Fishing on Stockton Lake


Like many people, I often catch myself thinking of Stockton Lake as “The Sailboat Lake.”

While that may be true in some regards, Stockton Lake is a fantastic fishery.  I had the opportunity to spend four days bass fishing on Stockton a couple of weeks ago. What I found was that it wasn’t only the sun that was shining.


Catching and releasing more than 60 keepers once again proved Stockton Lake is an overlooked bass-fishing paradise.

The lake fishes a little different than many of our other Ozark lakes, as the coves are shallower and flatter with few creek channels. But the wide-open main lake of the Big and Little Sac rivers provides many windy points to focus and position the fish – and that wind even fills the beautiful white sails of more than a few boats on “The Sailboat Lake.”

Written by Scott Pauley, professional fisherman and outdoors marketing specialist for the Missouri Division of Tourism.

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