Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is arguably one of the greatest fishing spots in the nation, but we might be a little biased. Missouri contains over 200 kinds of fish! Surdyke Yamaha, the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, is here to provide you with an inside look at what kinds of fish you’ll be catching here during these hot months. We also have some great fishing boats at the Lake of the Ozarks available in our showroom! Take a look at some of the different kinds of catfish, bass, crappie, and more that we have here in our very own Lake of the Ozarks.


The best time to fish for catfish is the summer. Though blue catfish can be caught year-round, April through September are the hottest months for the common channel catfish. The blue catfish is the largest species of catfish in North America, and the average length is from 25-46 inches. The population is stable, but a slot limit was put into effect in 2014, protecting blue catfish from 26-34 inches. Channel catfish is the most numerous catfish species in North America, and it’s the official fish of Missouri. The “channel cat” is one of the common fish used for fish-fry's around the Lake of the Ozarks.


The Lake of the Ozarks contains several different species of bass. The white bass is one of the most important game fish in Missouri. The white bass can reach up to 17 inches, but the average length is between 9 and 15 inches. This fish is located not only in the Lake of the Ozarks but also in the rest of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The largemouth bass, also referred to as the bigmouth bass and the lineside bass, spawn from mid-April through late May or early June. They prefer still water and can live up to 15 years. Largemouth bass can be found statewide.


The white crappie is the most common of its species in the Lake of the Ozarks. The fish is perch-like, but it is actually a sunfish. Though they can be seen at all times of the day, the fish are more active during the evening and night. The white crappie is arguably the most important game fish in the state. Though the Lake contains black crappie, it is not near as abundant as its silver counterpart. The white crappie reigns supreme when it comes to fishing, due to its large size and ease of catching.


With over 200 species of fish in Missouri, there must be quite a few other species in the Lake of the Ozarks alone. Paddlefish, also known as spoonbill, appear to be shark-like fish with a long snout. Because it hasn’t evolved much at all, it is considered one of the most interesting fish to research. The sport fish is not only valued for fun catch and release, but also for food! Paddlefish often swim continuously near the surface and don’t have a specific home base. Carp is another incredibly popular fish here at the Lake of the Ozarks. The average length for a common carp is around 16-31 inches.

Now that you know what kind of fish are out there, aren’t you excited to go fishing in a new (or used!) fishing boat from Surdyke Yamaha?! Surdyke is your number one boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we’ve been here for 47 years! We have three convenient locations at the Lake of the Ozarks and over 50 dedicated employees. Stop by or call us to check out our awesome fishing boats!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

5 Street Bike Maintenance Checks

Whether you’re an experienced street biker or you’ve just purchased your first from Surdyke Yamaha, maintenance is key to extending the life of your ride. While it’s always a good idea to have a professional take a look at your street bike if you have major concerns, the smaller maintenance duties are actually simple enough to complete by yourself. The best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks doesn’t just sell boats!

1. Checking Tires/Tire Pressure

Tires might be the first maintenance check that comes to your mind, and this is a good thing. You should be checking your tire pressures regularly to stay safe. How often is regularly? Different experts suggest different time frames. We recommend factoring in how often you ride your bike and on what terrain. Weekly is a good, general frequency. It’s important to check your tire pressures while they’re cold – meaning not right after you hop off after a long ride. It’s recommended to let your bike cool down for an hour or so before checking the tire pressures in order to get an accurate read.

2. Checking the Brakes

Brakes are an incredibly important safety factor when it comes to maintaining your bike. If your brakes are worn, they can drag, causing them to be less effective and drag, causing you to slow down when you don’t need to. You can check the brakes by lifting your bike on a rear stand and trying to spin both wheels, one at a time. The rear will have some drag from the chain, but the front should spin freely. If you feel ANY drag, you’ll want to bring your bike in. You know your bike better than anyone, so you will more than likely be able to feel or hear when they need an update. If you hear a squealing or squeaking noise when you try to brake, it might be time for a replacement.

3. Changing the Oil

Experts recommend changing the oil in your bike every 2.500 to 4.000 miles, but you’ll need to double check with your bike’s manual. Changing the oil in your bike can be a tricky task, but it’s the most important and cost-effective maintenance check to be done. Leaving old oil can drain power from your engine, and you don’t want your bike running without the proper lubricant.

