The lake level was 656.4 (660 is normal pool level); with heavy generation scheduled the lake should rise to 656.5 by the weekend. Truman Lake is three feet over pool. Ameren has started its annual drawdown of the lake. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 35 degrees with upstream temperatures of 29 to 36-degrees depending on location and time of day. Air temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s should improve fishing but cold water temperature mandates that anglers should be very prudent about wearing life jackets; hypothermia is a serious threat in the case of immersion.


The lake level was 656.4 (660 is normal pool level); with heavy generation scheduled the lake should rise to 656.5 by the weekend. Truman Lake is three feet over pool. Ameren has started its annual drawdown of the lake. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 35 degrees with upstream temperatures of 29 to 36-degrees depending on location and time of day.

Air temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s should improve fishing but cold water temperature mandates that anglers should be very prudent about wearing life jackets; hypothermia is a serious threat in the case of immersion.

BLACK BASS – It took 21 pounds to win the Anglers in Action last weekend. No tournaments will be held at PB2 or PaHeTsi because of the Charity Polar Bear Plunge. Lower Osage: Very good with deep running Megabass ONE-TEN, Pointer and Smithwick Rogues on rocky banks. Glaize Arm: Good with jerkbaits on rocky banks. Mid-Lake: Good, try jerkbaits around brush on main lake points and channel bluffs. Niangua Arm: Good around primary points and channel bluffs with Smithwick Rogues and ONE-TEN jerkbaits. Gravois Arm: Good on jerkbaits and 1/2 or 3/4-ounce Bullseye jigs. Upper Osage: Good on jerkbaits. Osage 60 MM: Good on secondary points using jerkbaits.

CRAPPIE – Very good around private docks with open water and brush throughout most of the lake. Lower Osage: Very good on medium minnows 12-feet deep over 20 feet of water. Glaize Arm: Very good, try jigs 12-feet deep around dock brush. Mid-Lake: Very good, try minnows 12-feet deep. Niangua Arm: Very good on pink, pearl or blue ice jigs tipped with pink or gold Berkley Crappie Nibbles 12-feet deep. Gravois Arm: Very good, try minnows or Blakemore Road Runners around dock brush 12-feet deep. Upper Osage: Very good using Berkley Gulp Smelt 10-feet deep. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on Slab Buster jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles 12 to 13-feet deep in 20 feet of water. Truman Tailwater: Fair on minnows or jigs. 

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – No reported fish.

CATFISH – Lower Osage: Try traditional baits using rod and reel. Glaize Arm: Good on shad sides and ‘perch’ fished deep. Mid-Lake: Good with traditional baits fished deep. Niangua Arm: Good on rod and reel with shad sides fished on the bottom.  Gravois Arm: Good on cut shad or ‘perch’. Upper Osage: Good on cut shad or shrimp. Osage 60 MM: Very good on nightcrawlers 20-feet deep.

WALLEYE – Osage 60 MM: A few walleye are being caught by slow-cranking deep running Smithwick Rogues.

BLUEGILL – Poor to fair on worm pieces around docks on nightcrawler pieces or Berkley’s Gulp nightcrawler pieces.   

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
24         10:39    4:25    11:07    4:53
25         11:35    5:21    -----    5:49
26         12:01    6:15    12:28    6:42
27         12:51    7:04     1:17    7:30
28          1:37    7:49     2:01    8:14

Day ratings for fish activity  
*   = Good  
**  = Better  
*** = Best  
(F) = Full Moon    (N) = New Moon

Compiled by Darrell Taylor