The lake level was 659.9; planned releases of 51,000 CFS may hold the lake there through the weekend, depending on more rain during the week and release from Truman Lake could change the release through Bagnell Dam. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 59 to 62 degrees. Truman Lake is 14-feet over pool. Upper reaches of the lake are very muddy with floating debris, lower areas near the dam are reasonably clear.
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.
Fair to good around docks as the water warms. Try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Earthworm Pieces, Mealworms, Maggots or Crickets.
Some fish are spawning, some are finished. Lower Osage: Fair, try jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles in shallow water just before dark. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Good vertical jigging 10 to 12-feet deep over brush. Mid-Lake: Fair, try jigs 10 to 15-feet deep over brush. Niangua Arm: Fair, fish are scattered and 8 to 12 feet deep. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair, try Southern Pro grubs fished 14 to 15-feet deep. Also, try minnows. Truman Tailwater: Fair in the slack water especially late in the day.
Truman Tailwater: Fair on black and white crappie jigs. Upper Osage: Crappie anglers are catching occasional fish.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in the upper reaches but not feeding aggressively. 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: Some fish are on points. 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. 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: Excellent on cut shad. 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 nightcrawlers and cut shad fished 6 to 8-feet deep. Truman Tailwater: Very good for eating sizes, try ‘cut perch.’
Some bass are bedding now, others are pre-spawn or post-spawn. No major tournaments reported last week Lower Osage: Very good on wacky worms, topwaters like the Zara Spook. Glaize Arm: Fair on jerkbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Good on topwaters and trick worms in the backs of coves. Mid-Lake: Fair, fish are spread out. Try crankbaits or finesse worms. Niangua Arm: Fair, some fish beginning to spawn. Try top-water baits early, crankbaits or jigs later. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Fair at best, some fish are suspended off spawning grounds; try Storm’s Wiggle Warts, Ned Rigs or top-waters, especially on cloudy days.
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.