The lake level was 659.4 (660 is normal pool level); with light to heavy generation scheduled the lake should hold at 659.0 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 71 degrees with upstream temperatures of 67 to 72 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is at normal pool. BLACK BASS – It took 21 plus pounds to win the Wednesday Night (5/16) tournament, Big Bass was 5.47 pounds. Lower Osage: Very good, fish are scattered, some shallow and some deep.


The lake level was 659.4 (660 is normal pool level); with light to heavy generation scheduled the lake should hold at 659.0 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 71 degrees with upstream temperatures of 67 to 72 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is at normal pool.

BLACK BASS – It took 21 plus pounds to win the Wednesday Night (5/16) tournament, Big Bass was 5.47 pounds. Lower Osage: Very good, fish are scattered, some shallow and some deep. Try jigs tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw or Yum’s F2 Craw Papi on gravel banks or behind docks. Glaize Arm: Good with jigs or crankbaits like Norman’s Deep Little N or Rapala’s DT10 on rocky main points. Mid-Lake: Good on secondary points and behind docks, try topwaters early and jigs later. Niangua Arm: Very good, try jigs tipped with a Chigger Craw or Craw Papi or crankbaits on main lake and secondary points. Little Niangua River: Poor to fair. Gravois Arm: Very good, try topwaters like Heddon’s Zara Spook or Rebel’s Pop R early and lizards or crankbaits later. Upper Osage: Good, try topwaters early and lizards, spinnerbaits and trick worms later. Osage 60 MM: Good, try topwaters early and lizards, spinnerbaits and trick worms later.

CATFISH: Bagnell Tailwater: Very good for blues on cut bait, from shore or boat. Lower Osage: Good on juglines or rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Good on all traditional catfish baits. Niangua Arm: Excellent in coves with nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken livers. Little Niangua River:  Fair, try cut shad or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good on jugs baited with cut shad. Upper Osage: Good on cut shad or shrimp. Osage 60 MM: Excellent for rod and reel or trotline, try any traditional catfish bait, including BJ’s prepared bait. Truman Tailwater: Good on whole or cut shad.

CRAPPIE – Bagnell Tailwater: Good early and late on minnows. Lower Osage: Fair, try jigs or medium minnows fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Glaize Arm: Good, try jigs fished around major boat docks. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try jigs or minnows 12 to 16 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Fair, most fish are small try small jigs or minnows tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles around bridge pillars. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Fair on Blakemore Road Runners fished in front of gravel banks. Upper Osage: Fair, try small chartreuse jigs or minnows. Osage 60 MM: Try jigs 14 to 16 feet deep around docks and dock brush. Truman Tailwater: Excellent on Crappie Delight or Slab Hunter jigs.

WALLEYE – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair for anglers in boats, try Berkley’s white Gulp Shad. Niangua Arm: Good, try trolling Cordell’s Fire Tiger colored Wally Diver or Norman’s Sour Grape colored Deep Little ‘N or Rapala’s Chartreuse Brown DT10 main points and flats. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair when the generators are running. 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: Excellent downstream on windy points and flats. Try chrome colored Dixie Jet Spoons or Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten Jigging Spoon. Little Niangua River: Fair, mostly small male fish. Gravois Arm: Fair, try open water with vertically jigged spoons. Osage 60 MM: Try small crankbaits on main lake points. Truman Tailwater: Very good on Li’l Fishies and Sassy Shad.

BLUEGILL – Fair to good, 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
25         9:23    3:11     9:47    3:35
26        10:16    4:04    10:40    4:28
27        11:07    4:56    11:31    5:19
28        11:56    5:45    -----    6:08
29        12:20    6:32    12:44    6:56
30         1:05    7:18     1:31    7:43
31         1:51    8:04     2:18    8:31
01         2:39    8:53     3:07    9:22
02 *       3:30    9:45     4:01   10:16
03 **      4:27   10:42     4:58   11:14  
04 *** (F) 5:28   11:44     6:00   -----
05 *** (F) 6:33   12:17     7:04   12:48
06 **      7:38    1:23     8:08    1:53
07 *       8:42    2:28     9:09    2:55
08         9:41    3:28    10:07    3:54
09        10:36    4:24    10:59    4:47
10        11:25    5:14    11:47    5:36
11        -----    5:59    12:10    6:21

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

Compiled by Darrell Taylor