Spring sampling in 2017 on 1,006 acre Mozingo Lake near Maryville again revealed an good population of largemouth bass. Just over 30 percent of the 375 bass sampled measured over 15 inches, with a few individual fish weighing 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. High harvest levels have had an 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 will continue to produce quality catches of both white and black crappie. Electrofishing samples in 2017 revealed a large year class of 6 to 7" fish that will provide good numbers of fish for the future. Anglers will find good numbers of less than keeper sized fish until this year class grows, along with some very large crappie up to 16 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. Mozingo is quickly becoming known as a quality walleye fishery, and 2018 has the potential to be very good for walleye as well. Spring electrofishing sampling in 2017 produced the highest catch rates ever recorded on the lake, with a 150 walleye per hour catch rate, and 77 percent of the walleye measuring over 18 inches. Fish the dam at night from late March to early April with crankbaits, or jig and minnow combinations. Walleye will now be stocked annually, providing the potential for even better fishing in the future. Follow the fish to deep points adjacent to the channel with deep diving crankbaits, jigs, or crawler harnesses as summer continues. Fishing for channel catfish will continue to be excellent in 2017, 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 north end of the lake, 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.