The lake level was 659.0 (660 is normal pool level); with medium generation scheduled the lake should fall to 658.9 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 75 degrees with upstream temperatures of 73 to 78 degrees depending on time of day. Truman Lake is two feet over normal pool.


The lake level was 659.0 (660 is normal pool level); with medium generation scheduled the lake should fall to 658.9 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 75 degrees with upstream temperatures of 73 to 78 degrees depending on time of day. Truman Lake is two feet over normal pool.

BLACK BASS - No tournaments reported from last weekend. Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good, try topwaters early then Bullseye jigs up to 20-feet deep later. Glaize Arm: Good, try Bullseye or Eakins jigs with soft plastic chunks on main lake and secondary points. Mid-Lake: Good, try spinnerbaits alongside docks or jigs on the back corners and behind docks. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, try jigs and worms behind docks. Gravois Arm: Fair to good on jigs with soft plastic trailers. Upper Osage: Good, try spinnerbaits alongside docks or jigs on the back corners and behind docks. Osage 60 MM: Try Norman's DD22, magnum worms or Berkley 7 and 10-inch Power Worms.

CRAPPIE - Bagnell Tailwater: Fair on minnows early in the day. Lower Osage: Fair early on jigs or medium minnows. Glaize Arm: Fair, try minnows or jigs 12-feet deep around dock brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try minnows over 12 feet of water. Niangua Arm: Good on jigs or minnows in 3 to 10-feet deep, fish are 9 to 10-inches long. Gravois Arm: Fair, try minnows or Blakemore Road Runners in front of docks 8 to 12-feet deep. Upper Osage: Excellent using minnows or jigs 3 to 10-feet deep. Fish are 9 to 10-inches long. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on minnows 3 to 4-feet under the flotation, also try blue and silver or blue and white jigs. Truman Tailwater: Fair on minnows or jigs. 

WALLEYE - No reported fish.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS - Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Fair early and late. Look for shad on points and fish around them. Niangua Arm: Good in the headwaters at dusk. Try casting 1/4-ounce Road Runners, Wally Divers or Deep Little 'Ns on windblown points. Little Niangua River: Poor. Gravois Arm: Fair early and late. Look for shad on points and fish under them. 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 - Excellent throughout most of the lake. Bagnell Tailwater: Very good on beef spleen and Sonny's prepared bait. Lower Osage: Excellent on traditional baits using trotlines or jug lines. Glaize Arm: Very good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers and 'perch'. Mid-Lake: Very good on all methods using nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Niangua Arm: Very good on all methods using nightcrawlers or chicken liver.  Gravois Arm: Very good on cut shad or 'perch'. Upper Osage: Excellent on cut shad or nightcrawlers. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on shad and 'perch' sides. 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 October
 
               A. M.            P. M.    
           Minor   Major    Minor   Major
 
 1         -----    6:08    12:22    6:37
 2         12:49    7:03     1:17    7:30
 3          1:40    7:54     2:07    8:21
 4          2:28    8:41     2:55    9:08
 5          3:14    9:27     3:40    9:54
 6 *        4:01   10:14     4:27   10:40
 7 **       4:51   11:04     5:18   11:31
 8 *** (N)  5:45   11:59     6:13   -----
 9 **       6:45   12:30     7:13   12:59
10 *        7:48    1:33     8:17    2:02
11          8:52    2:37     9:21    3:06
12          9:55    3:41    10:23    4:09
13         10:54    4:40    11:20    5:07
14         11:47    5:35    -----    6:00

— Darrell Taylor