The lake level was 657.3 owing to rain last week. With heavy generation scheduled, the lake should drop to 656.9 or lower by the weekend. Truman Lake is four feet over pool. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 42 degrees earlier this week. Warmer temperatures this weekend should improve the fishing even more.
BLACK BASS – It took 25.11 pounds to win the AiA tournament, Big Bass was 7.23 pounds. Lower Osage: Very good, try Smithwick’s Rogue jerkbaits or jigs tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw. Also, try MoRigs parallel to the shoreline. Glaize Arm: Very good, try Rogues, Crock-O-Gator jigs, MoRigs or YUMbrella rigs near channel swings. Mid-Lake: Very good, try jerkbaits and multi-rigs along channel swings. Niangua Arm: Very good, try purple-and-chartreuse jerkbaits like the Rogue or Megabass on main lake points. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Very good, try jigs tipped with soft plastic critters or try multi-rigs. Upper Osage: Very good, try jerkbaits on rocky points. Osage 60 MM: Very good, try Pro Blue or pearl RC jerkbaits along rocky shorelines.
CATFISH: Blues should be hitting cut bait in deep water. Lower Osage: Poor to fair on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Poor to fair, try in the coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Good behind the Tan Tar A island on cut bait. Niangua Arm: Poor, try nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Fair on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Upper Osage: Good, try fresh cut bait in front of docks. Osage 60 MM: Good, try fresh cut bait in front of docks. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait for blue catfish.
CRAPPIE – Lower Osage: Fair to good, try blue ice colored jigs 12 to 14 feet deep around big boat docks. Glaize Arm: Fair, try jigs fished around major boat docks. Mid-Lake: Fair, try jigs for suspended fish 18 feet deep over brush. Niangua Arm: Fair, try jigs around dock brush. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Fair to good, try blue-and-white jigs around docks. Upper Osage: Fair to good, try jigs tipped with plastic and Berkley Crappie Nibbles 12 to 14-feet deep. Osage 60 MM: Excellent on jigs or minnows on banks where the wind is blowing onto them.
WALLEYE – Truman Tailwater: Occasional fish on jigs or minnows.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Poor, try white jigs in coves and on points with Dixie Jet Spoons. Mid-Lake: Poor to fair on spoons in open water. Niangua Arm: Try sqaurebill crankbaits and spoons like the Dixie Jet or Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten Jigging Spoon on points. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Fair, try open water with vertically jigged spoons. Osage 60 MM: Crappie anglers are catching a few small fish.
BLUEGILL – Poor, try worm pieces or Berkley 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), closed until March 1, 2013; 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); coming soon, Truman Dam Tailwater – The Osage Mini Mart, Warsaw (660-438-9575); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205). Compiled by Darrell Taylor.