The lake level was 659.6 (660 is normal pool level); with light to medium generation scheduled, the lake should drop to 659.3 by the weekend. Truman Lake is 1 1/2 feet below normal pool. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 86 degrees with upstream temperatures of 85 to 90 degrees depending on location and time of day. A thermocline is setting up 22 to 30 feet deep throughout most of the lake. 


The lake level was 659.6 (660 is normal pool level); with light to medium generation scheduled, the lake should drop to 659.3 by the weekend. Truman Lake is 1 1/2 feet below normal pool. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 86 degrees with upstream temperatures of 85 to 90 degrees depending on location and time of day. A thermocline is setting up 22 to 30 feet deep throughout most of the lake. 

BLACK BASS – It took 16.03 pounds to win a recent Wednesday night tourney, Big Bass was 4.88 pounds. Most anglers thought the bite was slow. Best bite is at night and before 9:30 a.m. Lower Osage: Fair on Bullseye jigs and Texas-rigged 10-inch Berkley Power Worms fished around brush. For keeper Kentucky bass, try live crayfish along sea walls and bridge pilings. Glaize Arm: Good on jigs and Norman’s DD22 crankbaits around brush. Try Heddon’s Zara Spooks or buzzbaits early and late. Mid-Lake: Good on crayfish or green pumpkin jigs tipped with Bass Pro Shops’ Speed-O-Craw, also try shad colored crankbaits like Storm’s Wiggle Wart and Norman’s Deep Little N at night. Niangua Arm: Good with red shad or blue-flake Power Worms or HAVOC Craw Fatty fished around brush. Also try vertical jigging with nickel or white Dixie Spoons on points and around marina docks. Gravois Arm: Good on Bullseye jigs and Power Worms. Upper Osage: Good around brush, try jigs and red shad colored Power Worms. Osage 60 MM: Fair, fish are holding around shallow brush, try red shad or blue flake 10-inch Power Worms or other soft plastics in watermelon or similar colors.

CATFISH – The hottest bite on the lake again this year. Bagnell Tailwater: Very good, try cut bait or Sonny’s prepared bait. Lower Osage: Very good on juglines and trotlines baited with traditional catfish baits. Glaize Arm: Very good on nightcrawlers, bluegill or hot dogs (off docks) Also try juglines. Mid-Lake: Very good, try drifting with live shad. Niangua Arm: Excellent off docks in coves with nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken livers. Also try juglines in 15 to 25 feet of water. Little Niangua River: Very good on all traditional catfish baits. Gravois Arm: Good drifting with chicken livers. Upper Osage: Good on cut shad or shrimp. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on most prepared baits. Truman Tailwater: Fair on cut shad.

CRAPPIE – Bagnell Tailwater: Poor. Lower Osage: Fair, try minnows or jigs 12 to 15-feet deep. Glaize Arm: Fish are suspended; try jigs with blue and white or chartreuse. Mid-Lake: Fair, fish are 12 to 14 feet deep in front of docks. Niangua Arm: Fair on small crankbaits or Blakemore Road Runners fished in front of docks or suspended just off of flats and points. Gravois Arm: Fair on minnows or Road Runners fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Upper Osage: Fair with minnows tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles. Osage 60 MM: Poor to fair on tube jigs with some red color fished around dusk. Truman Tailwater: Fair on minnows or Slab Hunter jigs.

WALLEYE – Bagnell Tailwater: Some fish are being caught on Berkley’s Big Gulp Leeches. Glaize Arm: No report, anglers should try glow-in-the-dark jigs tipped with minnows. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, fish are scattered. Try nightcrawlers, leeches or chartreuse colored Cordell Wally Divers or Storm’s pearl white Thunder Crank. Niangua Arm: Fair to poor, try trolling flats and points at night with Norman’s Deep Little N or Cordell’s Wally Diver. Also try vertical jigging points near the old river channel.  

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Tailwater: Very good for hybrids on Worden’s white Rooster Tails. Lower Osage:  Fair to good for hybrids on points. Glaize Arm: Good on white jigs fished 12 to 14 inches behind a topwater popper. Mid-Lake: Fair, try trolling points and flats with small crankbaits or 1/4-ounce Road Runners. Gravois Arm: Very good on points and creek mouths, try Road Runners, Rooster Tails or Dixie Jet Spoons. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good on windy points, try trolling with white Rooster Tails. Truman Tailwater: Fair on white bass using Worden’s Rooster Tails, Slab Hunters and Rebel Wee-R’s.

BLUEGILL – Bagnell Tailwater: Excellent for big ‘gills on nightcrawler pieces or wax worms. Lakewide: Try around docks with worm pieces or Berkley’s Gulp Crickets or 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 – Melton’s Rawhide Trading Post (873-2380); Midlake – John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Gravois – Mike Foree; 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
22        11:20    5:09    11:42    5:31  
23        -----    5:53    12:05    6:16  
24        12:26    6:37    12:49    7:01  
25         1:10    7:23     1:35    7:48  
26         1:56    8:09     2:22    8:35  
27         2:43    8:57     3:10    9:24  
28 *       3:32    9:46     4:00   10:14  
29 **      4:23   10:37     4:51   11:05  
30 ***(N)  5:16   11:29     5:43   11:56  
31 **      6:10   -----     6:36   12:23
  1 *      7:06   12:53     7:31    1:18
  2        8:02    1:49     8:28    2:15
  3        9:00    2:47     9:25    3:13
  4        9:58    3:44    10:24    4:11
  5       10:56    4:42    11:23    5:09
  6       11:53    5:39    -----    6:07
  7       12:20    6:34    12:48    7:03

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

Compiled by Darrell Taylor