Mozingo Lake

 

Driving directions: Mozingo Lake is three miles east of Maryville off Highway 136, take Liberty Road north off Highway 136 travel past golf course entrance then take 245th Street west of park entrance at Park/Lake access. 

Annual Prospects Report

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 2020 on 1,006-acre Mozingo Lake near Maryville again revealed a very good population of largemouth bass. Over 42 percent of the 376 bass sampled measured over 15 inches, over 14 percent measured over 18 inches, with a few individual fish measuring over 21 inches. 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, the white crappie population is improving, and Mozingo can still produce quality catches of very large white crappie along with numerous 7 to 9 inchers. 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 with no size limit. The size structure of the bluegill population has gone down in the last 5 years due to the high gizzard shad population, but bluegill over 7 inches are possible. Walleye fishing in 2021 again has the potential to be excellent. Spring electrofishing sampling in 2020 resulted in the highest catch rates ever recorded at 155 walleye per hour, with 78 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. Excellent facilities provided by the City of Maryville surround the lake, with campground areas, cabins, fish cleaning stations, picnic pavilions, and improved boat ramps, as well as a disabled-user covered fishing dock.

Mozingo Lake

Region

Northwest

Information

816-271-3100

Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys