Darrell Taylor's fishing report for Lake of the Ozarks
The lake level was 659.9 (660 is normal pool level). With heavy generation scheduled, the lake should fall to 659.9 by the weekend. The surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 66 degrees and 62 to 69-degrees upstream depending on the location, time of day and air temperature. The lake is murky in most areas. Truman Lake is eight feet over pool level. Little has changed in the fishing report.
BLACK BASS – Jason Weast & Mike Heying won the BassToppers Charity tournament with 19.67 pounds; their Big Bass was 5.93 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair, try topwater early, later try Texas-rigged 10-inch Berkley Power Worms or smaller shaky head rigs. Glaize Arm: Fair to good. Try Eakins’ jigs alongside and behind docks. Mid-Lake: Fair, try main and secondary points with jigs or 4 to 7-inch Power Worms and Patriot Tackle’s Short Arm Spinnerbait. Niangua Arm: Fair, try topwaters like Berkley’s Frenzy Popper early. Later try shaky heads jigs and Short Arm Spinnerbaits around docks. Little Niangua River: Fair, try around laydowns with Short Arm Spinnerbait or soft plastics. Gravois Arm: Fair to good. Try Eakins’ or Berkley Jay’s 3/8-ounce Flippin Jig alongside and behind docks. Upper Osage: Fair on Slurpies rigged shaky head or wacky style. Osage 60 MM: Fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
CRAPPIE – Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Fair on jigs around brush. Glaize Arm: Fair, try minnows 8 to 12-feet deep around brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try jigs 4- to 8-feet deep around brush. Niangua Arm: Fair, try jigs or Blakemore Road Runners 4- to 8-feet deep. Gravois Arm: Fair, try minnows or Road Runners 8 to 12-feet deep around brush. Upper Osage: Fair, try Roadrunners over brush; some fish are small. Osage 60 MM: Fair on jigs or minnows 6 to 8-feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Fair on minnows, most fish are small.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Fair on points. Try trolling Norman’s Deep Baby N, Road Runners or Worden’s Rooster Tails on windy main lake points or humps. Niangua Arm: Good, cast or troll Norman’s chartreuse/purple Deep Baby N or Rebel’s silver/black Deep Wee R. Little Niangua River: Good at times for whites, try trolling with Rooster Tails. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Upper Osage: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: Good on windy shorelines, try slab spoons or Rooster Tails. Truman Tailwater: Poor to fair early and late.
CATFISH – Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Very good on nightcrawlers. Glaize Arm: Good on nightcrawlers and chicken entrails. Mid-Lake: Fair on trotline and juglines using cut shad and nightcrawlers. Niangua Arm: Good drifting with cut shad and nightcrawlers. Little Niangua River: Good for ‘eaters’, try bank lines baited with chicken liver. Gravois Arm: Fair on cut shad. Upper Osage: Fair on rod-and-reel, trotline and jugline using cut shad and nightcrawlers. Osage 60 MM: Fair on trotline and juglines using cut shad and nightcrawlers. Truman Tailwater: Fair on ‘perch’.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish.
BLUEGILL – Little Niangua River: Very good for bluegill, redear and other sunfish. Elsewhere: Excellent around docks using nightcrawler pieces, Berkley’s Gulp Earthworm or pieces of Gulp! Alive! Minnows.
NOTE: The Lower Osage is from the dam to the 22-mile mark; Mid-Lake is between the 22 and 38-mile marks; the Upper Osage is between the 38 and 55-mile marks; the Osage 60 MM is between the 55-mile mark and the 89-mile mark; and the 89 MM is between the 89 MM and the Rt. 65 Bridge.
UPDATES – Bagnell Dam – Riverview (573-365-1122); Lower Osage – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Glaize Arm – Mike Foree; Midlake – John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Upper Osage – Guide Wayne Clemons (573-345-0123); Little Niangua River – Greenmill Campground (573-363-5577); Osage 60 MM – Osage Tackle Co. (573-374-2278); Truman Dam – The Station Bait & Tackle (660-438-7664); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205).
A. M. P. M.
Minor Major Minor Major
30* 1:42 7:53 2:04 8:14
31** 2:20 8:31 2:42 8:54
1** 3:01 9:13 3:25 9:37
2*** 3:48 10:01 4:14 10:27
3** 4:42 10:56 5:10 11:24
4* 5:42 11:57 6:12 —
5 6:47 12:32 7:18 1:03
6 7:55 1:39 8:25 —
7 9:01 2:47 9:31 3:16
8 10:04 3:50 10:32 4:18
9 11:01 4:48 11:27 5:14
10 11:51 5:39 — 6:04
11 12:13 6:24 12:36 6:48
12 12:55 7:06 1:18 7:30
Day ratings for fish activity
*Good, **Better, ***Best
— Compiled by Darrell Taylor