The lake level was 658.7; planned releases of 50,000 CFS should raise the level to 658.9 by the weekend, Depending on actual release from Truman Lake, these forecasts could change. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 60. Truman Lake is 25-feet over pool. Much of the lake is muddy with some floating debris; 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 around docks, should improve as the water clears. 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 trolling Berkley’s Flicker Shad crankbait in front of docks over 15-feet of water. 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.
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 on all traditional catfish baits. Truman Tailwater: Very good for eating sizes, try ‘cut perch.’
Some bass are bedding now, others are pre-spawn or post-spawn. Becker and Bach won the Anglers in Action tourney with 2227 pounds; G. Foree and McKwirter had Big Bass at 691 pounds. Lower Osage: Fair to good on Zara Spooks, 10-inch plastic worms fished 12 feet deep, and square bill crankbaits. Glaize Arm: Fair on jerkbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Fair halfway back in coves. Mid-Lake: Fair, fish are spread out. Try Berkley’s Ribbed Worm behind condo docks then try jerkbaits and crankbaits around the dock corners. Niangua Arm: Very good, try square bill crankbaits on pea gravel shorelines. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Good on shaky heads fished 2-feet deep.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Bagnell Tailwater: Fair for white and hybrid striped 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.
Truman Tailwater: Fair on black and white crappie jigs. Upper Osage: Crappie anglers are catching occasional 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.