The lake level was 657.3, with heavy generation scheduled this past week the lake should drop to 658.0. Truman Lake is five and one-half feet over pool. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 49 degrees; tributary temperatures are 53 to 57 degrees. Rain and cooler temperatures during the past week could negatively affect fishing.
BLACK BASS – It took 27 pounds to win the BWS tourney, Foree & McKinney won a local tournament with almost 25 pounds. 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: Fair to good, try spinnerbaits, Bullseye jigs, MoRigs or YUMbrella rigs near channel swings. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try spinnerbaits, 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: Fair to good, try jigs tipped with soft plastic critters or try multi-rigs. Upper Osage: Fair to good, try jerkbaits on rocky points. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, try crayfish colored Storm Wiggle Warts, jigs or spinnerbaits on protected secondary points.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent 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: Fair, try tightlines from docks baited with nichtcrawlers. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait for blue catfish.
CRAPPIE – Charles and Travis Bunting won the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters with 11.57 pounds (7-fish limit). Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good near the steel walls on medium minnows, be there at 5:30 a.m. 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: Fair to good, try Buck Creek’s Lil Swimmer in blue ice color or minnows 5-feet deep.
PADDLEFISH – Tim Wason from Peculiar, Mo. won the SMC Electric tournament with a 64-pound fish. Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Very good, much improved over the last few weeks! Upper Osage: Good for fish in the 25 to 40 pound range with a few 55 to 75 pound fish. Osage 60 MM: Tournament results over the weekend were very good, best area is between the 50 and 85 mm.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Truman Tailwater: Good on jigs or minnows.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good on white ‘fluke’ style baits. 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.