The lake level was 659.4 (660 is normal pool level); with light to minimum generation scheduled the lake should hold at 659.4 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 75 degrees with upstream temperatures of 71to 77 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is at normal pool.


The lake level was 659.4 (660 is normal pool level); with light to minimum generation scheduled the lake should hold at 659.4 through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam is 75 degrees with upstream temperatures of 71to 77 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is at normal pool.

BLACK BASS – It took 18.4 pounds to win the Wednesday Night (5/23) tournament, Big Bass was 6.28 pounds. Lower Osage: Excellent but fish are scattered, some on points – some shallow. Try jigs tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw or Yum’s F2 Craw Papi on points, and 10 inch Berkley Power Worms in brush. Glaize Arm: Good with jigs or crankbaits like Norman’s Deep Little N or Rapala’s DT10 on rocky main points and Power Worms in brush. Mid-Lake: Very good around brush 12 to 20 feet deep, try soft plastic critters and worms. Niangua Arm: Good early and late on jigs tipped with a Chigger Craw or DT10 and Deep Little N crankbaits on main lake and feeder points. Little Niangua River: Poor to fair. Gravois Arm: Very good around brush, try soft plastics like critters and worms. Upper Osage: Good, fish are shallow, try topwaters early then 10 inch Power Worms later. Osage 60 MM: Good, fish are shallow; try topwaters like buzzbaits or Zara Spooks early and Power Worms later.

CATFISH: Bagnell Tailwater: Excellent 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: Excellent on nightcrawlers or prepared bait like BJ’s. Osage 60 MM: Excellent for rod floating or fishing from the dock, try nightcrawlers or BJ’s prepared bait. Truman Tailwater: Good on whole or cut shad.

CRAPPIE – Bagnell Tailwater: Fair 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 minnows for suspended fish 15 to 20 feet deep around condo docks. Niangua Arm: Fair, most fish are small try small jigs or minnows tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles around docks and bridge pillars. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Fair on Blakemore Road Runners fished in front of bluffs. 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: No reported fish. Niangua Arm: Poor to fair, 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. 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 on windblown 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 – Very 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
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

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

Compiled by Darrell Taylor