Ice in coves exists in varying amounts depending on the day and night temperatures; however, the Ha Ha Tonka Cove and the tailwaters of Truman and Bagnell Dams remain open.
The lake level was 654.0, which is the desired winter level so it should hold there until spring, barring significant rainfall. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 34 degrees; tributary temperatures were 31 to 33 degrees.
Anglers should use extreme caution around icy launch ramps, the shoreline, and boat docks. Take precautions to prevent accidental immersion and possible hypothermia.
BLACK BASS – No tournaments reported last weekend. Lower Osage: Poor, try jerkbaits around rocky points and channel swings, also try Bullseye jigs tipped with Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty. Glaize Arm: Poor, try shaky head jigs tipped with soft plastics around dock brush on points. Mid-Lake: Poor, try brown Crock-O-Gator jigs on points around dock brush. Niangua Arm: Poor, try Smithwick Rogues around rocky points. Gravois Arm: Poor, try jigs tipped with Berkley’s 4-inch Chigger Craw. Upper Osage: Poor, try jerkbaits toward the front of coves. Osage 60 MM: Poor, try jerkbaits, or small jigs dressed with watermelon colored plastics.
CATFISH – Lower Osage: Fair to good on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try cut bait or beef hearts on the bottom with a rod and reel. Niangua Arm: Fair to good on cut shad, try drifting deep coves. Gravois Arm: Fair to good on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Upper Osage: Fair to good, try shad sides or ‘perch’. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, fish are in 15 to 20 feet of water, try nightcrawlers, or cut bait. Truman Tailwater: Fair to good on cut bait.
CRAPPIE – Lower Osage: Fair to good, try red-and-chartreuse jigs 20 to 25-feet deep under commercial boat docks. Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try minnows fished around boat docks. Mid-Lake: Fair to good under condominium docks, try minnows 8 to 12 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, try jigs around big boat docks. Gravois Arm: Fair to good, try minnows or blue-and-white jigs around docks. Upper Osage: Fair to good, try red-and-chartreuse jigs 20 to 25-feet deep under commercial boat docks. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, try red-and-chartreuse jigs 20 to 25-feet deep under commercial boat docks.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Try chicken liver and cut shad fished on the bottom in spring fed areas and in the tailwaters of both dams.
BLUEGILL – Poor around docks or submerged brush, try mealworms or nightcrawler pieces.
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 – 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); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205). Compiled by Darrell Taylor.