The lake level was 659.4; with light 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 one foot over pool.
BLACK BASS – Scott Jr. and Scott Sr. Danek won the Wednesday Night Tourney with 18.53 pounds, Big Bass was 6.17 caught by Gary Shultz and Scott Melton. Myrik Coil and Cory Steckler won the Simply Bass Tourney on 7/9/13 with 18.88 pounds. Payton and Lawson Hibdon weighed the Big Bass at 4.87 pounds.
. Lower Osage: Very good, try Bullseye jigs tipped with Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty or Yum’s Pit Boss around dock brush or chunk rock banks. Glaize Arm: Very good, try Bullseye jigs tipped with soft plastics around docks or rocky points. Mid-Lake: Very good, try Yum’s soft plastic Money Craw or Power Worms around dock brush; also try crankbaits on points. Niangua Arm: Good, try Money Craws, shaky heads, or Red Shad colored 10-inch Power Worms around docks. Early and late try crankbaits like Norman’s Deep Little N or Rapala’s DT10 on points and flats. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Gravois Arm: Very good, try jigs tipped with Berkley’s 4-inch Chigger Craw or Texas-rigged blue fleck 10-inch Power Worms. 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: Very good after dark on cut shad. Lower Osage: Excellent on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Excellent, try 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: Excellent for quantity and size on medium minnows. Lower Osage: Fair, try minnows or jigs around big boat docks. Glaize Arm: Fair, try minnows fished deep around 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: Poor, try trolling a Deep Little N or DT10 on flats and points. Also, vertical jig Dixie Jet Spoons 14 to 16-feet deep. Niangua Arm: Poor, 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: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: Poor to fair, crappie anglers are taking most of the keeper-sized fish. Truman Tailwater: No reported fish.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Very good from shore near the cable. Try any white lure like Heddon’s Torpedo and Bill Lewis’ Rat-L-Trap. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: 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: Fair to good in spots during ‘Best Fishing Times’ in the channel. Try spoons like the Dixie Jet, Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten Jigging Spoon, or Cotton Cordell’s Gay Blade. Little Niangua River: Poor. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish.
BLUEGILL – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Excellent for big fish, try nightcrawler pieces. Lakewide: 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, 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.