FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 30, 2018
MEDIA ALERT - MEDIA ALERT

WHAT
NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING WEEK

WHEN: JUNE 2-10, 2018

WHERE: LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO


NATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING WEEK JUST DAYS AWAY

Lake of the Ozarks, MO - Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation, June 2 through 10.

FISHING AT THE LAKE
Fishing is one of the top recreational activities at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.
With the reputation for being one of the best fisheries in America, thousands of anglers return to the Lake of the Ozarks year after year to head out on the water in search of their next big catch.

National Fishing and Boating Week coincides with Missouri Department of Conservation's Free Fishing Days, June 9 and 10. During Missouri's free fishing days, any person may fish state waters without a Department of Conservation fishing permit, trout permit or other daily required tags. The Camdenton Conservation Office, 783 Thunder Mountain Road, also offers free fishing tackle that can be checked out similar to a book from a library to help those that may not have the requisite equipment enjoy this favorite pastime.

The most prevalent species at the Lake include largemouth and spotted bass; white bass; black and white crappie; hybrid white bass/stripers; bluegill; walleye; and channel, flathead and blue catfish, as well as paddlefish. But, the most sought after are crappie and bass. The Lake hosts over 500 professional and amateur fishing tournaments each year, the most popular being the semi-annual spring and fall Big Bass Bash  tournaments, which typically pay out a whopping $100,000 cash prize to the amateur that reels in the biggest fish.

Big Fish and Boy
This huge blue catfish was caught from the docks at Point Randall Resort in Lake Ozark.
For those looking to learn the ropes or to glean more tips from seasoned anglers, there are free fishing seminars every Monday morning, now through October 1, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Osage Beach City Park Pond Pavilion, 950 Hatchery Road. These educational seminars are lead by local fishing experts, professionals and guides and cover topics covering useful "how to's;" reading the water conditions; using different bait techniques; fishing patterns based on the time of year and fishing from boats, docks and banks. The classes are free and open to all levels of anglers.

The local guides  know the waters better than almost anyone and  make for a relaxing and effortless fishing experience.  With one call, you can book these professionals, who will take you to the Lake's fishing "hot spots," and will also provide the boat and all the equipment needed for the excursion. All you have to do is show up and your guide will take care of the rest. For a list of local guides, visit the "fishing" link at www.FunLake.com or call 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

BOATING AT THE LAKE
The Lake of the Ozarks was recently named one of best lakes in the country for boaters by BoatUS magazine. The magazine listed the eight most compelling fresh water lakes in America and featured the Lake of the Ozarks as a fantastic playground for all kinds of boaters. 

Visitors can rent a variety of boats, including spacious pontoons, from the many marinas, resorts and campgrounds around the Lake.
If visitors would like to spend their time exploring this fresh water "playground," there are more than 50 marinas dotting the 1,150 miles of shoreline where adults can rent a boat by the hour, day or the week. The Lake of the Ozarks' marinas as well as many of the resorts and campgrounds rent a variety of boats, including pontoons, speedboats, bass boats, personal watercraft, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

For visitors with their own boats, public launching sites are available in the Lake area's two state parks - Ha Ha Tonka State Park and Lake of the Ozarks State Park - as well as at the full-service marinas and resorts around the Lake.

Visitors can experience an easy and enjoyable boat ride on a leisurely Lake cruise. The Tropic Island luxury yacht, which moors at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, offers 90-minute daily scenic cruises for the public during the summer months. Days and hours of operation are available at www.TropicIslandCruises.com or by calling 573-348-0083.

Captain Omer Clark at the helm of the Tropic Island luxury yacht.
In addition, many Lake vacationers find chartering a boat from one of the numerous charter services for an hour or a day to be an ideal way to get out on the water and cruise around the Lake of the Ozarks. For a list of Lake-area charters, visit www.FunLake.com.

To find out more about fishing and/or boating at the Lake of the Ozarks, or to learn about all the different events and attractions, visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau's (CVB) website at www.FunLake.com. Additional information on great places to go for dining or places to stay also can be found at the CVB's website or by calling   800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS TRI-COUNTY LODGING ASSOCIATION 

& CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU

Phone: 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) Fax: 573-348-2293  

P.O. Box 1498  Osage Beach, MO 65065

Website: www.FunLake.com  Email: Info@FunLake.com