Consistency is the key.
That’s the message professional angler Scott Pauley drives home after finishing second in the Central Pro Am’s Angler of the Year tournament circuit.
Pauley, the Missouri Division of Tourism’s fishing and outdoors expert, says conditions are excellent on Table Rock Lake, where the final tourney of the Central Pro Am season was held June 1-2.
“That Saturday, with cloud cover, they bit on spinners and top-water lures,” says Pauley. “Sunday, it was sunny, so I had to switch to a Carolina rig.”
Practicing on the Thursday and Friday leading up to the weekend tourney, Pauley says the bass were biting on a variety of baits – in fact, he landed fish using seven different types of lures.
“The fish are post spawn, so they’re feeding really well,” Pauley says. “It’s a really good time to be fishing Table Rock. You can catch them on just about anything. When you reel them in, they are spitting up shad and crawfish – they are really eating a lot right now.”
In addition to being in post-spawn patterns, Pauley notes Missouri’s temperatures have made fishing conditions ideal.
“The water temperature at Table Rock was 71 degrees,” he says, “that’s perfect. Until it gets into the 90s every day and the water temperatures reach into the 80s, the fishing is going to be really good. So, we’re in good shape for a while.”
Although Missouri has experienced above-average rainfall for the spring season, Pauley says fishing conditions are fine at Lake of the Ozarks, and at locations such as Bull Shoals, Stockton, Truman and Pomme De Terre lakes. He also said some previously swollen rivers and streams are have returned to normal water levels and good fishing conditions.