The lake level was 659.7; planned releases of 25,000 CFS should drop the lake to 659.0 by the weekend. Surface temperature at Bagnell Dam was 77 degrees. Truman Lake is 4-feet 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.
Poor around docks or submerged brush, try mealworms, nightcrawler pieces, or Berkley Gulp Earthworm pieces.
Very good around docks, try nightcrawler pieces, Berkley Gulp Earthworm Pieces, Mealworms, Maggots or Crickets.
Lower Osage: Poor, some fish hitting bass crankbaits, also try jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles around main lake docks. Glaize Arm: Fair shooting docks with jigs. Gravois Arm: Good along docks 5 to 10-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. Try blue-and-white jigs or minnows. Upper Osage: Fair, fish are 15 to 18-feet deep now. Truman Tailwater: Good on minnows but many small fish.
Bagnell Tailwater: Strong current flow, holding a boat is problematic. Lower Osage: Good in cove mouths with jug lines using cut bait. Glaize Arm: Good, try deep coves with nightcrawlers or chicken livers. Gravois Arm: Good, catching several fish accidentally on bass crankbaits. Mid-Lake: Excellent drifting coves with cut bait on a drop shot rig. Niangua Arm: Good on jugs baited with nightcrawlers fished from 5- to 25-feet deep. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Poor, die-off due to unusually warm water during spawn has killed many catfish. Truman Tailwater: Excellent for eating size fish, catch them on any traditional cat bait.
Cross and Forrester won the Missouri Angler Wednesday Night tourney with five fish at 20.33 pounds; they also had Big Bass, weight unknown. Lower Osage: Fair to good very early on topwaters like the Pop-R and Zara Spook, deep bite is poor at best. Glaize Arm: Fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits fished on dark rocky shorelines and secondary points. Gravois Arm: Fair behind docks and around cables, try green pumpkin colored soft plastics. Mid-Lake: Fair on Berkley Power Worms on ledges near channel bends. Also, try Berkley’s RibSnake worm on a shaky head. Niangua Arm: Good, try square bill Strike King 2.5 Sexy Shad color or Rapala DT10 crankbaits on chunk rock banks. Also, try Norman’s DD22 at night. Little Niangua River: No reported fish yet. Upper Osage: Excellent on shaky heads and Whopper Plopper surface baits.
WHITE AND HYBRID BASS
Bagnell Tailwater: Significant current, holding a boat is problematic. Lower Osage: No reported fish. Glaize Arm: Fair, watch for them to chase shad on windblown points. Gravois Arm: Some fish are in front of docks, try crankbaits or jerkbaits. Mid-Lake: A few fish on points, try 4-inch Berkley Swim Baits. Niangua Arm: No reported fish. Little Niangua River: Shad are moving into the river, whites should follow soon. Upper Osage: Very good on windy points trolling small Rat-L-Traps. Truman Tailwater: Hybrids good Roger’s Hawg Stick or Heddon’s Zara Spook. Whites good on small spoons.
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.