9/10/18 Prospect Report: Mozingo Lake

Associated Area

Driving Directions

From Maryville, take Highway 136 east 3 miles, take Liberty Road north off Highway 136, travel past golf course entrance then take 245th Street west of park entrance at Park/Lake access.

Spring sampling in 2018 on 1,006-acre Mozingo Lake near Maryville again revealed a good population of largemouth bass.  Just over 40 percent of the 436 bass sampled measured over 15 inches, almost 20 percent measured over 18 inches, and a few individual fish weighed in over 8 pounds.  Abundant habitat in the form of submerged brush piles, rocky points, milfoil weedlines, and shallow coves are all available to suit different fishing presentations.  Largemouth bass tournaments are very popular on Mozingo Lake, and 20-pound stringers are not uncommon.  Extremely high harvest had a significant impact on crappie numbers in the last few years, resulting in a creel limit change of 15 crappie per day instead of 30.  There is still no length limit.  Although down compared to years past, Mozingo can still produce quality catches of both white and black crappie, but only 10 percent of the population will currently measure over 10 inches.  Crappie are now not only spread out over submerged brush, but are also found suspended over the main basin of the lake chasing large schools of shad Try small minnows or jigs in the shallow timber in the spring, and use your locator to find suspended schools in deep water throughout the summer and into the fall.

Because of competition with gizzard shad, growth rates of bluegill have slowed, with most fish in the 6–7 inches range, and an occasional fish over 8 inches. Walleye fishing in 2019 has the potential to be very good.  Spring electrofishing sampling in 2018 resulted in catch rates of 84 walleye per hour, and 86 percent of the walleye measuring over 18 inches.  Walleye will now be stocked annually, providing the potential for even better fishing in the future.  Fish points adjacent to the channel with deep diving crankbaits, jigs, or crawler harnesses. Fishing for channel catfish will continue to be excellent in 2019, with many fish over 10 pounds possible. Mozingo receives around 5,000 channel catfish every year to supplement the fishery.  Common carp are abundant in the upper ends of any cove, and can provide an excellent fight on light tackle for anglers choosing to target them.  Excellent facilities provided by the City of Maryville surround the lake, with new campground areas, cabins, fish cleaning stations, picnic pavilions, and improved boat ramps, as well as a disabled-user covered fishing dock. An infestation of Eurasian milfoil has made the shoreline of Mozingo Lake weed choked by late June, please be aware of this and help stop the spread by cleaning your boat and trailer before entering another body of water.