4. Changing the Air Filter

Let your bike breathe! Cleaning or changing the air filter in your street bike is often one of the most overlooked maintenance checks. It’s incredibly important to keep your engine supplied with fresh air to keep it running at max potential. Your bike will have either a paper filter, a foam filter, or a cotton filter. The methods for changing these filters are all different, but all important.

5. Cleaning the Chain

Your bike will either have a standard, non-sealed chain, or an o-ring chain. Non-sealed chains don’t have any way of keeping themselves lubricated, so they require more attention. O-ring chains are engineered to keep lube and grease in and dirt out. But over time, both of these chains will eventually dry and wear out. Be sure to clean your chain of any dirt and grime before lubing up. Check your chain and sprockets regularly to see if they need to be fully replaced.

Now that your beautiful street bike is all fixed up, it’s time to take it out for a spin! And another, and maybe another… If you have any questions about street bike maintenance or how to identify any of these parts on your bike, don’t hesitate to stop into Surdyke Yamaha or give us a call at 573-348-6575. We also have an extensive online motorcycle parts store. Surdyke Yamaha has a great selection of Yamaha bikes at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you’re considering getting yourself a new or used street bike, don’t hesitate!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Best Boat Snacks for the 4th of July

Are you ready for the biggest holiday on the Lake? The 4th of July is just around the corner, and it’s time to prepare your boats and bellies! Though Independence Day is known for burgers and barbeques, it’s hard to bring your grill out on the lake with you. The best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has some hot tips when it comes to food on the water. Surdyke Yamaha is FAMILY run for FAMILY run, so we always keep the whole crew in mind. Read on for some easy, delicious, festive snacks for your 4th of July outing on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.


Festive Fruit Salad


- Strawberries
- Blueberries
- Bananas


Slice bananas and strawberries and combine in bowl with blueberries. The Festive Fruit Salad keeps best in either an airtight plastic container. Keep in the cooler to maintain temperature.

Sprinkle Ice Cream Sandwiches


- Red and blue sprinkles
- Ice cream sandwiches


Unwrap ice cream sandwiches. Pour red and blue sprinkles on a plate. Dip edges of ice cream sandwich into the sprinkles until covered. Put in plastic bags and keep in cooler.

Red & Blue Jell-O Cups


- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
- Strawberry (red) and Berry (blue) Jell-O packages
- Small, plastic cups with lids


Add boiling water to the gelatin mix and stir until dissolved. When completely dissolved, stir in cold water. Pour mixture into small plastic cups, but only fill half way. Refrigerate until firm – recommended 4 hours. After firm, add whipped cream to the top of the cups and close with lid. Keep in cooler.


Patriotic Trail Mix


- Choice of nuts (peanuts, almonds, walnuts, etc.)
- Popcorn
- Dried cranberries
- Dried blueberries
- Red and blue M&M’s


Combine equal parts of ingredients in a bowl and mix. Separate portions in plastic bags. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Star-Spangled Crisp Rice Treats


- Crisp rice cereal
- Butter
- Mini marshmallows
- Blue food coloring
- Red food coloring
- Star cookie cutter


Melt 3 tbsp butter in medium pan. Add 3 cups of mini marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat. Add red food coloring and mix. Add 3 cups of cereal and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool slightly. Roll small handfuls of mixture into flat circles. Repeat with blue food coloring and no food coloring. Cut flat circles out into star shapes with cookie cutter. Allow to cool completely. Keep out of direct sunlight. (Recipe loosely based on recipe from Two Sisters Crafting.)

