Are you an avid angler? A big fishing fan? Then you’ll be happy to hear that one mid-Missouri fishing spot hooked quite a high ranking on’s list of the nine best fall fishing locations. Find out where to catch the action.

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By Peg Cameron Gill

After spring, fall is arguably the best season to go bass fishing. And if you’re looking for a truly terrific destination that’s a bass bastion, consider Lake of the Ozarks. Found smack dab in the heart of our state, it’s a bass fisherman’s paradise. So much so, the lake landed the number three spot on’s list of the best fall fishing locations.

Nicknamed “Puff The Magic Dragon” due to its serpentine shape, the huge lake is not only beautiful, but bountiful when it comes to freshwater fish. The lake covers 54,000 acres, and there’s no shortage of fish species in it.

Cast your line for largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, black and white crappie, catfish, hybrid stripers, paddlefish, walleye, and bluegill. The Lake is teeming with all of them.

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If you want to spend some quality time with your family, or teach your kids how to fish, consider booking a half day charter trip. If you’re a more ambitious or advanced angler, consider booking a full day trip, so you can fish in more areas and up your chances of having a “reely” good day.

Lake of the Ozarks has a variety of fishing charters you can book a trip with, scattered along its shoreline.

You can learn more about Lake destinations like Rocky Mount, Eldon, and Osage Beach and find available charter boat rentals here.

Read one angler’s account of how his granddad gave him fishing lessons – and life lessons, too.

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