9/12/19 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 2019 on 1,006-acre Mozingo Lake near Maryville again revealed a good population of largemouth bass.  Almost 43 percent of the 319 bass sampled measured over 15 inches, over 15 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.  Although size structure is down compared to years past, Mozingo can still produce quality catches of white crappie.  Try small minnows or jigs in the shallow timber in the spring, and use your locator to find suspended schools over deep brushpiles throughout the summer and into the fall.  If you are catching small crappie, keep moving until you find larger fish.  The daily bag limit is 15 crappie per person.  The size structure of the bluegill population has gone down in the last 3 years, but bluegill over 7 inches are possible.

Walleye fishing in 2020 again has the potential to be very good.  Spring electrofishing sampling in 2019 resulted in catch rates of 130 walleye per hour, and 97 percent of the walleye measuring over 18 inches.  Trophy walleye over 10 pounds are possible.  Fish points adjacent to the channel with deep diving crankbaits, jigs, or crawler harnesses. Fishing for channel catfish will continue to be excellent in 2020, with many fish over 10 pounds possible. Mozingo receives around 5,000 channel catfish every year to supplement the fishery.  A common carp fish kill occurred during the summer of 2019, so targeting common carp in 2020 will not be as productive as in years past, but could have a highly positive effect on the  overall fishery.  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.