Twizzler Bundles


- Cherry Twizzlers
- Festive ribbon


Gather a handful of Twizzlers and bundle them together with the festive ribbon. Tie in a bow. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Now that you have all the fun, festive snacks you could dream of, it’s time to get out on the water with Surdyke Yamaha! Keep in mind that you’ll need to leave enough cooler space for your chilly snacks and keep your snack bag snacks out of the direct sunlight to prevent them from melting. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your patriotic meal on the water, and later enjoy the beautiful fireworks displays around the Lake of the Ozarks all from the comfort of your boat. We hope you try some of these great recipes brought to you by the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

5 Reasons Why You NEED to go to YamaPalooza!

If you haven’t heard of YamaPalooza, where have you been?! Greg Surdyke and the Surdyke Yamaha team know how to throw a party, and you NEED to join us for the biggest and best party on the Lake of the Ozarks. This year’s exciting and exclusive event will be held on July 20th-21st, but registration is open now and filling up quickly. Bring your boat, bring your rafts, and bring your party people! If you’re still unsure whether you want to attend, let us convince you with five reasons, even though the reasons are endless!


YamaPalooza is BACK and BETTER than ever for the 7th year in a row. Whether you’ve been all seven years, or this is your first, you have to come and celebrate for the sake of an awesome tradition. Greg and his incredible staff provide complimentary boat ramp usage all weekend, a rarity here at the Lake. You won’t want to miss the lakeside concerts and fun in the water. Let this tradition be the highlight of your summer!


Forget packing a cooler! Enjoy drinks and appetizers at Surdyke Yamaha’s Happy Hour on Friday and a catered lunch on Saturday. Just relax and don’t worry about a thing – the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has got you covered.


Do you have your eye on one of Surdyke Yamaha’s beauties? YamaPalooza attendees also have the opportunity to schedule an exclusive demo on NEW Yamaha boats and Waverunners, Centurion Wake Surf Boats, G3 Pontoons and Fishing Boats, Four Winns Boats, and Glastron Boats. We also secured a $129 Room Rate at Tan Tar A Resort for Friday and Saturday nights for our guests at YamaPalooza.  Call 1-800 TAN TAR A (800-826-8272) today and mention the YamaPalooza special to receive the special $129 room rate, while supplies last!


Saturday morning, head over to Yamaha Island to get your breakfast, Bloody Marys, and mimosas. The YamaPalooza Island Party is accessible only by boat or waverunner… talk about FUN! Dock your boat next to tons of your new best friends, but beware – you might get blocked in and have to stay for the whole day… Darn. 😉


Kick back and relax at this awesome party, and don’t worry about making your own schedule. The best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has created the PERFECT weekend for you! Remember, you have to register in order to participate in all of these awesome activities.

Friday, July 20th, 2018
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Scheduled Demo Rides.
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Happy Hour at Surdyke Yamaha showroom on Osage Beach Pkwy. Enjoy complimentary drinks, appetizers, entertainment, and giveaways. Pick up your swag bags and registration packets. Free boat launch, trailer storage, and slip rental at Port 20.  Early boat splash encouraged! (Saturday morning will be busy).

Saturday, July 21st, 2018
7:30 am - 8:30 am: Participants arrive at Surdyke’s Port 20.  Boat Launch open; Splash Boats.
8:30 am: Regatta formation for Boat Parade.
8:45 am– 9:00 am: YamaPalooza Boat Parade to Yamaha Island.
9:00 am– 10:00 am: Breakfast, bloody marys, and mimosas provided at Yamaha Island.
10:00 am -5:00 pm: Party on Yamaha Island – accessible only by boat or waverunner. We may be blocked in so plan to stay for the day.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch served.

So… You’re coming, right?! Surdyke Yamaha & Marina personally invites you to the best event of the summer – YamaPalooza! Register TODAY to ensure your spot this year. Visit our event website at to register, and visit our own website at to check out the awesome people throwing this great party.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

10 Essentials for a Day of Boating

Now that you’ve bought or rented your awesome new Surdyke Yamaha boat, it’s time to take the family out for a cruise! Boating at the Lake of the Ozarks is a ton of fun, but you need to make sure you’re prepared to spend the whole day out on the Lake. Good thing your local boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks has lots of experience planning fantastic boat days! We’ve put together a list of a few fun things to bring with you as well as some safety requirements for your big day out on the beautiful Lake!


