Tournaments keep the Grand Glaize arm
of the Lake of the Ozarks well stocked with bass throughout the
Nearly every weekend, a bass tournament is held at the Lake of the
Ozarks State Park Grand Glaize Public Beach 2 (also known as PB2).
The popular access area hosts most of the major tournaments that
visit the lake and countless club, buddy and charity events. The
constant releasing of fish around the access area keeps the Glaize
arm stocked with plenty of keeper bass (15 inches or longer) and
some trophy fish. The biggest bass I’ve ever taken from the Lake of
the Ozarks was an 8.10-pounder that I caught on a clown-colored
Suspending Rattlin’ Rogue on the Glaize arm one Thanksgiving
Lake Ozark, MO, angler Greg West estimates the average size bass an
angler can expect to catch on the Glaize during the winter runs from
2 1/ 2 to 4 pounds. In a fall tournament last year on the Glaize,
West and his partner caught a five-fish limit weighing 18 pounds.
“It can produce a 16- to 20-pound stringer if you catch it at the
right time,” says the tournament competitor.
The Grand Glaize arm runs about 16 miles from its confluence with
the Osage arm to the swinging bridges area where the tributary
narrows down to a stream. The arm contains several large branches
and hollows throughout its length including Watson Hollow, Red Bud
Hollow, Brushy Hollow Cove, Anderson Bay, Honey Run Hollow, Brasher
Cove and Patterson Hollow. Bass-holding structure on this arm
includes creek channel drops and bends, bluffs, humps, long gradual
gravel points and gravel flats. The upper end of the Glaize also
contains the only lily pad patch in the lake.
“There aren’t as many docks on the Glaize but there are a lot more
brush piles,” says West. A large section of the Glaize arm runs
through the wooded and undeveloped Lake of the Ozarks State Park, so
most of the docks on this arm are confined to the first couple of
miles around the Grand Glaize bridge and some spots from the 26- to
30-mile mark. West discloses the key to fishing the undeveloped part
of the Glaize is to find the humps, ridges and sunken brush piles.
Starting in December, West relies on one lure to catch bass
throughout the winter. He opts for a Chompers twin-tail plastic grub
that he attaches to either a 3/8- or 1/ 4- ounce jighead. If it’s a
calm warm day he will try the 1/ 4-ounce jig, but on windy days or
if the fish have moved into deeper water he switches to the
3/8-ounce model to stay in better contact with his lure. He usually
ties his grubs on 8-pound test line although he will upgrade to
10-pound test in murky water.
West’s favorite hues for his Chompers grubs are root beer green
flake on sunny days or green pumpkin in overcast weather. He also
dips the tails in chartreuse dye.
“When the fish get in the brush piles during the winter months I
just drag that thing slowly,” says West of his presentation. With
this tactic, West can work an area thoroughly yet still cover a lot
of water. The fish will be 20 to 25 feet deep on main lake humps and
ridges throughout most of the winter.
During the cold months, West prefers fishing the upper half of the
Glaize. “The farther up you go the better, but you have to get into
some coves that have deep water,” he recommends. “If they keep
dropping the lake too much then you have to keep coming back down
lake. His favorite stretch for wintertime fishing is from Anderson
Bay to about the 27- or 28-mile mark.
The brown Jewel Eakins’ Pro Model Jig tipped with a Chompers
twin-tail grub also produces for West during early winter on the
Glaize. When the water turns colder, the other predominant winter
pattern is slowly twitching a Suspending Rattlin’ Rogue
(silver-and-black, silver-and-blue and clown) over brush piles or
along steep rocky banks.
The patterns usually remain stable throughout most of the winter
when the fish congregate on the structure. “When the water gets
colder in January and February the fish start stacking up and you
might fish four rounded points and not get a bite, but then the
fifth point will have fish bunched up on it,” says West.
The water color on the Glaize arm usually has more color to it than
the other arms of the lake during the winter. “It is a little
murky,” describes West. “You can usually see down about 1 foot to 1
1/ 2 feet.”
Since so many bass are released around the PB2 area, the lower end
of the Glaize usually receives the heaviest fishing pressure. West
notes the pressure diminishes the farther you run up the Glaize.
Other areas of the Lake of the Ozarks probably produce bigger
stringers of bass in the winter than the Glaize, but if you want
consistent action on a cold day, then try the undeveloped stretch of
the Grand Glaize.
For information on lodging and other
facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free 152-page
vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor
Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention
and Visitor Bureau web site at funlake.com.
Copies of John Neporadny's book, "THE Lake
of the Ozarks Fishing Guide" are available by calling 573/365-4296
or visiting the web site