The lake level was 658.7; with heavy generation scheduled, the lake should hold there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 72 degrees; tributary temperatures are 72 to 78 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is 12 feet over pool. Note: Bow anglers are nailing carp below Bagnell Day.
BLACK BASS – It took 21.28 pounds to win the Wednesday Night Tourney, Big Bass was 5.67 pounds. Lower Osage: Good to excellent, try Bullseye jigs tipped with soft plastics like Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty or Yum’s Pit Boss around docks. Glaize Arm: Good to excellent, try spinnerbaits, Bullseye jigs tipped with soft plastics around docks or rocky points. Mid-Lake: Good to excellent, try spinnerbaits or Yum’s soft plastic Money Craw around dock brush; also try crankbaits on points. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, try Money Craws or shaky heads around docks and crankbaits like Norman’s Deep Little N or Rapala’s DT10 on points and flats. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Good to excellent, try jigs tipped with soft plastic critters. Upper Osage: Fair to good, try Berkley’s 10-inch Power Worm around docks and dock brush. Osage 60 MM: Good to excellent on Rebel’s Pop R in the morning, later try shaky heads along bluff walls.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent on cut shad, some fish are very big. 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 on traditional baits. Gravois Arm: Fair on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Upper Osage: Excellent on rod-and-reel and jugs; try shad sides or frozen herring. Osage 60 MM: Good to excellent on rod-and-reel baited with shad sides, on juglines or trotlines try goldfish or Magic’s doughballs. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait.
CRAPPIE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Fair to good around the campground. 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: Fair to good in deeper holes. Gravois Arm: Very good, try minnows or blue-and-white jigs around docks. Upper Osage: Very good, the spawn is over, fish are 6 to 8-feet deep. Minnows are best. Osage 60 MM: Very good, the spawn is over, fish are 6 to 8-feet deep. Minnows are best.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Good, try trolling Norman’s Deep Little N or casting Rapala’s DT10 on flats and points. Upper Osage: Fair to good, crappie anglers are taking the most fish. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, crappie anglers are taking the most fish. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent for whites and hybrids on white Heddon Torpedoes and Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Poor, try white jigs in coves, also try Dixie Jet Spoons on flats and points. 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: Poor, the spawn is over. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish.
BLUEGILL – Very good around docks or submerged brush, 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.