The lake level was 656.7; a planned release of 900 Cubic Feet Per Second (CFS) should hold the lake at that level through the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 45 degrees. Truman Lake is one foot under normal pool. Some of the coves in the upper reaches that had ice have thawed but freezing rain predicted this weekend could cause more ice.
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.
Bagnell Tailwater: Poor, try minnows. Lower Osage: Fair to good shooting docks with jigs. Glaize Arm: Very good shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Good shooting docks with jigs. Mid-Lake: Fair for black crappie along bluffs and bluff ends. Fish are scattered, few here, few there. Niangua Arm: Poor, try jigs 10-to 12-feet deep around large docks. Upper Osage: Poor. Truman Tailwater: Fair on minnows.
Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Fair in cove mouths with jug lines using cut bait. Glaize Arm: Fair, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Poor, try juglines baited with nightcrawlers. Mid-Lake: Fair on juglines baited with beef spleen or aged shrimp. Niangua Arm: Poor, try around docks with at least 10-feet of water at the front edge. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Poor, try traditional cut baits. Truman Tailwater: Fair on shad just below the no fishing line.
No tournaments reported last weekend. Lower Osage: Excellent on jerkbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines. Glaize Arm: Fair on jigs tipped with Berkley’s Havoc Pit Boss, Craw Fatty, or Pit Chunk around brush. Gravois Arm: Fair to good for smallmouth in the upper reaches, try Crock-O-Gator jigs tipped with a Pit Boss or Craw Fatty. Mid-Lake: Fair to good on A-rigs fished deep. Niangua Arm: Fair on shaky heads rigged with a Havoc Bottom Hopper worm. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Poor, no reported fish.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: No reported fish. Mid-Lake: No reported fish. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: Poor, try Rooster Tails and Mepps spinners on windy points. Truman Tailwater: Fair for hybrids early, try spoons or topwaters.
Poor, try around docks or submerged brush with mealworms, nightcrawler pieces, and Berkley Gulp Crickets or Earthworm pieces.
No reported fish.
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.