With the water being relatively hot, feeding activity will peak after dark, so the night fishing really heats up right now.

In the “Dog Days of Summer”, it is important to take into account the time of day when searching for big bass. With the water being relatively hot, feeding activity will peak after dark, so the night fishing really heats up right now.

Night fishing is also a great way to avoid the late summer boat traffic here on the Lake. Most of the fish will be found in deep water close to the thermocline where the water is cooler. Big fish have been caught as deep as 30 feet this time of year, but a good range to target would be from 12 to 20 feet.

When fishing deep this month it is critical to find heavy wood cover, since that is what the bass will be relating to. Throughout the years, man-made brush piles have been placed all over the lake, and you can find them by searching with your graph or feeling for them with heavy baits. You can also find a map of marked brush piles set out by the Missouri Department of Conservation on BassingBob.com.

You can fish these brush piles using a variety of techniques, but the most popular way to catch them is to Texas-rig a large plastic worm or creature bait. When the water temp is high this month, the fish’s metabolism slows way down, so they are more apt to eat larger baits. A good example of large bait would be a 10” Zoom Ole Monster. If you are having trouble catching fish, another pattern to catch large numbers of bass in August is to look for big docks that stick out furthest into deep water, and throw lipless crankbaits at the corners of them.

Check out Bassingbob.com for more daily fishing reports, in-depth videos, and articles of how to find and catch big bass this month on the Lake of the Ozarks.