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and guiding at the
son of bass tournament superstar Denny Brauer has also become a
topnotch professional angler by winning the 1996 Bassmasters
Tennessee Top 100 Pro event and qualifying for the 1998 Bassmasters
Classic. When he’s home from the tournament trail, Chad Brauer
still fishes in some tournaments on his home lake. Here’s a look
at his favorite ways to catch bass on
on bluff ends and steep points, Brauer casts a brown 1/ 2-ounce
chameleon craw Strike King Pro Model Jig and small brown pork chunk
to the bank and works it back to the boat. The depth of the fish
depends on the weather. “A
good starting spot for me is 15 to 25 feet and I may move a little
shallower or deeper,” he suggests.
Osage Beach, MO, pro concentrates on the last one or two bluff banks
he finds in the backs of creeks and coves. If the water is clear, he
will cast to the steep banks and work the lure out to 20 feet, but
in murky water conditions he pitches the lure and targets fish in
the 1- to 5-foot range.
pattern produces best for Brauer from early March to mid-April when
the water temperature is in the mid 50s to low 60s.
He can catch bass on this tactic from Bagnell Dam to Truman
Dam during this time.
arms of the lake also produce for Brauer during the spawn, which
usually runs during a three-week stretch from late April to early
May. The water temperature then is usually in the low to upper 60s.
continues using the brown jig tipped with a Strike King 3X Denny
Brauer Chunk, but he also throws a Devil’s Horse or Zara Spook on
top or works a green pumpkin plastic lizard along the bottom.
He looks for shallow pockets and any banks with pea gravel
where he keys on the boat docks. Most of the fish will be less than
10 feet deep during this time.
the bass spawn, Brauer still works the same areas with topwater
lures but keys more on the outside corners of the docks. “Those
postspawn fish will back off on the docks and suspend underneath the
foam,” he says. Brauer also drags a Carolina-rigged plastic lizard
or twitches a Strike King 3X Zero jerk worm in the same areas.
favorite stretch to fish during the post-spawn is from the 10- to
notes this stage of the spawn usually runs from late May to early
June when the water temperature is 70 to 75 degrees.
summertime patterns work best from the end of June through the
middle of August when the water temperature climbs from 75 degrees
to the high 80s. Brauer’s favorite area to fish in the summer is
the mid-lake stretch from the 10- to 40-mile mark.
the lower end of the lake, he continues to fish the summertime
patterns until the water starts cooling down. Brauer also starts
running up the major tributaries and keys on the isolated docks and
brush on the shallow flats. He suggests this pattern will work on
the upper Osage, Grand Glaize, Niangua and Gravois arms.
On cloudy days, he works the areas with a buzz bait,
spinnerbait or Strike King 4S crankbait.
In sunny weather he will swim either a 3/8- or 1/ 2-ounce
white Strike King Pro Model Jig and white plastic chunk or plastic
crawfish around the boat docks.
The fish in these areas will be 5 feet deep or shallower.
shallow flats pattern works best for Brauer from the end of August
until November when the water temperature drops from the mid 70s to
the low 60s.
information on lodging and other facilities at the
of John Neporadny's book, "THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing