Best Fishing & Hunting Times for July 25, 2014 - July 31, 2014

              A. M.            P. M.    
          Minor   Major    Minor   Major
25 *       4:26   10:37     4:49   11:01  
26 **      5:11   11:22     5:34   11:45  
27 ***(N)  5:56   11:41     6:19   12:07  
28 **      6:43   12:32     7:04   12:54  
29 *       7:30    1:19     7:51    1:40  
30         8:17    2:06     8:38    2:28  
31         9:05    2:54     9:26    3:15
Day ratings for fish activity  
       *= Good  
      **= Better  
***= Best  
(F) = Full Moon    (N) = New Moon
The lake level was 659.5; plans call for light generation causing the lake to hold there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 78 degrees; tributary temperatures were 78 to 82 degrees depending on the time of day and overnight temperature. Truman Lake is one foot over pool.
BLACK BASS – Scott Danek Sr. & Jr. won the Missouri Angler (7/16) tourney with 18.1 pounds, Big Bass was 5.70 pounds caught by Jeff Green and Greg; and the Miller team, Schott and Steven won the Bass Busters (7/17) tourney with 8.43 pounds (three fish limit), Dickenson and O’Quinn had the Big Bass at 5.06 pounds. Lambeth and Stark won the Simply Bass tourney (7/15) with 14.18 pounds, Frank and Amanda Masters had the Big Bass at 6.35 pounds. Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Fair, better at night in brush in 3 to 15 feet deep, try soft plastics, or crankbaits. Glaize Arm: Fair, better at night, try Carolina rigs or shaky head jigs tipped with soft plastics around dock brush. Gravois Arm: Fair, better at night, try Carolina-rigged Brush Hogs
or jigs tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw. Mid-Lake: Fair, try main lake points during the day for keeper-sized fish, larger fish are deep on bluffs and points, try Norman’s DD22 or Rapala’s DT16 or DT20. Niangua Arm: Fair, better at night, try watermelon green jigs, Carolina rigs, or black 10-inch Berkley Power Worms around dock brush, also try Rebel’s Parrot colored DT10 or DT16 on channel swings. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Fair. Osage 60 MM: Good on main lake points with structure, try Berkley’s 10-inch Power Worms, shaky heads, or Norman’s DD22.
CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Fair for blues and flatheads on cut bait. Lower Osage: Excellent on juglines baited with cut “perch”. Glaize Arm: Excellent, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Mid-Lake: Good on dead shad fished on the bottom with a rod and reel. Niangua Arm: Good on cut shad, try drifting coves with rod and reel. Little Niangua River: Should pick up with some current flow. Upper Osage: Fair, try shad sides or ‘perch’. Osage 60 MM: Fair to good around docks on all traditional baits. Truman Tailwater: Poor to fair.
CRAPPIE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Poor. Lower Osage: Good around condo docks, try jigs 15 to 20 feet deep. Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try Blakemore Road Runner jigs fished around boat docks. Gravois Arm: Fair to good, try blue-and-white jigs around docks. Mid-Lake: Fair, try jigs tipped with Bleeding Tennessee Shad colored Kalin’s grubs 12 to 20 feet deep alongside brush. Niangua Arm: Good at night, try Road Runner jigs with soft plastic curly tails fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Little Niangua River: Poor. Upper Osage: Fair to good on minnows and jigs tipped with Berkley’s Crappie Nibbles 8 to 10 feet deep. Osage 60 MM: Good, some fish are 6 to 8 feet deep around docks; others are 20 feet deep around bluffs, try minnows or blue and chartreuse jigs tipped with white Berkley Nibbles. Truman Tailwater: Fair to good on minnows.
WALLEYE – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: Fair to good on white or silver colored deep diving crankbaits. Niangua Arm: Fair, try Cordell Walleye Divers or Norman’s Deep Little N trolled 12 to 14 feet deep. Osage 60 MM: No reported fish.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Fair on spoons jigged around channel drops. Mid-Lake: Some fish are running shad in the middle of the lake; most are only 10 to 12 inches long. Upper Osage: Fair to good on Johnson’s Beetle Spins on points. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Osage 60 MM: Look for fish surfacing, try Worden’s Rooster Tails. Truman Tailwater: Fair on spoons or topwater lures early in the morning.
BLUEGILL – Excellent around docks or submerged brush, try mealworms, nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Euro Larvae, or Earthworm 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, (573-374-2278); Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle, (660-438-7664); Tourney Results –; Lake Level (573-365-9205).