Your Best Bets for February Bass Fishing in Missouri
February 18, 2014
For more than 20 years I have been covering bass tournaments and attending writers' junkets at some of the best fisheries in North America.
I have visited many states that have outstanding fishing for certain species, but throughout my travels I have discovered there is no place like home when it comes to a smorgasbord of fishing opportunities.
Missouri abounds with massive manmade reservoirs, big rivers, small streams and lakes — all offering great fishing for a variety of species. You can wade a stream for smallmouths and goggle-eyes, or pursue bass and crappie from a boat on our impoundments. The state's climate is ideal for year-round fishing, whether it's for rainbow and brown trout in the dead of winter or sunfish and catfish in the heat of summer.
Here's a look at some of the best places in the Show Me State to fish in 2014. Let's take a look at the options available for February bass fishing in Missouri.
Here's a sample of some great destinations to help you plan your next fishing trip and be sure to check out the solunar fishing calendar on In-Fisherman!
Bass, Table Rock Lake
This is one of my favorite times to fish this southwest Missouri reservoir; fishing pressure is light and lunker largemouths are moving out of the depths and starting to feed in preparation for the spawn.
The clearwater stretch from the dam to Kimberling City produces most of the wallhanger fish during February. Slowly twitching a suspending stickbait through timber along main-lake bluff ends and channel swings works best in early February. Later in the month try the same lures along secondary points and transition areas where the bank changes from chunk rock to pea gravel. An Alabama rig adorned with swimbaits has been a hot item in recent years. Remember that Missouri allows only three lures with hooks on that type of setup.
A couple of deep patterns work well in February for spotted bass. Cast or vertical jig a 1/2- or 3/4-ounce slab spoon into standing timber 25 to 35 feet deep for football-shaped spots. Vertical jigging a plastic grub in the 40- to 65-foot depth range on main-lake flats and ditches also tricks spotted bass.
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