The lake level was 658.6, with heavy generation scheduled through the weekend the lake should rise to over 659.0 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 66 degrees; tributary temperatures are 62 to 68 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is four feet over pool and releasing at maximum flow.
BLACK BASS – It took 21.3 pounds to win the Wednesday Nite Tourney, Big Bass was 6.78 pounds, and it took 18 pounds to win Bass World Sports. Lower Osage: Good, try jigs or Carolina rigs around docks, also try wacky worms or shaky heads. Glaize Arm: Very good, try spinnerbaits, Bullseye jigs, or Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty or Pit Boss behind docks. Mid-Lake: Very good, try spinnerbaits or Yum’s soft plastic Money Craw around docks. Niangua Arm: Very good, Money Craws or wacky worms in spawning areas. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Very good, try jigs tipped with soft plastic critters. Upper Osage: Very good, try wacky rigs and lizards behind docks. Osage 60 MM: Very good, try lizards or wacky rigs behind docks.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Very good for fish up to 27 pounds on dough or dip baits, also try on cut shad. 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 around Tan-Tara Island on cut bait. Niangua Arm: Poor, try nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers. Little Niangua River: Good when the river is murky. Gravois Arm: Fair on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Upper Osage: Excellent, try fresh live bait in front of docks. Osage 60 MM: Excellent, try fresh live bait in front of docks. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait for blue catfish.
CRAPPIE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Very good around the campground between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Try chartreuse colored curly tail jigs. Lower Osage: Fair, try minnows and blue ice colored jigs around big boat docks. Glaize Arm: Fair, try jigs or minnows fished around deep boat docks. Mid-Lake: Fair, try jigs around brush. Niangua Arm: Fair, try jigs over brush. Little Niangua River: Very good on chartreuse and black jigs in clearer water. Gravois Arm: Very good, try minnows or blue-and-white jigs around docks. Upper Osage: Excellent, fish are on the bank for the last full moon spawn. Osage 60 MM: Excellent, fish are on the bank for the last full moon spawn.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Very good on crappie and bass baits. Little Niangua River: Occasional fish caught by anglers fishing for other species. Truman Tailwater: Fair to good on jigs or minnows.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good at night on 4-inch-long white 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: Good for hybrids during mild flow; whites good on Rooster Tails. Gravois Arm: Fair, try open water with vertically jigged spoons. Osage 60 MM: Crappie anglers are catching a few small fish.
BLUEGILL – Fair to good, try worm pieces, or Berkley Berkley’s Gulp Crickets.
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.