The lake level was 658.4; generation around 900 CFS this past week should cause the lake to finish the week at that level. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 83 degrees; coves were 80 to 87 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is one foot under normal pool.

 The lake level was 658.4; generation around 900 CFS this past week should cause the lake to finish the week at that level. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 83 degrees; coves were 80 to 87 degrees depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. Truman Lake is one foot under normal pool.

TO 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 the Rt. 65 Bridge.

BLUEGILL

Excellent, fish have spawned, look for them around docks at least 6 feet deep. Try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley’s Gulp Alive Cricket or Crawler pieces.

WALLEYE

No reported fish.

CRAPPIE

Lower Osage: Very good with jigs or minnows fished 15 feet deep around brush. Glaize Arm: Good on jigs tipped with Bobby Garland’s Electric Chicken colored soft plastics. Gravois Arm: Good along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Good, try spider rigging with minnows or tiny crankbaits. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, crappies are just off the banks in front of spawning areas, try trolling small crankbaits or casting one-eighth ounce jigs. Upper Osage: Fair, spotty fishing, try minnows or jigs. Truman Tailwater: Fair with jigs or minnows, most fish are small.

CATFISH

Lower Osage: Excellent on cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try deep coves with cut bait. Gravois Arm: Good, try shad sides. Mid-Lake: Excellent on jugs baited with live perch, fish are 20 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Excellent early and late around docks. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Very good on jug lines using nightcrawlers and cut shad. Truman Tailwater: Good on live bait for blue and white catfish when the water is running.

BLACK BASS

Phelps and Overby won the Tuesday Nite 4-Bass tourney with 13.13 pounds; Rich and Kyle Wagner had Big Bass at 5.33 pounds. Bagnell Tailwater: Very good, most are spotted bass. Try Eakins finesse jigs with watermelon green or green pumpkin soft plastic trailers. Lower Osage: Poor for keeper-size fish, a few fish are halfway back in coves, try spinnerbaits or topwaters for them early and late. During the day, try main lake points with drop shot rigs or 10.5 inch Zoom worms fished in brush. Glaize Arm: Fair, 10-inch red shad colored Berkley Power Worms on dock brush. Gravois Arm: Fair, try crankbaits and drop shot rigs on rocky banks and ledges. Mid-Lake: Fair, fish are scattered. Try small plastic worms or jigs tipped green pumpkin colored soft plastics around steep banks and bluffs. Niangua Arm: Fair on 10-inch red shad colored Power Worms fished on main lake and secondary points; also try Texas-rigged lizards in the same areas. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Good, try large plastic worms – topwater bite is just starting.

WHITE AND HYBRID BASS

Lower Osage: Good when you find them, try vertical jigging deeper points. Glaize Arm: Poor, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Poor, try Rat-L-Traps on deep points. Mid-Lake: Fair to good, try deep vertical jigging on points when current is present. Niangua Arm: Good when you find them, try vertical jigging Dixie Jet spoons over points and deep flats where shad are present. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Catching some fish while trolling Arkies’ 300 series crankbaits. Truman Tailwater: Fair with jigs, topwaters or spoons when water is running.

UPDATES

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