The lake level was 656.5, with medium to heavy generation scheduled this past week the lake should drop to 656.2. Truman Lake is five feet over pool. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 43 degrees last Monday. Normal temperatures during the past week should improve fishing.
BLACK BASS – For the most part, fishing has been tough. Some anglers are finding good fish in brief periods then nothing the rest of the day. Lower Osage: Try jigs on a sunny day, overcast days try Smithwick’s Rogue jerkbait or MoRigs deep but parallel to the shoreline. Glaize Arm: Poor, try Rogues, Crock-O-Gator jigs, MoRigs or YUMbrella rigs near channel swings. Mid-Lake: Poor, try jerkbaits and multi-rigs along channel swings. Niangua Arm: Fair, try purple-and-chartreuse jerkbaits like the Rogue or Megabass on cove points. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Try jigs tipped with soft plastic critters or try multi-rigs. Upper Osage: Try jerkbaits on rocky points. Osage 60 MM: Fair, try Pro Blue or pearl RC jerkbaits along rocky shorelines and cove points.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good for blue and flathead catfish in backwaters on cut bait. 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 on main lake points, try tightlining baited with herring or bacon. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait for blue catfish.
CRAPPIE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good VERY early, try chartreuse-colored Garland Swimming Minnow. 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 over dock brush 12 to 14-feet deep. 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.
PADDLEFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good but most fish are just legal sized. Upper Osage: Good for fish in the 25 to 40 pound range with some that are 55 to 75 pounds. Osage 60 MM: Good opening weekend but snagging has slowed since then.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good for anglers in boats, try black Berkley’s Gulp Leeches. Truman Tailwater: Good on jigs or minnows.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good from shore with white Berkley Hollow Belly or Split Belly Swimbaits. 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); 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.