Y'all know I fished jigs year 'round at Lake of the Ozarks. It's a riverine impoundment owned by a utility company and it's main purpose is producing electricity. Mostly without vegetation or shade, it is best fished at night during the summer. You better know how to pick apart a dock as there are 10's of thousands on the lake. If you're a visitor, you'll probably have to fish during the day. Here are some tips to get you started.
During the day: get out BEFORE first light as fishing slows or ceases when the cruisers come to play. Most fishing is over about 9-10 in the morning.
1) fishing is often very shallow in the morning with many limits filled in 3 ft. or less.
2) I fish a lite jig in early morning. Remember that tubes, grubs, jigworms, etc. are also jigs. I vary my jig on what I see or feel is happening.
3) As the sun gets higher and the air and water temps rise, it's time to fish deeper. Myself, I like to fish ledges, points and drops. The summer thermocline is normally between 18-25 ft. A very narrow range that makes it easier to fish. I don't look for bass but do look for bait fish. I still fish a jig but there are a horde of different lures for deeper water.
The ol' lift and glide, stroking and Football jigs.
A) The lift and glide is your normal jig retrieve. Try it at various speeds.
B) Stroking is something a lot of anglers forget to try. It works for active bass. Cast the jig a SHORT way, maybe 10 ft. from the boat and let it sink on a semi tight line to the bottom while pulling line from the spool. Let it sit and marinate a minute or two. Now, using your wrist, jump the rod tip up a foot. This causes the jig to jump 3-4 ft. off the bottom. Follow the lure down to detect a strike. As soon as it reaches bottom, stroke it again. No strike? Leave the jig rest on bottom for a minute and stroke it again. No bite, put it away.
C) Football jig, a lure for bass very near the bottom. Use a very slow drag to make it wobble. Stop the retrieve often. DON'T OVER FISH THE FOOTBALL JIG.
Now many anglers reading the post would say all these retrieves are all for bass on or near the bottom. I will say you are DEAD RIGHT. First, I wanted you to read the post. Second, I want you to learn something. Our forum's recently deceased mentor, bo james, would have hammered me on it if I forgot to explain it-BAIT FISH have yto be present AND on or near the bottom for a jig a be successful. If bass are at mid or shallow depth, other lures would be appropriate.
Hopefully, another angler will talk about mid and shallow summer angling.