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  • Fishing and hunting report for for August 8-14, 2014

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    Minor Major Minor Major
    08 3:18 9:33 3:48 10:04
    09 * 4:13 10:28 4:43 10:58
    10 ** 5:10 11:24 5:39 11:54
    11 ***(F) 6:08 ----- 6:37 12:22
    12 ** 7:08 12:54 7:36 1:22
    13 * 8:09 1:55 8:36 2:22
    14 9:09 2:56 9:35 3:22
    Day ratings for fish activity
    *= Good
    **= Better
    ***= Best
    (F) = Full Moon (N) = New Moon
    The lake level was 659.4; plans call for minimum generation causing the lake to rise to 659.6 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 84 degrees; tributary temperatures were 78 to 82 degrees depending on the time of day and overnight temperature. Truman Lake is at normal pool.
    BLACK BASS – Burns and Painter won the Missouri Angler (7/30) tourney with four fish at 13.94 pounds, Big Bass was 5.73 pounds caught by Hunt and Phelps. Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Poor to fair, better at night, try soft plastics in brush 3 to 15 feet deep. Glaize Arm: Poor, better at night, try Carolina rigs or shaky head jigs tipped with soft plastics around dock brush. Gravois Arm: Poor, better at night, try Carolina-rigged Brush Hogs or jigs tipped with Berkley’s Chigger Craw. Mid-Lake: Poor, 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: Poor, better at dusk, 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: Poor. Osage 60 MM: Poor to fair around dock brush, try 7-inch plastic worms or shaky heads. Try topwaters early and late.
    CATFISH – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: Fair for blues and flatheads on cut bait. Lower Osage: Fair to good on juglines baited with cut “perch.” Glaize Arm: Fair to good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Fair to good on rod and reel baited with dead minnows or cut shad. Mid-Lake: Fair to good on dead shad fished on the bottom with a rod and reel. Niangua Arm: Fair to 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: Very good on BJ’s dip or ball bait fished on flats, most fish are small. 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: Poor to fair on minnows 20 feet deep over brush. Truman Tailwater: Fair to good on minnows.
    Page 2 of 2 - WHITE AND HYBRID BASS – Bagnell Dam Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Fair on spoons jigged around channel drops. Gravois Arm: Watch for surface activity. Mid-Lake: Some fish are running shad in the middle of the lake; most are only 10 to 12 inches long. Upper Osage: Fair with 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, www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle, (660-438-7664); Tourney Results – www724outdoors.com; Lake Level (573-365-9205).
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