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, with cash prizes distributed following Sunday's weigh-in. For more information about the tournament, including registration information, visit www.Alhonna.com.
April 5-6 is the Big Bass Bash, which draws amateur fishermen and -women from around the country for one of the biggest prize payouts in the U.S., over $165,000 in total prizes, with $50,000 being awarded to the angler who catches the biggest bass. In addition to the top prizes, the amatuer-only tournament features 20 prizes awarded in four different time slots, beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. each day. Prizes for the biggest fish of the weekend will be awarded at the awards ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Grand Glaize Beach in Lake of the Ozarks State Park. For more information or to register for the tournament, go to www.BigBassBash.com.