The lake level was 657.6; plans call for minimum generation and depending on rainfall and generating demands, the lake should rise to 657.9 by the weekend. Plans are to reach 659.0 by Memorial Day. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 58 degrees; tributary temperatures were 56 to 62 degrees. Truman Lake is at normal pool.
BLACK BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Anglers should remember that black bass season in rivers does not open until May 24. Lower Osage: Fair to good on Carolina-rigged Zoom Brush Hogs, also try Bullseye jigs tipped with green pumpkin colored Berkley’s Havoc Craw Fatty. Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try Carolina rigs or jerkbaits shaky head jigs tipped with soft plastics around dock brush on points. Gravois Arm: Fair to good, try Storm’s Wiggle Warts, jigs tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw, or Carolina rigs. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try brown Crock-O-Gator jigs or Carolina rigs on secondary points. Niangua Arm: Fair, try watermelon green jigs or Carolina rigs on secondary points. Upper Osage: Fair to good, some fish are bedding. Osage 60 MM: Good, fish are on the bank, try soft plastic lizards or Carolina-rigged tubes.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Very good after sunset. Lower Osage: Fair to good on rod and reel baited with cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Fair on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Mid-Lake: Fair on dead shad fished on the bottom with a rod and reel. Niangua Arm: Fair on cut shad, try drifting deep coves. Upper Osage: Fair, try shad sides or ‘perch’. Osage 60 MM: Good, try nightcrawlers or ‘perch’. Truman Tailwater: Fair to good on cut bait.
CRAPPIE – Most have spawned, a few fish are coming in again. Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Good in the morning only, try medium minnows Lower Osage: Fair to good, try chartreuse colored Blakemore Road Runner Crappie Thunder jigs 8 to 10-feet deep along gravel shorelines. Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try small jerkbaits fished around boat docks. Gravois Arm: Fair to good, try small jerkbaits or blue-and-white jigs around docks. Mid-Lake: Excellent from the shoreline out to 8 feet of water. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, try jigs with Road Runner heads with blue-and-chartreuse Kalin’s curly tail grubs or small jerkbaits. Upper Osage: Fair to good on jigs or minnows on pebble banks. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good, try single-tail grubs, or jigs or minnows under a slip bobber.
PADDLEFISH (SPOONBILL) – Snagging season ended 4/30/14.
WALLEYE – No reported fish.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Try jerkbaits before dawn in spring-fed areas; after that try chicken liver or cut shad fished on the bottom or in the tailwaters of both dams.
BLUEGILL – Very good to excellent around docks or submerged brush, try mealworms or Berkley Gulp worm 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 – Bagnell Dam Tailwater – 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, HYPERLINK "http://www.osagetackle.com" www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205).
Compiled by Darrell Taylor.