Ozark Mountain Man

white bassEvery March in Southwest Missouri, fisherman wake up from their long winter slumber when they hear that the White Bass spawn is underway. Arguably, the epicenter of springtime White Bass fishing in the Ozarks is Bull Shoals Lake, specifically the Beaver Creek arm, and secondarily the mouth of Swan Creek.

The bass will move up these arms to spawn when the water temperature is to their liking. Swan Creek runs through Shadow Rock Park in Forsyth, Mo. where eager fishermen, and fisherwomen, line the bank just above the mouth of the creek. The Beaver arm is just downstream from Swan and this seems to be the biggest producer of Whites in the area.

You know that the run is in full swing when you see numerous boats at the mouth of the creek and people lining the banks. Ask most people what their lure, or lures of choice would be, and they would probably say a small Rooster Tail or Road Runner in the color white. Little Cleo spoons in silver would work as well. One of life`s little pleasures is a plate of deep fried White Bass with fried potatoes and onions on the side.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 3:11 am
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