The lake level was 659.8; planned releases should hold the lake there through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 83 degrees, coves are 83 degrees or more. There is a thermocline at 20 feet throughout much of the lake. Truman Lake is 1.4 feet over pool.
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.
Niangua Arm: Fair to good, try trolling points with crankbaits. Upper Osage: Fair to good on slip bobbers baited with nightcrawlers and fished deep along channel drops.
Lower Osage: Poor but best at night with lights around marina docks. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Good along docks 5 to 10-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try trolling Berkley’s Flicker Shad crankbait in front of docks over 15-feet of water. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair, fish are 14 to 15-feet deep over brush, jigs or minnows work. Truman Tailwater: Good on minnows or jigs, but many, many small fish.
Good to very good throughout the lake on homemade rope lures. Try pea gravel banks or around docks in 6 to 12 feet of water. For tips on how to make a rope lures, see a video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB9gtG9X5JE. Caution – you must handle gar with quality fishing gloves, their teeth and scales are very sharp.
Excellent around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Crickets or Gulp Earthworm Pieces.
No tournaments reported last week. Lower Osage: Very slow and hard to pattern. Try plastic worms and shaky head jigs on points. Glaize Arm: Fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Fair on the front corners of docks, try green pumpkin colored soft plastics. Mid-Lake: Slow, better fish are along bluffs in the morning, try a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm. Niangua Arm: Fair, try Rapala’s DT10 crankbaits on chunk rock banks or 10-inch Power Worms in brush. Also, try Norman’s DD22 at night. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on shallow shorelines, 6 to 8-feet deep, on shaky head jigs tipped with green pumpkin or watermelon red-flake soft plastics.
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Good in cove mouths with jug lines using cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good, catching several fish accidentally on bass crankbaits. Mid-Lake: Excellent drifting coves with cut bait on a rod and reel 30 feet deep or jug lines 10 feet deep. Niangua Arm: Good in the evening with traditional baits fished 8 to 10-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on traditional baits, especially good on Bee’Jay Traditional preformed doughballs. Truman Tailwater: Good but fish are small, catch them on any traditional cat bait.
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Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in front of docks, try crankbaits or jerkbaits. Mid-Lake: A few fish on points, try 4-inch Berkley Swim Baits. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: No reported fish. Truman Tailwater: Whites excellent on anything white or silver, hybrids are fair on topwaters or big spoons.
Bagnell Dam Tailwater – TBA; Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); 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); Upper Osage – Bryants Osage Outdoors, www.osagetackle.com (573-374-2278); Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle, (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.