The lake level was 659.1; with heavy generation scheduled, the lake should hold at that level through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 80 degrees; tributary temperatures are 78 to 82 degrees depending on location and time of day. Truman Lake is nine feet over pool.
BLACK BASS – It took 23.05 pounds to win the Wednesday Night Tourney, Big Bass was 5.77 pounds. Lower Osage: Good, try Bullseye jigs tipped with soft plastics like Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty, Power Worm, or Yum’s Pit Boss around docks and on chunk rock banks. Glaize Arm: Good, try spinnerbaits, Bullseye jigs tipped with soft plastics around docks or rocky points. Mid-Lake: Good, try spinnerbaits or Yum’s soft plastic Money Craw around dock brush; also try crankbaits on points. Niangua Arm: Good, try 10-inch Red Shad colored Berkley Power Worms, 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, try jigs tipped with soft plastic critters. Upper Osage: Fair to good, try Zoom Magnum Finesse worms on shaky heads, also try Berkley’s 7- or 10-inch Power Worm around docks. Osage 60 MM: Slow, try shaky heads and Power Worms on flat-shaped points.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent on cut shad, some fish are very big. Lower Osage: Good on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try in the coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Good around Tan-Tara Island on cut bait. Niangua Arm: Excellent, try nightcrawlers, cut bait, and chicken livers around docks. Little Niangua River: Good on traditional baits. Gravois Arm: Good 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 from docks baited with nightcrawlers or prepared bait; for juglines or trotlines try goldfish. 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 12 to 16feet deep. Minnows are best. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, the fish are 12 to 14-feet deep. Minnows are best.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try trolling Norman’s Deep Little N or Rapala’s DT10 on flats and points. Also, try vertical jigging Dixie Jet Spoons 14 to 16 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Fair, try trolling Norman’s Deep Baby N, Rapala’s DT6, or Cordell’s Wally Diver on flats and points near deep water. Also, try vertical jigging Dixie Jet Spoons 14 to 16 feet deep. 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 – Excellent 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.