  1. Your Favorite Swimsuit – When you’re out on the Lake, you might decide to cove out. Before you drop your anchor and jump in, make sure you’ve remembered to bring your swimsuit! It may seem like a no-brainer, but you don’t want to be the guy who has to swim in his gym shorts!
  2. Sunscreen! – Sun protection is important for everyone, not just those of us who burn easily. Check the SPF (sun protection factor) on your bottle of sunscreen to be sure you have at least SPF 30, which blocks nearly 97% of UBV radiation. Toss a bottle in your boat bag, just don’t forget to reapply!
  3. A Towel for Everyone – Beach towels can be an easy thing to forget. Even if you don’t plan on swimming, those boat seats can get hot while basking in the sun. Protect your skin from the toasty seats by setting down your towel before sitting down or laying out. Whether you need to try off or want to lay out, make sure you have a towel or two nearby! 
  4. A Cooler – Even if you decide to only spend a couple of hours out on your boat, the sun can be incredibly draining. Make sure you have plenty of water bottles and drinks with you, and bring a cooler to keep them cold in the heat. A few good, healthy snacks are also a good idea. Granola bars, nuts, and fresh fruit are all great snacks to bring aboard, especially if you’re bringing along younger kids.
  5. A Few Trash Bags – Trash bags or grocery bags are great thing to have aboard for several reasons! You’ll need to make sure none of your snack or drink trash makes it overboard, and clean, empty trash bags make great storage for wet swimsuits and towels while you transport them home.


  1. Your Boater Education Card and valid photo I.D. – Similar to a driver’s license, you need to have this card on you when you are operating your boat. Drivers born before January 1, 1984 don’t need a Boating Card, but all operators born after this date do need this card. Anyone can take the test to receive this card, but you must be at least 14 years old to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft.
  2. Life Jackets/PFDs – Missouri Law requires you to have at least one lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device per passenger. If you have any children under the age of 7, they must be wearing their life jackets at all times while on board. Don’t have enough lifejackets? Swing by the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks and pick up a few more!
  3. Your Cell Phone – It’s always a good idea to bring your cell phone with you when you’re headed out for a day on the Lake. Not only can you snap some great photos of your crew having a blast, but you’ll also have a way to contact someone on shore if an emergency occurs. Always let someone (a family member, a neighbor, etc.) know when you’re going out in your boat, just in case. 
  4. Motion Sickness Medication – Some people have a tendency to get seasick, and when this happens, it’s nice to have some motion sickness medication handy. Younger kids can sometimes be more susceptible to seasickness. The only downside to this preventative medication is that some kinds can cause drowsiness. Keep an eye on the person who has taken this medication just to be safe.
  5. “Skier Down” Flag – Tubing and water-skiing are fun activities to do out on the Lake. Most motorboats and personal watercraft have the ability to tow, and if so, you need to have a “skier down” flag. This red or orange flag alerts other boaters to when your tubers or skiers have fallen into the water. This safety measure is incredibly important, and can often be overlooked. Water sports are much more fun when everyone is safe!

Next time you go out boating on the Lake of the Ozarks for the day, don’t forget to pack these essentials! If you’re missing any of the above items, stop on by Surdyke Yamaha & Marina and we’ll help point you in the right direction. Your favorite boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help make sure you have a blast out in the sun this summer on your new boat!

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Father's Day Central

If you’ve been scratching your head trying to think of the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad this year, don’t waste another second. Haven’t you heard? Surdyke Yamaha is your official provider of AWESOME Father’s Day gifts! Now's your opportunity to go ALL OUT for your dad. We’ve got the perfect recreational surprise for your Dad, and we know he’s going to love it. We’re not just the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks – if it has wheels or floats, we sell it and ride it! Whether your Dad loves being out on the road, out in the dirt, or out on the water, we’ve got something here for him and the whole family.


We have an incredibly wide selection of on the road options include cruisers, scooters, dual sport, and sport bikes. Our 2015 Yamaha V Star 250 would be a great investment for the dads who like cruising around the Lake area. This light-weight cruiser allows you to enjoy and appreciate the fun that comes in small packages. This peppy bike is the only V-twin engine in its class. We encourage you to view and demo your unit in person before purchasing, so bring Dad out for a test ride before making any final decisions. We also have several pre-owned options for sale.


Our on-dirt selection is incredibly popular. We have vehicles in categories such as dirt bikes, go karts, side x sides, and ATVs. ATVs are a great gift for both practicality and fun. Getting the family together to ride around is a great way to spend time together. An ATV can also be helpful if you live on a larger amount of land and need a way to get around. Whatever your use for our on-dirt products, we know you and your dad will have a blast.


