John Neporadny Jr
John Neporadny started fishing when he was about 5 years old for trout in the Missouri trout parks. While growing up in St. Louis he fished lakes, rivers and streams throughout Missouri and Illinois for bass, crappie, white bass, sauger, bluegill and catfish. He began fishing the Lake of the Ozarks in the 1970s and moved to the lake in 1982. He was a part-time guide on the lake for five years. John also has competed in bass and crappie tournaments on his home waters.
Neporadny began free-lance writing on a part-time basis in 1991 when he had his first article published in BASSMASTER Magazine. The University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate left a newspaper editor position in 1993 to become a full-time free-lance writer specializing in freshwater fishing. His articles have been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, BASSMASTER, B.A.S.S. Times, Bassmaster.com, Fur-Fish-Game, North American Fisherman, Fishing Facts, In-Fisherman, CRAPPIE World, Crappie Journal, BASSIN’, and other national and regional outdoor publications.
The Lake Ozark, MO, resident is also the author of “THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide” and “101 Bass Fishing Tips, Twenty-First Century Bassing Tactics and Techniques from All the Top Pros.”
The veteran outdoor writer was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in the “legendary communicator” category in 2016.