Spent the day on the water around the 70 mile marker at Lake Ozarks. Second time fishing this area. Snaggers galore but we mainly focused on shallows so not much traffic there. Water was still up, no water temp to report but water was still murky, air temp was 50 degrees. The current was intermittent, sometimes pretty heavy and then they would quit running water for an hour or so, which seems to be the pattern on the weekends when I fish the lake. Results were as follows: 1. Took over 4 hours and well over 250 casts to get any bait but we finally ran into some shad, nice sized ones. Also caught a drum on a crappie rod while waiting for bait. 2. Fished 3-6 ft water on mud flats adjacent to the main channel. 3. Ended up with our limit of blues, ranging from 4-10 lbs. Bite was short and somewhat slow but we usually had a rod down every 5 minutes or so. Had one nicer fish break off at hookset. All fish caught on bigger cut shad on body chunks. No bites on shad heads at all. 4. Usually don't keep many fish but we did clean this bunch and they were full of shad. The 10lber had 5 undigetsted large shad in it's belly when it went after my cut bait. Hogs!!! 5. More than ever I'm convinced fresh bait is the way to go, even if it takes 4 hours to catch it. My next trip I'm going to fish with some skipjack and see how the LOZ blues like a nonshad bait. I actually enjoyed this time of year as the trotliners have yet to invade every channel due to the snaggers. Not many people fishing for cats. In a week the lake in this area will be covered with setlines. Good luck to all.