Lake of the Ozarks
Best Fishing & Hunting Times
for July 12-18, 2013

              A. M.            P. M.    
          Minor   Major    Minor   Major
12         8:56    2:45     9:18    3:07    
13         9:46    3:34    10:08    3:57    
14        10:35    4:24    10:58    4:47    
15        11:25    5:13    11:49    5:37    
16        -----    6:02    12:15    6:28    
17        12:39    6:53     1:07    7:21    
18         1:30    7:45     1:59    8:14

Day ratings for fish activity  
       *= Good  
      **= Better  
***= Best  
(F) = Full Moon    (N) = New Moon
Compiled by Darrell Taylor

  The lake level was 659.3; with medium 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 83 degrees depending on location and time of day. There is a thermocline at 12 – 15 feet throughout much of the lake. Truman Lake is two feet over pool.

  BLACK BASS – Troy and Eric Wiethrop won the Wednesday Night Tourney with 19.57 pounds, Big Bass was 5.8 pounds. Nick Ault and Mike Callahan won the 7/2 Simply Bass Tourney with 17.54 pounds, their Big Bass weighed 6.01 pounds. Lower Osage: Excellent, try Bullseye jigs tipped with Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty or Yum’s Pit Boss around docks and on chunk rock banks. Glaize Arm: Excellent, try Bullseye jigs tipped with soft plastics around docks or rocky points. Mid-Lake: Excellent, try Yum’s soft plastic Money Craw or Power Worms around dock brush; also try crankbaits on points. Niangua Arm: Very good, try Money Craws, shaky heads, or Red Shad colored 10-inch Power Worms 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: Excellent, try jigs tipped with soft plastic critters. Upper Osage: Very good on topwaters early, try Bass Pro Shops’ Lazer Eye buzzbait, Booyah’s Buzz Blade, or Heddon’s Zara Spook, and Rebel’s Pop R on main and secondary points; also try 10-inch Power Worms around dock brush. Osage 60 MM: Very good on topwaters early, try Bass Pro Shops Lazer Eye buzzbait or Heddon’s Zara Spook, and Rebel’s Pop R on main and secondary points; also try 10-inch Power Worms around dock brush.

  CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent on cut shad, some fish are very big. Lower Osage: Excellent on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Excellent, try fishing coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Excellent, try cut bait 8 to 12 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Excellent for channel catfish, try nightcrawlers or chicken livers around docks 6 to 12-feet deep. Little Niangua River:  Good on traditional baits. Gravois Arm: Excellent on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Upper Osage: Excellent on rod and reel or jugs; try shad sides or frozen herring. Osage 60 MM: Flatheads are excellent along bluff walls with live goldfish and ‘perch’. Blues are fair on cut bait and channel cats are excellent on nightcrawlers and prepared bait fished 8 to 10-feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Good on cut bait. 

  CRAPPIE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Fair 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 minnows fished around deep boat docks. Mid-Lake: Fair, try jigs around brush. Niangua Arm: Good, try jigs over brush or troll tiny crankbaits around humps. 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, fish are 12-feet deep. Medium minnows are best and jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles work best. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, fish are 12-feet deep over brush. Medium minnows are best.

  WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Fair, try trolling a Deep Little N or DT10 on flats and points. Also, try vertical jigging Dixie Jet Spoons 14 to 16-feet deep. Niangua Arm: Fair, try trolling a Deep Baby N, DT10, 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, crappie anglers are still taking most of the fish. Osage 60 MM: Fair, crappie anglers are taking most of the keeper-sized fish. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.

  WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good 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. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish.

  BLUEGILL – Excellent around docks or submerged brush, try meal worms, nightcrawler pieces, and live or 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,  (573-374-2278); coming soon, Truman Dam Tailwater – The Osage Mini Mart, Warsaw (660-438-9575); Tourney Results –; Lake Level (573-365-9205). Compiled by Darrell Taylor.