The lake level was 655.6 (660 is normal pool level); with heavy generation scheduled the lake should rise to 656.7 by the weekend. Truman Lake is three feet over pool. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 59 degrees with upstream temperatures of 56 to 61 degrees depending on location and time of day.


The lake level was 655.6 (660 is normal pool level); with heavy generation scheduled the lake should rise to 656.7 by the weekend. Truman Lake is three feet over pool. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 59 degrees with upstream temperatures of 56 to 61 degrees depending on location and time of day.

BLACK BASS – It took over 18 pounds to win the Mo. Angler Wednesday night tourney and over 19 pounds to win a one-day tournament. Lower Osage: Excellent with deep running Megabass ONE-TEN, Pointer and Smithwick Rogues on rocky banks, also try Storm Wiggle Warts in coves. Glaize Arm: Excellent with jerkbaits and crankbaits, cove mouth to halfway back. Mid-Lake: Excellent with jerkbaits and crankbaits like Wiggle Warts and Norman’s Deep Little N, cove mouth to halfway back. Niangua Arm: Very good around primary points and channel bluffs with Smithwick Rogues and ONE-TEN jerkbaits. Also try Berkley’s HAVOC Craw Fatty on secondary points. Gravois Arm: Very good on jerkbaits, crankbaits and Bullseye jigs. Upper Osage: Very good on main lake points with jerkbaits. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on Ozark Craw colored Crock-a-Gator jigs.

CATFISH – Bagnell Tailwater: Very good on cut bait; some big blue cats are hitting also. Lower Osage: Try traditional baits using rod and reel. Glaize Arm: Good on shad sides and ‘perch’ fished deep. Mid-Lake: Good drifting with live shad – shad are hard to locate however. Niangua Arm: Good on rod and reel with shad sides fished on the bottom. Gravois Arm: Good drifting with live shad – shad are hard to locate however. Upper Osage: Good on cut shad or shrimp. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on trotlines baited with cut shad fished 12-feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Good on shad.

CRAPPIE – Bagnell Tailwater: Very good on minnows and red-and-white curly tail jigs. Lower Osage: Excellent on small Sebile jerkbaits. Glaize Arm: Excellent on small jerkbaits and Blakemore Road Runners. Mid-Lake: Very good, fish are 2 to 7 feet deep over 9 to 10 feet of water. Niangua Arm: Excellent on minnows or jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles, or #76 Sebile Koolie Minnows or red-and-chartreuse Road Runners. Gravois Arm: Excellent on minnows, Road Runners or Koolies 2 to 5 feet deep. Upper Osage: Very good using Berkley Gulp Smelt 6-feet deep. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on minnows or Slab Buster jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles 10 feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Very good on minnows or Slab Hunter jigs

SPOONBILL – Please remember, the season ends Saturday, April 30. Bagnell Tailwater: Excellent, with several anglers taking 30 to 50 pound fish. Upper Osage: Fair on quantity and size. Osage 60 MM: Excellent around the 65 to 67 MM. Fish are migrating from deep hole upstream now.

WALLEYE – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair on leeches. Niangua Arm: Very good upstream from Ha Ha Tonka. Truman Tailwater: Some nice fish are still being caught on Brewer’s slider jigs and Slab Hunters. 

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Tailwater: Very good on white-and-black Worden’s Rooster Tail and Norman’s Deep Little N. Mid-Lake: A few fish are hitting crankbaits on main lake points. Truman Tailwater: Fair on both white and hybrids.

BLUEGILL – Excellent on crickets and wax worms in the Bagnell Tailwater and very good on the main lake. Try around docks with worm 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
29        2:52     9:02     3:12    9:22  
30 *      3:28     9:38     3:49    9:59
1 *       4:06   10:17     4:27   10:38
 2 *** (N) 4:47   10:59     5:10   11:22  
 3 **      5:33   11:45     5:57   -----
 4 *       6:23   12:11     6:49   12:36
 5         7:18    1:05     7:44    1:31  
 6         8:15    2:02     8:42    2:28
 7         9:14    3:01     9:41    3:27
 8        10:12    3:59    10:39    4:26  
 9        11:09    4:56    11:35    5:22  
10        -----    5:50    12:03    6:15

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

Compiled by Darrell Taylor