During this month you will find bass in their usual fall pattern. Unlike September when most fish are found in the backs of the creeks, fish in October will be scattered throughout the lake with no predominant location. At this time, you may notice that the forage fish (shad) can be found just about everywhere.

October is one of the most beautiful times of the year at Lake of the Ozarks. The scenery combined with the generally pleasant daytime temperatures make it a great time to be on the water.

During this month you will find bass in their usual fall pattern. Unlike September when most fish are found in the backs of the creeks, fish in October will be scattered throughout the lake with no predominant location. At this time, you may notice that the forage fish (shad) can be found just about everywhere.

Anglers will target bass this month with a variety of different lures, and will also target a wide range of depths. A popular lure to use this month is a spinnerbait with double willow blades. This bait is a great shad imitator, and can be used to cover water efficiently in order to find where the fish are biting the best at that time.

One of the biggest things to pay attention to in the fall is the annual turnover. During the summer months, the lake stratifies into three separate layers. These layers consist of a warm layer on the top, a cool layer on the bottom, and a thermocline in the middle. Once the fall weather cools the top layer down to a certain point the layers will start to mix together. This mixture is what we call the turnover, and it is an angler’s worst nightmare. You can spot the tell-tale signs of the fall turnover by the dingy look in the water, as well as the strong sulfur smell that it puts off. This unstable water makes it very difficult to catch fish, but luckily the Lake of the Ozarks is over 90 miles long, so it does not occur over the entire lake at the same time. If you get to the lake to find the fall turnover affecting your fishing, you can avoid it by simply fishing in another section of this awesome body of water.

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