The lake level was 659.3 (660 is normal pool level); with medium generation scheduled the lake should rise to 659.6 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 88 degrees with upstream temperatures of 83 to 89 degrees depending on time of day. The thermocline is 20 to 25-feet deep in most areas. Truman Lake is 2 feet over pool.
BLACK BASS – The Wednesday Evening Tournament reported taking 17.1-pounds to win, Big Bass was 6.5 pounds. Bass World reported 21.7 for an all-night tournament.
The lake level was 659.3 (660 is normal pool level); with medium generation scheduled the lake should rise to 659.6 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 88 degrees with upstream temperatures of 83 to 89 degrees depending on time of day. The thermocline is 20- to 25-feet deep in most areas. Truman Lake is 2 feet over pool.
BLACK BASS – The Wednesday Evening Tournament reported taking 17.1-pounds to win, Big Bass was 6.5 pounds. Bass World reported 21.7 for an-all night tournament. Lower Osage: Good, try jigs, Berkley’s 10-inch Power Worms or Norman’s DD22 on main and secondary points. Glaize Arm: Good, try Eakins or Bullseye jigs with soft plastic chunks on main lake and secondary points. Mid-Lake: Good, try jigs with green pumpkin colored soft plastics on DD22s on main and secondary points. Niangua Arm: Good, try Texas-rigged 10-inch Power Worms, Eakins’ football head jigs, shaky heads or DD22s around brush on main lake points. Gravois Arm: Good on jigs with soft plastic chunks. Upper Osage: Good on Rebel Pop-Rs early, try plastic worms from shaky heads to 15-inches long, Berkley Power Worms to NetBait C-Mac. Osage 60 MM: Good on Rebel Pop-Rs early, try plastic worms from shaky heads to 15-inches long, Berkley Power Worms to NetBait C-Mac.
CRAPPIE – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair to good on jigs or minnows. Lower Osage: Fair early 6 to 8-feet deep around large dock complexes, later poor. Glaize Arm: Fair, try minnows or jigs 12 to 15-feet deep around dock brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try blue-ice colored jigs over 18 feet of water. Niangua Arm: Fair to good on jigs or minnows in front of docks, also try trolling Norman’s Deep Baby N or Rapala’s SR05 15-feet deep over flats and humps. Gravois Arm: Fair, try minnows or Blakemore Road Runners in front of docks 8 to 12-feet deep. Upper Osage: Fair on small jigs and medium minnows; some fish are small. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good with minnows or jigs. Truman Tailwater: Fair on minnows or jigs.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair to good with leeches early evening. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair to good, try crankbaits. Niangua Arm: Spotty, try casting or trolling 1/4-ounce Road Runners, Wally Divers or Deep Little ‘Ns over humps and flats early and late. Little Niangua River: Poor. Osage 60 MM: Fair on white or silver Worden’s Rooster Tails over points and flats. Also try small Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps.
CATFISH – Bagnell Tailwater: Good; blues on shad sides, flatheads on ‘perch’, channel catfish on Sonny’s prepared bait. Lower Osage: Excellent on traditional baits like nightcrawlers. Glaize Arm: Very good on nightcrawlers and ‘perch’. Mid-Lake: Fair to good on rod-and-reel using cut shad and nightcrawlers. Niangua Arm: Fair to good on all methods using any catfish bait. Gravois Arm: Very good on cut shad or ‘perch’. Upper Osage: Good on cut shad or nightcrawlers. Osage 60 MM: Good in front of docks on fresh bait and nightcrawlers. Truman Tailwater: Try ‘perch’.
BLUEGILL – Excellent on worm pieces throughout the lake, feeder streams and Bagnell Tailwater on nightcrawler pieces or Berkley’s Gulp Alive! Crickets.
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 – Dam Bait Shop (573-216-2084); 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. (www.superslabseries.com), (573-374-2278); Truman Dam – The Station Bait & Tackle (660-438-7664); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205).
Lake of the Ozarks
Best Fishing & Hunting Times
A. M. P. M.
Minor Major Minor Major
30 8:56 2:46 9:16 3:06
31 9:41 3:31 10:02 3:52
1 10:27 4:17 10:49 4:38
2 11:14 5:03 11:38 5:26
3 ----- 5:51 12:03 6:16
4 12:26 6:40 12:53 7:07
5 1:17 7:31 1:45 8:00
6 2:09 8:24 2:39 8:54
7 3:03 9:18 3:33 9:48
8 * 3:58 10:13 4:27 10:42
9 ** 4:53 11:08 5:22 11:37
10 *** (N) 5:50 ----- 6:17 12:03
11 ** 6:47 12:33 7:13 1:00
12 * 7:44 1:31 8:10 1:57
Day ratings for fish activity
* = Good
** = Better
*** = Best
(F) = Full Moon (N) = New Moon
Compiled by Darrell Taylor.