The lake level was 654.2; planned releases of 900 CFS should raise the lake to 654.8 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 47 degrees. Truman Lake is at normal 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.
No major tournaments reported last weekend. Lower Osage: Very good, try A-rigs or jerkbaits around deep brush. Glaize Arm: Good on jerkbaits and jigs fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points; also try A-rigs on deep points. Gravois Arm: Good on jerkbaits and A-Rigs. Mid-Lake: Good shallow on jerkbaits and jigs. Niangua Arm: Fair to good on jerkbaits fished on secondary points during warm periods. Little Niangua River: No reported fish. Upper Osage: Very good, try shallow with stick baits on secondary points.
Bagnell Tailwater: Spotty, try minnows. Lower Osage: Fair around docks with jigs, better fish are on sandy banks, try Float N’ Fly rigs. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair when you can find schools of fish. Mid-Lake: Fair to good under large docks. Niangua Arm: Fair, try jigs 5-to 7-feet deep around large docks. Upper Osage: Very good on jigs around large docks.
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 jug lines 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: Good in medium depths, try minnows, cut bait or nightcrawlers.
No reports yet.
Bass anglers are catching occasional fish.
Poor, try around docks or submerged brush with mealworms, nightcrawler pieces, and Berkley Gulp Crickets or Earthworm pieces.
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: Keeper sized fish are still mixed in with crappie. Truman Tailwater: Fair for hybrids early, try spoons or top-waters.
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.