This is our most well-known category. We are known for the quality of our watercraft. We have NEW pontoons, PWCs, wake/surf boats, jet boats, cabin cruisers, fishing boats, sterndrive boats, and several pre-owned options. Is your dad a fisherman? Or does he WANT to be, he just doesn’t have the means? With Surdyke Yamaha, you can solve his problem! We have several fantastic fishing boats for sale at a range of prices. Our 2016 F3 1548 VBW jon boat offers rugged reliability. With a sand color for camouflage, you and your dad will be catching fish in no time.

Want to experience all the incredible joys of owning one of these on-water rides – but just for the weekend? Check out our convenient boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have PWCs, ski boats, and pontoon boats available. Check out our website for more information.

Surdyke Yamaha & Marina also wants to be your servicing dealer after the sale and offer a savings of up to 40% on your maintenance costs. Ask about “Cove Coverage” for on-water service and “Complete Coverage” on-land. No matter which ride you decide to check out for your dad this Father’s Day, we want you to have the best experience possible. There are only 10 days left before the big day! Bring your dad out to our beautiful showroom in Osage Beach and check out everything Surdyke Yamaha has to offer to make your next Father’s Day unforgettable.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Who’s Ready for Lake Race?

This weekend, the Lake area will be filled with powerboats ready to hit the water. Lake Race is one of the area's most exciting, loud and fastest events, and one that we look forward to every year. Surdyke Yamaha knows that this event is a fan favorite for both locals and visitors alike, and for good reason! It's packed full of exciting events and is a great chance to enjoy a day out on the Lake watching fast boats with friends and family. The best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to make sure that our favorite customers don't miss out on a single ounce of fun. Here is the schedule of events for the weekend!

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Lake Race 2018

Lake Race Festival of Speed

Enjoy fast exhibits such as fast cars, boats, motorcycles, and more. Parking and race team staging will be located at the old Staples building. All parking will be located at Staples, shuttles will operate between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm. There will be food snacks and beverages at the Big Thunder showroom.

When: Thursday, May 31st
Where: Big Thunder Marine Showroom Lake Ozark
Time: 4:00 - 9:00 pm

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Lake Race Meet & Greet Street Party

Race fans will experience everything unique about Lake Race. Meet drivers and get up close and personal with the race boats. There will be entertainment and a kid’s zone. Shuttle service will begin at 4:00 pm and be available throughout the weekend. All Lake Race parking will be in the campground below the dam.

When: Friday, June 1st
Where: on the Bagnell Dam Strip
Time: 4:00 - 11:00 PM

Official Races

Watch Powerboats from all across the nation compete for their share of the money. Race viewing by land on Bagnell Dam and Beaver’s at the Dam will run from the 0 Mile Marker to the 3 Mile Marker.

When: Saturday, June 2nd
Time: Registration at 7:00 AM & Race begins at 8:00 AM
Where: Beaver's at the Dam; Race Course at the 0MM to 3MM

Awards Ceremony After Official Races Conclude
Where: Camden on the Lake.
When the races are over, head to Camden on the Lake to cheer on the drivers at the Awards Ceremony.

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After Party with Fireworks
Where: Beaver’s at the Dam & Lower End of Bagnell Dam Strip.
Entertainment will be available at various spots along the Strip. Fireworks at Dusk.

There will be other additional lake race-themed events taking place from May 31st through June 12th. For all the information and the list of events check out the link below.

Visit the Lake for the 2018 Lake Race

We love any event that gets people out on their boat at the Lake of the Ozarks. Surdyke Yamaha has been providing the best boats at the Lake of the Ozarks for over 40 years, and we're proud to continue doing so for years to come. We love to get involved in local events, and the Lake Race is certainly one to get out and enjoy. If you want a good excuse to get your family out on the water, this event is certainly the way to do it! If you still don't own a boat, and you're ready to take the plunge, come visit the best boat dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks while you're out and about. We'd love to show you the boat of your dreams.

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Osage Beach, MO 65065           Osage Beach, MO 65065        Osage Beach, MO 65065

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