April 14, 2017
The lake level was 655.7; planned releases of 900 and later 3,500 CFS should cause the lake to be at 656.1 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 54 degrees. Truman Lake is one-foot 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: Good at the mouth. Upper Osage: Excellent between the 50 and 78-mile marks.
Fair to good around docks as the water warms. Try Berkley Gulp Earthworm Pieces, Mealworms, Maggots or Crickets.
Bagnell Tailwater: Spotty, try minnows. Lower Osage: Good, try jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in shallow water just before dark. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Fair when you can find schools of fish. Mid-Lake: Excellent on jigs 2 to 10 feet deep – the bite is really hot now. Niangua Arm: Fair to good, fish are scattered and 8 to 12 feet deep. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Excellent in the late afternoon on Southern Pro grubs fished shallow. Also try minnows. Truman Tailwater: Excellent in the running water, very good in the slack water on white and chartreuse or red and white jigs, also try minnows.
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 to good on white grubs and spoons.
MDC Jug Fishing Regulations: Unanchored jug lines in lakes must be personally attended at least once per hour. Personally attended means that the angler whose name is labeled on the jug line 1) is in visual sight of and close proximity to the jug line, 2) can see the jug line bob and move when a fish is hooked and can retrieve it, 3) can see and talk to a conservation agent checking the line, and 4) can get the attention of or deter anyone who is tampering with the jug line. Bagnell Tailwater: No reported fish. Lower Osage: Fair to good 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 to good drifting coves with cut bait. Niangua Arm: Poor, try around docks with at least 10-feet of water at the front edge. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Still excellent off docks on shrimp, nightcrawlers and shad. Truman Tailwater: Very good for ‘eating sizes’ on cut ‘perch.’
Truman Tailwater: Very good on black and white crappie jigs. Upper Osage: Crappie anglers are catching occasional fish.
Beau Gouvrea won the Bass Nation tourney with 64.11 pounds (3 Days), Ty Bowman had Big Bass at 7.5 pounds; Frank Mixon won the Co-angler division with 35.2 pounds. Sykora and Davenport won the Anglers in Action tourney with 25.11 pounds; Taylor and Ashberry had Big Bass at 6.49 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair, try jigs, jerkbaits and crankbaits in the backs of windblown coves; look for shad. Try crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs. Glaize Arm: Very good on jerkbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Good on jerkbaits and jigs. Mid-Lake: Very good when you find them, schools are spread out. Try crankbaits, finesse worms and A-rigs. Niangua Arm: Good shallow, some fish beginning to spawn. Try crankbaits or jigs. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Fair to good, some fish are suspended off spawning grounds; try Storm’s Wiggle Warts or Ned Rigs.
Bagnell Tailwater – Osage Beach Bait & Tackle (573-348-9333); Lower Osage – Alhonna Resort (573-365-2634), Big Ed’s Guide Service (573-692-6710); Midlake – Guide Jack Uxa (573-434-2570: 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) and Guide Anthony Ford (660-438-5714): Truman Tailwater – Cody’s Bait & Tackle (660-438-7664); Lake Level (573-365-9205); Tournament Results – Thanks to www.bassinbob.com.