About seven years ago, a man with a love of fishing and a career in software development moved down to Lake of the Ozarks. He booked several trips with local guides to learn how to target the trophy bass lurking around the many miles of dock-covered shorelines. During those trips, he asked each guide where he could find daily fishing reports to help him stay on a good bite throughout the summer. Nobody could give him a solid answer. A light bulb went off, and Missouri fishing reports would never be the same.
That man, Bob Bueltmann, decided to create the solution himself. Soon after, bassingbob.com was created. The site created a resource for the general public to subscribe and receive daily fishing reports covering bass, crappie, and catfish for a majority of Lake of the Ozarks.
Local guides and bait shops joined forces with bassingbob.com and the paid membership has grown to nearly 20,000. The site also receives about 80,000 unique visitors a month. In addition to fishing reports, bassingbob.com holds regular video seminars each week with fishing pros, hosts tournaments throughout the year, and helps increase fishing tourism around the lake.
The success of bassingbob.com helped him see there was a need for sites like this across the country for popular fishing lakes. Now, Bueltmann is expanding.
Local Table Rock fishing guide, Eric Prey, was the first licensee under bassingbob.com and has seen immediate success.
“We are very happy about the praise from anglers for tablerockfishingintel.com,” Prey said. “Our team of guides work meticulously to produce daily video and written fishing reports, and it’s great to see the site helping others find success on the water.”
With its proximity to Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake was also a natural progression for Bueltmann to target for expansion. Trumanlakefishingintel.com launched in early August to cover largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, wipers, and white bass. Members can subscribe to one species or all of them and see reports from expert fishing guides like Jeff Faulkenberry, Richard Bowling, Jack Vanderpool, Steve Blake, Jim Cuda, David McCormick, Brad Jelinek, and many more.
If you’re an avid angler, with a boat or otherwise, but have been unsure where to start on the big reservoirs Missouri has to offer, these subscription websites will shorten the learning curve by offering the best Missouri fishing reports you can find. With all the weekly content put out by bassingbob.com, tablerockfishingintel.com, and trumanlakefishingintel.com, you’ll learn what baits to be throwing and what patterns the fish are on throughout the year.