The lake level was 655.4 (660 is normal pool level); with medium generation scheduled the lake should fall to 654.9 by the weekend. The annual winter drawdown has started. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 39 degrees with upstream temperatures of 36 to 40 degrees depending on location and time of day. Anglers should observe caution; immersion in water temperatures at these temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia. Truman Lake is one foot over normal pool.


The lake level was 655.4 (660 is normal pool level); with medium generation scheduled the lake should fall to 654.9 by the weekend. The annual winter drawdown has started. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 39 degrees with upstream temperatures of 36 to 40 degrees depending on location and time of day. Anglers should observe caution; immersion in water temperatures at these temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia. Truman Lake is one foot over normal pool.

Little has changed in the fishing report except for the lake dropping about .1 foot per day for the last week.

BLACK BASS – Jerkbaits like Smithwick’s Rogue, the Luck “E” Strike RC and the new Jack-It Jerk Money 120 are on fire now. It took 25 pounds to win one of the tournaments last weekend. Lower Osage: Very good with jerkbaits like the Luck “E” Strike RC Stick Jerkbait, Jack-It’s Jerk Money 120, or Smithwick’s Rogue on channel swing banks and rocky shorelines. Also, try Storm’s Wiggle Wart on ledges and jigs on chunk rock and submerged brush. Glaize Arm: Very good, try RC Stick, Jerk Money or Rogue jerkbaits along channel swing shorelines on cloudy warm days. Mid-Lake: Very good, try RC Stick, Jerk Money or Rogue jerkbaits along channel swing shorelines on early then along channel swing bluffs with Storm Wiggle Warts later. Niangua Arm: Very good, try jerkbaits on rocky shorelines or jigs tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw fished around dock brush and jerkbaits on main lake points. Gravois Arm: Very good, try jerkbaits along rocky shorelines; also try bluffs with Storm Wiggle Warts. Upper Osage: Very good on RC Stick Jerkbaits and Rogues; also try buzzbaits on rocky shorelines. Osage 60 MM: Very good, try jerkbaits on rocky shorelines.

CATFISH: Cats could be the lake’s ‘sleeper’ bite. Try any traditional ‘meat’ bait 20 to 30 feet deep near traditional blue and channel catfish haunts. Bagnell Tailwater: Fair, try ‘perch’. Lower Osage: Fair on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair, try nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Fair, try cut shad 30 feet deep behind islands. Niangua Arm: Fair in coves with nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken livers. Little Niangua River:  Fair to good, drift with cut shad or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Fair drifting with cut shad. Upper Osage: Fair on cut shad or shrimp. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shrimp 10 to 12 feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Fair for blue catfish on whole or cut shad.

CRAPPIE – Crappie are excellent throughout most of the lake. Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Very good, try jigs fished 20 to 25 feet deep. Glaize Arm: Very good, try jerkbaits or jigs fished around major boat docks. Mid-Lake: Very good, fish are 6 to 10 feet deep in front of docks. Niangua Arm: Very good on small jigs fished 3 to 8 feet deep, try Blakemore Road Runners. Gravois Arm: Good on jigs or jerkbaits fished 6 to 10 feet deep. Upper Osage: Good with red-and-chartreuse jigs fished 6 to 8 feet deep over 20 feet of water. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on Bobby Garland jigs fished 20 feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Very good on minnows or Slab Hunter jigs.

WALLEYE – No reported fish.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage:  No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair for quantity and size on white jigs in coves and on points with spoons. Mid-Lake: Fair to good on spoons in open water. Niangua Arm: Fair, try points for whites and hybrids with large Rooster Tails or Dixie Jet Spoons. Gravois Arm: Fair, try open water with vertically jigged spoons. Osage 60 MM: crappie anglers around marina and condominium docks are catching a few fish. Truman Tailwater: Fair on spoons and large swimbaits.
BLUEGILL – Poor, try worm pieces, Berkley’s Gulp Crickets, or Nightcrawler pieces around docks. 

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 and Glaize Arm – Guide Skip Surbaugh (573-365-0006); Midlake and Gravois – Mike Foree @ Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Niangua Arm – Darrell Taylor; Upper Osage – Guide John Blankenbeker (573-280-1455); Little Niangua River – Greenmill Campground, (573-363-5577); Osage 60 MM – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.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 *       6:35   12:25     6:57   12:46  
25         7:24    1:13     7:45    1:34  
26         8:13    2:02     8:35    2:24  
27         9:03    2:51     9:26    3:14  
28         9:53    3:41    10:16    4:05  
29        10:43    4:31    11:07    4:55  

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

Compiled by Darrell Taylor