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Lake Mozingo

Walleye fishery

Southeast of Council Bluffs is the town of Marysville, Missouri.  Just a few miles to the east is one of the prettiest lakes I have ever fished.  A man made reservoir, it supplies the water for the town of Marysville, and the state of Missouri has stocked it with walleye, crappie, bass and catfish.  It is an outstanding fishery.  The lake is very long and very narrow and of course, widens out at the dam.  Fed by a small stream to the north, fresh water is constantly flowing through and this helps keep the lake pristine.  Another important feature, it is deep.  From the face of the dam, it drops rapidly from five feet to thirty to forty feet.  Deep clean lakes have the ability to hold a lot of bait fish and game fish.  When the weather turns hot, and it gets hot in Missouri, the fish can go deep to cooler water. Click on the Lake Mozingo website to see all that is offered. (http://mozingolakemo.com/)

To reach Marysville from Council Bluffs, you take I-29 south to Rockport Missouri exit and go east.  Here the highway is really lousy.  It is narrow, rough and very hilly reaching the city.  I recommend you have everything secured inside your boat or outside as the road is old and really rough. You will have to go through a number of small Missouri towns slowing the trip.  I figure about two hours in total from my house to the lake. 

My trips are day trips and I key off of the weather.  I fish the lake only early in the spring as when it warms up the boat traffic picks up with a lot of pleasure boaters.  Besides an out- of- state day license which is nominal, you will need a park permit for the day. 

Before entering the park, there is a bait shop that opens at 6 AM, and the people are ready to help.  Licenses and permits can be purchased there and you will also get all the latest tips and spots to work.  These are really nice people and very helpful.  It is the only bait shop on the lake and their phone number is 1-660-582-3600.

I only go to this lake when there is a light south to southwesterly air flow.  Therefore, the day was picked and the trip was put into motion.  Leaving the house by 4:30 AM, and arriving at the bait shop by 6:30, it was a beautiful morning.  The bait shop owner said, "Minnows are the bait of choice and for walleye stay off the face of the dam and work into fifteen feet of water."  The second spot was a point near the face of the dam that sticks out into the main body of the lake.  It is on the east side.  The third spot was across from the boat ramps.  The plan was to work the bottom in thirty feet of water with a spinner on a bottom bouncer.  Big walleye have been known to hang out in this area. I also field glass other boats to see what they are doing when I am on a lake seldom fished.

The sky had a high overcast and I headed straight toward the dam.  The wind was now straight out of the south.  Starting in five feet of water, I let the boat be pushed into deeper water to about fifteen feet.  Turning right around, I back- trolled into the wind and into the face of the dam.  The plan was to make this in and out turning pattern from five to fifteen feet.  It did not take long before Wham! I got a good hit.  A nice fish was boated.  I then tried to stay in the general area for about thirty minutes to see if I could pick up another. It did not happen.  Moving eastward along the face of the dam, I picked up another walleye. These fish were running about 16 inches.  I kept moving along the face S turning in and out from five to fifteen feet.  The fish were all caught in about twelve feet of water.  They hit really nice and hard.  These were feeding fish.
The fish I started picking up along the dam were small walleye that had to be thrown back.  Missouri has a 15" minimum length requirement and I was throwing fish back.  At this point in time, I was up to three fish over 16 inches.  The sun began to poke out from behind the clouds and the bite began to turn off.  I had fished for two hours.

I then moved off the dam and motored to points on the east side that stuck out and drifted from deep water into shallow water and back to deep over the point.  This produced nothing. I then moved into deeper water and dropped a bottom bouncer with a spinner and minnow attached.  I worked this method for about 90 minutes, but did not get one hit.  I was graphing fish, but nothing took.  All I needed was one more walleye for a daily limit, but it was not to be.  As noon approached, I gave up for the day, loaded up and took off to find a restaurant and then home.

Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck.  Hank

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Hank Huntington, Esq., is a native of southwest Iowa, healthcare professional, entrepreneur, accomplished pilot, hunting and fishing enthusiast, connoisseur, father and husband. He developed this web site for people to share their fun and excitement about the great outdoors. The best part of this hobby is, after a successful hunting or fishing trip, you are able to dine on fresh game or fish, after all, “ How do you eat a golf ball?” asks Hank. Hanks father and grandfather were both avid outdoorsmen so Hank learned his hunting and fishing skills from them and has passed the tradition down to the fourth generation. Plus the love of the outdoors, and a craving for exquisite dinning, would round out the package.

As a small boy, he fished a local oxbow lake formed by the Missouri River. The lake is primarily old river bottom mud, is not real clear, and has a lot of vegetation. The southeast corner holds a huge lily pad bed, and it was there Hank learned to drag through the water and across the tops of the pads, a Johnson Silver Minnow, with a pork rind attached. This was the place for big mouth bass, and there were lots of them, and young Hank loved to catch them.

At age of 12 Hank started going with his Dad hunting, and by age 14 he was an accomplished shooter with a 12-gauge pump. Shortly after that he was given his first shotgun a Winchester Model 12 pump; he still has it today. It looks like almost new, but the gun is never to be hunted again. Duck hunting in the late 50’s had little pressure after the first two weeks of the season, and when the north wind blew and it got really damp and cold, the big Canada Mallards came.

After graduation from high school, Hank attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. There he met a fellow outdoorsman, and their friendship developed in the fields and streams of central Nebraska.

Hank had little time for hunting and fishing while attending professional school at Creighton University. After graduation he married his college sweetheart and they settled down to career, family, and as often as possible, hunting and fishing.

Hank and his family frequently flew their plane north to Canada to the legendary Canadian fly in lodges to fish for Northern and Walleye. Here he taught his son all the things his father had taught him about fishing. Most of the time the two went alone to the north woods, but when camping was not involved, his wife Pam went along. She always enjoys the fact that she has caught a bigger Northern Pike than Hank, and he has been fishing for 60 years. Today along the Missouri River valley, the deer population increased to the point that in many areas they are a nuisance. The duck, goose, and turkey has also population have also soared.

Area lakes have been well stocked. Many even have a walleye stocking program that makes outstanding fishing. Several are within easy driving distance of Hank’s lodge-like lakeside home. All packaged together is great dining. By the way, Hank harvests only what he will share at a table with family or friends.

Hank says, “Whenever I am on a lake, in the woods, or in the blind, I am always reminded of God’s great bounty and His constant presence. And whether in the great outdoors or at home with my wife, I strive to be a good steward of nature and all that God has given us.”

Good hunting! Good fishing! Good day!

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